Missing Age: 57 Years

Nickname/Alias: James Stephen Wells

Height: 5′ 7″ (67 Inches)

Weight: 190 lbs

Race / Ethnicity: Black / African American

Date of Last Contact: October 3, 2017

NamUs Case Created: September 28, 2018

Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73127

County: Oklahoma County

Circumstances of Disappearance: Knowles was last seen in the parking lot of Carva Apartments in the 1100 block of north St. Charles Place in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on October 3, 2017. He was reported missing by his estranged wife. She and Knowles had separated and Knowles’s roommate, Quiana McCloud, is one of the last people known to have seen him.

According to McCloud, Knowles offered her a room to rent at Carva Apartments, where he was the maintenance man. Sometime after 7:00 p.m. on October 3, McCloud left their shared apartment to go to the store. When she returned, Knowles was gone, but his cellular phone, house keys and cigarettes were left behind. It would be uncharacteristic of him to go anywhere without those items.

Mario Normore, a member of the Rollin’ 20s gang, is believed to have been responsible for Knowles’s disappearance and for three 2017 homicides and a string of robberies in Oklahoma City.

A photo of Normore is posted with this case summary. He also lives in Carva Apartments. He was arrested in October 2017 and charged with ten robberies of businesses, including two bank robberies. A year later, he was charged with four murders, including Knowles’s.

Knowles is still missing and presumed dead. Foul play is suspected in his case due to the circumstances involved.

Physical Description

Hair Color: Black

Head Hair Description: Bald/very short hair.

Facial Hair Description: goatee?

Eye Color: Brown

Tattoo: Left upper arm – heart that says “Stephanie” – see Images.

Clothing: White t-shirt, gray sweatpants

Footwear: flip flops

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