12-01-2005, 03:57 PM #1
CA - Jack Daniel Phillips, 9, Big Bear Lake, 6 Aug 1995
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Case File 1208DMCA
Left: Phillips, circa 1995; Right: Age-Progressed to age 17 (circa 2003)
Jack Daniel Phillips
Missing since August 6, 1995 from Big Bear Lake, San Bernardino County, California.
Classification: Endangered Missing
- Date Of Birth: June 22, 1986
- Age at Time of Disappearance: 9 years old
- Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 4'0" (122 cm); 72 lbs (33 kg)
- Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Brown hair; brown eyes.
- Marks, Scars: Scar on left cheek, freckles on face.
- Dentals: Dental X-rays available
- Clothing: A black tank top, gray shorts with tasmanian devil logo on leg, white socks and white tennis shoes. Gold earring in his left ear.
- AKA: JD
Circumstances of Disappearance
Jack Phillips was last seen between the hours of 5:00 and 5:30 p.m. near the Aspen Glen Picnic grounds in the city of Big Bear Lake. His mother last saw him that afternoon heading for a nearby park. Another 9-year-old boy told investigators that he saw the boy walking from a picnic area toward the Phillips home about 5:30 p.m. that day. There has been no trace of the boy since. No indications of foul play, no ransom demands, no confirmed sightings.
The closest thing to a possible break occurred several days after the disappearance, when a family friend who lives in Bakersfield said she received an automated phone call asking whether she would accept a collect call. The woman told authorities she thought she heard Jack's voice on the other end when the automated call paused for the caller to announce himself. But when she pressed the phone key pad to accept the call, there no longer was a voice at the other end. The only other person that Jack knows in Bakersfield is his father. But he was in prison at the time.
The boy has lived with his mother and her boyfriend, along with the couple's own 2 1/2-year-old son. The two adults apparently had an argument the day that Jack was last seen and Jack had told a friend that he was tired of the arguing. Jack had never run away from home. A 20-square-mile area around the boy's home was scoured by searchers on foot, on horseback and from the air in the days after he disappeared, with no evidence of him. Foul play is suspected.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office
Missing Persons Unit
Agency Case Number:
NCIC Number: M-854762197
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Los Angeles Times 1995
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Last edited by Kimster; 01-25-2012 at 05:36 PM. Reason: removed image links - no longer work
08-06-2010, 01:16 PM #2
Jack has been missing 15 years today.
03-17-2011, 08:08 PM #3Registered User
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A little NASCAR publicity for his case:
Fontana, CA - The 1995 cold case involving the disappearance of J.D. (Jack Daniel) Phillips, 9, in Big Bear Lake will be featured artwork on car #87 driven by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year Kevin Conway during the upcoming Fontana NASCAR race weekend (March 25-27) at Auto Club Speedway.
03-23-2011, 09:33 PM #4Former Member
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Authorities dust off 16-year-old case
When J.D. Phillips left his Big Bear Lake house to go play at Aspen Glen campground, he was 9 years old. He hasn’t been seen since that day: Aug. 6, 1995.
Jack Daniel Phillips is considered a cold case by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
No signs of the young boy were ever located. It’s a case that has left authorities baffled for 16 years. It is hoped that Conway and ExtenZe Racing’s assistance in this case will help reach that one person who may have the answer in this case.
03-26-2011, 07:38 AM #5
NASCAR driver is focusing attention on case of missing youth
Published: Saturday, March 26, 2011 12:01 AM CDT
A NASCAR driver is providing assistance in helping focus attention on a disturbing case of a missing youth.
As part of the "ExtenZe Local Hero" program, Kevin Conway, the 2010 Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year is stepping up to assist the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office in the missing juvenile Jack Daniel Phillips cold case.
01-25-2012, 05:06 PM #6
Jack's Charley Project page:
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01-29-2012, 11:47 AM #7
Quite a few UIDs matching Jack's demographic in Namus but a lot are listed for Los Angeles, CA. Google Maps tells me it's a 2hr drive from where Jack was last seen alive. I emailed the Los Angeles ME regarding one such UID. There's nothing that seems to be able to confirm it's Jack or for that matter rule him out as a match. Hoping the ME is privy to some much better information that is listed on Namus. I'll let you guys know as soon as I get a reply but it's the long shot to end all long shots.mortui vivos docent
01-30-2012, 08:39 PM #8
Received emails from both LA ME and Daniel Machian, the UID's case manager, and unfortunately it's not JD Phillips. I believe there was a UID matching his description found in Big Bear Lake, however it is listed as "ruled out" on Namus. Probability dictates that the poor boy never made it out of the State Park. Does anyone know if the lake was dredged at the time?mortui vivos docent
06-03-2012, 11:13 PM #9Former Member
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Closure eludes parents of missing Big Bear Lake boy
The man long suspected of abducting and killing 9-year-old Big Bear Lake resident Jack "J.D." Phillips is dead, but the boy's father can't help but feel conflicted about it.
J.D. was last seen walking home from the Aspen Glen Picnic Area in Big Bear Lake on Aug. 6, 1995. He never returned home and was never seen again.
Convicted serial pedophile and child killer James Crummel, 68, who lived just a few blocks from the Aspen Glen recreation area at the time of J.D.'s disappearance, was found dead in his cell on San Quentin's Death Row on May 27. He had hanged himself with an electrical cord, authorities said.
"It would have been nice to know where my son was, but I'm glad (Crummel's) dead. I'm glad he's gone," said Jack Phillips, J.D.'s father, who now lives in West Virginia. "There can never be any closure. Nothing would've brought my son back."
06-04-2012, 03:03 AM #10
Prayers for the family. So sad.
07-28-2012, 11:18 PM #11Registered User
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Strange link? coincidence?
I was following up 'on one thing and it led me to the disappearance of Roderick Cate https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/5085/7/
Roderick Cate (who lived in West Virginia) disappeared 10/12/02 approximately 30 miles away (Twin Peaks, CA) from where Jack Phillips went missing (Big Bear, CA) http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/...lips_jack.html- and it seems Roderick was the boyfriend of Jack's mother and father to his half-brother... http://articles.latimes.com/1995-08-..._big-bear-lake
I am just baffled that 7 years later his mother's boyfriend goes missing in the same area...
Here are more links
Any ideas or other links? I believe Jack Phillips real father was in prison in Bakersfield at the time of his disappearance, but I don't know if he was out in 2002...
08-17-2012, 11:17 AM #12mortui vivos docent
10-23-2013, 03:47 PM #13Registered User
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I may be able to help a little here. I was a good friend of Michele Phillips (JD's mom) until she died on July 30, 2012 of cancer.
About Rod Cate -Rod was Michele's longtime boyfriend. They had a son together who was about 2 yrs old when JD was kidnapped. Rod was with Michele at their home in Big Bear on the evening JD went missing. Rod was accused of having something to do with JD's disapearance at first, but was cleared. Michele never thought Rod had anything to do with JD's disapearance, as Michele and Rod were home TOGETHER at the time JD was kidnapped.
Around 2001, Michele and Rod (and their son) went to West Virginia where Rod's extended family lived. Rod went back to California few months later (by himself) to get the rest of their things. They decided to stay in VW.
While Rod was in California getting their things, he went to the mountains with a friend of theirs. I think Rod and his friend were going camping in the mountains. The friend left the campsite for a few hours, and when he came back he saw that Rod had set up the campsite, but he could not find Rod.
There was a search, but Rod was never found. Michele told me she thought Rod had went off to find firewood and possibly fell into a crevasse. She really didn't know what happened to Rod, he was never seen again.
There was a forest fire in that area sometime after Rod went missing, so any evidence of his body (clothes, jewelry, glasses) will probably never be found.
Michele stayed in Virginia with her son and raised him there.
Eventually, Jack (who is JD Phillips dad) came out to Virginia and lived with Michele and helped her raise her son.
Michele always thought it was ironic that Rod raised Jac'ks son, and Jack raised Rod's son. I'm glad Jack was there for her, and Michele was glad too. She had been through so much, and she was such a sweet and kind person.
I agree, it sounds odd that Michele lost her son, and years later she lost her longtime boyfriend. The two cases are not connected in any way.
Michele's son was 18 when Michele died last year. He is living with Jack in Virginia now. He did graduate High School, and he wants to go into the Military. Poor kid, he lost his entire family in 18 years! His brother JD, his dad Rod, and he lost his mom last year. It's so sad.
I don't have any answers, but I thought I would at least shed some light on the two cases, because it does sound a little "funny" if you don't know Michele or her sad story.
Michele told me she DID think Crummel was the one who kidnapped JD. She never had any evidence or proof it was Crummel, but she really thought he did it. JD had a babysitter in Big Bear, and Crummel was a friend of the babysitter. Although Michele never met Crummel, she thought JD met Crummel at the babysitters house. She thought if JD was familiar with Crummel, he may have accepted a ride from him on the evening he was kidnapped. Of course, Michele never really knew what happened to JD, but this was her strongest theory.
She did know that Crummel killed himself in prison. It happened just before Michele died. At least she died knowing Crummel would never be let out of prison and he would never be able to hurt another child.
Also, JD's dad (Jack) was definitely IN prison when JD was kidnapped. There was no way he could have had anything to do with his son's dissapearance.
Jack is a very nice and kind man. He loved his son, as did Michele and Rod.
Please keep looking for JD. Michele never gave up looking for him and she died never really knowing what happened to her son. Of course, JD's dad Jack would love some closure on this case.
10-23-2013, 07:33 PM #14Registered User
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Here is a webpage I made that has all of the info we know about JD's disappearance. I made this page before JD's mom, Michele, died in 2012. She and JD's dad Jack both approved of this page and all of the info I included.
With Michele's help, I made a map showing the Aspen Glen park where JD was last seen, and the path that Michele thinks JD would have taken to walk home that evening.
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