|Ability||Tactile Insensitivity (possibly due to being Nathan's son) (Formerly)|
|First Appearance||Over My Head (dream)|
|Last Appearance||Forever (infant)|
|Relationships||Arla Cogan (Wife)†|
Sarah Vernon (Biological Mother)
Lucy Ripley (Biological Mother)
Audrey Parker (Biological Mother)
Nathan Wuornos (Biological Father)
June Cogan (Adoptive Mother)
Paul Cogan (Adoptive Father)†
Charlotte Cross (Grandmother)†
|Appeared In||6 Episodes|
James was born in 1956 to Sarah Vernon, and a time-travelling Nathan Wuornos. Shortly afterwards, Sarah put him up for adoption and never told anyone who his father was. James grew up in the care and love of Paul and June Cogan.
Soon after, James was discovered dead, with a photograph of the scene published by the Haven Herald, with the title "Who Killed The Colorado Kid". Officer Garland Wournos was the cop assigned to investigate the case, but never managed to solve it.
Although not clearly stated, it is believed that James was taken into the barn by Lucy, where he would recover and return 27 years later.
Towards the beginning of Season 3, it was revealed that Audrey actually knew the Colorado Kid, after she was kidnapped by a man, who was later revealed as the Bolt Gun Killer, that suggested the Kid was alive. In the same episode, Vince Teagues reveals that he buried the body. Later, the Kid's grave is exhumed by Nathan and Dwight, only for the coffin to be full of bricks and a message written by Audrey in the past : "find him before the hunter." Audrey sees him lying on the beach in her dream.
In the episode "Real Estate," his name and identity are revealed. His missing poster reveals his date of birth as August 31, 1956 and says he was last seen in Nederland, Colorado on May 3, 1983. In Thanks For The Memories, he encounters his birth mother again, this time as Audrey Parker and discovers his father Nathan Wuornos.
The missing poster in "Real Estate" reads:
suspicious circumstances. He was last seen wearing
a blue jean jacket, jeans, and brown boots. He may
have been traveling with a brown haired woman whose
identity is not clear. Anyone with information is urged
to contact the Nederland Police Department in
Nederland, Colorado or their local department of
Cogan's birth date is given as 31 August 1956, but his date of conception is 16 August 1955. If he was born on 8/31/56, then he would have been conceived on or around 25 November 1955; if he was conceived on 8/16/55, then he would have been born on or around 22 May 1956. A possible theory is that Cogan's birth date was changed when he was adopted.
In "The Hand You're Dealt" (Season 1, Episode 10), Vanessa Stanley says the last thing the Colorado Kid saw was "a pale arm... a man's arm... with a tattoo of some kind inside the forearm". However, in "Just Passing Through" (Season 5, Episode 12), it's revealed that Dave Teagues killed James the first time, and he does not have the tattoo. Neither does Arla Cogan, who killed James the second time. It is unclear who Vanessa would be referring to.