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1 Age Progressed
Left: Thomas, circa 1997; Right: Progressed to age 26 years by NCMEC (2010)

Ricky Lane Thomas
Missing since November 6, 1997 from Bristow, Perry County, Indiana
Classification: Lost, Injured, Missing

Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: December 21, 1983
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 13 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'8"-5'9" (173 cm); 170 lbs (77 kg).
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Sandy hair; grey/green/hazel eyes.
  • Marks, Scars: He has small scars on both cheeks.
  • Clothing: A black hooded sweatshirt with "Route 66" in white letters on the front, and long, baggy blue jeans shorts.

Circumstances of Disappearance
Ricky Thomas was last seen at approximately 13:00 on Oak Ridge Road in Bristow, Indiana on November 6, 1997.
Neighbors last saw him walking to his cousin's house a mile away. He planned to meet his cousin, and drive to Tell City for a shopping trip, but never arrived.
He was with his two hunting dog puppies. The dogs, a 14-week-old redbone-beagle mix, answer to "Tiny" and "Red". The dogs haven't been seen since either.

Thomas had never run away from home and would call home if he was in trouble. There were no indications that he planned his disappearance. He left home without any supplies or extra clothing, and nothing was missing from his room.

He was a seventh-grader at Perry Central. He had no serious medical conditions, but he had stayed home from school because he wasn't feeling well that day.

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

Indiana State Police, District 34 in Jasper, IN
Sergeant Steve Chambers
Email Form

Local Case Number: 34-21249/NamUs MP #6718

NCMEC #: NCMC840241

Source Information:
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
14 WFIE News
Indiana State Police
Evansville Courier

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