James Martin Roberts
Roberts, approximately 2016; Age when reported missing: 24 (approximately 2020); Roberts's forearm tattoo
Date reported missing : 04/21/2016
Missing location (approx) :
Boone, North Carolina
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 08/19/1996 (24)
Age at the time of disappearance: 19 years old
Height / Weight : 5'9 - 5'11, 140 - 150 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : An Appalachian State University windbreaker, a black shirt with three-quarter-length sleeves, khaki shorts, gray shoes (possibly New Balance brand), white socks and a white golf visor.
Medical conditions : Roberts may be in need of medical attention for unspecified reasons.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Roberts has a tattoo of blue, black and red mountains on in the inside of his left forearm and a tattoo of a quote from a Bob Marley song in black lettering on the right side of his ribcAge at the time of disappearance: . A photo of the forearm tattoo is posted below this case summary. Roberts goes by his middle name, Martin.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Roberts was last seen walking away from the Appalcart bus stop at the corner of Rivers Street and Blowing Rock Road in Boone, North Carolina on April 21, 2016, near the Holmes Convocation Center at Appalachian State University. He has never been heard from again.
He is from Kernersville, North Carolina and was living in Boone and and attending Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute at the time of his disappearance. The last phone conversation he had with his father was normal, and Roberts said they'd talk to tomorrow, but he never called and didn't reply to his father's text messAge at the time of disappearance: s.
Several days later, Roberts's father became concerned and contacted his son's landlord, who spoke to his roommates, who checked Roberts's room. He wasn't there and he'd left behind his cellular phone and other electronic devices, as well as a note. The note was vague, but said Roberts was leaving because he had not taken advantAge at the time of disappearance: of opportunities he had and he was disappointed. The note did not specifically mention that Roberts planned to harm himself, and his father did not interpret it as a suicide note. Extensive searches of the area turned up no evidence as to his whereabouts.
Roberts had initially enrolled at Appalachian State University after high school, and joined the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, but took a semester off to work at home and then enrolled at the community college to boost his academic performance. His friends said he seemed to take his schoolwork more seriously and was more quiet and reserved and less social on his return to school. His grades did improve and he was set to return to Appalachian State in the fall.
Roberts is a talented soccer player and also enjoys hiking and camping, particularly around the Blue Ridge Parkway and in the Appalachian Mountains. He didn't have access to a vehicle when he went missing, and because of the circumstances of his disappearance, his family is concerned for his safety. His case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Boone Police Department
Interactive Missing Person Search Map