Gary James Swanson Jr.
Swanson, approximately 2003
Date reported missing : 05/22/2003
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 05/16/1971 (50)
Age at the time of disappearance: 32 years old
Height / Weight : 6'8, 200 - 225 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : Blue jeans, a white t-shirt with a Chevrolet emblem, and size 14 brown Red Wing work boots.
Medical conditions : Swanson is hypoglycemic and may become confused and disoriented and/or suffer memory loss as the result of his condition. He also has some of the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Swanson wears eyeglasses with silver wire frames. He has a tattoo of a bulldog with the words "Big Dog" on his right shoulder blade and a tattoo of a bulldog on the inside of his right ankle.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Swanson was last seen last seen by his family members at approximately 7:30 p.m. in Aledo, Illinois, in the vicinity of the 1400 block of 120th Avenue. He left a note and a voice-mail messAge at the time of disappearance: behind telling his family he would be safe and they should not worry about him. Later that evening, Swanson's dog was found tied up at a local convenience store.
Two days after his disappearance, his vehicle was found abandoned and burned in Loraine, Illinois. Swanson was possibly seen hitchhiking in the Bushnell area on May 29; he may also have been seen in the Greenview cemetery that day. These sightings have not been confirmed, however, and he has never been heard from again.
Swanson's mother stated he was under a lot of stress at the time of his disappearance. His house burned down in March 2002, his fiancee left him in June of that year, and in September 2002 he was in a car accident. Because of these events he developed memory problems.
Swanson is described as a religious, family-oriented man. His family says it is uncharacteristic of him to leave without warning. His case remains unsolved.
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September 2021 updates and sources
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