Where is James Chambers?

It’s been the question many have been asking since the Fayetteville man disappeared in August 2014.

But this week, information given to by Howard Ashleman, the man convicted of Chambers’ murder, led searchers to the Keener Road Bridge in Sampson County.

Chambers’ father, James Chambers Sr., described the last four years in four letters.

“Hell,” he said. “Of not knowing. But knowing the guy that did this is in prison, that helps out a lot.”


Dozens of officers, divers and cadaver dogs are looking for Chambers’ son near the bridge and down the river.

Volunteer searcher Michael Mason said Ashleman told investigators the spot may have been where he left the body.

He said for him, the search is personal.

“I have a son the same age,” Mason said.

He said changing conditions could pose a challenge in the search.

“It’s possible it could be buried in sand there’s a lot of sand drifts,” Mason said. “The river was, of course, changed by Hurricane Matthew. But, the biggest problem right now is just access.”

But Chambers’ father and searchers believe they’ll find their answer there.

“We won’t give up,” Chambers said. “We will not give up until we bring James home.” 

Mason said searchers found two items Wednesday that are currently being tested to see if they can help in the search.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Fayetteville Police Department at (910) 433-1529