seaboardbc Posted September 17, 2004 Report Share Posted September 17, 2004 Okay, this isn't about us, put I'm asking for your help for this family.Below is an article outlining the abduction of Jim Cockman. We need help getting this in the national press. It has been difficult but Fox News is carrying it this evening and Today on NBC is doing a story on Sunday. Any help on the internet would be more than greatly appreciated.For picture of James Cockman please use the link below: http://greenvilleonline.com/news/2004/09/1...04091539270.htm Police fear businessman may have come to harmPosted Thursday, September 16, 2004 - 9:14 pmBy E. Richard WaltonSTAFF WRITERrwalton@greenvillenews.comJames Cockman, the Greenville businessman who disappeared this week, "may have come to some harm," according to a Greenville County Sheriff's Office spokesman. "We've investigating this as a missing persons case," said Sgt. Shea Smith. But "based on the circumstances and evidence coming forward, we think there's a strong possibility he may have come to some harm. He could have come to foul play." Smith said investigators had a number of tips in the case, but declined to elaborate. The FBI also has joined the investigation of what happened to the 71-year-old Cockman, the former Greenville County Chamber of Commerce president who was last seen buying a cup of coffee at a service station at the intersection of State 11 and 14. Cockman had gone there Tuesday morning to complete the sale of a Suburban he had parked in an empty lot across the road. The Sheriff's Office has set up a 24-hour command center at the intersection to get tips from people who may have seen something related to the case. Tom O'Neill, a FBI spokesman in Columbia, said federal agents are assisting Greenville County in the search for Cockman. Smith said the FBI was asked to help with the search roughly 36 hours after Cockman vanished. "They asked for our assistance," O'Neill said. He would not discuss the FBI's role. "We don't discuss specific steps that we're taking," he said. "We will follow logical leads we receive." Deputies have increased patrols in the area, where Cockman was last seen, a spot near the North Carolina border. Smith said anyone with information about the case can call investigators at 23-CRIME or 467-5240. Deputies were unable to use their helicopter Thursday to search the woods in the area because of the bad weather, Smith said. Cockman was scheduled to meet a potential buyer of a 1996 GMC Suburban at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday. The buyer gave a deposit of $100 and was expected to pay another $8,400 to purchase the vehicle. Cockman was driving a 1999 Jaguar and stopped at a nearby Spinx Station for a cup of coffee shortly beforehand, officials said. His wife, Cathy Cockman, told authorities she suspected something was amiss because she said her husband always showed up for appointments. Officials at Tryon Federal Bank contacted her after Cockman failed to appear. His wife went to the meeting spot after Cockman failed to show for the bank appointments and found Cockman's Jaguar with the door ajar. A prayer vigil for him will be held starting at 11 a.m. today at First Baptist Church, at Cleveland and Faris streets, a church spokesman said. All faiths are welcome. ? Staff Writer E. Richard Walton can be reached at 298-4317. Missing man's family and friends post reward for informationPosted Friday, September 17, 2004 - 3:42 pmBy John BoyanoskiSTAFF WRITERjboyan@greenvillenews.comFriends and family of a missing Greenville County businessman are offering a $50,000 reward for any information on his whereabouts that can lead to his finding. Authorities also released more information Friday about a couple seen with James D. Cockman at the intersection of Highway 11 and 14 the night before he vanished. Sheriff Steve Loftis described a white male, 6-feet, 250 pounds with shoulder length brown hair, tattooed legs, and a full beard; and a white female, about 5 foot 7, petite with reddish/brown hair in a pony tail, as persons of interest. The two were seen in a older model white sedan that had two children in it around 6 p.m. Monday, Loftis said. Cockman was last seen leaving a Spinx station at the intersection of Highways 11 and 14 Tuesday morning, said Loftis said. Cockman was planning to sell a Chevrolet Suburban across the street to an unidentified couple. Cockman's wife found his 1999 green Jaguar at the scene a few hours later, but Cockman and the Suburban were missing, Loftis Authorities believe Cockman, who was the former head of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, may have been abducted, Loftis said. He declined to discuss motives or scenarios Friday. But he did say no one has demanded ransom. "We are chasing every lead that comes in," Loftis said. Anyone with information should call a special tip line: 1-866-839-6241. The FBI is monitoring that line. The Sheriffs Office also has a 24-hour mobile command center at the intersection in Landrum in case people have information, Loftis said. About 12 people have brought information there so far, Loftis said. Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office is also assisting by chasing down leads in that county. The agency lent its helicopter to help in the search Wednesday. However, bad weather the last few days has grounded an aerial search. Investigators are reviewing video tapes from the Spinx station, but Loftis would not say what if any information they revealed. He also wouldn't say if call records from Cockman's home phone number have shown anything. Cockman's wife, Cathy, told police a man called the home around 6 p.m. Monday to ask about the GMC Suburban that was parked in a vacant lot about five minutes from their house. Loftis did not say why they were selling the SUV. James Cockman drove to the site alone where he met with the couple Loftis described. They paid him $100 cash Monday and said they would complete the deal Tuesday morning. Cockman left his home at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday wearing a white Polo shirt with H. L. Hunley on it and dark slacks. Spinx employees said he bought a coffee there, but they did not pay attention to what he did next. After a bank called Cathy Cockman twice to say he had missed appointments, she drove to the scene. She found the Jaguar's door open, and the Suburban's bill of sale and title inside. She then called the Sheriff's Office to report the disappearance. Loftis said no usable evidence has been found on the Jaguar. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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