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A mentally ill man leaves home and never returns.

James Kimball

Missing:

Gender: Male
DOB: 12/28/68
Height: 5’7”
Weight:165 lbs.
Eyes: Green
Hair: Brown
Defining Characteristics: Has horizontal red marks on his back. He has also been diagnosed as manic-depressive.

CASE DETAILS

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.”

Jim got angry when trying to work a stereo

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.

An officer stopped Jim and let him go

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.”  

Have you seen Jim Kimball?

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.


Watch this case now on Amazon Prime in season eight with Robert Stack and in season five with Dennis Farina. Also available on YouTube with Dennis Farina. Various seasons available now on Hulu.

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36 Comments

  1. Bill

    Excited that Unsolved mysteries is back on lifetime TV July 5th! Just watched the episode on Jim. I pray he’s still alive and living his life.

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  2. Anonymous

    Sorry to break it to you, But Jim K. Is dead. He probably died in the woods somewhere.

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  3. Freakboy

    May god show him the way home

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  4. Anonymous

    Are there any age progressive photos of what he may look like today?

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  5. Cassie Bunch

    I think I have seen him

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  6. Roo

    Did they find this guy yet?

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  7. Anonymous

    Look up SOPHIE – Lemonade

    His name appears in the bottom corner during the video

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  8. candy

    I have a friend on facebook. His name is James kimball. He is on disability for a mental disorder. Has kids now and a tattoo on his shoulder. He lives in maine

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  9. nevermind

    I know where jim is 100% I am 100% shour it is him and he has told me that he is the missing guy and he left cuz he wanted to so stop looking for him he don’t want to come back home !!!

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  10. Anonymous

    Is there any updates?

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  11. doesnt matter

    Y’all need to look up jim kimball on FB ! This guy looks like jim and is an American punk rock drummer who started started playing in bands during the 90s ! This man also looks to be I’m his 40s

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    • Miranda

      Yes I saw the same profile the guy plays many instruments and looks Just like Jim Kimball and talk about a deceased father only old pictures nothing recent of his father…

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  12. NenaShadowslayer

    I don’t know where the tip thingy is, so I’ll comment. This is probably nothing. One of my friends in interlachen fl has the same last name, Kimball. I don’t think it means anything, but just in case. Ya never know.

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  13. Anonymous

    I have help out a lot with America Most Wanted. And I also seen the same man not to long ago down in Covington, Ky living in the woods and been going to the free meals that are giving out to the homeless.

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  14. David

    I have seen what was described as James Kimball, in Covington,Ky just a few weeks ago. He had his head down and trying to hide his face from anyone seeing him. I watched him walk right down 12th street heading to Newport, Ky then I had a few people I know that’s homeless say they seen a strange man walking around there area they was staying in the woods.

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  15. Carmen

    Why didn’t that cop take him to the police station and ask him where he lives? Because if he did, James’ family would have picked him up from the station and got him home safe and sound and he wouldn’t remain missing, right now.

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  16. Anonymous

    Lol I was jk but props to this guy that was me on the last message lol sorry

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    • Eric

      If this was your brother or a family member that was missing and someone pulled the same mindless game would it still be funny to you??. If you can’t act like a responsible adult then perhaps you should stay off the internet.

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  17. Anonymous

    Brother I’m fine but I need to rod this on my own I love you all

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  18. Chris

    Any new updates on this case?

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  20. Tim

    I graduated Catholic grammar school with Jim and just finished a 9-day prayer/Novena yesterday asking for his return.

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  21. Anonymous

    When was this man reported missing? I lived in Rockford Illinois there was a man that lived across the street from me that was mentally ill and spent time with us over Christmas named Jim We asked him about his family his family he said they did not live around there we lived on Rockton Avenue

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  22. Nicole Durham

    Have there been ANY sights of Jim?

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  23. Anonymous

    Make sure you post it in the “Tips” section!

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  24. Anonymous

    THERE IS A GUY WHO WORKS IN INDIANAPOLIS AT THE BAZAAR ON MADISON AVE LOOKS JUST LIKE THIS GUY. HIS NAME IS MATT. THE BAZAAR ON MADISON AVE IS ON MADISON AND THOMPSON RD ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF INDIANAPOLIS.

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