Black History Month: Jestin Grier

In honor of Black History Month I’m profiling one African-American MP every day on this blog for the month of February. Today’s case is Jestin Lamar Grier, a 21-year-old who disappeared from Canton, Ohio on March 16, 2005.

Jestin was last seen in a high-risk situation: he was on his way to sell cocaine to a customer. A friend dropped him off at the customer’s apartment building, but he was never actually seen inside the building and his customer said he never showed up for the deal.

In spite of this, and in spite of the fact that Jestin hasn’t collected any of his disability benefits or been arrested since his disappearance, the police were saying they thought he walked out of his life.

If he did so, he did so very thoroughly. I find it hard to believe that Jestin, who had psychological issues and an anger management problem and several prior arrests, is alive and well and has just been able to completely avoid contact with law enforcement for the past fourteen years.

But if he is still alive, he would be 35 today.

3 thoughts on “Black History Month: Jestin Grier

  1. Joanne O. February 2, 2019 / 1:10 pm

    Charley shows two different dates he disappeared; one in 2005, and one in 1994.

  2. Jim February 3, 2019 / 2:06 pm

    Wow. They just wrote him off. That really saddens me when our prejudices taint our protection of everyone’s basic human rights. Our poor justice system. Sigh.

  3. MJ January 11, 2020 / 2:41 am

    I’m a relative of his and I have further information.

    Yes, the police and mayor did indeed just write this young man off.

    “Just another one off the streets” is what I was told to my face by Mayor Healy.

    Jestin’s family has never gotten closure aaaaaand probably never will. He has not been forgotten.

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