Thursday, December 16, 2010

Jamie Rochelle Grissim

Jamie Rochelle Grissim

Missing from: Vancouver, Washington since December 7, 1971

DOB: 11 Nov 1955        Age: 16 years         Height: 5'4-5'5         Weight: 125 lbs   
Hair: Brown       Eyes: Brown

Other info: hair had been bleached blonde prior to the time she went missing--was just beginning to turn back to its natural brown color and appeared a reddish color; wore reading glasses; pierced ears; missing tooth #15. Suffered from a skin condition called dermagraphia, where red itchy lines appear on the skin where a person scratches. Suffered from some hearing loss in one ear.

Clothing/jewelry: a crew neck red and white horizontally striped top with puffy sleeves; hip-hugger blue jeans; white sneakers with handmade drawings and the words 'peace' and 'love' written on them. may have been wearing a long tan corduroy coat and long dangling earrings.

Circumstances of disappearance:

Jamie disappeared on December 7, 1971 from Vancouver, Washington. It has been confirmed that she arrived at school and attended classes at Fort Vancouver High School that day. She had only two classes that day and told her Foster mother that she would return home around 1 or 1:30 pm. While waiting for the bus, she had a brief conversation with her younger sister. She told her that she intended on walking home from school that day. The walk would have been about four miles.

When her sister returned home that afternoon, she expected to see Jamie, but she wasn't there. Her sister set about calling Jamie's friends in an attempt to locate her. Police were notified that evening, when she didn't return by dark.

Police originally believed that Jamie was a runaway, so wasn't listed as officially missing until January of 1972. Her family members never believed that she would have left on her own. She was very close to her younger sister and got along well with her foster mother. She was a good student and a talented artist and writer. She also had a savings account that had not been touched since she disappeared.

In May of 1972, some of Jamie's personal belongings were found scattered along an isolated road in the Dole valley area of Northern Clark County, about 40 miles from her home.

Police now suspect that Jamie is the first victim of suspected serial killer, Warren Leslie Forrest.

Forrest was a Clark County Parks employee who is believed to be responsible for the rape and murder of at least 6 young women from the Vancouver area.  He is currently incarcerated, convicted of the murder of Krysta Blake, but is eligible for parole in 2014.

Forrest has never been charged in connection with Grisim's case. Police continue to search for evidence linking him to his suspected crimes. A death certificate was issued for Jamie Grisim in 2009, 38 years after her disappearance.

Jamie's sister, Starr Lara, continues to search for Jamie and hopes for resolution in her case. A search fund has been set up for Jamie at Wells Fargo Bank. Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo Bank or by emailing

For more information on the disappearance of Jamie Grissim
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Anyone with information 
is encouraged to contact:

Clark County Sheriff's Department
360-397-2020 or


"DNA clue may end 38 year mystery and a sister's pain", AOL News, 29 May 2010

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