Yiear James Samuel West
West, approximately 2016
Date reported missing : 12/09/2016
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Age at the time of disappearance: 28 years old
Height / Weight : 6'1, 220 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A blue sweatshirt, black pinstriped chef pants, black socks, black Croc shoes, and a black skullcap.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. West had shoulder-length dreadlocks and a significant amount of facial hair, including a goatee, at the time of his disappearance. He has burn marks on his forearms from his job as a grill cook, and a scar under his right eye.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : West was last seen after he left work at Outback Steakhouse on Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on December 9, 2016. He walked two miles to Corner News, a convenience store on Coal Street, stopping to make a purchase at Wegmans on the way. The security cameras showed him at Corner News at 6:40 p.m; he withdrew $200 from an ATM there. He has never been heard from again.
Prior to his disappearance, West had stopped using his cellular phone because an ex-girlfriend was calling him on it. He got another phone to replace it, but it isn't clear if he ever activated it and his family doesn't know the number for it. He left behind two children, and his mother doesn't believe he would have left without telling anyone. His case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Wilkes-Barre Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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