03-09-2015, 09:21 PM #1
CA - Raymond Collins, 29, Compton, 15 Feb 2015
Raymond Termaine Collins
Deputies searching for missing Compton man
Compton sheriff’s deputies are searching for a 29-year-old man who has been missing since Sunday under suspicious circumstances. Raymond Termaine Collins, who according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department flyer also goes by the nickname “Ray Rich,” was last seen about 4 p.m. Sunday.
Collins’ car, a 2008 Toyota Camry with tinted windows, was found today in the 400 block of Raymond Street in Compton. Anonymous tips can be made by phone call to (800) 222-TIPS (8477), by text message by typing “TIPLA” plus the information to CRIMES (274637), going online www.lacrimestoppers.org"When from a long distant past nothing persists, after the people are dead, after things are broken and scattered, still alone, more persistent, more faithful, the smell and taste of things remain poised a long, long time like souls, ready to remind us, waiting, hoping for their moment amid the ruins of all the rest, and bear unfaltering in the tiny and almost impalpable drop of their essence the vast structure of recollection."
03-14-2015, 02:23 PM #2
03-17-2015, 03:57 AM #3
Raymond Tremaine Collins was last seen by family members around 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15 leaving his residence in Chino, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Family members said the 29-year-old was on his way to the Compton area to meet a friend to discuss filming a music video the next day.
Around 2 a.m. the following morning, Collins was seen driving away from the area of Alondra Boulevard and Dwight Avenue in his dark grey Toyota Camry, the release stated.
About an hour later, witnesses allegedly saw a black man get out of Collins’ vehicle and walk east on Raymond Street and out of view, according to the Sheriff’s Department. The car was found parked in the same location on Monday, Feb. 23.
03-17-2015, 08:06 AM #4
This case is being investigated by homicide detectives and looks very ominous. What I can't understand is the apparent lack of activity on social media, in getting the message out about this man, unless I'm missing something. I would have thought a music video producer would have plenty of friends sharing posters, flyers and even videos on his behalf?
All I've found is a tweeted photo of a flyer stuck on a tree. But that says to phone family and has the number there and I'm really not sure....as homicide are investigating, I'd think it would be better for anyone with info to call them, or crime stoppers if they want to stay anonymous?We 'embraced' the missing Bob Harrod case as requested but 6 years on, are still waiting for further guidance
Flyers/FB/Case Overview&Media Links
05-20-2015, 07:51 AM #5
05-30-2015, 07:43 AM #6
My worst fear is that they took his life. It's been a month, so what else can you think
Ray Collins' family says they last saw the 29-year-old leave his home in Chino on Feb. 15.
His car was found abandoned on a Compton street with his wallet still inside. There has been no activity on his cellphone or social media accounts.
"He is trying to help up-and-coming rap artists do their music videos. So, that's what makes this suspicious because he has had plans during that week to video tape some rap videos," said Detective Toni Martinez with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
Authorities say he is not a gang member. This does not mean the people he went to meet are not gang affiliated or in the center of a hot zone - IMO they probably are. Compton is a heavily gang-controlled area, and I think anyone can put two and two together here. My guess is that he ended up in the middle of some bad juju that probably had nothing directly to do with him - either a drive-by or shootup of the location he was in. I believe there were definitely multiple people involved, and that none of them have a direct link or motive to kill him. Knowling how they roll, his body was disappeared in a pro cleanup while his car was dumped, and the car is probably totally clean. The key will be in finding out who he was meeting, and identifying the man seen walking away from his car. Based on what I know of gangs and how they operate, I doubt very much the body will ever be found, but at the very least this man deserves to have his killer(s) found (and I do believe he is deceased). Hopefully this is an important part of a larger investigation that spurrs the Compton police to bring down the people responsible. and that they are working with Chino PD on this.
Here is his Twitter:
Here is the official bulletin from Chino police:
The one thing that gives me pause about the "caught in the thick of it" theory:
On Monday, February 16, 2015, at approximately 2:00 A.M., Mr. Collins was seen leaving the area of Alondra Boulevard and Dwight Avenue in his dark grey, Toyota Camry. Approximately one hour later, 3:00 A.M., witnesses observed a male black exit Mr. Collins’ vehicle and walk east on Raymond Street and out of view.
Based on known facts, here is my gut:
1. Caught in the thick of it: 50%
2. Pre-meditated murder: 20%
3. Accidental death: 20%
4. Alive and voluntarily missing: 10%
Black middle-aged men never get the attention they deserve in these cases, sadly, and should not be ignored or forgotten. I will keep digging.
05-30-2015, 09:03 AM #7
His Instagram mentions that he would be co-directing the video with his friend/mentor who goes by MrBoomtown. I wonder if MrB was in LA with him? If so, why and when did they part that day?
I believe the artist he was working with was "big macc". Menitoning it here for anyone that wants to research that further for any info leading back to RC's activities that day so we can get a better timeline.
06-11-2015, 02:41 PM #8"When from a long distant past nothing persists, after the people are dead, after things are broken and scattered, still alone, more persistent, more faithful, the smell and taste of things remain poised a long, long time like souls, ready to remind us, waiting, hoping for their moment amid the ruins of all the rest, and bear unfaltering in the tiny and almost impalpable drop of their essence the vast structure of recollection."
06-11-2015, 08:46 PM #9
Reward offered to find Raymond Tremaine Collins Jr., last seen in Compton
POSTED: 06/11/15, 5:25 PM PDT
A woman whose son disappeared after going on a trip from Chino to Compton said she is optimistic the promise of a reward will encourage someone who knows her son’s whereabouts to come forward.
“We know money will make people talk, and hopefully they won’t be afraid to step up and do the right thing,” said Annie Collins, mother of the missing Raymond Tremaine Collins Jr., during a telephone interview today.
Earlier this month, the Compton City Council approved a $10,000 reward for information leading to the discovery of Raymond Collins’ whereabouts.
06-15-2015, 01:20 PM #10
I am so happy they are doing this - I wish they could do it for all the people that go missing or murdered in this part of California, but one is better than nothing.
From the L.A. Times link: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/l...611-story.html
Authorities believe foul play may have been involved because all of Collins’ bank, phone and social media activity stopped the day he disappeared.
"My son grew up in Compton. He was never in gangs. We kept him away from that"
“My son is one that is always on his computer. Facebook, everything, that’s how he does his business, that’s how he communicates with people. But everything went silent on that day,” his mother, Annie Collins, said Thursday.The rapper (Big Man) told investigators that Collins dropped him off the next morning about 2 a.m. at the corner of Alondra Boulevard and Dwight Avenue. About an hour later, witnesses observed a black man get out of Collins’ car, a dark gray Toyota Camry, in a different part of town.
06-21-2015, 11:50 AM #11
I agree that the second lines BBM are key to finding out what happened to Raymond.
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