James "Jim Bob" Booher (Courtesy Iowa Dept. of Public Safety)

James “Jim Bob” Booher (Courtesy The Gazette)

James Allan “Jim Bob” Booher

Presumed Homicide

Name: James Allan “Jim Bob” Booher
At at Report:
51 YOA
DOB:
March 30, 1963
Weight:
185 lbs.
Height:
5’08”
Hair:
Unknown or completely bald
Eyes:
Hazel
Incident Type:
Involuntary/Suspicious
Residence: Marion, Iowa
Last Seen: 5900 block of Fourth Street SW in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Linn County
Agency: Marion Police Department
Case number:
14011355
NamUs MP #
27721
Reported Missing:
June 3, 2014
Last Seen Alive:
May 31, 2014

Case Summary compiled by Jody Ewing

James Allan “Jim Bob” Booher, 51, of Marion, Iowa, was last seen Saturday morning, May 31, 2014, in the 5900 block of Fourth Street SW in Cedar Rapids. On June 3, 2014, his sister, Susie Reynolds, reported him missing to the Marion Police Department, who issued an Operation Quickfind.

On June 9, 2014, Booher’s truck — a tan 1996 Chevy extended cab with a topper and license plate number 447 ZIO — was found abandoned in Cedar Rapids.

Marion Police said early on in the investigation that Booher’s disappearance was considered involuntary and suspicious.

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Cedar Rapids Police Department and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation have been aiding in the search for Booher.

On Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, Marion Police Lt. Scott Elam said Booher’s disappearance is being treated as a homicide.

“We’re treating it as a homicide until we find his body,” Elam is quoted as saying in a Cedar Rapids Gazette article by Lee Hermiston dated Oct. 17, 2014. “The family believes that he’s deceased. We believe he’s no longer with us, either.”

Elam said Booher came from a large family and it was “very unusual” that Booher wouldn’t have made contact with any of them.

“The circumstances were unusual to begin with,” said Elam, who declined to elaborate further about the investigation.

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Family and friends pinned favorite photos of Jim Booher on boards around the ‘Just Jules’ bar on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. The event doubled as a fundraiser to help pay for funeral expenses.
Family Holds Memorial Services

Booher’s family decided to hold memorial services for him on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014.

“I think we all need closure,” Reynolds told the Gazette. “I know that won’t be coming for a while. We won’t have any closure until we find his body.”

Family and friends gathered Friday night, Oct. 17, 2014, at Booher’s favorite bar, Just Jules, on Center Point Road NE to pin favorite family photos around the bar. The event also served as a fundraiser to help pay for funeral expenses.

Reported Hermiston in the Oct. 17, 2014 article:

Reynolds said her brother had “the biggest smile ever” and loved his twin boys. She described him as “the best carpenter in town” and said he had a knack for finding discarded items, fixing them up and reselling them.

“He was just a fun-loving guy,” she said. “He’s going to be very missed.”

With hunting season underway, Reynolds said she asks that hunters be on the lookout for her brother’s body.

In an earlier Gazette article dated Tuesday, June 24, 2014, the search for Booher led police to a possible meth lab but not Booher.

The Gazette said that according to the Marion Police Department, investigators learned about a possible meth lab in Swisher while investigating Booher’s disappearance. Police obtained a search warrant for a residence at 1576 120th St. NW outside Swisher in rural Johnson County.

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Investigators work the scene of a possible found body (beneath blue and white tents) on Nederhiser Road near the intersection with Ivanhoe Road in Ely south of Palisades-Kepler State Park on Thursday, May 7, 2015.

Marion police, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation assisted the Johnson County Drug Task Force and Iowa State Patrol’s Tactical Team in executing the warrant Tuesday morning, June 24. Authorities didn’t reveal what they discovered at the residence but said charges were pending and would come from the drug task force’s investigation.

Hermiston reported in the story:

Marion police Lt. Scott Elam said information about the meth lab came up during their investigation into Booher’s appearance, though police didn’t necessarily believe he was at the residence.

“We didn’t have that specific of information,” Elam said. “It was something we looked into. We didn’t find anything related to that investigation there.”

Elam said sometimes when police are investigating one case, information about another possible crime comes up. This was one of those cases, he said.

“It was just kind of one of those things,” he said. “Sometimes during an investigation, you learn other stuff. It came to light as part of our investigation.

“I don’t know that anything was relevant” to the missing person investigation.

Forensive team searches home linked to Booher’s disappearance

A forensics team that specializes in identifying human remains is helping search for evidence outside a rural Ely farmhouse once linked to a Marion man who went missing a year ago and is presumed the victim of a homicide, The Gazette reported on Thursday, May 7, 2015.

Police said the feds were conducting the Booher’s suspected drug-related homicide.

A University of Indianapolis spokesman said its archaeology and forensics team — made up of a professor and graduate students — was dispatched to the rural Ely site at the request of law enforcement.

“They are the go-to people whenever suspected human remains are discovered,”  Scott Hall, media relations director for the university, said in the May 7 Gazette article. He declined to comment further.

Gazette reporters Lee Hermiston and Trish Mehaffey said the forensics search team and law enforcement authorities were at 397 Nederhiser Road, northeast of Ely and just south west of Palisades-Kepler State Park, and that according to federal documents, a man associated with Booher once lived at that address.

The Gazette also reported:

That man, 42-year-old Matthew B. Robbins, is currently in the custody of U.S. Marshals and awaiting a second trial on firearms charges. 

According to an April 27 federal criminal complaint charging his former wife, 41-year-old Danielle Ayers, with perjury, Robbins lived at that address. While outlining charges against Ayers, the affidavit describes a text message exchange between Ayers and another person that concerns Booher. 

The document states that Robbins and another man robbed Booher about June 1, 2014 — the day after police say he was last seen alive.

A second federal court document dated April 13, outlining a weapons case against Robbins, appears to make a further reference Booher. 

The document states that about May 31, 2014, Robbins and a friend identified in documents as “D.B.” purchased meth from someone identified as “J.B.”

“They used the methamphetamine and later contacted J.B. to arrange for the purchase of a larger quantity of methamphetamine,” the document states.

Additionally, the trial document states that when J.B. went to Robbins’ home later that night, D.B. saw Robbins with a sawed-off shotgun.

A day or two afterward, another person — identified as J.G. — went to Robbins’ home looking for J.B. Robbins greeted J.G. at the door holding a .45 caliber handgun, the document shows.

~ Cedar Rapids Gazette, May 7, 2015

Authorities conducted an initial search of Robbins’ Nederhiser Road home in connection with Booher’s disappearance, but Robbins then moved from the home, but not before removing carpet, furnishing and fixtures and burning them behind the house. Read The Gazette’s full article.

Booher’s siblings told The Gazette they hadn’t spoken with Marion police about their brother’s case since February 2015.

About James A. Booher
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Family photos of Jim’s younger years.

James Allan “Jim Bob” Booher, disappeared under suspicious circumstances on May 31, 2014, and is considered by officials and family as deceased.

A memorial Mass was held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Third Avenue and 10th Street SE, Cedar Rapids.

Jim was born March 30, 1963, to Karen Booher McCormick (Gremm) and the late Roy Franklin Booher of Cedar Rapids.

Jim was a 1982 graduate from Kennedy High and Dennison Job Corps, where he received his carpenter apprenticeship. He traveled the southern part of the country building apartment complexes for five years and joined the 308 Carpenters Union in 1988. His specialty was drywall and framing. He took great pride in his work; his family said he considered no job too high or dangerous.

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James “Jim Bob” Booher 

He married Kristina Rodgers on April 8, 1995, and became a devoted father to her twin boys, Billy and Brent, whom he’d helped raise since the boys were three months old. He loved the boys and would do anything for them if he could, Booher’s family said.

Jim loved the outdoors, camping, canoeing with his siblings, waterskiing, fishing, mushroom hunting, buying and selling, and motorcycling with his friends.

He is greatly missed by all his family — mom, stepdad Jim, brothers Tom, Dan, Rick and Rob, stepbrother Kevin, sisters Jane, Cindy, Susie, Julie, Penny and Laurie, stepsisters Carrie, Lora, Julie and Mary and spouses, and 45 nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations for burial expenses be sent to his mother, Karen McCormick, 1961 Sand Piper Rd., Waukon, IA 52172.

Information Needed

If you have any information about James Booher’s unsolved disappearance and/or death please call Lt. Scott Elam of the Marion Police Department‘s Investigations Division at (319) 200-7713.

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7 Responses to James Booher

  1. lisa says:

    I do not understand why this person is not listed in the national missing persons database. Every person that is missing in IA should be listed there, but many aren’t. ANY member of the family can enter a person into the database!! If he is presumed deceased and his body is found in another state’s jurisdiction, he could be matched to the unidentified person much faster!! http://www.findthemissing.org

  2. Jody Ewing says:

    Lisa, James Booher’s case is listed with NamUs (findthemissing.org) but for some reason this case is restricted where one has to have an account and log in to view the information. It’s listed at:

  3. Miss you everyday JB…..you haven't been forgotten. They will be brought to justice….soon.

  4. Kim says:

    Investigators have been searching the grounds of a farm near Ely with the help of a forensics team that specializes in finding human remains. They have not said yet whether anything has been found. Link to Cedar Rapids Gazette article here:

    http://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/forensic-team-searches-at-home-linked-to-missing-marion-man-20150507

  5. tina says:

    i have seen nothing on whether or not they found anything on the farm nearly Ely. Also, he and Kristina were divorced….. so when he went missing was he dating someone…. living with her? If yes then was that place searched… girlfriend questioned?? If he had a girlfriend, then why was it his sister that reported him missing? Hopefully something was found with in the stuff that Robbins burned.

  6. Penny Koerperiich says:

    I MISS YOU EVERYDAY ALL DAY JIMMY!!!! WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND….. AND SOMEDAY THESE PEOPLE WILL BE CAUGHT… CONVICTED… AND THEN YOU WILL HAVE YOUR PEACE :)) I love you to the moon and back HUGS UR BABY SIS ….

    Pen oxox

  7. Susie Reynolds says:

    Today is your twin boys and your mother’s Birthday and they miss you and want you to know that your whole family thinks of you each and every day and that they won’t stop looking until they fine you, the people that did this will be brought to justice for you love and miss you always your sister Susie

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