Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
James P. Rambone Jr., originally from Foster, Rhode Island disappeared in the morning of September 3, 2003 on the second day of what was to be an eight-day hunting trip with three friends in Nunavik, northern Quebec.
After breakfast at Camp Sardine where they were staying, the four men headed into the wilderness in pairs to hunt caribou. At about 9.30 am., one of the hunters heard a shot. Around 3 pm, Rambone's camera and bright orange vest were located hanging in a tree about 30 feet from a caribou carcass. There was no trace of Rambone, no footprints and his gun was missing too. Despite an extensive search, James Rambone was never found.
It seems unlikely that he was accidentally shot because it would have been hard to hide the body with only about 18-inches of permeable soil and lakes clear enough for objects in it to be seen by the search planes.
The most likely hypothesis is that Rambone suffered from a slight seizure which he sometimes suffered from and became confused. That could explain the removal of his orange hunting vest, a violation of a cardinal rule of hunting, these vests being used to be visible to other hunters to avoid being accidentally shot, when Rambone was an experienced hunter. There is another lake almost identical to the one at the camp, Rambone may have confused the two, gone in the wrong direction and get lost on this monotonous terrain. Another hypothesis is that he was attacked by an animal, caribous roam the area but so do wolves, polar bears and musk oxen.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Kativik Regional Police Force
The Providence Journal