Real Name: James Donald Kimball
Location: Oak Park, Illinois
Date: April 13, 1993
Date of Birth: December 28, 1968
Weight: 165 lbs.
Marital Status: Single
Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, green eyes
Details: Jim Kimball grew up in Oak Park, Illinois, the sixth child in a large and loving family. He was shy but close to his family. Everything in Jim's life changed on August 16, 1982, when his father suddenly died of a heart attack; at the time, Jim was just thirteen. His family noticed that he seemed unaffected by the loss. He was quiet and did not show much emotion. His family believes that he was hiding his emotions from them.
Three years later, Jim was playing in a garage band with his brothers when he suddenly stopped playing and moving. After a few seconds, he angrily threw his drumsticks and sat on the ground. Concerned, his family took him to the hospital. He then met with a psychiatrist who diagnosed him with Schizo-affective disorder, a mental disturbance characterized by unusual thoughts and mood swings. He told his psychiatrist that he was angry about his father's death and heard voices.
Jim required medication to help with his disorder. Over the next eight years, he went to the hospital several times and suffered from relapses. Nevertheless, he graduated from high school and managed to hold down a few jobs. Eventually, he moved into a halfway house ten miles from his mother's home.
On Easter weekend in 1993, he showed up at his mother's house early. Everything seemed to be fine until the next day, April 13, when Jim became frustrated with the family's new stereo system. After throwing a tantrum, his brother tried to calm him down. However, Jim was still angry so he decided to leave and go on a walk. He never returned and his family began to search for him.
For eleven months, his family and the police searched for him without success. Then, in March of 1994, a man was found alongside the road in South Bend, Indiana, and appeared to be drunk. The area was ninety miles from the Kimball home. An officer gave him a sobriety test and then released him. Three to four weeks later, the officer saw a missing poster and believed that the man was Jim. However, he is still missing.
Suspects: None known
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the December 1, 1995 episode.
- Jim Kimball on Unsolved.com
- Jim's Case on the Charley project
- Jim's case on The Doe Network
- Family Of Missing Man Combs Shelters, Streets
- "Unsolved Mysteries" to show episode on missing OP man