North American Missing Persons Network
Timmy Gene Thompson

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Above Images: Thompson, circa 2002

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 3, 2002 from Phelan, San Bernardino County, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: October 3, 1965
  • Age: 36
  • Height: 5'9"
  • Weight: 180-190 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Short dark brown hair
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Tattoo of a California brown bear
    on the back of left shoulder; the face of the bear is not colored in.
    He may have a full beard.
  • Clothing: Possibly wearing brown button-down shirt, "Levi's" blue
    jeans, brown lace-up work boots.
  • AKA: "Tim"
  • Dentals: Chart and x-rays available at CA DOJ-MUPS (
    Front teeth are distinguishable - one yellow, one normal color - but both look "dead"
  • Fingerprints: Available at CAL-ID (909-890-5000), case#360667063.
    Also refer to CII #A97760166-IAFIS FBI
  • DNA: Multiple DNA profiles may be on file CA DOJ Lab (CODIS #MP-03-0079)
  • NCIC Number: M-102716290
  • Case Number: 070203474

  • 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.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department
    (909) 387-3699
    Riverside County Sheriff's Department
    (760) 921-7900

    Source Information
    California Department of Justice