Everett Thompson Sr.

Above: Everett Sr., circa 1996


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 5, 1996 from Chicago, Illinois
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: March 12, 1956
  • Age: 40 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'0, 250 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. Everett may have a mustache.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Everett was last seen by one his employees on July 5, 1996 in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois. He owned Eat and Company, a business located in the Park Manor neighborhood of the city. He and his wife lived with their children in the 8100 block of south Rhodes Avenue.

    Everett's mother reported him missing when she was unable to contact him by July 17, 1996, 12 days after Everett was last seen. His wife, Lydia Thompson, and his two sons, Everett Thompson Jr. and Andrew Thompson, disappeared along with Everett. None of the family members have been heard from again.

    Lydia's brother, Kenneth White, was questioned several times regarding his sister's family's whereabouts. He was an ex-convict with a record for kidnapping and rape. He had lived with the family during the summer of 1996 and in early July, Lydia called 911 to report that he had threatened to kill her with an ax. White had been indicted for falsifying Lydia's signature on a check shortly after she was last seen. He was driving her van when he was arrested.

    White committed suicide in December 1997, while in jail on suspicion of mail fraud. Before his death he did not reveal any possible information he may have concealed regarding the Thompsons' cases. White was never charged in connection with their disappearances. Bloody clothing, including a boy's sock, was found in his trailer after the Thompson family's disappearance, but whose blood it was has not been released. In June 1998, investigators searched White's former residence and the area around it for the Thompson family's bodies, but they didn't find any human remains.

    There was speculation that the Thompsons may have left Chicago and traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or St. Paul, Minnesota. No evidence has been located to prove these theories. The family's cases remain unsolved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Chicago Police Department



    Source Information
    Chicago Police Department
    Northwest Indiana Times
    The Doe Network


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 22, 2005

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