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James Lewis Part 2: The Airport

James Lewis Part 2: The Airport

Update: 2023-07-173


Last week, we brought you the first part of James Lewis' story. Jim Lewis was a decorated veteran who had recently retired after serving in the United States Army for 25 years. Jim and his wife Patsy purchased a home in Fayetteville, North Carolina, which was supposed to be their forever home, after moving all over the US and the world for many years. They were putting their roots down finally, and Patsy was able to start hanging those pictures on the walls. But it didn't even last a year because, in October of 1982, Jim pulled out of the driveway headed to a job interview in Vero Beach, Florida, and never came home. The police were convinced that Jim had willingly abandoned his family, and they weren't interested in investigating. His family did what they could on their own, but that wasn't bringing them any solid answers. Then, Jim's car was found months later at the local airport in Fayetteville. It had been parked there since October 6, 1982, three days after Jim left, supposedly to drive to Florida. None of it seemed to make sense to his family. He always cared for them and wouldn't have left them this way. Over the years, some tidbits of clues have been revealed that could point to an outcome that no one ever saw coming.

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Comments (4)

Danielle Beeaff

Intriguing. I am wondering if James was involved knowingly, or unknowingly.  He may have trusted his friend GP and was told something else. Maybe he found out the truth.Maybe his plane went down in South America. What a mystery. The article below is absolutely fascinating!

Oct 15th


the crash in South America seems very likely.

Aug 21st

Ari C

GP's son was in prison for quite a while related to the smuggling ops.

Jul 22nd

Anne or Christine Carr

just move to the uK. Or maybe Australia, or lots of other countries; only the US has such a horrible health service

Jul 19th








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James Lewis Part 2: The Airport

James Lewis Part 2: The Airport