Thompson’s body was found in the area of west Klondike Road and Wild Lake Boulevard in Pensacola on January 23, 1985, less than two years after he last spoke to his mother from an unknown location on Pensacola Beach.
The family member noticed that police said the victim labeled “John Doe” was wearing a black belt “with the hand-engraved initials ‘W.T.’,” officials said.
The finding led the person to suspect the victim was Thompson, whose last known location was near the same time his body was discovered.
The results of a DNA test from the family member and DNA from John Doe revealed that John Doe was actually Thompson.
“This is another example of the never-ending quest for justice,” Chief Deputy Chip Simmons said in a statement. “While we haven’t yet solved the homicide. It is a step forward and can give the family some closure until the case is solved.”
A missing report was never filed with the ESCO but his case is now being investigated as a homicide.
If you have any information about Thompson’s homicide, call Crime Stoppers at 850-433-STOP or the ECSO at 850-436-9620.