Justin Phillip Harris

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Left and Center: Justin, circa 2004;
Right: Age-progression to age 18 (circa 2008)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 15, 2004 from Casper, Wyoming
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: August 20, 1990
  • Age: 13 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'0, 110 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Blond hair, green eyes. Justin wears eyeglasses.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: Possibly a gray jacket and black snowboots.
  • Medical Conditions: Justin was taking psychiatric medication at the time of his disappearance, including anti-depressants; he may not have the medicine with him. He is developmentally disabled and functions at the emotional level of a six- to seven-year-old.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Justin was last seen at the R.L. Mills Home, the group home for boys where he resided in the 100 block of east H Street in Casper, Wyoming. At 7:00 a.m. on February 15, 2004, workers at the home found his room empty after he failed to show up for breakfast. His bed was found stuffed with clothes to give the appearance that he was sleeping in it.

    Justin's mother had willingly turned him and his younger sister over to the custody of the state. He been through several failed foster care placements before he was placed in the R.L. Mills Home in the summer of 2003. His father, Phillip Harris, a truck driver who had fought for custody of him, initially said he believed his son ran away to be with him. Phillip theorized that Justin is either still in the Casper area, or tried to go to Swink, Oklahoma, where his father lives. He had repeatedly run away from his various foster homes in the past. Later, Phillip said he thought Justin hadn't run away from the group home but had, in fact, become the victim of a crime, and that the group home was trying to cover this up. Phillip denied that Justin suffered from any kind of disability, but these assertions were contradicted by the staff at the R.L. Mills Home, who said he required constant supervision and could not function without his psychiatric medication. They stated he'd been doing well at the facility, however, and was also succeeding at school.

    Justin's case remains unsolved. The R.L. Mills Home, which served adolescent boys with a variety of emotional and behavioral problems, was closed in 2011, due to financial constraints.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Casper Police Department
    307-235-8278

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    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    The Casper Star-Tribune
    City of Casper, Wyoming
    Vanished Children's Alliance
    The Casper Star-Tribune
    True Crime Magazine
    The Billings Gazette

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    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated April 16, 2012; details of disappearance updated.

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