James William Hires, age 18, was last seen in Cherry Hill Township, New Jersey on October 17, 1981.
This case is eerily similar to that of Farren Stanberry.
James Hires was last seen when he left his home in the family car to pick up his brother. His family learned that he was missing when his brother called to say he had not been picked up.
James had $1100 in cash on him at the time. The next day, the family car was located in Lot D of the Philadelphia Airport.
Someone claimed that they sighted James in San Francisco in 1983, and his various website profiles seem to portray this as a confirmed sighting.
I’d really like to know the circumstances of this sighting – did someone speak to him or spend enough time with him to decide that the man they saw was James? Or could it have been a case of mistaken identity?
San Francisco is a big place. It would also be great to know where in San Francisco he was seen, and what circumstances he was living under. Maybe an SRO hotel? Were they sure the sighting was 1983? Was it reported immediately, or had some time elapsed before the sighting was reported? Was his social security number ever used in California? $1100.00 was easily enough cash to catch a one-way flight to San Francisco, and rent a hotel room for a few weeks, but if he was still there in 1983, I’d think he would have had to get a job.
There is a set of unidentified remains that is currently being compared against Farren Stanberry, but if that turns out not to be a match, I think James Hires is a candidate too. That, of course, is based on the 1983 sighting which offers no details other than “sighted in San Francisco in 1983”.
I somewhat have doubts about the 1983 sighting. I think if it were a confirmed sighting, it would have been more specific. I also wonder if he’d ever expressed a desire to leave the area, or mentioned San Francisco as a possible destination.
There don’t seem to be any online news articles on his case, so information is sparse.
An attempt to get more information on the sighting is underway. I will update if I get any more information on this.