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  1. #1
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    Oct 2014

    AZ - Jayson Pearce, 1, Phoenix, 15 April 1983

    I listed April 15th as the missing date although some sources give April 18th as the date.


    Missing & Exploited Children

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    Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
    Missing Since: April 15, 1983 from Phoenix, Arizona
    Classification: Endangered Missing
    Date of Birth: January 12, 1982
    Age: 1 year old
    Height and Weight: 3'0, 20 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Sandy brown hair, green eyes.

    Details of Disappearance
    Jayson was last seen at his home in Phoenix, Arizona on April 15, 1983. He was abducted by his non-custodial stepfather. His stepfather claims he gave him to another family, but that story has never been verified and Jayson has never been heard from again. Few details are available in his case.

    "Help sought in 1983 Phoenix disappearance of Jayson Pearce":


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    Who was Walker County Jane Doe?

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  3. #3
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    Dec 2014
    Surrey, UK
    Interesting how little attention this case has attracted. An article from the Arizona Republic newspaper in 1990, available at https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/122390361/ gives the following information;

    Mothers name Napolean Pearce.
    Stepfathers name John David Grooms, born circa 1942, last known circa 1990 in Tucson.
    Jayson had a brother Michael born circa 1976.
    Grooms was sentenced to just under 2 years in prison for custodial interference but not charged with kidnapping due to 'lack of evidence'. I am not sure why as he wrote notes to the mother saying he took the boy.
    The police lost track of Grooms circa 1990.

    I suspect Napolean Pearce is now living in Florida. http://az.findacase.com/research/wfr...0291.AZ.htm/qx is the appeal of John David Grooms against his conviction and sentence. It gives some interesting background (such as the mother was in prison for multiple DUIs and he had been looking after the children). Oddly, Pearce and Grooms were only married 3 months before the abduction (in Nevada on 25/1/1983 according to Ancestry).

  4. #4
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    Dec 2014
    Surrey, UK
    A bit more digging suggests Grooms may be an interesting character and, perhaps, even did what he claimed. Two web records from the 1970s and 80s suggest a strong religious background and I cannot find any records of other tangles with LE (and cannot find him with any confidence post 1990).

    I think he goes by David Grooms rather than John. His marriage record lists him as J David Grooms and the first record also uses this name. At https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/2481713/ there is an article from 1974 (when he would have been 32) which lists him as a lay reader of the Christian Church in Casa Grande. I assume it is our man as it seems unlikely there were two J David Grooms in the same area at the same time. The second record is at https://culteducation.com/group/10814-behind-bars-.html which is an article on Jewish prisoners in Arizona prisons and is dated January 1985, around the time Grooms was in prison. It includes a story about the conversion of a David Grooms to Judaism (apparently the first known case of a prisoner conversion), said David Grooms "who grew up in an evangelical Christian environment".

    All of this may be only a coincidence of names, but I suspect not and that it suggests this case is more interesting and less obvious than it may appear at first. Hopefully he really did find a good home for Jayson.

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