The Trail Went Cold – Episode 373 – Tommy Gibson

March 18, 1991. Azalea, Oregon. Two-year old Tommy Gibson goes missing from the front yard of his rural home. Tommy’s father, Larry Gibson, who happens to be a deputy with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, claims that his son vanished while he was out jogging and later tells the authorities that his daughter witnessed Tommy get abducted by an unidentified couple driving a pick-up truck. However, investigators notice a number of suspicious discrepancies which make them believe that Larry caused Tommy’s death and covered up what he did by disposing of his son’s body. Larry is eventually charged with the crime and convicted of second-degree manslaughter and serves nearly three years in prison, but he continually maintains his innocence and no trace of Tommy is ever found. Was Larry Gibson actually responsible for the disappearance of his son? Or was the boy the victim of a stranger abduction? On this week’s episode of “The Trail Went Cold”, we explore a very frustrating missing children’s case which still has a number of unanswered questions. Special thanks to listener Sam Payant for narrating the opening of this episode.

If you have any information about this case, please contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at (541) 440-4450.

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The Trail Went Cold is produced and edited by Magill Foote.

All music is composed by Vince Nitro.