On January 25, 2002, Christopher Thompkins went to work. At 20 years old, Christopher was told to have been a fairly religious young man, well-liked, and normally a happy guy. He stayed with his mom in Georgia.
At 8:00 am, he left his home, headed to his survey company job. He parked his car near the office and rode with a co-worker to the job site in Ellerslie, GA. 4 men were working on the crew that day. They were working in a line formation, each man about 50 feet apart from the next.
They broke for lunch around noon and rapidly were back to work on the line. Around 1:00 pm, one of the co-workers (none of them were named) was talking with Christopher. When he turned his head to complete a task, he continued to talk to Chris. When he had no response after a minute, he looked back and saw no sign of Chris. At first, he thought maybe he stepped away to use the bathroom in the woods, but he called out several times with no answer. Finally, he summoned the other guys and they walked down to look for him.
When they came to his work area, they found all his tools lying around. The further inquiry uncovered one of Christopher's boots hanging off the top of a nearby barbed wire fence. After not seeing Christopher anywhere, they called 911 to report him missing.
Some facts of the search:
The police denied to search until 24 hours has passed since Christopher was legally an adult.
Christopher's mom also worked for the survey company owner as his babysitter. She was upset that she wasn't notified of Christopher's disappearance until after 4:00 when it was just after 1:00 pm they had called 911.
The police search the next day uncovered a piece of fabric torn from Christopher's work pants and 12cents nearby.
The media did not take up on this case well & the family had to fight for exposure.
The co-workers were never named a suspect, although 2 had criminal pasts and one would go to prison shortly after for another violent crime. One also maintained a lawyer the week after Christopher went missing.
The police publicly declared that Chris likely just walked off to start a new life.
Christopher's mother thinks the foul play was involved & likely by the co-workers.
Five months after Christopher Thompkins vanished a local farmer found his other boot in a swampy part of his land. This was about 900 yards from where he vanished.
He left on his own. But why leave a boot hanging on the fence & how did he get away so quickly without notice?
The co-workers were involved in something.
A wild animal grabbed him. Again- why no noise, tracks, blood, etc.?
Weird theories that have taken the internet by storm:
He fell into a portal.
The more we talk about this case, the more media attention & the higher likelihood of a resolution.
What do YOU think happened to Christopher Thompkins?