David Bird Thomson

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Above Images: Thomson, circa 1979


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 1, 1979 from Minnetonka, Minnesota
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: February 9, 1947
  • Age: 32 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'8 - 5'10, 175 - 185 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Thomson has a receding hairline, he may have a beard, and his hair was shoulder-length at the time of his disappearance. His eyes may appear green. He has fractured his right arm and has a scar on his right elbow. He sustained injuries in a car accident in 1964; as a result, Thomson's left leg is three-eighths of an inch shorter than his right leg, and his left arm was foreshortened when his left shoulder shattered. His nickname is Chris and he may go by his middle name, Bird.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A flannel work shirt, blue jeans and a ying-yang necklace.
  • Medical Conditions: Thomson suffers from scoliosis. He is classified as disabled.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Thomson was last seen standing by Highway 7 and Williston Road in Minnetoka, Minnesota on July 1, 1979. He was carrying a backpack, but had no other belongings with him. Later that year, he is known to have worked for very brief periods in Denver, Colorado and Casper, Wyoming. There's been no sign of him since 1979, however.

    Thomson wrote a book called In the Shining Mountains: A Would-be Mountain Man in Search of Wilderness; it was published the same year he disappeared. The book is about a man who seeks to live like an old-fashioned mountain man, but finds his dream intruded upon by modern society. Thomson's loved ones believe he may have simply wanted to drop out of society and live off the land like the character in his book.

    Texas authorities are assisting with Thomson's investigation.


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

    Texas Department of Public Safety


    Source Information
    Texas Department of Public Safety
    The Doe Network


    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 5; picture added, details of disappearance updated.

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