Missing woman Allisha Watts’ boyfriend James Dunmore had a former abduction charge before being found unresponsive in the car
On July 16, 2023, Allisha Dene-Watts vanished and mystery plagued the missing woman’s family as police launched an investigation to find her.
Allisha Watts’ relatives pleaded to the public to assist with the case, eager to know if they have additional information on her whereabouts.
She was last seen with her boyfriend, James Dunmore, whom she spent the weekend with before she disappeared as they left his home in Charlotte, North Carolina. Two days after her disappearance, Watts’ boyfriend was found inside her Mercedes Benz SUV.
The boyfriend of missing woman Allisha Watts has an extensive criminal history, including convictions for abduction and domestic violence. Read on for more about James Dunmore.
Who is James Dunmore?
James Dunmore is the revealed boyfriend of the missing woman, Allisha Watt.
Dunmore and Watts have been dating for around a year and were introduced to one another by her cousin, Gwendolyn Utley, who lives across the street from Dunmore.
Watts drove from her home in Jackson Springs to Charlotte to visit her boyfriend on July 14 – as she does every other weekend – but was reported missing on July 16 after she failed to show up for a planned outing with her sister.
Two days later, on July 18, Watts’s black Mercedes SUV was located by police in the parking lot of a DMV office 50 miles east of Charlotte in Polkton.
Inside, officers found an unresponsive Dunmore. There was no sign of Watts but her purse was located inside the car.
Information about Dunmore’s whereabouts and condition remain unclear. Police have declined to specify if he’s considered a suspect in Allisha’s disappearance, however, he has been designated a person of interest.
Dunmore’s home was then searched by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) police on Wednesday night.
CMPD hasn’t said why they were searching the property or if they found anything related to the case, however, the address was the last place Watts’ cellphone pinged before she was reported missing.
As an investigation continues, The U.S. Sun can reveal that Dunmore has an extensive criminal history, including prior convictions for domestic violence and abduction in Alexandria, Virginia.
Additional information about those cases was not immediately available, but Dunmore was arrested for both offenses in March 2002 and was later sentenced to five years in prison and 15 years unsupervised probation upon his release.
Dunmore’s criminal history also includes numerous other offenses, including arrests for stalking, malicious wounding, and assault and battery.
Friends and family of Allisha Watts are ‘praying for her return.’
In the meantime, friends and family of Watts say they’re growing increasingly anxious and concerned as the days continue to pass without any sign of her.
Valora Connerly, an old high school classmate of Watts’, said she’s still hoping and praying that her loving, caring friend will soon return home.
But after 11 days, that hope is starting to wain, and she reluctantly confessed.
“This is all so disturbing and upsetting because this is just not like Allisha to disappear and not be in touch with her family,” said Connerly.
“I’m praying she’s alive and that she just needs to be located.
“I’m just hoping and praying that with so much media attention, and us not letting up, that [someone] will confess and tell us exactly where she is.”
Connerly says she has been unable to sleep for the last week and a half and regularly finds herself waking up in the middle of the night, checking for updates on her phone in the hope Allisha has been found.
She is also an active member of the “Find Allisha Dene Watts” Facebook page and has been in frequent contact with the Watts family since the news broke last Monday.
“I don’t want to start thinking the worst but her family has taken every possible measure to get answers,” continued Connerly, adding that the family has enlisted the help of mediums in a desperate effort to locate Watts.
“More than one [medium] said in the first days of her being missing that they had a vision that she hasn’t crossed over yet and that she’s still alive, she just needs to be found.
“And later on, I’ve also gotten word from a medium that we may be looking for a body,” she said.
“My hope is that she’s well and just maybe being held against her will and then we can bring her home but I mean, I don’t want to think the worst and my faith is very strong, but I mean that’s where I am with it.
“It upsets me to say it but I think she’s already gone and it’s just a matter of time before we get a confession or we recover a body.
“I just really hope I’m wrong.”