Wilburn Leeroy Thompson

Above: Wilburn, circa 2001


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 21, 2001 from Solano County, California
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date Of Birth: March 24, 1946
  • Age: 54 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'0, 200 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Graying brown hair, brown eyes. Wilburn may have a full beard. He wears eyeglasses.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Wilburn and his wife, Barbara Joan Thompson, were boating in Suisan Bay in Solano County, California on March 21, 2001. Their wooden craft, the Robby Lyn, caught on fire at approximately 2:00 a.m. and capsized near Ryer Island during the day. Wilburn and Barbara jumped into the water to escape the flames, as did six other boaters. Five of the boaters were recovered safely about an hour later. Wilburn, Barbara, and a 15-year-old Oklahoma boy, Keith Washington, were not located at that time. Photograph and vital statistics for Washington are unavailable.

    Barbara's body was recovered in June 2002, but Wilburn and Washington are still missing. Authorities believe he drowned along with his wife. Some agencies may classify Wilburn as a lost missing person. He and Barbara resided in Turlock, California in 2001. Wilburn managed a Diamond Walnut Growers plant in Modesto, California.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Solano County Sheriff's Department


    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    The Contra Costa Times
    North American Missing Persons Network
    The Modesto Bee
    The Vacaville Reporter


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated December 19, 2005; details of disappearance updated.

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