The Unexplained Disappearance of Gerald Bingham


Missing person Gerald Bingham was just one month shy of his 70th birthday the last time his Fort Smith neighbors saw him alive.

A Mysterious Trip

The slight rain from the day hung in the air as Gerald's neighbors watched him climb into his maroon 1998 Buick Regal. It was 2am. The 69 year old advised that he was making the 70 mile trip to Talahina, Oklahoma, and would return by 5:30am. Bingham never eluded to the purpose for his trip and left a trail of mysteries in his wake as he pulled out of the driveway.

Gerald Leroy Bingham was born in Yuba, California, on July 25, 1930, to Walter Bingham and Gladys Roberts. The 5'8" man weighed approximately 170 and had grey hair and blue eyes at the time he went missing. His nephew reported him missing nine days later on June 17th, 2000.

A Foreboding Landscape

Gerald's car, dog and diabetic supplies were soon located on Cavanal Mountain. Dubbed the "World's Highest Hill", Cavanal Mountain is found near Poteau, Oklahoma. It is a foreboding landscape littered with abandoned mine shafts, caves and other dangerous deterrents. In a strange twist of fate one of the many who lost their lives to the area was a friend of Detective David Williams, who was assigned to Bingham's missing persons case. The boy fell into one of the area's many mine shafts and essentially suffocated to death on methane gas.

A witness said he gave Gerald a ride into a nearby town, then left him again at his vehicle. Authorities from several agencies spent days searching the treacherous terrain for Bingham to no avail. Subsequent searches and leads have produced no additional clues to Bingham's fate. Gerald Smith is believed to be in possession of a .22 caliber handgun bearing the serial number AT039253.

Missing Person Agency Contacts

Family and friends of Gerald Bingham are asked to contact us with any additional comments, facts or corrections they would like to contribute.  Anyone with information regarding Gerald Bingham's whereabouts or the circumstances surrounding his disappearance is urged to contact Sergeant James Davis at the Fort Smith Police Department at (479) 785-4221 or (479) 7709-5116 or by email at

Reminder: Please DO NOT contact anyone except the police or your local law enforcement agency with tips regarding missing/unidentified persons and unsolved cases to prevent breakdowns of communication that could potentially make the case/investigating the information harder.


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