Rico Harris, the former Harlem Globetrotter who went missing two years ago after venturing out on a road trip, is the feature story that will be dramatized on ID’s hit television series, Disappeared. The Investigation Discovery episode titled, “California Leaving,” will revisit the story of a Globetrotter who vanishes into thin air after after heading to Seattle, leaving his loved ones anxious and devastated as they wait for word on his whereabouts. In the documentary, those who knew him well will add details and background information about the former Harlem Globetrotter. Rico Harris’ body has not been found.
The circumstances are mysterious surrounding the disappearance of Rico Harris, who set out on a road trip from Alhambra, California, to Seattle in October 2014, according to Daily Mail. The 38-year-old man was last seen by his mother, stating he would contact her later on. She heard from him almost nine hours later, when he indicated he was going to get something to eat and get some sleep before continuing on with his trip, according to Heavy. He also contacted his girlfriend in Seattle. It was the last time anyone had heard from him.
A missing person’s report was filed and police did everything possible to locate him. Rico Harris’ black Nissan Sedan was found abandoned three days later at a rest area on Route 16, along Cache Creek in Yolo County, about 60 miles from Sacramento. An examination of the vehicle revealed that he had car trouble, resulting from a dead battery and no gas. Detectives also found Harris’ cell phone and a backpack filled with automotive jumper cables about two miles away from he rest stop, according to Lt. Lance Faille.
“The location of the car was really off the beaten path for someone going to Seattle. The girlfriend had no explanation for what he was doing there other than he wanted to take a nap. He may have had car issues. We’re not sure. There’s no cell service up there.”We’ve run a lot of scenarios and there’s no evidence leading us to think something suspicious happened. He had no known medical issues that we’re worried about and no indication of any suicidal ideations.”
Mysteriously, some fresh tracks were found about five days after his car was found, according to detectives who were interviewed by Fox Sports.
Rico Harris was a talented and promising athlete who received various offers from different recruiters. He even did a stint with the Harlem Globetrotters but eventually fell into a life of drugs and alcohol. His longtime girlfriend, Jennifer Song, stated the following about his wishes to become a professional athlete, according to Q13-Fox.
“His dream from when he was maybe 5 years old, he said he wanted to be in the NBA. That didn’t happen, so Harlem Globetrotters was the next best thing,”
Many describe him as a kind and captivating man who suffered from Bipolar Disorder. His life took a nose-dive for several years after the offers stopped coming in, causing him to be depressed, according to coverage in The Vanishing Man–Finding Rico Harris.
Eventually, Rico cleaned himself up in rehab and met a wonderful woman named Jennifer Song, the girlfriend Harris had planned to marry once he relocated to Seattle and found a job. Family members say that despite his efforts to keep his head on straight, he was still struggling with his own inner demons, leaving many to wonder if he simply walked away or if some sort of harm had come to him.
The Rico Omarr Harris story will be presented tonight at 10/9 p.m. central on Investigation Discovery (ID).
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