EXIT 9 Investigations: Series 1 – Christopher Thompkins: (Missing in Harris County)
Mysteries seem to arise quite a bit in Harris County, Georgia. Christopher Thompkins left his house at 8:10 am on January 25, 2002, for a typical day at-work; this day was far from average though – Christopher vanished into thin air and has never been seen again. The case has stumped top law enforcement officers and web sleuths ever since.
*All photos of the crime scene in this investigative article are credited to Vistaramic Journey.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2002
Thompkins was one of four surveyors assigned to a stretch of woods located along Warm Springs Road and Georgia 85, adjacent to County Line Road. He was working with his three co-workers, spaced-out 50 feet from each other and walking in the same direction – he was also the last one in the line. Thompkins and the co-worker in front of him were engaged in a conversation within eyesight of each other; the co-worker turned his head for a split second, by the time he looked back, Thompkins was gone.
One of the co-workers eventually phoned their boss around 1 p.m. to inform them of Christopher’s disappearance; they then called 911 to report that he had simply vanished. Christopher Thompkins’ mother (Mrs. Ann Mckenzie) wasn’t contacted about her son’s disappearance until 4:15 that evening. Law Enforcement Officer’s relayed to the Thompkins family that they had to wait 24 hours to file a missing person’s report. The Thompkins’ family rallied together volunteers and searched the area for Christopher.
They found the following items along the fence-line near where he was working.
- Work Boot hanging on the barbed wire fence with specs of blood on it
- Work tools
- A blue fiber from his pants
- 12 cents
ONE WEEK LATER
- One of Christopher’s co-workers hired a lawyer.
- Another one (unidentified time period) went to prison for an unrelated crime and was administered a lie-detector test regarding Christopher’s disappearance; reports are conflicted on whether he passed or not.
Christopher’s second work boot is found miles away near private property off I-85.
FACTS OF THE CASE
Christopher’s boss stated Thompkins was acting “strangely” before his disappearance. Christopher’s mother has denounced this and said that her son was normal as usual.
Christopher’s mother worked as a babysitter for Christopher’s boss.
The police believe that Christopher “walked off the job site” leaving his shoe and other belongings.
None of the co-workers were officially interrogated.
The GBI (Georgia Bureau of Investigation) has had over 20 different agents work on the case. There’s a new GBI agent on the matter.
Christopher is 5’7, 124 pounds. Located on the right arm, he has a tattoo of an ice cream cone with his name inscribed within it; a joker’s head wearing a hat is attached to the top of the cone.
He was wearing a black shirt with a gray plaid jacket with a gray hood, a black skull cap, a black watch, navy blue Dickie work pants, and tan FUBU work boots.
What are the clues to follow in the Christoper Thompkins case? How dense of a wooded area is the crime scene? What checklist did a retired F.B.I agent present for the investigation? These questions are explored in PART II.
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