North American Missing Persons Network

Alison Thresher
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Above Images: Thresher, circa 2000

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 24, 2000 from Bethesda, Montgomery County, Maryland
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: 1955
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 5'2"
  • Weight: 110-120 lbs
  • Hair Color: Blonde
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Thresher's hair was
    turning white in 2000. She wears eyeglasses. Pierced ears.

  • Details of Disappearance
    Thresher had dinner with her parents during the evening of May 23, 2000 in her hometown of Bethesda, Maryland. She returned to her residence in Sumner Highlands Apartments in the 4500 block of Sangamore Road later that night.

    Thresher spoke to an acquaintance on the telephone at approximately 10:00 PM and e-mailed her employer at 12:00 AM on May 24. Thresher has not been heard from since.

    Thresher was scheduled to begin a new position as a copy editor for The Washington Post's Web site on the day she disappeared. Her family has stated that she was excited about the job and it is very uncharacteristic of her to leave without warning.

    Thresher's copper-colored 1997 Volvo station wagon was discovered abandoned on May 25. Thresher's vehicle was parked on the corner of Ridge Drive and Broad Street near the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal in the Glen Echo area, which is several miles from her apartment. An extensive search of the surrounding areas produced no clues as to Thresher's whereabouts. Her wallet and keys were not discovered inside her car and investigators presume that Thresher had the items in her possession when she disappeared.

    Investigators released a composite image of an unidentified man spotted near Thresher's apartment complex during March and April 2000. The individual has not been named a suspect, but authorities would like to identify him and question him about Thresher's case. He may have spoken to her prior to her disappearance. The man is described as possibly being of Hispanic descent and 48 - 50 years old in 2000. He is 5'4 with black hair and was clean-shaven at the time. The individual may be driving a 1990 four-door white sedan.

    Thresher's family elected to declare her legally deceased in February 2001. Her sister took control of Thresher's retirement funds and established a trust for Thresher's children's educations. Thresher's former husband was granted custody of their two children.

    A $647.08 check was deposited into Thresher's bank account in April 2002. The check had been issued in her name by the Maryland Department Of Human Resources in March 2000. The amount reflected child support collected by agency from Thresher's former husband. The check was deposited in the night depository box of a bank in Alexandria, Virginia. Authorities are investigating any connection the check may have to Thresher's disappearance.

    In 2001, Thresher's case was reclassified as a homicide. Prosecutors say she disappeared shortly after she tried to inform authorities about the abuse of a young girl. Fernando Asturizago, a 45-year-old Vermont man, is currently on trial for child sexual abuse. Prosecutors in that case tried to introduce evidence about Thresher trying to contact Montgomery County authorities because she knew about the abuse. The judge refused to allow any evidence about the Thresher case into Asturizago's trial. Prosecutors referenced Fernando Asturizaga as a person of interest in Thresher's murder.

    Composite image of the unidentified male;

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Montgomery County Police Department
    240-773-5070 OR 240-773-5020
    Montgomery County Crime Solvers

    Source Information
    Montgomery County Police Department
    The Washington Post