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12-24-2005, 03:13 AM #1
MT - John Reamer, 25, Helena, 27 March 1994
According to Lt. Dave Jeseritz, who is investigating the case, a friend dropped Reamer at his apartment on the evening of Sunday, March 27, 1994.
The next day, Reamer didnít show up for a fishing trip with another friend. Then, he failed to show up for classes at Carroll College.
On April 4, 1994, a missing person report was filed with the Helena Police Department.
In retrospect, Jeseritz said officials should have investigated Reamerís disappearance more aggressively at the time. However, Reamer had a number of reasons to leave town and it didnít come as much of surprise he was gone.
He was under state supervision at the time of his disappearance in connection with a 1992 assault that occurred at a Manhattan, Mont. bar.
According to court documents, he was in danger of being taken back into custody after receiving two DUIs a few months before he was reported missing.
Kamerman explained that Reamer shared a young son with her daughter, had a strong support system, attended college classes and was building a new life in Helena.
She added that when she and her daughter were asked by Reamerís landlord to clean out his apartment, they found his billfold, his school books and his car, parked in the street. But his favorite cowboy hat was gone.
While Kamerman concedes that Reamer had a chemical dependency problem, in addition to mental illness, she doesnít think he would leave without a word, and isnít convinced that heís dead.
Jeseritz wants to reveal Reamerís fate to give Kamerman and Reamerís family members some peace.
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Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?
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12-24-2005, 08:32 AM #2Former member
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Here is the Doe Network link for John there are photos of him, and his tattoo there:
Missing since March 27, 1994 from Helena, Lewis And Clark County, Montana.
Classification: Endangered Missing
* Date Of Birth: November 16, 1968
* Age at Time of Disappearance: 25 years old
* Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'11"; 180 lbs.
* Distinguishing Characteristics: Native male. Brown hair. Brown eyes.
* Marks, Scars, Tattoos: Reamer is a member of the Makah Indian Nation. He has a tattoo that was an original design that his grandmother created for him and is significant to Reamer's Makah heritage. It is located on his upper right arm. It says "Makah Nation" around the native american logo and has two feathers hanging down his lower arm, past his elbow.
* Clothing: Unknown clothing description, possibly wearing a cowboy hat.
* Dentals: Available
* Medical Conditions: Bi-polar disorder. Drug & alcohol addiction & depression.
* Other: Fingerprints & DNA available
Circumstances of Disappearance
Reamer's girlfriend dropped him at his apartment on Wilder Street in Helena the night of Sunday, March 27, 1994. He had spent the weekend with her, and their son. She was surprised to find a man she didn't know at Reamer's apartment when she dropped him off. She thought Reamer might have known him from a video rental store where Reamer often rented Nintendo games.
On Monday morning, his girlfriend and her mother talked to Reamer before he left for school. Neither of the women detected anything out of the ordinary during their brief conversation with Reamer. That was the last time they talked to him. They tried calling on Tuesday and Wednesday but got no answer.
Reamer's next door neighbor recalls last seeing Reamer come home on the night of March 27. The woman said she intended to make breakfast for Reamer and her son Monday morning before the pair went on a short fishing trip, but Reamer didn't answer his door that morning.
On April 4th, he was reported missing. In his apartment were items including Reamer's billfold and his school books. His vehicle also was parked outside the residence. But his favorite cowboy hat was missing.
According to Montana Probation and Parole records, Reamer was under state supervision at the time of his disappearance in connection with a 1992 assault that occurred at a Manhattan, Mont., bar. Reamer received a six-year deferred sentence, along with 331 days in the Gallatin County Detention Center. Reamer was bi-polar, and was not taking his medication at the time of the brawl at the bar.
There were at least a couple occasions when it was feared Reamer was suicidal, but friends or law enforcement were able to intervene before he was able to hurt himself. Though Reamer experienced some rough spots following his release from jail and move to Helena, related to drugs and alcohol, it appeared he was doing fairly well in his new life. He was working for a contractor while attending Carroll College.
Lt. Dave Jeseritz reopened the missing person case of Helena resident John Reamer a little over a year ago. He visited the video store where Reamer was believed to have rented videos. The owners confirmed that Reamer had rented items there, but had no information about the young man who was believed to be an employee there.
In December 1993, Reamer's probation officer recommended to the court that Reamer's six-year deferred sentence be reinstated after he was picked up for an alleged DUI that involved a hit-and-run accident. In addition, the officer was concerned that Reamer had failed to complete a drug and alcohol treatment program.
Jeseritz pulled Reamer's phone records to figure out if the conversations witnesses reported having with Reamer before his disappearance actually happened, and to determine who else he might have called.
Jeseritz found nothing out of the ordinary in those records other than that Reamer had called a couple of fishing companies in Alaska, where he used to work before moving to Montana.
Those companies had long since been out of business by the time Jeseritz tried to make contact with them in 2003 to find out if anyone there had any information about Reamer's whereabouts.
In addition to obtaining Reamer's phone records, he investigated transactions from Reamer's bank accounts. He discovered that some activity was recorded in the days preceding Reamer's disappearance - nothing out of the ordinary - but the accounts have remained dormant, with a positive balance, since then.
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03-22-2012, 08:16 AM #3
Find John Reamer Facebook page:
It looks like John's case was recently given to a new detective.
03-22-2012, 08:24 AM #4
A recent article from March 12, 2012:
Helena unsolved: The case of the missing student
Reamer, a Carroll College student, was last seen when his girlfriend dropped him off at his apartment on Wilder Street on March 27, 1994.
When he disappeared, Reamer was on probation and potentially facing prison time because of a drunk-driving arrest, a violation of his probation conditions. At the time, police believed he had simply skipped town.
ďIt wasnít treated as a homicide or any foul play type of issue,Ē said Dave Jeseritz, Helenaís assistant police chief, who took on the case while a police detective in 2003.
Over the years, Jeseritz interviewed numerous people who knew Reamer, pulled phone records and put together a timeline of events. While Jeseritz has a list of ďpersons of interest,Ē he lacks a solid suspect or motive. There were no signs of struggle at Reamerís apartment. His billfold and school books remained at the residence. His vehicle was parked outside. The only item noticeably missing was Reamerís favorite cowboy hat.
Recently, after being promoted to assistant police chief, Jeseritz handed the case over to another detective, Tim Coleman.
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