Jyrine Kyese Harris

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Left and Center: Jyrine, circa 2002
Right: Age-progression to age 14 (circa 2013)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 23, 2002 from Irvington, New Jersey
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: December 15, 1999
  • Age: 2 years old
  • Height and Weight: 3'0, 32 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Jyrine has a circular scar on his inner right forearm, a scar on the inside of his upper left arm, a scar over his right eyebrow, and a birthmark on his lower back. He is right-handed. Jyrine's nicknames are Fatboy, Fatman, Pooh and Poppa Babba. He has previous fractures to his shoulder and wrist.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A Pamper diaper printed with Muppet characters. On his right leg was a cast that extended from knee to toe, with writing on it which read "Get well soon, fatboy."
  • Medical Conditions: Jyrine's right leg was fractured when he disappeared. He has ostogensis imperfecta, a rare disorder which causes brittle bones that break easily. He may be in need of medical assistance.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Jyrine was last seen sleeping in his bed on the second floor of his home on 40th Street in Irvington, New Jersey at 1:00 a.m. on June 23, 2002. He disappeared in the early hours of the morning while his teenage sister, LaElisa Harris, was watching television downstairs with her boyfriend, Gregory Jones-McCrae. The family searched the house before reporting Jyrine's disappearance to police at 5:00 a.m.

    Jyrine lived with his grandmother and eight other people, including LaElisa, at the time of his disappearance. He had been taken from the home of his mother, Janet Harris, on May 31 after she was arrested on charges of abusing him. Janet was still in police custody at the time her son disappeared. (The charges against her were dropped after his disappearance, as it was determined that Jyrine could have sustained his injuries as a result of his bone disease rather than from abuse.) Authorities do not believe Jyrine was taken by either of his parents. It is also unlikely that he wandered away from the home, due to the broken leg which limited his mobility, and due to the fact that he has not been found.

    Police have stated that Jones-McCrae has not been cooperative in the investigation. He has not been charged in connection with Jyrine's disappearance, however. Jyrine's four-year-old cousin, who shared a bedroom with him, says a Caucasian man and an African-American man abducted the child. Jyrine's parents do not believe he was abducted, however; Janet believes there was an accident in the home that night and Jyrine disappeared as a result.

    Most of the people in Jyrine's house the night he vanished have not been ruled out as suspects in his disappearance, but there is little evidence available in his case. His case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Irvington Police Department
    973-399-6603

    OR
    Janet Harris (Jyrine's mother)
    201 Alabama Avenue, Apt 1E
    Paterson, New Jersey 07513
    973-279-5259

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    Source Information
    Eyewitness News ABC
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    The Garden of Missing Children
    Child CyberSearch
    The Star-Ledger
    For the Lost

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    Updated 7 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated August 3, 2014; age-progression updated.

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