James Francis Ehrgott

Above: Ehrgott, circa 2006


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 2, 2006 from Spokane, Washington
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: March 31, 1933
  • Age: 73 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'0, 190 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Gray hair, brown eyes. Ehrgott wears prescription eyeglasses.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Ehrgott was last seen at the Sportsman Cafe in the 6400 block of north Market Street in Spokane, Washington at 5:00 p.m. on July 2, 2006. He has never been heard from again. His gold Pontiac Sunfire was located on July 12. Witnesses said it had been driven by John Wayne Thomson. Thomson was not known to Ehrgott's family and he has a prior criminal history with three rape convictions. A photo of him is posted below this case summary.

    Thomson is a suspected serial killer. Later that summer, he was charged with murdering a California man in a botched carjacking. After his arrest, he confessed to killing Ehrgott. Thomson stated he met Ehrgott at High Bridge Park, kidnapped him, stole his car and credit cards and left his body under a bridge. He was unfamiliar with the Spokane area and could not be specific about the location of the bridge. Authorities were unable to locate Ehrgott's body in spite of an extensive search, but they believe Thomson's confession is true. He has been charged with Ehrgott's murder and the murder of a Washington woman whose body was found in August 2006, but he cannot answer to those charges until the California case is concluded. Thomson is still awaiting trial for the California murder.

    Foul play is suspected in Ehrgott's case due to the circumstances involved.

    Above: John Wayne Thomson


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


    Source Information
    Washington State Missing Persons Search
    Someone Is Missing
    The Spokesman-Review
    The San Bernardino County Sun
    KATU News
    The Columbia Daily News


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated November 15, 2010; casefile added.

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