Trenny Lynn Gibson

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Above Images: Trenny, circa 1976

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 8, 1976 from The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date Of Birth: August 17, 1960
  • Age: 16 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'3, 115 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, green eyes.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A blue blouse, a blue and white striped sweater, a borrowed brown plaid heavy jacket, blue jeans, blue Adidas shoes and a diamond and star sapphire ring.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Trenny accompanied 40 of her classmates from Knoxville, Tennessee on a field trip to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park on October 8, 1976. The students were hiking to Andrews Bald on the trip and separated into small groups when they arrived at the trails. Trenny apparently hiked with several different sections of her classmates at different paces during the day. She was last seen at approximately 3:00 p.m. near Clingman's Dome, walking on a moderately steep trail with sharp dropoffs and dense undergrowth on both sides.

    Extensive searches of the park continued until the end of October 1976, but Trenny has never been located. She was a sophomore at Bearden High School at the time of her disappearance. Her case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Tennessee Bureau Of Investigation
    615-744-4000

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    Source Information
    Smoky Mountain Disappearances: True Stories From The Great Smoky Mountains
    By Juanitta Baldwin and Ester Grubb

    The book is available through the Web site below:
    Unsolved Disappearances in the Great Smoky Mountains
    The Doe Network
    NewspaperArchive
    The Knoxville News Sentinel

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    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated October 21, 2009; picture added.

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