South Jersey Marine Has Been Missing for Weeks After ‘Altercation’ at Bar
CLEMENTON — New Jersey State Police have joined Camden County authorities in investigating the disappearance of a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, missing since Dec. 2.
That night, a Friday, Lance James' family said, the 29-year-old went to the Hide-A-Way Tavern but was escorted out after some sort of altercation with a fellow patron, according to a GoFundMe page posted by his sister, seeking to raise money for reward money that could be used to help find him.
Clementon police told James to go home, though his jacket and cell phone were still in the bar, according to the page.
James does not own a car, so he left on foot and was later seen on surveillance video about a block from his apartment, it says.
"Lance never made it home that night. It’s almost like he completely vanished. He did not show up for work, call out or pick up his pay check. Lance did not reach out to anyone by any means, neither friends or family have heard from him since. Lance does not own a car," his sister wrote.
James, who served a year each in Iraq and Afghanistan before leaving the Marines in 2012, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, his sister said on the page, which so far has raised $3,840 of a $5,000 goal.
State Police are now searching three area lakes for clues, NJ.com reported.
James is approximately 5 feet and 8 inches tall, 180 pounds, with brown hair, a reddish-brown beard and tattoos, according to the GoFundMe page. He has a 5-year-old daughter who lives with her mother.
Family members ask that anyone with information contact Detective Barber at the Camden County Prosecutors Office, at 609-442-8386.