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 1986 James Michael Welter 01-01-1986, Ocean Springs, Jackson County
Posted: May 14 2009, 09:19 AM


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James Michael Welter
AF E5 or Staff Sgt at Keesler Air Force Base

Date Missing : 01-01-1986
Date of Birth: 10/02/1951
Missing from: Ocean Springs, Ms
Age when missing: 35

Height : 5'7"
Weight: 160 Lbs
Race: Caucasian
Hair: Brown
Eyes : Brown
Dentals : Available
SS# and other accounts have not been used since he went missing

When Welter was last seen on New Years Eve going into the year 1986
He was in a minor accident which yielded a DUI for Welter. He was with a woman who worked at Rooks Inn in Biloxi when arrested.
The vehicle he was driving was:
1978 Ford Granada VIN# 8W81F183435
Title # 4311513-01

He posted bond from the DUI (unknown who Bond Company was)
His court date for the charge was 1/15/86 in which he never appeared

The vehicle was then purchased vehicle under a Junk Bond
Then sold Under a Title Bond by an another person

The vehicle is reported to have been scrapped

Welter was scheduled to return to duty on Keesler Air Force Base 1/6/86
Air Force declared him AWOL 1/8/86

His home address at the time of his disappearance was:
Jefferson Davis Apartments # 17
Ocean Springs, MS 39564

Welter was purchasing a time share with:
Dixie Resort Corporation, Indian Point Resort
Gautier, MS 39553
The Salesperson, a woman is described as being a transient who traveled around selling resort memberships.
The money kept coming out of his account for payments on this until paid for . Welters family was never allowed to use the timeshare.
The parent company to the resort is N.A.C.O.
have no record of Welter or salesperson

The resort was managed by a relative of the person who ended up with Welters vehicle and had it scrapped.

Welter possibly had a girlfriend who was from Shreveport, LA who worked at the Isle of Capris in Mississippi then she moved to Bossier City to work at a casino there.
Welter was at one point believed to be going by the name Billy Cox. No one ever located this person to confirm this either way but a picture of Welter was shown around and some said that Welter was going by the name Cox and was working for a construction company running heavy machinery. He was suppose to have been enrolled in a class to learn how to work this machinery while he was living in Mississippi.

The Air Force AFOSI Agent currently assigned to this case is Agent Nailer (228) 377-3420

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Sun Herald, The (Biloxi, MS)
Edition: TSH
Page: A2


OCEAN SPRINGS --- An Illinois woman left the Mississippi Coast in tears and "complete despair" on Friday, finding no clues to explain her brother's disappearance from Ocean Springs 15 years ago.

Kate Lazansky, of Antioch, Ill., spent this week driving around the Coast with boxes of files and pictures, hoping authorities could help find her brother. James Michael Welter, or "Jimmy," was a staff sergeant at Keesler Air Force Base when 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, Lazansky said.

However, Lazansky said the Air Force has been unable to find its files on Welter. She's also been unable to find out why there's no record of a missing person report.

Private investigators hired by her family, which includes nine siblings, have turned up conflicting reports. One report indicates that one of the Ocean Springs police officers who arrested her brother later bought her brother's car. Another indicates that Welter may have assumed a different name and left the Coast for Shreveport, La., with a girlfriend.

The petite, 39-year-old woman came to the Coast with bulldog determination, not taking "no" for an answer as she sought to meet with various officials and reporters.

"Wouldn't you want to know what happened if it was your brother?" she asked.

On Friday morning, Lazansky checked out of a Biloxi hotel, upset because Ocean Springs police officials refused to speak with her, she said. However, she spent one day with an Air Force investigator, who promised to rebuild Welter's file, said Lazansky.

No one from either agency returned phone calls from The Sun Herald.

Lazansky found a glimmer of hope when she visited the state Attorney General's Office in Jackson on her way home. She learned there may be a way to find a copy of her brother's fingerprints. She believes it could help identify her brother if he has been found dead.

"There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about him," Lazansky said. "I can't let it rest until I know."

---Robin Fitzgerald can be reached at 896-2307 or at

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Posted: May 14 2009, 09:21 AM


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Memorial set for county man missing 16 years
Article from:The News Sun - Waukegan (IL) Article date:April 8, 2002 Author: Frank Abderholden More results for: missing james michael welter

Family and friends of James Welter will hold a memorial service Thursday in McHenry. A star athlete at Grant High School and College of Lake County, Welter was declared dead this year after being missing for more than 16 years.
Welter was 34 and a staff sergeant in the Air Force and had served for nine years at the time of his disappearance on Jan. 3, 1986. He vanished after going to spend a weekend with some friends in Mississippi along the Gulf of Mexico near Keesler Air Force Base.

The former Fox Lake resident left behind his checkbook and savings book, investments, passport and other personal belongings.

The Air Force initially listed him as absent without leave and then listed him a deserter.

Six months after he disappeared, his Ford Granada turned up in the hands of a convicted felon who could not remember who sold the vehicle to him.

Investigators with the Air Force and police were unsuccessful in solving the case.

"We are coming together to bring closure and remembrance for our beloved son," said a notice for the memorial service.

Visitation will be held beginning 7 p.m. at The Villa Desidaradam, 3015 Bayview Lane, McHenry.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family asks that donations to charity be made in memory of James Michael Welter.

Welter is survived by his parents and nine brothers and sisters.

Welter was a national junior college champion while at CLC and was named to the school's athletic hall of fame.

The six Welter brothers amassed a wrestling legacy in Lake County through Grant High School and junior college careers.

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