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    PA - James Lewis, 4, Lancaster, 28 July 1991

    James Dupree Lewis Jr.

    Endangered Missing from Lancaster, Pennsylvania since July 28, 1991

    Age: 4 -- Height: 3'3" -- Weight: 60 lbs -- Hair Color: Brown -- Eye Color: Brown

    James' nickname is Squirt.

    James' mother, Debra A. Johnson, and her live-in boyfriend of one year, Maurice Marcell Martin, reported James missing at 8:30 am on July 28, 1991. Maurice stated that he left James in the car while he went into the Giant Food supermarket in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. When he came out a few minutes later, James was gone. An extensive search turned up no sign of him.

    Authorities eventually determined Maurice's story about James' disappearance was untrue. He was charged with criminal homicide in October 1991. Debra testified against Maurice at his trial, stating he severely abused James on a regular basis and he also abused her. (Two months after her son's disappearance, she left him and got an order of protection against him.) Neighbors also witnessed Maurice hit the boy. Maurice was convicted of 3rd degree murder in May 1992 and sentenced to 20 years in prison. He will be released some time in 2012.

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    'Squirt' vanished; memories didn't
    July 2011

    It was 20 years ago when Lancaster city police first heard about the missing boy.


    For 71 days, investigators scoured over evidence and performed interviews for leads. Residents organized massive searches for the brown-eyed boy last seen shoe-less.

    "He didn't walk onto a new life at age 4," said county President Judge Joseph Madenspacher, a prosecutor back then.

    "Something happened to him."

    What happened, police eventually learned, was that Martin had come into the boy's life about a year earlier. From that point, the child sustained beating after beating from the athletic 26-year-old Coatesville native.

    On July 27, 1991, the child abuse turned into murder, police said.


    "The saddest part for the family was there was never an admission," he said, "and no chance for proper physical burial."

    Chalfant said he still thinks about the child all the time.

    "Whenever I see a missing-person report," the detective said.

    Police will take calls at 735-3300 from people who have information about the Squirt Lewis case.

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    Oct 2014
    Such a tragic case. Hoping James can be found one day.

    20 years was clearly not enough if the guy won't tell the family or authorities what he did with the body; assuming it can be recovered.

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