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Missing Zachary Xerxes Ramsay
Zachary, circa 1996; Age progression forensics photo at age 30 (circa 2015); Nathaniel Bar-Jonah, circa 2000
Missing Since 02/06/1996
Great Falls, Montana
Classification Non-Family Abduction
Biracial, Black, White
Date of Birth Used 12/18/1985 (35)
Age 10 years old
Height and Weight 4'0, 100 pounds
Clothing/Jewelry Description A blue denim jacket with green sleeves, a blue football jersey with his last name "Ramsay" imprinted on the back in gold letters, stonewashed jeans and black high-top sneakers.
Distinguishing Characteristics Biracial (African-American/Caucasian) male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Zachary has scars between his eyebrows and on one of his arms. He had blotchy skin at the time of his 1996 disappearance. He has facial dimples. Zachary wears eyeglasses, but he was not carrying them at the time he disappeared. His nickname is Zach.
Details of Disappearance Zachary departed from the apartment he shared with his mother in the 400 block of north Fourth Street in Great Falls, Montana at approximately 7:30 a.m. on February 6, 1996. He was walking to Witter School at the time. Witnesses saw him walk down the alley near the 400 block of north Fifth Street shortly thereafter. He never arrived at school.
A neighbor reported that Nathaniel Bar-Jonah was in the area of the alley around the same time Zachary was. A photo of Bar-Jonah is posted with this case summary. Another witness told authorities that he saw Zachary crossing north Sixth Street at approximately 7:45 a.m.
The witness stated that Zachary appeared to be crying and was being followed by a man, who was apparently upset. Investigators believe that the man was Bar-Jonah and that he abducted Zachary by using a stun gun to subdue the child shortly thereafter.
School officials contacted Zachary's mother when he failed to report for classes during the day. His mother filed a missing person's report later that afternoon. Zachary has never been heard from again.
Bar-Jonah was charged with Zachary's abduction and murder in 2000. Authorities suspected Bar-Jonah, whose given name was David P. Brown, preyed on young children, mainly boys. Bar-Jonah also confessed to cannibalistic activities. He bragged that he "hunted" Zachary, among other grisly claims.
He had a lengthy criminal record and served a prison sentence for the abduction and attempted murder of two Massachusetts boys in 1977. Authorities stated Zachary's body would not be recovered due to Bar-Jonah's suspected cannibalism. Prosecutors sought the death penalty for his alleged crimes.
Bar-Jonah was convicted of two unrelated counts of child molestation in Montana in February 2002. He vowed to appeal the decisions and maintained his innocence in all charges against him.
All charges related to Zachary's case were dismissed against Bar-Jonah in October 2002 as the result of a lack of evidence. Zachary's mother stated that she believed her son was alive. She said that she viewed a videotape of her son frolicking in a playground in 2000.
Authorities said that they verified the tape was filmed in Italy, where the child's father was stationed with the United States military at the time. His dental records and fingerprints did not match Zachary's. His mother insists that her psychic and others believe her son is alive and she hopes his case will be reopened by law enforcement.
Investigators closed Zachary's file after allegedly connecting Bar-Jonah to his disappearance. In January 2011, over the the objections of his mother, Zachary's biological father had him declared legally dead. He can now collect on Zachary's $20,000 life insurance policy.
Zachary likes drawing and painting. He is described as a reserved but friendly child. At the time of his disappearance, he was afraid of the dark. His case remains unsolved.
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