Missing: January 1, 1963 from Thurston County, Washington
DOB: December 23, 1929 Age: 33
Race: Caucasian Sex: Male Height: 5'10 Weight: 160 lbs Hair: Brown
Christopher H Bridgeman Jr was last seen January 1, 1963 at The Barrett Motel on Martins Way East. He was there on a visitation with his six-year-old son. He left the child alone in the motel saying that he had to go see his father. He never returned and two days later the hotel manager took the child to his uncle's house.
Bridgeman was a country singer/guitarist who was known to travel along the west coast and had a hit song that played on the local radio. His children originally assumed their father abandoned them to pursue a music career, however it is no longer believed that he left of his own accord. The Social Security Administration reports that Bridgeman has had no earnings since 1963. There has also been no contact with his loved ones.
Some family members believe that his Christopher Bridgeman Sr. may be responsible for his son's disappearance. He was known to have a bad temper and may have been suffering from psychological problems. He told family members that he filed a missing persons report, but there is no record one was ever filed until decades after his disappearance. Bridgeman's drivers license was also discovered with his fathers belongings, which raised further suspicion. The family believes his father killed him and buried him in the basement.
Investigators searched the basement in 2005, but turned up only animal bones. They stated that the home is now too unstable for further investigation.
No one has been charged in the disappearance of Christopher Bridgeman Jr. and his case remains unsolved. Foul play is suspected.
Anyone with information
is asked to contact:
Thurston County Sheriffs Office
Detective Louise Adams