Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
James is bi-polar and diabetic. He walked away from his home in Gresham, Oregon in the early morning of August 27, 2010. He didn't take his wallet, ID, credit or debit card, money, or his medication. He receives monthly Social Security checks through direct deposit. The checks have continued to be deposited into James's account but he has not withdrawn any money since he left. The family has filed 2 missing person reports with Gresham Oregon Police Dept. James is married and has been for several years. He has left before but just for a day or two and each time calls his wife and lets her know where he is.
James walked into the Redding California Police Dept. on September 1, 2010. He said he was homeless and needed help. He said he was passing through and had car trouble. They directed him to the Rescue Mission. For unknown reasons, James was asked to leave the Mission and was suspended from returning for 30 days. He did not return. His illness causes him to appear intoxicated but he does not drink. James is quite ill both mentally and physically.
The Redding Police had 2 other encounters with James. The last one was on September 3, 2010. James flagged down an officer and asked for directions. James was in the area of the Rescue Mission. The officer found the missing person report on James and contracted Gresham Police. The officer said that James appeared to be living a transient lifestyle. He was unkept in appearance. James told the officer that he had a fight with his wife and left but that he was going to contact her later. The police officer asked James where he was staying and he pointed to a van. He said he was looking for the man in the wheel chair. James may have befriended a handicapped man who had a van and possibly got into the van with this man. This was the last time anyone has reported seeing James.
His car was found abandoned in Redding California approx. 2 weeks later. It likely broke down the first night that James arrived.
The family says James is thinner now then he appears in his photo.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Gresham Police Dept
Rebecca Amundson on behalf of Olsen Family