James William Duffy Jr.

Left and Right: James circa, 1973

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

Missing Since: October 19, 1973

Missing From: Leavenworth, Chelan County, Washington

Classification: Endangered Missing

Date Of Birth: circa, 1970

Age: 2 years old

Height and Weight: 2’0″ and 16 pounds

Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian Male, Brown hair, Brown eyes, James was described as having a very fragile build, his nickname is “Jimmy”

Clothing/Jewelry Description: A dark blue long sleeved turtleneck sweater, a white t-shirt, light blue colored jeans, yellow knee length socks, and a pair of white training shoes with smooth soles

Details of Disappearance

James was last seen in Leavenworth, Washington on October 19th 1973. He was camping with his parents and younger sister at Peavine Creek on the Little Wenatchee River. James parents left the campsite to go for a little walk and gather firewood.

They were gone for a brief 15 minutes and when they were 200 yards away from the camper, they heard a scream and rushed back to the site. They found the campers door to be open even though it was closed when they left and James was gone. His sister was still inside the camper and the two cats as well.

Extensive searches conducted in the area in the days after his disappearance turned up no trace of the youngster. Investigators stated that if James had wandered away, they would’ve found him. They don’t believe he’s anywhere in the area. Over 300 volunteers searched for him but nothing was ever found.

Investigators have stated that foul play has not been ruled out as a possibility in his case but there’s no evidence that he was abducted or killed. His disappearance remains unsolved and some agencies classify him as lost/injured missing.

Investigating Agency

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Chelan County Sheriffs Office 509-667-6851

Source Information

For The Lost

The Charley Project


The Daily Chronicle 10/26/1973

The Salina Journal 10/26/1973

The Daily Chronicle 10/22/1973