Jesse Warren Ross

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Top Two Rows and Bottom Left and Center: Ross, circa 2006;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 22 (circa 2009)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: November 21, 2006 from Chicago, Illinois
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: February 18, 1987
  • Age: 19 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'10, 140 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Red hair, blue eyes. Ross wears eyeglasses with dark-colored wire frames. He has a freckled complexion. His radio name is Opie Cunningham.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white t-shirt, a green warm-up jacket, blue jeans and black sneakers.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Ross was last seen at approximately 2:30 a.m. on November 21, 2006 leaving a meeting at the Sheraton hotel in the vicinity of the 300 block of east North Water Street in Chicago, Illinois. He was a sophomore communications major at the University of Missouri at Kansas City at the time of his disappearance, and had traveled to Chicago with other students to participate in a model United Nations program.

    Surveillance cameras at the hotel showed Ross walking out of the building. He did not appear to be intoxicated at the time. The walk from that hotel to the one he was staying in was only ten minutes, well-lit and monitored by cameras, but none of the cameras recorded Ross. He has never been heard from again.

    Ross was well-liked at college and was known as a driven, enthusiastic young man. He did an unpaid internship at a Kansas City radio station, 95.7 The Vibe, prior to his disappearance and was so successful that he was promoted to a paid position; he was a popular personality on the station's "Shorty and the Boyz" morning show. His radio name was Opie Cunningham. He was not having any personal problems at the time he went missing, and his loved ones are puzzled by his disappearance. There has been no activity on his cellular phone or credit cards since he was last seen. His case remains unsolved.


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


    Source Information
    America's Most Wanted
    CBS 2 Chicago
    KAKE 10
    The Catholic Key
    MySpace Page for Jesse Ross
    Mothers are Vanishing
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    KCTV 5


    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated November 23, 2011; picture added.

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