Dean Alan Thoms
Thoms, approximately 1987; Fred Bowers, approximately 2019
Date reported missing : 07/31/1987
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Age at the time of disappearance: 21 years old
Height / Weight : 5'4 - 5'7, 155 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Blond hair, hazel eyes. Thoms's left ring finger has been partially amputated.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Thoms was last seen in the area of north 73rd Avenue and west McDowell Road in Phoenix, Arizona at 5:00 p.m. on July 31, 1987. He has never been heard from again.
In 2019, Fred Bowers was charged with Thoms's murder and with conspiracy to commit armed robbery. A photo of Bowers is posted with this case summary. He is awaiting trial in the murder. No information has been released about the evidence against him.
Foul play is suspected in Thoms's case due to the circumstances involved.
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Phoenix Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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