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Personal Information

Photo
Surname
Work
Given Name
Jesse Alvin
Alternative Name
Photo After Aging (Age Progression)
Status
Missing
Link to Photo (URL)
www.doenetwork.org/cases/images/JWork.jpg

Demographics

Date of Birth
September 13, 1938
Age
20
Age Group
20s
Age as of Today
83
Gender
Male
Hair Color
Blonde
Eye Color
Green
Height (ft'in")
6'3
Height (cm)
191
Height Range
Weight (lbs)
145
Weight (kg)
65.8
Weight Range in Pounds
Ethnicity
Caucasian
Distinguishing Characteristics
Photo of Distinguishing Feature
Medical
Physical Abnormality
Tattoos
Scars & Other Marks
Piercings
Shoe Size
Nationality
United States
Languages Spoken
English

Possessions

Clothing (Key Word)
Clothing (Full Description)
Possessions / Accessories
Photo of Clothing or Accessories

Location

Address
City
Riverside
Province or State
California
Country
United States
Postal Code
92561
Latitude
33.726
Longitude
-117.261

Circumstances

Date of Disappearance
February 6, 1959
Notes
The victim's hair is decribed as "sandy" or "strawberry" blonde. He was working as an apprentice lather at the time of his disappearance. Jesse (20) and his girlfriend/friend Joyce Ramsey (15) disappeared together on the night of February 6, 1959. Following a party near Hemet that all three had attended, Jesse drove his convertible and dropped off their friend in Riverside before heading on with Joyce where he was dropping her off home. By now it was the early morning of February 7, and the two would never be seen alive after they drove away. The convertible was located later with no one inside on a dirt road close to Hemet the following day (February 7). A serial kidnapper and killer named Frank Phillip Kretz would later confess that he killed both of the teens, one in a string of crimes he committed during an 8hr spree and for which he was arrested for in July 1959. In February 1971, Kretz would admit to the deaths of Jesse and Joyce and take police to Joyce's remains around 4mi N of Indio (near Idyllwild) and about 50mi SE of Riverside where they were last seen. Despite him giving directions, police were never able to locate Jesse's body. According to Kretz, Jesse was buried somewhere along Highway 74 in between Hemet and Idyllwild, California but that spans about a 20mi distance in desert, mountainous, and rugged areas making any search difficult.
Taken From (Location)
Vehicle
Circumstances
Murder & Abduction, Driving, With Others, Multiple Persons Abduction, Multiple Persons Killed, Married or Dating Couple, Night
Vehicle
Convertible
License Plate
Photo of Vehicle
Suspect
Man
Suspect Description
Frank Phillip Kretz
Photo of Suspect

Recovered Remains

Date of Recovery
Time of Death
Cause of Death
Recovery of Remains
Tested Against (No Match)

Further Details

In-Depth Case Overview:
Map of Key Locations
See Also
Joynce Ramsey (not in our files)
Notice URL
www.doenetwork.org/cases/438dmca.html
Poster(s)
Other Photos
Case File Photos

Contact Police

Contact Agency
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Contact Police (Email)
Contact Police (Phone)
(855) 835-5325
Contact Police (Local)
911
Contact Police (Website)
tips.fbi.gov/contact
Alternative Contact
Crime Stoppers: https://www.crimestoppersusa.org/programs/locate-a-program or try ICMP: icmp@icmp.intNCMEC: (800) 843-5679