LAPD Search for Missing College Student NR10327ah

June 29, 2010


California Highway Patrol is conducting an investigation of a fatal traffic collision, which involved the missing person in this news release.  At the time the original new release was issued the body had not yet been positively identified.  All questions should be directed to the CHP. 

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 20-year-old college student who disappeared on June 26.

James Daniel O’Connel, was last seen at a party with his brother in the 2400 block of Lancelot Lane in Bel Air and hasn’t been seen since. His family reported him missing after he failed to return home.

He is described as a male White with blonde hair and grey eyes.  He stands 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 142 pounds and was last seen wearing a dark T-shirt and blue jeans.

Investigators are pursuing all leads regarding O’Connel’s disappearance.

He is a student at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.

A photo of O’Connel is attached to this news release.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of O’Connel is asked to call Missing Persons Unit detectives at 213-996-1800.  During non-business hours or weekends, calls may be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (1-800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most key pads) using a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters can also go to, click on “web tips” and follow the prompts