MP of the week: Thomas O’Daniel

This week’s featured missing person (a day late, sorry) is 29-year-old Thomas Clyde O’Daniel and he went missing a very long time ago: May 15, 1958. It’s been nearly sixty years.

Thomas called his family from Phoenix and said he was going to hitchhike to Yuma, Arizona. Google Maps says Yuma is about a three-hour drive from Phoenix, but back in 1958 it may have taken longer. He never got in touch with his family again and I don’t know whether he arrived in Yuma. In fact, I don’t really know anything.

This case is pretty much a complete blank. The only thing I could find online was a post on Ancestry from what is probably his daughter. Other than that I’ve got nothing.

Anything could have happened to this guy. It’s even possible, though only just, that he’s still alive somewhere, perhaps chilling in a nursing home — he’d be in his late eighties by now.

2 thoughts on “MP of the week: Thomas O’Daniel

  1. Patrick Kerrigan December 1, 2017 / 8:57 pm

    A few months ago, a New York State Police was looking into the remains found in Orange County. The remains somewhat matched the cf desscription of a woman who disappeared some 40 years ago in Sullivan County. So he contacted the Sullivan Counnty Investigators.

    They pulled out the files and rechecked the records of Flora Stevens. They searched the usual databases and found a Flora Harris using the same SSN, was living in a assisted living facility in Lowell, Mass.

    They pulled out her original picture given to them by her late husband. They travelle to the faciliyy and verified it wss her. She was not upset that her husband was deceased.

    So Mr. O’ Daniel could be in an assisted living facility.

    • Patsy Faye O'Daniel April 6, 2018 / 12:49 pm

      I am Patsy Faye O’Daniel, daughter of Thomas Clyde O’Daniel ! If you have any information on his whereabouts could you please contact me? Email address

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