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Case File: Alison Goodwin Thresher - 3413DFMD

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Alison Goodwin Thresher

  • Case Classification: Missing
  • Missing Since: May 24, 2000
  • Location Last Seen: Bethesda, Montgomery County, Maryland
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.

  • Date of Birth: Unknown
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 45 years
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Height at Time of Disappearance: 60.0 to 64.0 inches
  • Weight at Time of Disappearance: 110 to 120 lbs
  • Hair Color: Hair turning white in 2000
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Alias(s) / Nickname(s): Unknown
  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: Pierced ears. She wears eye glasses
  • Dentals: Not available
  • Fingerprints: Not available
  • DNA: Available
  • Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: Unknown
  • Jewelry: Unknown
  • Additional Personal Items: Unknown
  • Circumstances of Disappearance

    Thresher had dinner with her parents during the evening of May 23, 2000 in her hometown of Bethesda, Maryland. She returned to her residence in Sumner Highlands Apartments in the 4500 block of Sangamore Road later that night. Thresher spoke to an acquaintance on the telephone at approximately 10:00 PM and e-mailed her employer at 12:00 AM on May 24. Thresher has not been heard from since.

    Thresher was scheduled to begin a new position as a copy editor for The Washington Post's Web site on the day she disappeared. Her family has stated that she was excited about the job and it is very uncharacteristic of her to leave without warning.

    Thresher's copper-colored 1997 Volvo station wagon was discovered abandoned on May 25, one day after her disappearance.Thresher's vehicle was parked on the corner of Ridge Drive and Broad Street near the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal in the Glen Echo area, which is several miles from her apartment. There was no sign of her at the scene and an extensive search of the surrounding areas produced no clues as to Thresher's whereabouts. Her wallet and keys were not discovered inside her car and investigators presume that Thresher had the items in her possession when she disappeared. Investigators released a composite image of an unidentified man spotted near Thresher's apartment complex during March and April 2000. The individual has not been named a suspect, but authorities would like to identify him and question him about Thresher's case. He may have spoken to her prior to her disappearance. The man is described as possibly being of Hispanic descent and 48 - 50 years old in 2000. He is 5'4 with black hair and was clean-shaven at the time. The individual may be driving a 1990 four-door white sedan.

    Thresher's family elected to declare her legally deceased in February 2001. Her sister took control of Thresher's retirement funds and established a trust for Thresher's children's educations. Thresher's former husband was granted custody of their two children.

    A $647.08 check was mysteriously deposited into Thresher's bank account in April 2002. The check had been issued in her name by the Maryland Department Of Human Resources in March 2000. The amount reflected child support collected by agency from Thresher's former husband. The check was deposited in the night depository box o f a bank in Alexandria, Virginia. Authorities are investigating any connection the check may have to Thresher's disappearance

    Investigating Agency(s)
    If you have any information about this case please contact;

  • Agency Name: Montgomery County Police Department - Major Crimes Division-Cold Case Squad
  • Agency Contact Person: Detective Brian Stafford
  • Agency Phone Number: AGENCY PHONE HERE
  • E-Mail

  • Agency Case Number: Unknown
  • NCIC Case Number: N/A
  • NamUs Case Number: MP #2861
  • Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Information Source(s)
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    Case Added: 2/8/15; Case Verified: 2/8/15 - By: BR / Webmaster

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