Jamie E. Harper

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Above: Harper, circa 2007

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 10, 2007 from Rantoul, Illinois
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: November 29, 1986
  • Age: 20 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'0, 130 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Harper has a pierced left nostril; she wore a ring in it at the time of her disappearance. She has a tattoo of a tribal design on the small of her back.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white jacket, blue jeans, and sandals. Carrying a black handbag.
  • Medical Conditions: Harper suffers from epilepsy and is required to take daily medication which she does not have with her.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Harper was last seen in Rantoul, Illinois on March 10, 2007. She left her mother's Paxton, Illinois home on March 9 to go to a party in the 1300 block of Laurel Drive in Rantoul with a male companion. Harper left the gathering early on the morning of March 10. She never arrived home and has never been heard from again. Her mother reported her as a missing person the following week. She waited because Harper had previously failed to return for several days at a time. All her possessions, including her medication, were left behind.

    After Harper's disappearance, an anonymous caller told police she had died of an overdose and her body was in an area of Paxton known as Dogtown. Dogtown contains three gravel pits and has been the site of many missing persons searches over the years, but no evidence relating to Harper's case was found there and the tip has not been verified.

    Another young woman, Heather Zimmerman, disappeared from the Rantoul area in 1997. Authorities stated there were similarities between the two cases, and they had also searched for Zimmerman in the Dogtown area. They have the same person of interest in both cases; he has not been publicly identified. The disappearances have not been conclusively connected, however. The friend Harper went to the party with is not being called a suspect in her disappearance.

    Authorities believe Harper disappeared under suspicious circumstances. Both Paxton and Rantoul police are investigating.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Paxton Police Department
    217-379-4315

    OR
    Rantoul Police Department
    217-892-2103

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    Source Information
    Federal Bureau of Investigation
    The Crime Library
    Illinois Homepage
    The News-Gazette

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 19, 2008; distinguishing characteristics and details of disappearance updated.

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