Memorial service scheduled for missing Marion man

Booher last seen in Cedar Rapids on May 31; family seeks 'closure'

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MARION — The family of a Marion man last seen in May will hold a memorial service for him next week.

“I think we all need closure,” said Susie Reynolds, sister of James “Jim Bob” Booher. “I know that won’t be coming for a while. We won’t have any closure until we find his body.”

Booher, 51, was last seen in Cedar Rapids on May 31 and an Operation Quickfind was issued for him on June 3 after Reynolds reported him missing. Booher’s truck was found abandoned in Cedar Rapids on June 9.

Marion Police said early on in the investigation that Booher’s disappearance was considered involuntary and suspicious. On Friday, Marion Police Lt. Scott Elam said Booher’s death is being treated as a homicide.

“We’re treating it as a homicide until we find his body,” Elam said. “The family believes that he’s deceased. We believe he’s no longer with us, either.”

Elam said police treated the disappearance as a homicide early on in the investigation. He noted that Booher came from a large family and that it was “very unusual” that he wouldn’t have contact with any of them.

“The circumstances were unusual to begin with,” Elam said.

Booher’s death and disappearance are still under investigation. He said there was little else he could say about the investigation.

Reynolds said her brother had “the biggest smile ever” and loved his twin boys. She described him as “the best carpenter in town” and said he had a knack for finding discarded items, fixing them up and reselling them.

“He was just a fun-loving guy,” she said. “He’s going to be very missed.”

With hunting season underway, Reynolds said she asks that hunters be on the lookout for her brother’s body.

Booher’s memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday.

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