Name: James Arthur Cole
Case Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing Since: April 11, 1994
Location Last Seen: Severna Park, Anne Arundel County, Maryland
Date of Birth: September 6, 1972
Age: 22 years old
Weight: 140 lbs.
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: He has a tattoo of a black widow spider on his forearm.
Dentals: Not Available
Clothing: a green rugby shirt, "Levi"jeans
Additional Personal Items: beige and black sport shoes, Green "Loyola" baseball cap
James Cole was last seen in Severna Park, MD on April 12, 1994. He left the Gingerbread Man Restaurant in Severna Park, to walk home one early April morning in 1994, and was never seen again. He had just four blocks to walk from the restaurant's bar at 566 Ritchie Highway, which is now Bill Bateman's Bistro, to his parents' modest two-story home on Hodges Lane where he lived.
Cole did not have a car and often made the half-mile trek from the Park Plaza shopping center to his home after a night at area bars. On the night of his disappearance, Cole had been drinking and singing karaoke at the Shangri'La Restaurant and the Gingerbread Man with his brother, Jeff. Jeff Cole last saw his brother at 22.00 at the Gingerbread Man. Cole was seen leaving the bar alone around 1:30 on April 11, 1994, visibly intoxicated. Witnesses assumed he was headed home on foot.
Cole's family discovered that morning that he hadn't come home, and searched nearby streets, trails and wooded areas, assuming he had passed out or gotten hurt on his walk to Hodges Lane. It was unlike Cole to just disappear without telling anyone. Cole hadn't mentioned any planned trips, and none of his possessions were missing. He also had a girlfriend at the time. Cole spoke to his girlfriend every day and would not have left without telling her.
Agency Name: Anne Arundel County Police Department
Agency Contact Person: N/A
Agency Phone Number: 410-222-3588
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 94713201
NCIC Case Number: M-726493996
NamUs Case Number: 1949
Added: 3/25/06; Last Updated: 11/18/17
Questions or comments? Please contact appropriate member of the Area Team
** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.