James Michael Welter
Missing since January 1, 1986 from Ocean Springs, Jackson County, Mississippi
Circumstances of Disappearance
Welter, a Staff sergeant at Keesler Air Force Base, was last seen in Ocean Springs, Mississippi on New Years Eve 1986. He disappeared within a day or two of being arrested for drunken driving in Ocean Springs on New Year's Day 1986.
The Air Force declared him absent without leave four days later. Ocean Springs police reportedly filed a missing person's report and listed his name on a national crime database. His dental records were provided to authorities to help identify him. His home address was at Jefferson Davis Apartments, in Ocean Springs.
At the time of his disappearance, Welter was purchasing a time share with Dixie Resort Corporation, Indian Point Resort, in Gautier, Mississippi. The parent company to the resort has no record of Welter.
Private investigators hired by the family, which includes nine siblings, have turned up reports that indicates that Welter may have assumed a different name and left the Coast for Shreveport, Louisiana, with a girlfriend.
His social security number has not been used since January 1, 1986. His checkbook and savings book, investments, passport and other personal belongings were left behind.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
The Air Force AFOSI
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.
Mississippi Missing and Unidentified Persons
The Sun Herald (Biloxi, Miss.)