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3404DMNV - James Anthony Shaw


Name: James Anthony Shaw
Case Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing Since: May 4, 1971
Location Last Seen: Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada

Physical Description

Date of Birth: July 16, 1929
Age: 41 yrs old
Race: White
Gender: Male
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 200 lbs
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Blue
Nickname/Alias: Jim
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Left leg (fibula/tibia area) is about 1 1/2 inch shorter than his right leg as a result of child hood polio. This resulted in a limp in his walk.


Dentals: Not Available; He had his own teeth and they were in good condition.
Fingerprints: Available
DNA: Available

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: May have been wearing business attire.
Jewelry: Watch; ring.
Additional Personal Items: Unknown

Circumstances of Disappearance

The car Mr. Shaw was driving was found abandoned in an alley off of and west of Maryland Parkway, between Desert Inn road and Sahara Boulevard, behind (west of) Wonder World, near Karen Avenue. West of the alleyway was desert in 1971. This car he was driving was a Whittlesea rental, ‘69-’71 Ford Galaxy, light yellow/beige. The car was found by a Las Vegas patrol officer, between midnight and 1:30 am.

Police called the Whittlesea rentals to verify ownership. Mr. Shaw's son answered the call and verified the car’s I.d. and added that he had gone on duty at 11:00 pm to relieve his dad from the swing shift. Mr Shaw had told his son to “be careful” because he had seen “prowlers” earlier and added that he was going straight home from work.

Jim left at approximately 11:30 pm, May 4, 1971 from Whittlesea car rentals, located at the south west corner of Tropicana Boulevard and Paradise Road. Blood on the driver’s side was reported by the police.

Mr. Shaw's last known address was on Franklin Avenue, between Maryland Parkway & South 6th Street, directly north of Whittlesea rentals. He shared a large house with two of his sons, a couple of friends and his girlfriend.

Mr. Shaw never made it home, even though it was a short distance from the business. Foul play is suspected.

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: Las Vegas Metro Police
Agency Contact Person: Detective Dan Holley
Agency Phone Number: 702-828-2907
Agency Phone Number: 702-828-3111 (after hours/weekend)
Agency E-Mail: [email protected]
Agency Case Number: 080626-2108

NCIC Case Number: N/A
NamUs Case Number: 17935

Information Source(s)

North American Missing Persons Network

Admin Notes

Added: 8/19/2008; Last Updated: 4/25/2017

Questions or comments? Please contact appropriate member of the Area Team

** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.

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