Grand Junction man, 51, disappears

Last seen Thursday on North Avenue

John McKitrick, and Milton “Monster” Dorris, retrace the steps, including to this phone booth, of where their friend and co-worker, Jim Walker, 51, was last seen. Walker, a dedicated father of two teenage girls, was last seen Thursday attempting to sell his 1998 black Surburban near the intersection of North Avenue and 21st Street in Grand Junction.

For the past few days, John McKitrich and Milton “Monster” Dorris have been investigators, barely taking a breather as they scour alleys and local thoroughfares, keeping a close eye out for any clues about their missing friend and co-worker.

Jim Walker, a 51-year-old Grand Junction resident, simply vanished. His family and friends have not seen him since Thursday. The Grand Junction Police Department publicly joined the case Tuesday, requesting the media to release the man’s description and asking anyone with information to contact authorities.

Walker, a die-hard fan of the Dallas Cowboys football team, is a dedicated father to his two teenage girls. Friends say he calls them regularly when away for work. They also describe him as punctual and say he does not drink or use drugs. That’s why friends found it odd when Walker didn’t show up for his job Friday as a driver for Bridgett’s Pilot Services in Collbran.

One of Walker’s two daughters, 17-year-old Carlie Gibson, has said her father is a “stay-at-home, family kind of guy” and doesn’t have any known medical conditions.

“Jim lets people know where he is at all times,” Dorris said. “This is not like him.”

According to friends, Walker on Thursday parked his black 1998 Chevrolet Suburban outside of Carville’s Auto Mart on North Avenue and 21st Street in an attempt to sell the vehicle. Carville’s did not want to sell the vehicle on its lot, Walker’s friends said, but Walker was seen inside the vehicle near the dealership, taking appointments and showing the vehicle from noon to 8 p.m. that day. At 8 p.m., employees leaving the dealership saw him sleeping inside, friends said.

Walker’s boss, Bridgett Read, said Walker was attempting to sell the vehicle and buy a smaller one so he could pay less for fuel and take care of some bills. He has worked for the pilot car service for a couple years and previously worked at a local pawn shop for 15 years, she said.

Calls to Walker’s cell phone, which he had with him, have gone unanswered, and police have been unable to pick up a signal from his phone, Read said.

Dorris and McKitrich said this time of year is slow for their work.

Grand Junction Police Department spokeswoman Kate Porras said investigators have been looking into the case since Friday morning, when it was reported.

“Because he’s been gone this many days now and has not made any contact with friends or family, we’ve been working the case,” Porras said. “Basically, any person above the age of 18 can disappear if they want to. We’ve exhausted all the leads we have. That’s why we’re asking for help from the public.”


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