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James “Amp” Reynolds

Missing – May 8, 1999 – Opp, AL

Ep 6: Kemberly Lorin Ramer & James "Amp" Reynolds Unforgotten

Covington County

On the evening of May 7th, 1999, James Anthony “Amp” Reynolds met Eula Jossett Lee, Angela Roberts Young, Valerie Jones McCoy and Tamara Monique Ward at Lamar Stackhouse’s home in Enterprise, where the group of six piled into Stackhouse’s new 1986 burgundy Chevrolet Caprice and made their way to The Hideaway Club in Opp.

According to authorities, the group made it to The Hideaway Club just after 1:00 am, paid their cover charge and joined the crowd inside. Witnesses claimed the group appeared to be having a good time, drinking, laughing, and dancing. Around 3:00 am, Larry “Mister” Edwards, security for the club, began ushering people out for the night. He claimed Stackhouse was visibly drunk when he got behind the wheel and began revving the engine. Edwards claimed to have told Stackhouse he better let someone else drive the car. Supposedly, Stackhouse took this advice and one of the females traded places with him. Law enforcement believe it may have been Tamara Monique Ward, but that has never been confirmed.

According to witnesses, all six of the friends got in the car at The Hideaway Club and headed home presumably, although no one knew for certain. Sadly, none of the friends made it home and were reported missing within a few days.

In September of 1999, after a very dry summer led to decreased water levels in nearby waterways, law enforcement located Stackhouse’s Caprice submerged in Pea River approximately 50 feet away from Ballard Bridge, which was just 8 miles away from Opp. Initially, authorities believed the remains of all six friends were still inside the Caprice, but after testing and analysis, forensic experts were only able to identify remains belonging to five of the six. According to authorities and forensic expert, there was no evidence to indicate that Amp was inside the vehicle before it entered the river.

Over 20 years later, the whereabouts of Amp Reynolds remain unknown and he continues to be listed as an involuntary missing person in the ALEA and NamUs databases.

You can learn more about Amp’s case in Episode 6 of Unforgotten.

If you have any information regarding what happened in the early morning hours of May 8, 1999, or the whereabouts of James “Amp” Reynolds, please contact the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation Crime Hotline at 800-392-8011.

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