Missing Person - James Daniels Jr.

The Teton County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for information on sightings or contact with James Daniels Jr., 43, who was last seen Aug. 21. Daniels traveled to Arizona and has not been heard from since.

The Teton County Sheriff’s Office is circulating a poster of James Daniels Jr., 43, who was last seen Aug. 21.

The sheriff’s office said Daniels traveled to Arizona around Aug. 21 and has not been heard from since. He is described as Black, 5-feet, 11-inches, 185 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes, and he frequently wears kilts.

According to a new Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation list of missing persons, Daniels drives a white box truck with no plates that says “Liberty Distribution” on the sides and “Got Milk” on the back. Daniels is one of the dozens of people listed on DCI’s new page for missing persons in Wyoming, which stretches back to April 26, 1974.

That new page comes in the wake of national attention on Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, who was reported missing Sept. 11 and found dead Sept. 19. The coroner has ruled her cause of death a homicide. News about her case swept — and continues to sweep — across the world.

Her case led tipsters to tell the Teton County Sheriff’s Office about seeing missing person Robert Lowery on a trail in the Bridger-Teton National Forest’s Teton Pass area where Teton County Search and Rescue volunteers then found Lowery. Teton County Coroner Dr. Brent Blue said he died by suicide.

Since August, Wyoming has received reports of 11 missing persons who have yet to be found, including Daniels.

The one other recent missing person in the area is Cian McLaughlin, an Irish man who was living in Teton County before going missing several months ago.

Grand Teton National Park spokesman C.J. Adams said McLaughlin was last seen late in the afternoon or early evening, June 8, hiking on the south side of the Bradley-Taggart moraine, headed south towards Taggart Lake.

He is 6 feet tall and 27 years old. He didn’t have a backpack, according to a resident who crossed paths with McLaughlin on the trail.

Since McLaughlin was reported missing — four days after he was last seen June 8 — the park’s investigation team spoke with more than 140 people with tips and information. More than 45 helicopter search missions were conducted, some using RECCO rescue technology and thermal imaging cameras.

Officials scaled back efforts after a week of searches by dozens of park staff.

DCI lists one more person missing in Jackson Hole: Katherine Schupp Major, 53, who was last seen in Teton County on Sept. 19, 2009. According to DCI she is white, approximately 5’5”, with green eyes, brown hair and a scar on her lower right abdomen.

The News&Guide last reported on her case four years ago. She was last seen walking away from the Four Seasons Resort in Teton Village after resort officials told her to leave because she was caught stealing from the hotel.

Police located Major in her room at the hotel, where she admitted to taking the items and agreed to pay for them. Resort officials decided not to press charges, but they asked her to leave the hotel.

“She appeared embarrassed that she got caught and assured me if she moved to another hotel she would not steal again,” a sheriff’s deputy wrote in a police report.

Major was left to pack her things in room 556, and when security went to check on her progress 40 minutes later she was gone.

“The glass door leading outside was still open, and her belongings all appeared to be in the room, but the room safe was slightly ajar,” police said.

Major left behind her wallet, purse, two cats, Oscar and Max, toiletries, $45,000 cash, wigs, gloves and a rope.

“I searched the room for any evidence of a struggle and did not find any,” a deputy stated.

Major left a note on the hotel room counter that read: “Please take care of Oscar and Max. I have nothing.” The note was on top of a card addressed to her mother in California.

Teams with DCI and the Sheriff’s Office, including three dogs, immediately began a search but found nothing.

“I believe we’ve all come to terms with it,” Major’s sister Carolyn Foster told the News&Guide in a phone interview in 2017. “But it would be much nicer to have closure.”

Foster, 59, said her sister was bipolar, a condition sometimes referred to as manic depression, and had attempted suicide at least five times before her disappearance.

Contact Alexander Shur at 732-7066 or courts@jhnewsandguide.com.

Alexander has reported on courts and crime since June 2021. A fan of all things outdoors, he came to Teton County after studying journalism at Northwestern University.

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