View Full Version : Found Deceased NC - Thomas Lee Amburn, 51, Columbus, April 2004

10-17-2004, 12:36 AM
Name: Thomas Lee Amburn

Classification: Endangered Missing Adult
Alias / Nickname: Tom, Tommy
Date of Birth: October 12, 1952
Date Missing: April 19, 2004
From City/State: Columbus, NC
Missing From (Country): USA
Age at Time of Disapperance: 51
Gender: Male
Race: White
Height: 68 inches
Weight: 241 pounds
Hair Color: Lt. Brown
Hair (Other): With graying.
Eye Color: Brown
Complexion: Medium

Identifying Characteristics: Brown spot on left cheek, large scar down front of abdomen, scar on right side, scars on both knees, large mole on right shoulder blade, mole on neck at hairline.
Clothing: Light gray T-shirt, dark gray pants, white athletic shoes.
Jewelry: Yellow gold "Timex" digital watch.

Circumstances of Disappearance: Unknown. Thomas was last seen between 9:10am and 12:45pm at his residence in the vicinity of the 2400 block of Houston Rd. in Columbus, NC. He may have gone for a hike on the mountain behind his residence. Thomas is diabetic.

Investigative Agency: Polk County Sheriff's Office
Phone: (828) 894-3001

Photo and updates:

12-03-2004, 01:21 PM
Project Jason announces that Thomas Amburn is the current 18 Wheel Angel campaign. His campaign will continue through December 15th.

18 Wheel Angels is a national missing person's locator program in which truck drivers or other business travelers are recruited to place posters of a specific missing person along the way as they travel.

For additional information, please see:


You do not need to be a truck driver to help please posters. YOu can also help by telling any truck drivers or trucking companies you know about this program.

Thank you.

Kelly Jolkowski, Mother of Missing Jason Jolkowski
President and Founder,
Project Jason

12-04-2004, 07:29 AM
Thomas has been missing over 7 months, please read

On April 19, 2004, 51 year old Thomas Lee Amburn left his Columbus, NC home on foot. He has not been seen since. The family and friends of this wonderful man have been searching for over 7 months. To read more about Thomas, please see this link
and also this one

What you can do to help
Look at Thomas' pictures, familiarize yourself with his case. You might be the person who recognizes him and can bring him home again. Download flyers and post them at local businesses in your area.

If you have a web site, please link Thomas to it asap. Your link might be the one that strikes a memory in someone’s mind, and can bring him home.

Copy and paste this e-mail to a blank word document, and forward to everyone on your list BCC. In the TO field, put your own address to protect your list from SPAM. The more people who see Thomas' face, the better chance of getting him home.

Bookmark Thomas' site(s) and check back for updates at

Messages of support for his family may be sent to me, Lanie at HelpForTheMissing@yahoo.com or via Kelly at Kelly.Jolkowski@projectjason.org and we will forward them to the family immediately.

Last, but not least, please pray for Thomas. Pray for his family and those that search for him to find answers and soon. Light a candle for Thomas, and say a prayer that he comes home. Pray for those left behind to search for him, that they have strength to keep searching.

Thank you for reading this. Thanks ahead of time for forwarding this e-mail, and thank you for your prayers for Thomas, and all who love him. God bless each of you for caring for the missing. Please let me know how I can pray for you.

Blessings in Christ Jesus, Lanie
Help For The Missing
Proud partners of Project Jason & 18 Wheel Angels


01-30-2005, 09:18 PM
Prayers for Thomas, and all who love and miss him.

With HOPE, Lanie

04-07-2005, 09:21 PM

Web posted: 03/31/2005
$5k reward offered for Amburn’s return

by Leah Justice
Man still missing after almost a year
Almost a year after his disappearance, a $5,000 reward has been offered for the return of Thomas “Tom” Amburn of Columbus.

The reward was offered recently by the Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation.

Amburn, who was 51 years old at the time of his disappearance on April 19 last year, was assumed lost on a hike on White Oak Mountain, just behind his residence off Houston Road in Columbus.

After about a week of extensive searching by local and state rescuers, the search and rescue operation was turned over to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office as a missing persons case.

Just before Christmas last year, rescue crews searched the mountain again for any sign of Amburn. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office sought the help of N.C. Project Lifesaver, a non-profit organization that provides technology and assistance for a variety of missing persons cases.

Other searches of the mountain have since been conducted by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

The Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation was established to assist families, such as that of Tom Amburn, who are in circumstances similar to those the Carringtons experienced. In 1999, three female sightseers, Carole and Juli Sund and Silvina Pelosso, disappeared and were later found murdered near Yosemite National Park. While they were missing, Carole Sund’s parents, Francis and Carole Carrington, posted rewards for their safe return and for information regarding the whereabouts of their rental car. The Carringtons say they believe that the reward postings and the media attention they received helped locate the car, which gave them the first break in the case.

The Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation has assisted in the location of six missing persons and the apprehension of 25 murder suspects and one child molester/attempted murderer. To date, the foundation has paid a total of $165,500 in rewards to citizens.

Amburn was last seen wearing gray sweat pants and a gray work shirt. He has surgical scars on his abdomen and right side. He has gray hair and is approximately 5’8” tall and weighs 241 lbs.

Sheriff’s office officials say other searches of the mountain are currently being planned, with another large-scale search scheduled to take place next month.

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Thomas Amburn, please contact Det. Sgt. B.J. Bayne of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 894-6078.

11-26-2005, 11:11 AM
Thomas has been featured on Sundays of Hope on the Project Jason blog.

Please see http://voice4themissing.blogspot.com/2005/11/112605-sundays-of-hope.html for additional information and how you can help.

Thank you.


09-24-2007, 08:52 PM

Resolution: The remains of Thomas Amburn were located in December 2006. He was found on White Oak Mountain near his home by hunters following the trail of a deer. He apparently died of natural causes.