Missing person, James Daniel Jr. "Mojor" or "JD" was last seen on Aug. 21. Photo: Teton County Sheriff's Office

JACKSON, Wyo. — Family and friends of missing Jackson man, 43-year-old James Daniels Jr., are raising money to hire a private investigator to aid in the search

According to the gofundme page, organized by Sarah Sheldon and Nikki Ryan, Daniels, who also goes by J.D or Mojo, was helping a friend move from Nevada to Mississippi when the two got a flat tire on Highway 93 between Kingman and Wickenberg Arizona on Aug. 21.

Daniels and his dog Penny allegedly stayed with the box truck and trailer, while the other individual took the chevy truck to go get a new tire for the trailer. The friend did not return until the late afternoon of Aug. 22.

Four witnesses claim to have seen Daniels between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. on Aug. 22, disoriented on the side of the highway. An Arizona State Trooper arrived on the scene at about 4:30 a.m. and had the box truck towed. Daniels was not with the truck. The dog Penny was spotted by the trooper but ran off into the desert.

“There are so many things in his disappearance that do not add up or make any sense. It is not in his nature to disappear like this with no contact with anyone,” the gofundme page says.

The Teton County Sheriff’s Office initially opened up the missing person case but transferred the case to authorities in Mojave County, Arizona.

Daniels is a Black male, approximately 5’11”, 185 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He has a tattoo on his back that says Daniels. He is known to wear kilts frequently. He was driving a white box truck with no plates that says “Liberty Distribution” on the sides and “Got Milk” on the back.

“James is one of 600,000 people that go missing every year in the United States for various reasons. Most get reunited with their loved ones,” the gofundme says. “Unfourtently [sic] that has not happened yet with Jd. He’s still out there somewhere and we desperately need everyone’s help in being able to take the proper measures in finding him.”

Currently, $730 of the $6,000 has been raised.


Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.