Details of Disappearance
Thompson was last seen at approximately 4:00 p.m. on December 1, 1986, when her father dropped her off at her residence in the vicinity of the 1300 block of north Market Street in Champaign, Illinois. She lived there with her boyfriend. She has never been heard from again. Her father reported her missing on December 9, after her boyfriend reached out to her parents and said he hadn't seen her in a few days.
Thompson was in regular, open communication with her family at the time of her disappearance, and made a point of seeing them in person at least every two weeks. She had had some minor trouble with the law and hoped to turn her life around, move to California and pursue a medical career. Her friends and family don't believe she would have simply walked out of her life.
She had previously filed a lawsuit against her employer over an injury she got at work, and had recently learned she was going to get a settlement of $25,000 to $35,000. Thompson was very happy about this. She never collected the settlement, and missed her last appointment with her lawyer. She also left behind an uncashed check she'd received for medical expenses.
In the months prior to her disappearance, Thompson had testified against two men in a drug trafficking case. Police provided protection for her during the trial and offered assistance if she wanted to relocate, but she told them she wasn't ready to leave. It's unclear whether her disappearance is related to her earlier testimony, but foul play is suspected in her case.