Thomas James Houghland

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Left: Thomas, circa 1978;
Right: Age-progression to age 43 (circa 2015)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 15, 1978 from Sacramento, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: October 21, 1972
  • Age: 6 years old
  • Height and Weight: 3'0, 45 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Thomas's nickname is Tommy; some agencies refer to him by that name.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Thomas disappeared with his brother, Richard, and their mother, Norma, from Sacramento, California on July 15, 1978. They didn't have air conditioning and Norma would often take the children for rides in the car to stay cool. They may have done that on they day they disappeared.

    Norma's ex-husband lived in Washington state and no one realized the family was missing for a week. Relatives went to the Houghlands' apartment on Sutterville Road and found it intact, with all their clothing and belongings inside and some dishes in the sink. The children's bicycles were inside and there was an uncashed welfare check. The only thing that was missing was Norma's car, a gold or light blue 1965 Pontiac LeMans with the California license plate number 254SBI. It has never been found.

    Norma's parents and one of her two sisters have since died, as have Thomas and Richard's father. The case remains unsolved and little information is available.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Sacramento Police Department
    916-808-0560

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    Source Information
    KCRA 3
    News 10
    Fox 40
    California Attorney General's Office
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    NamUs

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    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated October 8, 2016; date of birth corrected, middle name and age-progression added.

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