James Rowe, a 26 year old living in Crestone, Colorado, went missing on July 30th, 2004. James lived what some would call an alternative lifestyle: he was off the grid, and was co-owner of a natural food co-op. He valued self-exploration and spirituality, and around a week before he went missing, he attended a Landmark Forum seminar.
The seminar touts itself as quote “designed to bring about positive, permanent shifts in the quality of your life – in just three days.”
Landmark Seminar encourages people to talk about your feelings and experiences from childhood. James called his sister, Laura, while at the seminar, and expressed his feelings from that time. Whatever James experienced there, he was clearly moved and emotional. He shaved his head and removed all of his piercings.
In the following week, his friend Jeremiah, who we speak to in the episode, claimed that he was having a hard time balancing these new emotions. On the day he went missing, James and his dog Piglet took a drive. His car is found 20 miles outside of town, and there are various reports of the things he did after leaving his car: some said he tried to hitchhike back to Crestone. The last known thing that James did was walk into his friend Adam’s shop, express that he was having a hard time, and walk out. That was the last time James was ever seen.
Since that day, there have been sightings of James as far away from Colorado as Georgia. If you have any information, please contact the Saguache County Sherriff’s Department at 719-655-2544, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will pass the information along.
James Rowe @ The Charley Project
Laura, James’ sister, blog on his disappearance
Landmark Forum: More information