LEFT: Jamie Martin Thornton shortly before his abduction RIGHT: Age-progressed photo of what he may look like at 25.
PITTSBURGH, PENN — Jamie “J.T” Thornton was just a toddler when he disappeared on October 4, 1986 while playing in his front yard in Allegheny County. He hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
For a toddler to simply vanish, i would assume he was kidnapped but because there is no evidence that points to a particular theory, he is listed as “Endangered Missing”
Jamie, was called by his nickname, JT, and was 5 weeks away from celebrating his second birthday which would have been November 12, 1984. He would be an adult, turning 28 last month and no evidence that would lead police to his whereabouts have ever been located.
In 2011, the Pittsburgh Tribune had ran an article that said J.T’s mother, Gloria Steffens of Overbrook, PA, became the first parent to provide her DNA to Pittsburgh police as part of a national project to link family members with the remains of lost relatives. Her biggest fear, according to the story, was that his remains would be found and she would have to deal with the fact she could never hold her son again.
Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 3′ 2″ – 30 lbs
Race and Gender: Caucasian male
Hair and Eye Color: Light brown hair and brown eyes
Marks, Scars: J.T has a birthmark on his right thigh.
He was wearing blue shorts, green tank top and blue tennis shoes on 10/04/86
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact:
Missing from: Pittsburgh,
Contact: Pittsburgh Police Department
Or contact: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children – 1-800-THE-LOST