Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
James Arthur of of Fresno was last seen on July 28, 2008, carrying a red backpack. James Arthur told family he was going fishing at Star Lakes, in the Sierra National Forest, would stop in Big Sandy for lunch and return home before dark. When he failed to return home, the Sheriff's Department was called just before midnight. Search crews were unable to find Arthur at the two areas where he said he would be. The outing was supposed to be in an area east of Fish Camp. Two people reported seeing Arthur on the steep trail to Iron Lakes. One said he was hiking up the trail, and the hikers spoke briefly to him. Another witness said Arthur had stopped to rest. Search and Rescue found his truck, a dark blue four-door Dodge Ram parked near the entrance to Iron Lake, southeast of Star Lakes.
Two distinct pieces of property he was carrying when he disappeared were a walking cane and an Olympus camera (Olympus SP-550UZ 7.1MP digital camera with dual image stabilized 18x optical zoom).
Arthur is a Fresno State graduate, a decorated veteran and retired Air National Guard lieutenant, who had been a spokesman for the 144th Fighter Wing.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Madera County Sheriff's Department