Missing Person Investigation is ongoing for James Wilson, Jr. one year later

(Jacksonville, NC)- The investigation to find missing person James Wilson, Jr. continues. On Thursday, May 31, 2018, Jacksonville Police Department issued a Silver Alert for James Wilson, Jr., a 78-year old man who apparently walked away from his home in the Country Club Road area. A year has passed since this investigation began. Detectives have investigated dozens of tips, but none have led to finding Mr. Wilson. Detectives are looking for assistance from the community.

Mr. Wilson suffers from dementia. Mr. Wilson is a black male, 5’11” tall and weighs approximately 196 pounds. He has gray hair and brown eyes.

We have asked residents to check infrequently used buildings on their property such as storage sheds or buildings not used daily.

“During the investigation, we learned that Mr. Wilson may have hitch-hiked in the past. We ask that anyone who may have picked up someone matching Mr. Wilson’s description to please give us a call” said Captain Mike Capps, Supervisor, JPD Investigations Division. “We appreciate the continued assistance from the public in calling in with information.”

Mr. Wilson’s daughter, Jayna Wilson has been his biggest advocate since the beginning of the disappearance of her father. Jayna took to social media herself to encourage people to share the posts about her father and to continue looking for him, or any clues that might lead to him.

If you believe that you have seen Mr. Wilson, please call 911 immediately. If you have information please contact JPD Detective Vincent Waddell at 910-938-6408 or vwaddell@jacksonvillenc.gov or Crime Stoppers at 910-938-5034. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to arrest. Callers to Crime Stoppers are not required to reveal their identities. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES).

Jacksonville senior found in waterway Sunday afternoon off Hwy 172 back gate bridge

On Sat. March 9, 2019, the Sheriff Office was dispatched to a report of a vehicle left parked on top of the 172 bridge near the back gate of Camp Lejeune around 7p.m. A check of the victims home revealed that he was missing and family members reported that he had been depressed. The vehicle was left unsecured with the keys and other personal items left in the seat.

The man was a Jacksonville local and age 65. His identity has not been released.

Contributor Photo, credit: Crystal Eahart

The Sheriff Office conducted a search of the area using the Sheriff’s Office drone, SABLE air unit from Wilmington Police and boats from the local VFD.  The search was discontinued around 11 p.m. and resumed after daylight the following day with boats from Turkey Creek VFD, Camp Lejeune FD, Bear Creek VFD and Marine Patrol.  The victim was located by one of the boat crews at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.  

He was located approximately one hundred feet from the bridge.

No foul play is suspected.

In other related reports locally, allegedly this was the second attempt. The mans body was allegedly carried by the current where eventually his body met and became tangled in a crab pot line or crab pot.


If you or someone you know are experiencing depression, suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harm to others, please call Mobile Crisis through Trillium Health.

Any person may receive crisis and emergency services in eastern North Carolina for mental health, substance abuse, and intellectual/developmental disabilities issues. Regardless of where you live, work or go to school, you can call our toll-free 24-Hour Access to Care line 1.877.685.2415 at any time. A trained person answering the phone will connect you with services to address your situation.

You can also reach the National Suicide Hotline 24/7 by phone at:

“There may be a wait time to connect. To speak to a counselor now, please call the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

or text chat: Lifeline Chat

UPDATE: #FOUND SAFE MISSING SENIOR: Wilmington PD asks public help locating 85-year-old Donald Calder

MISSING: 85 yo Donald Walter Calder 5’04”, 200 lbs, grey hair, brown eyes, may have a small suitcase, left family’s house in 300 block of Pinecliff Dr sometime this evening. Use Text-a-Tip or call 910-343-3609. https://t.co/K7lj6nDyrK