Gerald Leroy Bingham
Bingham, approximately 2000
Date reported missing : 06/08/2000
Missing location (approx) :
Fort Smith, Arkansas
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Age at the time of disappearance: 69 years old
Height / Weight : 5'8, 170 pounds
Medical conditions : Bingham is a diabetic.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Gray hair, blue eyes.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Bingham was last seen by his neighbors in Fort Smith, Arkansas on June 8, 2000. They saw him leave his residence at 2:00 a.m., driving his maroon and red 1998 Buick Regal with the Arkansas license plate number 391 CNZ.
Prior to his disappearance, Bingham told his neighbors he was going to Talihina, Oklahoma. He said he would return at 5:30 a.m., but he never did. At the time of his disappearance, he was carrying a .22 caliber handgun with the serial number AT039253.
Bingham's vehicle was located on Cavanal Mountain near Poteau, Oklahoma after his disappearance. A witness stated he had given him a ride from there to a nearby community, then taken him back to Cavanal Mountain and dropped him off.
Bingham's whereabouts are unknown and the circumstances surrounding his disappearance are unclear. His nephew reported him as a missing person on June 17, nine days after he was last seen in Fort Smith.
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Fort Smith Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
Fort Smith Police Department
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October 12, 2004. December 15, 2013; middle name added, Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
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