Joel Matthew Thompson

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Above Images: Thompson, circa 1999

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 31, 1999 from St. Louis, Missouri
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date of Birth: June 28, 1969
  • Age: 29 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'7 - 5'10, 170 - 180 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Thompson has a brown beard and mustache, and body hair on his chest, arms and legs. He is balding.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Thompson called his father on August 31, 1999 and said he was visiting friends in St. Louis, Missouri and buying hiking supplies in preparation for a planned trip on the Pacific Crest Trail, which extends from Mexico to Washington State. He was going to start his trip in the Portland, Oregon area and hike down through California. Thompson said his father shouldn't expect to hear from him again for a couple of months. He has never been heard from again. After several months went by without contact, his father made inquiries. Searches turned up no sign of Thompson, and his father reported him missing. There's been no indication of his whereabouts since 1999 and his case remains unsolved. New York and Oregon police are investigating.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Suffolk County, New York Police Department
    631-852-6194

    OR
    Hood River County, Oregon Sheriff's Department
    503-386-2098 ext. 3

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    Source Information
    NamUs
    Amy and Tim
    Colorado Bureau of Investigation

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated April 18, 2016; picture and date of birth added.

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