The Unexplained Disappearance Of Gerald Leroy Bingham

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Gerald Bingham was just over one month shy of his 70th birthday the last time his Fort Smith, Arkansas, 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 had advised that he was making the 70 mile trip to Talahina, Oklahoma, and would return by 5:30am that same morning. Bingham, a private man, 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 his nephew reported him missing 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 can be found near Poteau, Oklahoma, and is a foreboding landscape littered with abandoned mine shafts, caves and other dangerous deterants. In a strange twist of fate one of the several people 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 many mine shafts in the area and was essentially suffocated to death by methane gas.

A witness was located who said he had given Gerald Bingham a ride into a nearby town befroe leaving him once again at his vehicle on the mountain. 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

Those with additional public information or contacts related to this article please contact us. Persons with information regarding the whereabouts of Gerald Bingham or the circumstances surrounding his disappearance are urged to contact the Fort Smith Police Department at (479) 785-4221 or (479) 7709-5116 or by email at missingpersons@fortsmithpd.org.

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