Above Image: Thompson, Right; AP to age 24
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: July 5, 1996 from Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: April 4, 1988
Weight: 80 lbs.
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Case Number: A-510903
Details of Disappearance
The early July phone call was the last time either man spoke to the other.
Everett's family reported him missing on July 17, 1996, when she was unable to contact him, his wife Lydia, or either of their two sons, Everett, Jr. and Andrew.
White, of course, was questioned early on about his sister and her family's whereabouts. He pleaded ignorance. According to police, White told officers the family had gone away, driving or taking a bus to Pennsylvania or Minnesota.
Kenneth White, Lydia's brother, had been questioned on several occassions regarding the disappearance of the family and was indicted for falsifying his sister's signature on documents immediately following her disappearance. White committed suicide in December of 1997 without revealing any information he may have had regarding the family. Fears about the fate of the family heightened when federal agents reported finding blood-stained clothing, including a boy's sock, in a search of a house trailer rented by White in Gary on July 14, 1997.
Gone too, as if to further frustrate law enforcement officials looking for telltale clues, is the family van--since crushed in a salvage yard--and the interior of their home in the 8100 block of South Rhodes Avenue--since gutted and rehabbed by new owners.
Police say if there was foul play, and they think there was, it happened on July 4, 5 or 6, 1996. No one saw the Thompson family after that time and Kenneth was seen driving the Thompson van soon after that weekend.
Thompson was last seen in Chicago, Illinois on July 5, 1996.
Everett Thompson owner of Eat and Company, a Park Manor neighborhood business, was last seen on July 5, 1996 by one of his employees. On that July afternoon in 1996 Thompson's father phoned his son, Everett, at the Chicago restaurant the younger man owned to chat about family and summer vacation travel. The elder Thompson recalled that he also broached the topic of Kenneth White, aware of the difficulties his son's quarrelsome brother-in-law, an ex-convict, posed as the freeloading house guest of Everett and his wife, Lydia Thompson. Had their relationship with Kenneth White, gotten better or worse? No sooner had the elder Thompson brought up White's name when Everett interrupted their conversation to take a frantic phone call from Lydia, at home with the couple's two sons, Everett Jr., 10, and Andrew, 8.
Back on the line seconds later Everett's voice was tense. He told his dad he had to go home right away. Lydia's brother was chasing her around the house with an ax. She locked herself in the bedroom and called Everett to come home.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Chicago Police Department
Investigator Connie Perusich
Chicago Police Department