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Case File 1267DMCA

Left: Bowman, circa 1957; Right: Age-Progression by NCMEC to 60

Thomas Eldon Bowman
Missing since March 23, 1957 from Upper Arroyo Seco Canyon, Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California.
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: January 6, 1949
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 8 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 4'0"; 47-50 lbs.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Dark blonde hair; brown eyes. Receding chin, protruding ears.
  • Clothing: Blue plaid shirt,t-shirt, blue jeans, brown shoes. Davy Crockett belt buckle
  • Dentals: Available. Gold bands on back of his teeth, several silver fillings and missing two teeth.
  • DNA: Available
  • AKA: Tommy

Circumstances of Disappearance

On March 23, 1957, Thomas was last seen walking with family members on a trail in Arroyo Seco Canyon. Thomas ran ahead to the family vehicle and when his family members arrived at the vehicle the child was not there Law enforcement was notified and numerous searches were done, to no avail.

In March 1970, Mack Ray Edwards surrendered to police and confessed to murdering 6 children between 1953 and 1970. He once claimed to have killed 18 but in 1971 while on death row he committed suicide.
Edwards confessed and was convicted of the murder of Gary Rochet, Donald Allen Todd, and Stella Darlene Nolan. He also confessed to killing Brenda Jo Howell, Donald Lee Baker, and Roger Dale Madison. He was never charged with the murder of these children because their bodies haven't been found.
He is suspected in the disappearances of Bruce Kremen, Karen Lynn Tompkins, and Thomas Eldon Bowman. Investigations are currently underway, some new and some reopened.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Agency Case Number: 004-00030-3100-402

NCMEC #: NCMC985024

NCIC Number: M753904993
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
LA Times
NamUs MP#5867

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