Timothy Jacob Davison

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Top Row and Bottom Left and Center: Timothy, circa 1985;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 31 (circa 2012)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 15, 1985 from Decatur, Illinois
  • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: January 22, 1981
  • Age: 4 years old
  • Height and Weight: 3'4, 40 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Timothy's nickname is T.J. He has a speech impediment. He was missing his upper two front teeth at the time of his disappearance.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A light blue windbreaker, blue jeans, white sneakers and a black baseball cap.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Timothy's aunt, Delany Davison, had custody of Timothy and his two brothers at the time of his disappearance. His parents lived in Winter Haven, Florida and were going through a divorce in 1985. Delany is Timothy's father's sister. She had been caring for her nephews for about a year. They lived in the 2100 block of north Charles Street in Decatur, Illinois.

    Delany stated she took Timothy to Brettwood Village Shopping Center in the 3000 block of north Water Street on October 15, 1985. She left him unattended and asleep in her unlocked red 1981 Dodge Omni at approximately 12:00 p.m., while she took three other children inside the Kroger grocery store at the center to shop. When Delany returned to the parking lot about half an hour later, Timothy had vanished from the vehicle. He may have been seen getting into a black two-door 1978 or 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass with Indiana license plates. There has been no sign of him since that time.

    A deaf-mute child found on the streets of Juarez in Mexico, not far from the U.S. border at El Paso, Texas, was thought to be Davison. The Mexican boy, who was found in November 1987, was about the right age, matched Davison's physical description and had the same speech impediment. A comparison of footprints determined that he was not the missing boy, however.

    Curiously, Timothy is not the only missing person in his family; his mother's sister, Cindy Smith, disappeared from Winter Haven, Florida in 1987. Her disappearance remains unsolved and it is not thought to be connected to Timothy's. Both of Timothy's parents were investigated in his case and ruled out as suspects early in the investigation. They were living in Florida when he disappeared.

    Timothy was a slow learner in 1985 and he did not know his own last name or home address. In 2013, authorities dug up the yard of his aunt's former residence, looking for evidence in his case. His case remains unsolved and is classified as a non-family abduction.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Decatur Police Department


    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    Child Protection Education Of America
    Newspaper Archive
    The Lakeland Ledger
    The Dallas Morning News
    The Springfield State Journal-Register
    Illinois Homepage
    The Decatur Herald-Review
    The Muncie Star Press
    The Northwest Herald


    Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 26, 2017; distinguishing characteristics and details of disappearance updated.

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