Astarte and jim rice

Astarte and Jim Rice

Real Name: James Rice
Nicknames: Jim Rice
Location: St. Croix, Virgin Islands of the United States
Date: July 20, 1986


Occupation: Unrevealed
Date of Birth: Unrevealed
Height: Unrevealed
Weight: Unrevealed
Marital Status: Married
Characteristics: Unrevealed


Details: In 1970, Jim Rice was a wealthy American businessman in St. Croix married to Astarte Davis. They later moved to Hawaii, when one day a yacht that Astarte and her son from her previous marriage owned caught fire and was destroyed. Police suspected that Astarte and her son caused the fire, and she and Jim soon separated. In 1982, Astarte was sent to prison for altering documents and spent a year in prison. She and Jim soon reconciled and they moved to St. Croix. In 1986, Jim had a surgery scheduled for him in the United States, but he failed to show up for it. Jim's daughter later called Astarte and she told her that Jim had ran off with an Australian woman. After he vanished, several of Jim's items were sold by Astarte at a garage sale. Evidence, rumor and mounting circumstances suggested beyond doubt that he had been murdered by Astarte. In January 1989, Astarte was charged with bank and mail fraud, but was released on bail and vanished.
Suspects: Astarte Davis
Extra Notes: This case originally ran on the April 3, 1991 episode.
Results: Unresolved. In 1991, Astarte was arrested in Santa Barbara, California, but police were unable to charge her with Jim's murder. She pleaded guilty to bank and passport fraud and in 1997 was transferred to a minimum security prison, where she later escaped. Then, in October 2002, Astarte was arrested in Spokane, Washington. She was later released, and has never been charged with Jim's murder, and his body has never been found.
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