Thomas James

Above: James, circa 1998


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 18, 1998 from Los Angeles, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: June 4, 1957
  • Age: 41 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'8, 145 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Black hair, brown eyes. James may have a mustache, beard or a goatee. Some agencies may list his birth year as 1954.
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    Details of Disappearance

    James lived with his mother in the 4000 block of Cromwell Avenue in the Los Feliz district of Los Angeles, California in 1998. He was last seen on June 18 of that year and has not been heard from again. James's 1997 Nissan was discovered abandoned on July 1, 1998 in Burbank, California, two weeks after his disappearance. There was no sign of James at the scene. He normally used a steering wheel locking device to deter theft, but it was unlocked when the car was located.

    James had worked as a tram driver for Universal Studios for fifteen years prior to his disappearance; he was considered a model employee and won the employee of the year award in 1995. He was unmarried and his hobbies included investing in the stock market, watching movies and horse racing. James left his wallet, credit cards, driver's license, passport and money behind, but may have taken his ATM card. He also left a newspaper with some apartment rental advertisements circled; he'd been looking for a new apartment that was closer to his job.

    It's uncharacteristic of James to leave without warning. His case remains unsolved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Los Angeles Police Department


    Source Information
    Los Angeles Police Department
    California Attorney General's Office
    North American Missing Persons Network
    The Los Angeles Times


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated December 9, 2013; details of disappearance updated.

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