When I started this blog, a primary intent was to discuss three missing person cases: Ray Gricar, Brianna Maitland, and Beau Ramsey.
While continuing to post on Mr. Gricar and Ms. Maitland, I wanted to introduce the circumstances surrounding Mr. Ramsey’s disappearance.
Beau’s story started much the same as the previous two persons named above.
He unexpectedly vanished after leaving work, his mode of transportation was found abandoned in an unusual place, several witnesses reported seeing him after work, and intensive ground searches revealed nothing useful to investigators.
The difference between Mr. Ramsey’s disappearance in comparison to the others is its sad ending—10 months later Beau was found deceased and the case became an active homicide investigation.
On August 17, 2004, twenty-three year old Beau Ramsey, was operating a motorcycle and following his employer to a construction site in Benton, Arkansas. Beau’s coworkers reported that Ramsey fell behind in traffic and never made it to the job’s location.
At least two witnesses reported seeing Ramsey later in the day; one person allegedly lent him gas.*
Investigators also learned that the missing man was videoed making a purchase at Wal-Mart on the same afternoon—the contents which generated lots of speculation as to Ramsey’s motivations.
After these sightings, it is difficult to establish when Beau was seen alive again.
A few days later, his motorcycle, with the keys in the ignition, was found abandoned on a dirt road near the county line.
About the Victim
Friends described Beau as "good-looking" and full of personality.
In high school, he was elected "Biggest Flirt" by classmates. He was considered physically strong and a gifted athlete and, after graduation, received a small cheerleading scholarship to attend the University of Tennessee.
After his first semester, Beau impressed his cheerleading coach with his drive and skill, and also excelled scholastically--finishing with a B average.
Despite his initial success and prior to spring classes starting, he told his mother that he was homesick and decided to drop-out of college. He then returned home to the Arkansas.
Beau spent the next several years living and working in Benton, a suburb of Little Rock. During that time, he evidently struggled with substance abuse and was also reportedly arrested for DUI and domestic assault.
His mother’s support never wavered despite her son’s problems and he eventually agreed to attend an out-of-state rehabilitation center for drug addiction.
At the time of his disappearance, Beau was living with his father (his parents are divorced).
More to come on this sad case including details about a what the victim’s cell phone records told authorities, controversy over the Wal-Mart video, why little information could be gleaned from processing the victim’s motorcycle, a person of interest that emerged, and how the deceased man’s body was located.
Note: When additional entries are added to this series, interested readers can click “Beau Ramsey” to the right sidebar from any page on this site to see all related posts.
Also, the photo was used from here.
*This sentence was corrected after the initial posting.
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