Jamie Rochelle Grisim

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Left: Jamie, circa 1971;
Right: Age-progression to age 56 (circa 2011)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 7, 1971 from Vancouver, Washington
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: November 11, 1955
  • Age: 16 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'4 - 5'5, 125 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown hair, brown eyes. Jamie's hair was bleached blonde before her disappearance; at the time she went missing her hair was in the process of turning back to brown and was a reddish color. She wears eyeglasses for reading. Her ears are pierced and one of her teeth is missing. Jamie's last name is spelled "Grissim" by some agencies.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A red and white horizontally striped blouse with a round neckline and puffed sleeves, blue hip-hugger jeans, white sneakers with handmade drawings and the words "peace" and "love" handwritten on them, and possibly a long brown corduroy coat and long, dangling earrings.
  • Medical Conditions: Jamie has hearing loss in one ear. She also suffers from dermographia, a skin condition that causes itchy red lines to appear on the skin after the person scratches.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Jamie left her residence in the vicinity of the 5300 block of northeast 58th Street in Vancouver, Washington on the morning of December 7, 1971, and went to Fort Vancouver High School, about two miles from her home. It is established that she arrived at school. She had only two classes that day, and she did attend them. She told her foster mother she would walk home from school and would arrive at 1:00 or 1:30 p.m., but she did not appear as scheduled. She has never been heard from again. Jamie's purse, identification, and other possessions were found in May 1972, five months after her disappearance, in a wooded area alongside a road in the Dole Valley area of Northern Clark County, northeast of Vancouver.

    Authorities initially believed Jamie had run away from home, and as a result, she was not officially declared a missing person until January 1972. Her loved ones never thought she left of her own volition. She and her sister had been wards of the state since they were toddlers. Their father was in prison and they had been taken from their mother. Jamie was a good student, got along well with her foster mother and was close to her sister in 1971; she was also a talented artist and writer, and a member of the 4-H Club. She had a savings account at the time of her disappearance, but the account has not been used since she went missing.

    Police eventually decided Jamie had probably not run away; she is now believed to be the first victim of a suspected serial killer, Warren Leslie Forrest, who is thought to have raped and killed at least six young women in the Vancouver area. He was convicted of murdering one nineteen-year-old woman in 1978 and received a life sentence. He attended the same high school Jamie had, albeit several years before she did, and was popular and a good student. It's possible he and Jamie knew each other slightly. Forrest is still incarcerated, but will be eligible for parole in 2014. The bodies of three other women have been recovered in rural Clark County, two of them within a mile of where Jamie's possessions were found. One of them remains identified.

    Forrest has never been charged in connection with Jamie's case or in the other murders suspected of him. It is worth noting that his other presumed victims were hitchhikers and Jamie does not fit that profile, although she had the same physical characteristics as the other women. Jamie remains missing and foul play is suspected in her case. A death certificate was issued for her in March 2009.

    Forrest
    Above: Warren Leslie Forrest

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Clark County Sheriff's Office
    360-397-2020

    OR
    877-274-6311

    OR
    360-397-2211

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    Source Information
    The Doe Network
    NamUs
    Jamie's Story
    Project Jason
    AOL News
    Find Jamie Grisim

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    Updated 9 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated April 13, 2012; age-progression updated.

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