Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Christopher Bridgeman was last seen at the Barrett Motel on Martins Way East in Thurston County, Washington around January 1963. He was there on a visitation with his six-year-old son. He left the child alone in the motel saying that he had to go see his father. He never returned and two days later the hotel manager took the child to his uncle's house.
Bridgeman was a country singer/guitarist who was known to travel along the west coast and had a hit song that played on the local radio. His children originally assumed their father abandoned them to pursue a music career, however it is no longer believed that he left of his own accord.
Some family members believe that his father, Christopher Bridgeman Sr. may be responsible for his son's disappearance. He was known to have a bad temper and may have been suffering from psychological problems. He told family members that he filed a missing persons report, but there is no record one was ever filed until decades after the disappearance. Bridgeman's drivers license was also discovered with his fathers belongings.
Investigators searched the basement of the father's home in 2005, but turned up only animal bones.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Thurston County Sheriff's Office
The Charley Project