Joel Matthew Thompson
Thompson, approximately 1999
Date reported missing : 08/31/1999
Missing location (approx) :
St. Louis, Missouri
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 06/28/1969 (52)
Age at the time of disappearance: 29 years old
Height / Weight : 5'7 - 5'10, 170 - 180 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : Size 32-34 jeans and brown hiking boots. Carrying a large backpack meant to carry up to fifty pounds, a disposable lighter, a pocket knife, a thin wallet and a disposable camera.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Thompson has a brown beard and mustache, and body hair on his chest, arms and legs. He is balding.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Thompson called his father on August 31, 1999 and said he was visiting friends in St. Louis, Missouri and buying hiking supplies in preparation for a planned trip on the Pacific Crest Trail, which extends from Mexico to Washington State. He was going to start his trip in the Portland, Oregon area and hike down through California.
Thompson said his father shouldn't expect to hear from him again for a couple of months. He has never been heard from again. After several months went by without contact, his father made inquiries. Searches turned up no sign of Thompson, and his father reported him missing.
There's been no indication of his whereabouts since 1999 and his case remains unsolved. New York and Oregon police are investigating.
Other information and links : ncy
Suffolk County, New York Police Department
Hood River County, Oregon Sheriff's Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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Amy and Tim
Colorado Bureau of Investigation
October 12, 2004. December 23, 2018; Description, clothing, jewerly and more : added.
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