James Robert Dougherty Farenthold

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Above Images: Farenthold, circa 1989


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 1989 from San Antonio, Texas
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: February 8, 1956
  • Age: 33 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'10, 150 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Farenthold may have a mustache. His nickname is Jimmy.
  • Medical Conditions: Farnethold has Von Willebrand's Disease, a form of hemophilia. He also has a history of drug abuse and psychiatric problems.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Farenthold was last seen in San Antonio, Texas sometime in April 1989. He had told his mother he was going to enter an unspecified drug rehabilitation facility in Florida and she purchased a plane ticket for him to travel there. He apparently never boarded his flight, however, and the ticket purchase was refunded to Farenthold's mother months later. Farenthold left behind his passport, clothing, motorcycle and car at his rented home. He has never been heard from again.

    Farenthold is a member of a prominent Texas oil family and frequented the Corpus Christi, Fort Worth and San Antonio areas of Texas prior to his disappearance. There have been several tragedies among his loved ones: his twin brother died at age four after an accidental fall, and his older half-brother was murdered by a business associate in 1972. Farenthold's mother believes he is deceased. Many rumors have circulated about his disappearance, but none of them can be substantiated, and his case remains unsolved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Texas Department Of Public Safety


    Source Information
    Texas Department Of Public Safety
    The Austin American-Statesman
    The Houston Chronicle
    The San Antonio Express-News


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 12, 2007; distinguishing characteristics, medical conditions and details of disappearance updated.

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