Jim Wood

Real Name: James Wood
Nicknames: Jim
Location: Catonsville, Maryland
Date: 1987


Occupation: Driving Instructor, Coach
Date of Birth: 1943
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 170 pounds
Marital Status: Single
Characteristics: Caucasian male


Details: In 1987, Baltimore resident Jim Wood left his home saying he needed to go away for awhile, but he never returned and his family and friends have been unable to find him. With his eighty-five-year-old father nearing death, one of his friends, Scott Miller, is doing everything possible to find him and reunite him with his father before he passes away. A promising young baseball player, he was scouted to play for the Pittsburgh Pirates before a stint in Vietnam interrupted that dream. In 1968, while he was in the Green Berets there, he mysteriously vanished and he was considered "Missing and Presumed Dead". However, amazingly, two years later, he arrived home alive but he was clearly traumatized, and he later settled down and became a baseball coach. In 1987, he told Scott that he needed to go away for awhile. He believes that Jim left out of shame and confusion due to his wartime experiences. Since he vanished, many of his friends have been searching for him. Another one of his close friends, Louisa Buckingham, has frequently written to him through the Veteran's association. In September 1998, she received a mysterious postcard saying, "Enjoy your cruise", which was signed "Jim" and had a Phoenix postcard. Jim's father believes that it was written by him. However, he still has not been found.
Suspects: Foul play is not suspected in his disappearance.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the June 11, 1999 episode.
Results: Unsolved