Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
On May 17, 2012, Tom Pensyl dropped his son, John, off at a bus stop outside a Walmart on the edge of Wilmington. His plan was to run errands while John spent the afternoon riding around the city entertaining himself, something the 20-year-old enjoyed doing on a fairly regular basis. He was dropped off at Monkey Junction on 05/17/2012 and hasn't been seen since.
Pensyl has a history of leaving the area and ending up in police custody due to his odd behavior. He had a small amount of money on him at the time of his disappearance and no credit cards or other means to obtain money.
In the immediate aftermath of John's disappearance, detectives fanned out across the woods, but their search turned up empty. They talked to bus drivers working in that area, but no one remembered seeing him.
Pensyl attended Myrtle Grove Middle School and Ashley High School in New Hanover County, and completed a year at Cape Fear Community College. He dropped out about the same time he was a diagnosed with schizophrenia.
He started disappearing for days at a time, but John always turned up – once sleeping by the boardwalk in Carolina Beach, another time at a bank in Charlotte toting a sleeping bag.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Wilmington Police Department