Joel G. Thompson Jr.

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Above Images: Thompson, circa 2010


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 26, 2010 from Lewes, Delaware
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date of Birth: July 12, 1961
  • Age: 48 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'6, 150 pounds
  • Distinguishng Characteristics: Caucasian male. Hazel eyes. Thompson has a gray goatee. He is left-handed. He has a mole on his neck, a mole on his chest, a scar on his neck, a scar on his left arm, a scar on his upper left arm and a scar on the left side of his abdomen above his navel. Thompson has a tattoo of a buzzard on his right arm and a tattoo of a skull with a sword and a ribbon on his left arm. Photos of the tattoos are posted below this case summary. Thompson smokes black and mild pipe tobacco.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A green t-shirt with "Captain Joel" on the breast, a blue long-sleeved shirt, blue size 30x30 Dickies pants, a black and aqua skin suit, a wide yellow gold weddng band, a 18- to 19-inch gold Figuero necklace with a large-mouth bass charm, a black analog watch, and possibly size 8 hip waders with cleats. Photos of the necklace and watch are posted below this case summary. Carrying a brown tri-fold leather wallet.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Thompson was last seen in Lewes, Delaware after 11:30 p.m. on April 26, 2010. He went fishing at his usual spot at the Indian River Inlet on the south side of the rock jetty. He has never been heard from again. His fishing pole, bait and tackle box were later found on the jetty, and his locked 2006 Toyota Tacoma truck with the Delaware license plate number C22715 was parked in the nearby lot, with his keys and cellular phone inside it.

    Authorities believe Thompson fell off the jetty or was knocked off by a wave, and drowned. His body was never recovered and may have been swept out to sea. His wife is attempting to have him declared legally dead.

    Tattoo 1 Tattoo 2
    Pendant Watch
    Top Row: Thompson's tattoos;
    Bottom Left: Thompson's gold pendant;
    Bottom Right: Thompson's watch


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Delaware Department of Natural Resources


    Source Information
    The Cape Gazette


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 28, 2012; distinguishing characteristics, clothing/jewelry description and details of disappearance updated.

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