Missing since July 5, 1996 from Chicago, Illinois
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
The Thompson family was last seen in Chicago, Illinois on July 5, 1996.
Everett Thompson, Sr., owner of Eat and Company, a Park Manor neighborhood business, was last seen on July 5, 1996 by one of his employees.
His parents reported him missing on July 17, 1996, when they was unable to contact him, his wife Lydia, or either of their two sons Everett, Jr. and Andrew.
On that July afternoon in 1996 Thompson's father phoned his son, Everett, at the Chicago restaurant the younger man owned. The elder Thompson recalled that he also broached the topic of his son's quarrelsome brother-in-law, an ex-convict, and a freeloading house guest of Everett and his wife, Lydia Thompson. Everett interrupted their conversation to take a frantic phone call from Lydia, at home with the couple's two sons, Everett Jr., 10, and Andrew, 8.
Back on the line seconds later Everett told his dad he had to go home right away. Lydia's brother was chasing her around the house with an ax. She locked herself in the bedroom and called Everett to come home.
The early July phone call was the last time either man spoke to the other.
The brother was questioned early on about his sister and her family's whereabouts. He pleaded ignorance. According to police, he told officers the family had gone away, driving or taking a bus to Pennsylvania or Minnesota.
Lydia's brother, had been questioned on several occasions regarding the disappearance of the family and was indicted for falsifying his sister's signature on documents immediately following her disappearance. He committed suicide in December of 1997, without revealing any information he may have had regarding the family. Fears about the fate of the family heightened when federal agents reported finding bloodstained clothing, including a boy's sock, in a search of a house trailer rented by the brother, in Gary on July 14, 1997.
Police say if there was foul play, it happened on July 4, 5 or 6, 1996. No one saw the Thompson family after that time and the brother was seen driving the Thompson van soon after that weekend.
Investigators Chicago Police Department
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Missing Persons Section
Investigator Connie Perusich
Chicago Police Department
Agency Case Number: A-510903
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.
Chicago Police Department
Chicago Tribune 1/8/98