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Case Type: Endangered
Date of Birth: October 20, 1975
Missing Date: September 4, 2010
Age Now: 37
Missing City: Raeford
Missing State: North Carolina
Hair Color: Black
Hair Length: Short
Eye Color: Brown
Wear Glasses or Contacts: No
Location Last Seen: Roger Jermaine “Jay” Chambers, 34, was last seen by a family friend after arriving in the Red Springs area the evening of Sept. 4 in Hoke County.
Circumstances of Disappearance: Chambers told his family that he had an appointment but didn’t go into specifics. Family members believe he may have gone to meet someone who owed him money.
Chambers is also described as being very friendly and is known to help the homeless. Chambers’ family spoke to him shortly after he left for the appointment and then he spoke to a friend in Red Springs. He was last spotted at a gas station near Red Springs. Chambers then proceeded to go into town and was not heard from again.
“We can actually put him in a certain place at a certain time in Robeson County. Witnesses that saw him and talked to him. Here we are now, just like he totally vanished,” Sheriff Hubert Peterkin, of Hoke County told News 14.
Chambers’ vehicle has never been recovered and there has been no activity on his bank accounts or credit cards. Chambers has not called his children with whom he was very close. He was described as a dependable worker who rarely missed a day at his job.
Foul play is suspected.
“Everything’s wrong,” Peterkin told the Fayetteville Observer shortly after Chambers went missing. “There’s no trace of nothing dealing with this guy anywhere. Nothing at all. His car can’t be found, nothing that he was wearing. I mean, it’s just like he disappeared.”
Chambers’ wife Cynthia knew something was wrong that first night.
“Around 9:48 p.m. I had a bad feeling and I began to call him, and it went straight to voice mail and I woke up at 2 a.m. and he still wasn’t home,” said Cynthia Chambers.
The pain of her husband’s disappearance has not lessened with time. In fact, Chambers’ family, which launched a web page to help find him, misses his presence more and more each day.
“My daughter said ‘Whoever did this or has my daddy, [give] my daddy a chance to see me turn 16, to see me get my license, maybe my daddy won’t see me graduate from high school’,” said Cynthia Chambers.
Last Seen Wearing: Black khaki shorts, black polo shirt with red logo, black and red tennis shoes. He was driving a green 1993 four-door Toyota Camry with chrome rims (pictured at left). A clear paint coat was peeling off the hood.
Identifying Marks or Characteristics: Dark skin. Keloids on left and right shoulder and right leg; mole on the back of right leg (looks like a tick).
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Roger Jermaine Chambers should contact the Hoke County Sheriff at (910) 875-5111 or the Black and Missing Foundation’s confidential Tip Line.