Everett Thompson Jr.

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Left: Everett Jr., circa 1996;
Right: Age-progression to age 27 (circa 2012)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 5, 1996 from Chicago, Illinois
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: June 22, 1985
  • Age: 11 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'0, 90 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Everett Jr. was last seen on July 5, 1996 in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois. His father, Everett Thompson Sr., owned Eat and Company, a business located in the Park Manor neighborhood of the city. The family lived in the 8100 block of south Rhodes Avenue.

    Everett Sr.'s mother reported their family missing when she was unable to contact them by July 17, 1996, 12 days after they were last seen. Everett Jr.'s mother, Lydia Thompson, and his younger brother, Andrew Thompson, disappeared as well. None of the family members have been heard from again.

    Lydia's brother, Kenneth White, was questioned several times regarding his sister's family's whereabouts. He was an ex-convict with a record for kidnapping and rape. He had lived with the family during the summer of 1996 and in early July, Lydia called 911 to report that he had threatened to kill her with an ax. White had been indicted for falsifying Lydia's signature on a check shortly after she was last seen. He was driving her van when he was arrested.

    White committed suicide in December 1997, while in jail on suspicion of mail fraud. Before his death he did not reveal any possible information he may have concealed regarding the Thompsons' cases. White was never charged in connection with their disappearances. Bloody clothing, including a boy's sock, was found in his trailer after the Thompson family's disappearance, but whose blood it was has not been released. In June 1998, investigators searched White's former residence and the area around it for the Thompson family's bodies, but they didn't find any human remains.

    There was speculation that the Thompsons may have left Chicago and traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or St. Paul, Minnesota. No evidence has been located to prove these theories. The family's cases remain unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Chicago Police Department
    312-433-7007

    OR
    312-747-6222

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    Source Information
    Chicago Police Department
    Northwest Indiana Times
    The Doe Network
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children

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    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 20, 2013; age-progression added.

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