Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Thompson was last seen at his residence, which is located in the vicinity of the 5000 block of Hess Road, off Highway 138. He left intending to go on a three-day camping trip in the Salton Sea area, traveling on the Colorado Aqueduct to the Colorado River where he had a houseboat in the Park Moabi area, approximately 10 miles southeast of Needles, California. Thompson apparently never arrived there, however.
On September 23, six weeks after his disappearance, Thompson's car, a light golden-brown 1986 Buick Skylark, was found disabled in the middle of the desert, four miles off Highway 177 on Phelan Pass Road, seventeen miles north of Desert Center (Riverside County). There was no sign of Thompson in the vicinity. Authorities speculate he may have camped there for the night.
A campsite was found about three miles east of the vehicle. At the site authorities located a full can of beer, Thompson's knife, and an unopened pack of cigarettes. There have been multiple searches in this area.
Tim has a CDL license and used to live in Georgia.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department
Riverside County Sheriff's Department
California Department of Justice