Man listed as missing

April 16, 2005|by CANDICE BOSELEY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An Inwood, W.Va., man who disappeared more than three weeks ago has not contacted any of his family members or friends, prompting police to list him as a missing person.

Investigators with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department are asking for help in their search for James G. Amster, 52, who last was heard from when he spoke to his mother on March 24.

Police think it's possible Amster left his home at 124 Hatchery Road in Inwood because he believed police were looking for him.

"That's absolutely false. There are absolutely no warrants out for his arrest," Cpl. Brendan Hall said.

Amster was reported missing on March 29. His car was found at his house.

After he was reported missing, police interviewed his family and friends, and also searched his home and the surrounding area.

Foul play is not suspected at this time.

Police are waiting to review Amster's phone records, bank records and credit card records to see whether any activity has taken place since his disappearance.


Amster is around 5 feet 9 inches and weighs around 145 pounds. He has hazel eyes, brown hair and a thin build.

Because the last time he spoke to anyone was over the phone, police do not know what he might be wearing.

Anyone who might have had contact with Amster in the past three weeks or who has information may call either Hall or Cpl. D. Steerman of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department at 304-267-7000 or Crime Solvers at 304-267-4999.

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