James Peter Jurica
North American Missing Persons Network
James Peter Jurica

Above Images: Jurica

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 30, 1978 from Leland, Leelanau County, Michigan
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 29
  • Height: 5'9"
  • Weight: 145 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown mustache. Tinted glasses.
  • Clothing: Brown shorts, jogging shoes or boots. Green backback.
  • AKA: Jimmy
  • Case Number: 78-4337

  • Details of Disappearance
    James Jurica left Leland, MI on the Manitou Transit mail boat on July 30, 1978. He wanted to go to North Manitou Island to attend a family gathering but was dropped off on South Manitou because the boat did not go to North Manitou that day.

    Jurica was seen trying to find a boat to take him from South to North on two occasions by campers and residents of South Manitou Island. He was last seen on August 2nd. He may have tried to swim to North Manitou Island which is 4 miles away.

    Extensive ground and air searches were performed, as well as dives at two sites off shore. No sign of James Jurica has ever been found.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Leelanau County Sheriff's Office

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