A mentally ill man leaves home and never returns.
Defining Characteristics: Has horizontal red marks on his back. He has also been diagnosed as manic-depressive.
Have you seen Jim Kimball?
Jim Kimball had grown up in Oak Park, Illinois, the sixth child in a large and loving family. According to his sister, Sharon Tomecek, Jim was always shy:
"That made him more sensitive than other people."
But all of that changed on August 16, 1982. Jim was just thirteen when his father suddenly died of a heart attack. As the family gathered to say goodbye, only Jim appeared unaffected by the tragic loss. He was very quiet, refused to cry and showed little, if any, emotion. It was the first overt sign that something was wrong, terribly wrong. Barely noticed in the midst of the family's grief, was the fact that a time bomb was ticking away inside of Jim Kimball... a time bomb that would explode almost three years, to the day, after his father's death.
As teenagers, Jim and his brothers formed their own garage band. Jim played the drums. According to his brother Tom, he first noticed something was wrong with Jim during a jam session shortly after their father's death:
"He was acting strang, and I was afraid for him. There came a point where it was like, we better bring him to the hospital or something, because we didn't know what he was going to do next."
Jim was diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder--a mental disturbance characterized by unusual thoughts and severe mood swings. Jim required medication to control his condition. The next eight years were marked by a series of hospitalizations, relapses and recoveries. Nevertheless, Jim managed to graduate from high school and hold a few jobs. Eventually, he moved into a halfway house, approximately ten miles from home.
Everything seemed normal until Easter weekend, 1993. According to his mother, Francine, Jim showed up at her house earlier than expected that day:
"I was pretty surprised that he would go through all that trouble to walk home, you know. All the family was together, we had a nice turkey dinner for Easter. Everything seemed to be pretty good."
But the next day, the tranquil atmosphere was shattered. According to his brother, Tom, Jim became frustrated with the family's new stereo system:
"You know, I was having lunch and I heard from downstairs a commotion. And I said hey, you know, if you're not feeling well, you should go to the hospital, but he said that he wasn't going to go to the hospital, he'd take care of things. And so we just cleaned things up, and then he left... that was the last I saw him."
Jim had vanished. The Kimballs immediately launched a frantic search of the neighborhood. The family made phone calls, searched homeless shelters, and distributed "missing person" flyers all across the country. But eleven months went by with no sign of Jim. Then, a promising lead came in March of 1994. Just outside of South Bend, Indiana, ninety miles from the Kimball's home in Oak Park, Indiana State Trooper Todd LaBonne found Jim lying on the ground:
"He appeared to be under the influence. But the result of the test showed zero zero on the alcohol sensor. When I saw the flyer I'd say three to four weeks later, the picture on the flyer matched the description of the individual I'd spoke with."
But with nothing to hold him on, Officer LaBonne let Jim go. It would be the last time anyone saw Jim Kimball alive.
Jim's family is still searching for him and they are worried that, without medication, he will never find his way home. Jim Kimball is 5'7" tall and weighs 165 pounds. He has green eyes and his brown hair may still be long and parted in the middle.