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.

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