James A. McQueary Jr.

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Left and Center: James, circa 1964;
Right: Age-progression to age 61 (circa 2015)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 15, 1964 from Fairfax, Ohio
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: November 3, 1954
  • Age: 9 years old
  • Height and Weight: 3'6, 65 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue/gray eyes. James's nickname is Jimmy. His two upper front teeth protrude slightly.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A blue and yellow horizontally striped polo shirt, brown pants and tan high-top shoes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    James disappeared with his best friend, John Hundley. The boys were last seen walking to John's Fairfax, Ohio home from the Frisch's restaurant in the 4700 block of Wooster Pike in Cincinnati, Ohio at 4:00 p.m. on October 15, 1964. Neither of them have been heard from again. They were reported missing at 10:30 p.m.

    Both boys were in the third grade at the time of their disappearances and were often together. Prior to going missing, John reportedly told some friends he planned to run away. Operating on the idea that they had hopped on a freight train and ridden out of town, the local police alerted law enforcement across the nation. The runaway theory was eventually discarded, however, as time passed without any trace of the children.

    A four-year-old girl disappeared from Fairfax in August 1964, two months before John and James, and was found murdered a few days later. A thirteen-year-old neighbor boy confessed to the crime. There was speculation that her murder and the boys' disappearances were related, but authorities stated they could found no connection. Three years after John and James disappeared, a seventeen-year-old Marine stationed in California confessed to their murders. He had lived in Fairfax in 1964 and said he stabbed the boys to death and buried their bodies. The suspect later recanted his statement and said he'd made up the story to get out of the military. He passed a polygraph and still maintains his innocence.

    Little evidence is available in James and John's disappearances. They lived about three blocks apart in 1964. Authorities believe their bodies are probably somewhere in the Fairfax area.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Fairfax Police Department
    513-271-7250

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    Source Information
    WKRC-TV Cincinnati
    The Charleston Daily Mail
    The Independent Press-Telegram
    The Newark Advocate
    Federal Bureau of Investigation
    NamUs
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

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    Updated 7 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated May 26, 2016; age-progression updated.

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