Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Tommy was allegedly left alone in his front yard and last seen at 11:30 when his father, a deputy with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, decided to go out for a jog. When he returned some 45 minutes later, Tommy was missing.
A search was initiated by law enforcement and Tommy's father was told not to dress in his uniform and told not to report to work. He did anyway and was missing for some 25 minutes during the investigation. There were mileage discrepancies on his cruiser. According to a 1995 news article, rescuers at the time were told by Gibson's father on the very first evening of searching to give up their search and go home.
Tommy's 4 year-old sister told authorities that a couple grabbed Tommy from the driveway, but years later told authorities that she stood in her bedroom window and watched as her father slapped her little brother four times, loaded him into his patrol car and drove away. According to her, her father told her that she would be in trouble the rest of her life if she ever told what she saw that day. She only told authorities after her mother took her and two sisters and left.
Murder charges were filed against Tommy's father in 1994. He was convicted of manslaughter and served three years in prison.
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Oregon State Police
Ellensburg Daily Record - March 17, 1995