Helen Thompson

Above: Thompson, circa 2008


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 3, 2008 from Pismo Beach, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: September 10, 1926
  • Age: 81 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'5, 95 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Gray hair, hazel eyes.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A tan trench coat, jeans and a burgundy felt top hat.
  • Medical Conditions: Thompson suffers from dementia and can become easily confused as a result. She may use a cane to walk.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Thompson was last seen walking westbound on Capistrano Street near the ocean in the Shell Beach neighborhood of Pismo Beach, California at 5:30 p.m. on August 3, 2008. She lived alone with her cat in the 100 block of Capistrano Street and normally took a walk each evening. She has never been heard from again.

    An extensive search of the area turned up no indication of Thompson's whereabouts. She had wandered away before and the police had to find her. Adult Protective Services had offered to assist her, but Thompson felt she could adequately care for herself and refused any services. Her closest relative lived on the East Coast, but her neighbors occasionally checked in on her to make sure she was all right. Her case remains unsolved.


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


    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    KEYT 3
    KVEC 920 Radio
    KSBY 6
    The San Luis Obispo Tribune


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated January 18, 2010; details of disappearance updated.

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