Real Name: Jayson Artis
Nicknames: No Known Nicknames
Location: Tijuana, Mexico
Date: August 1, 1998
Details: 20 year old Jayson Artis and Michael Justin were friends and college students in Los Angeles, California who traveled to Tijuana, Mexico for a party, along with Jayson's younger brother Steve. At around 9pm, on the night of August 1, 1998, the three ended up on Tijuana's main drag, Avienda Revolucion. They went to several bars that night. At around 1am, Jayson and Steve were walking back to their car while Michael went to another bar when Jayson accidentally bumped into a female police officer while in the crowded streets. Immediately, Jayson was handcuffed and was only allowed to be let go if he gave them $40 and his gold watch. Jayson refused to give his watch, but the officer decided to let them go in exchange for the money. Because he was drunk, Jayson was told by Steve to stay put while he went looking for their car, but when Steve returned with the car, Jayson was nowhere to be found. Meanwhile, when Michael left the bar to look for Jayson and Steve, he saw Jayson in the back of a police car with four officers inside, and when he found Steve, they talked to the police, and the officers told them that if Jayson had been picked up, he was probably in jail. However, Jayson was not in jail; at 3:40am, his badly beaten body was discovered alongside a road about three blocks from where had been last seen. The American Consulate told Jayson's family that he had died as a result of a hit-and-run accident. However, his family believes that he was the victim of a brutal beating that was done by Mexican police and that it was covered up, claiming to be a hit-and-run accident. Jayson's mother Rose Artis, aunts, Teena Martin-Smith, Eunice Winborne, and niece, Shaniya Artis, are all still searching for the truth.
Suspects: It has always been speculated but never confirmed that the Mexican police officials may have had something to do with Jayson's death.
Extra Notes: This segment originally aired on the April 16, 1999 episode of Unsolved Mysteries.
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