Howard Student on 'Critical Missing' List

Published April 9, 2009

Howard University sophomore James Duncan III has been declared missing as of March 25, 2009. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is being asked to contact either the Howard University Police Department (HUPD) or Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

Duncan was last seen at approximately 8:30 p.m. on March 25, at the Howard University Plaza Towers West. He drives a 1998 burgundy Toyota Corolla with California license plates that read 3XZU00, according to a university-wide release issued by the Howard University Office of Communications.

Chief Leroy K. James of the HUPD said Duncan was reported missing by a close relative, who contacted the university police with concern over not having heard from Duncan for a few days.

The release describes Duncan as a 24-year-old male of African descent, 5’ 11” in height, 165 pounds, with a black, low-afro haircut, brown eyes and dimples.

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of James Duncan III should contact the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099 or the Howard University Police Department Investigator Robert Thompson at 202-806-1085.

Duncan’s family is assisting the police with successfully locating the student. James said the case is being investigated by the MPD as a Critical Missing Persons case, and that the HUPD is assisting with the case.

A person can be determined a “Critical Missing Person” based on eight criteria, according to the MPD Web site.

Five of the eight criteria are (1) it is believed that the missing person is in a life-threatening situation; (2) it is believed that the missing person is in the company of someone who could endanger the missing person’s welfare; (3) based on available information, it is believed that there is a real or suspected danger of foul play; (4) The absence is inconsistent with the missing person’s established pattern of behavior and the deviation cannot be readily explained; and (5) other circumstances involved in the disappearance that would cause the Watch Commander to conclude that the person should be considered “at-risk.”

The reason for Duncan’s classification as a Critical Missing Person was not disclosed.

Written by Jessica Lewis, Black College Wire 

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