Ricardo D. James
James, approximately 2011; Shanunikia Pierce, approximately 2011
Date reported missing : 10/29/2011
Missing location (approx) :
St. Louis, Missouri
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 03/06/1971 (50)
Age at the time of disappearance: 40 years old
Height / Weight : 5'5, 160 - 170 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. James's head was shaved at the time of his disappearance.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : James was last seen in St. Louis, Missouri on October 29, 2011. He was with his two children, Age at the time of disappearance: d six and seven, when he met Shanunikia N. Pierce at her apartment in the 4700 block of Ashland Court. They all stayed with Pierce at her apartment for a day or two, but then James left with someone in a car and never returned.
Pierce then told the children she was taking them to their father, but instead she drove them to a vacant house in Granite City, Illinois and left them there. James has never been heard from again and Pierce was subsequently charged with abandoning the children. A photo of Pierce is posted with this case summary. James's family doesn't know her. She disappeared herself in February 2012, but was eventually located.
James's family members believe he came to harm, as they don't think he would have abandoned his children. He was granted sole custody of them when they were toddlers and was very protective of them. His loved ones stated he worked at a nursing home, attended church, and never drank alcohol or used drugs. He lived in the 5900 block of Cote Brilliante at the time of his disappearance. He is missing under unclear circumstances and his case remains unsolved.
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St. Louis Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
Missouri State Highway Patrol
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