WISHRAM, Wash. — Yakama tribal police are searching for a Wishram man who has been missing for more than a month.
Jaime Jim, 53, was last seen Oct. 31 at his trailer in the small community of Wishram along the Columbia River south of Goldendale.
On that day, Jim and his older brother drove to town and returned, according to his sister, Emily Charpentier.
The next day, however, Jim was not at his trailer, she said. His trailer door was open, and the keys were in his truck, she said.
“We knew from that moment that something was wrong,” she said. “I don’t know. My brother is missing and I want him found.”
Tribal police consider him a missing person and are investigating, Yakama Tribal Council Chairman Harry Smiskin said.
“It’s being taken seriously and people are investigating and looking for him,” Smiskin said.
Charpentier said she has placed fliers from Wishram to Hood River, Ore., in hopes that he will be found.
She worries that he may have fallen victim to a crime because of the cash he was carrying from a recent settlement Yakamas received from the federal government.
“Everyplace that I stopped said they knew who he was and that he was flashing his money around,” she said. “Everybody’s looking for him and nobody has heard from him or seen him since that evening.”
Anyone with information about Jim’s whereabouts is asked to call tribal police at 509-865-2933 or family members at 541-965-0300.