Teresa Lynn Gibson

Teresa, circa 1976

  • Missing Since 10/08/1976
  • Missing From Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
  • Classification Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date of Birth 08/17/1960 (58)
  • Age 16 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'3, 115 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A blue blouse, a blue and white striped sweater, a borrowed brown plaid heavy jacket, blue jeans, blue Adidas shoes and a diamond and star sapphire ring.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Brown hair, green eyes. Teresa's nickname is Trenny and almost all agencies refer to her by that name.

Details of Disappearance

Trenny accompanied 40 of her classmates from Knoxville, Tennessee on a field trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park on October 8, 1976. The students were hiking to Andrews Bald on the trip and separated into small groups when they arrived at the trails.

Trenny apparently hiked with several different sections of her classmates at different paces during the day. She was last seen at approximately 3:00 p.m. near Clingman's Dome, walking on a moderately steep trail with sharp drop-offs and dense undergrowth on both sides.

Extensive searches of the park continued until the end of October 1976, but Trenny has never been located. She was a sophomore at Bearden High School at the time of her disappearance. Her case remains unsolved.

Investigating Agency

  • Tennessee Bureau Of Investigation 615-744-4000

Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated September 23, 2017; name corrected.