Obaidullah James Shams

Above: Shams, circa 1997


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 8, 1997 from Lancaster, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: August 19, 1967
  • Age: 30 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'7, 137 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Black hair, brown eyes. Shams may use the first name Chams or the alias James Anderson.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: Black pants, a black shirt and black pull-on biker boots.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Shams was last seen in Lancaster, California on October 8, 1997. He had planned to travel to northern California with a friend that month. He disappeared shortly after stopping in Palmdale, California. Shams has never been heard from again.

    Authorities said that Chas Timothy Davis was one of the last people to see Shams on October 8. Davis was arrested on drug charges near west 40th Street and Avenue L in Los Angeles County, California in May 1998. He was apprehended by Shams's investigating officers and questioned about the case, but he has not been charged in connection with it.

    Shams resided in San Diego, California in 1997. Foul play is suspected in his case.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department


    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    The Daily News Of Los Angeles


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated August 1, 2006; details of disappearance updated.

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