MP of the week: Christopher Temple

This week’s featured missing person is Christopher Alan Temple, a 17-year-old high school senior who disappeared while camping with four friends in a campground in the woods in Bath Township, Michigan on April 22, 1990. His friends said he just walked away from the campsite in the night and never returned.

The Charley Project says the only sign ever located was one of his shoes, found about 300 yards from the campsite over a year after his disappearance. However, the Case Remains site says Christopher’s other shoe was found nearby a few weeks after the first, along with “handfuls of long, strawberry blond hair, enough to fill two 8 x 10 envelopes.” It wasn’t Christopher’s hair, which was brown.

The police initially thought it might be a runaway case, or just ran into some misadventure in the swampy woods surrounding the campsite. But it’s come out that Christopher sold weed and sometimes shorted customers, so there’s a theory that an unhappy customer went after him.

There hasn’t been much about this in the news since it happened, and it’s been over 30 years now. Christopher’s father is deceased; I’m not sure about other family members. I’m sure they’d like to know what happened to him, or at least where he is.

3 thoughts on “MP of the week: Christopher Temple

  1. Vincent June 23, 2021 / 5:04 pm

    Hmm. I wonder why there is so little information on the internet about the disappearance Christopher Temple. Why aren’t there contemporaneous news articles about him? One would think that the disappearance of a 17 year old kid would be a major topic for a couple of weeks, especially in a small town like Bath Township, Michigan (population approximately 10,000).

    I know the circumstances are disparate, but the disappearance of Christopher Temple reminds me of the separate disappearances of two other teenage boys: Dermot Kelly in January, 1972, and Roger Ellison in February, 1981. Ellison’s case was covered extensively at the time it happened, and I think Dermot Kelly’s was also well-covered.

    Interestingly, nine years passed between the disappearance of Dermot Kelly and the disappearance of Roger Ellison; and then another nine years passed between the disappearance of Roger Ellison and the disappearance of Christopher Temple.

  2. Mia June 27, 2021 / 10:40 am

    Hi Meaghan, hope you’re okay.

    • Meaghan June 27, 2021 / 1:55 pm

      There’s been a bit of a family emergency popped up but I’m fine.

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