General Crime

* James William Faasisila Death 12 Years Ago Still a Mystery


Twelve years after the mysterious death of a 13-year-old Hayward boy, his family is still looking for answers. James William Faasisila was found dead on Aug. 12, 1999, his body wrapped in a blanket and left in a homeless encampment on Huntwood Avenue. His bicycle was found nearby, and police said he appeared to have been left at the encampment for at least a day before he was found. Police said at the time that his body showed no obvious signs of  trauma or sexual assault, and the cause of death on his death certificate has been listed as unknown.

His mother, Pauline Faasisila, said she is still hoping someone will come forward and help the family find out what happened to James. “We’re hoping somebody will have seen something,” she said. “A lot of the kids are grown up now.” James went missing Aug. 9, 1999, after riding his bicycle to his grandparents’ house. He made it there, but disappeared on the way home. Police said he was last seen riding his bike on Soto Road, near his home. Pauline Faasisilia said the family maintains a permanent memorial near the spot where James was found, at 26681 Huntwood Avenue.

Every year since his disappearance, the family has held a prayer vigil at the memorial. This year’s vigil will be held tonight at 6:30 p.m.

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