Desiree Nicole Thompson

Thompson, circa 2012; Edward Gibson

  • Missing Since 01/07/2012
  • Missing From California City, California
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Sex Female
  • Race Black
  • Date of Birth 09/23/1981 (40)
  • Age 30 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'4, 180 - 210 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A gray sweater, blue shorts and orange and brown shoes.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics African-American female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Thompson multiple tattoos, including the name "Edward" on her right forearm, the name "Dayshaun" on her left wrist, the names "David" and "Armstrong" on her thigh, letters or a face on the right side of her neck, and other tattoos. Her nose, tongue and ears are pierced. She may use the last name Gibson.

Details of Disappearance

Thompson was last seen in the 20900 block of 83rd Street in California City, California  on January 7, 2012. In the early morning hours she had had a domestic violence incident with her estranged husband, Edward "Face" Gibson III, where he showed up at her door and pointed a shotgun at her.

At 10:00 a.m., Thompson's mother tried to call her but was unable to reach her, and so came to her apartment. She found Thompson at home but very frightened, with furniture stacked against the apartment door. Thompson's mother offered to take care of her children until Thompson could get the situation sorted.

She was last seen buying cigarettes at a Cactus Mini Mart at 6:00 p.m. At 8:30 p.m. she called her mother on a phone borrowed from friends of her husband. At the time, she was in an apartment building near a tire store. She asked her mother if Gibson had called, as he usually did after he fought with Thompson, and her mother said yes. Thompson left the apartment building at 9:00 p.m. She has never been heard from again and neither has Gibson.

A photo of Gibson is posted with this case summary. He is wanted on charges of brandishing a firearm, being a felon in possession of a firearm, violating a court order, burglary and domestic violence. His date of birth is July 26, 1968, making him 43 years old at the time of Desiree's disappearance. He's described as African-American, 6'3 tall and 197 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He should be considered armed and dangerous.

Because of the circumstances of Thompson's disappearance, and because she was a prior victim of domestic violence, she's considered missing under suspicious circumstances and possibly in danger. Her case remains unsolved.

Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated December 29, 2021; two pictures added, details of disappearance updated.