The Heartbreaking Story Of Somer Thompson

October 26th, 2009

Somer ThompsonIt’s the worst experience any parent can endure: their child is missing and a frantic search results in the most horrific news possible. The murder of a child is a pain that most people cannot even begin to comprehend.

Somer Thompson was a bright 7-year-old who attended elementary school in Orange Park, Florida. On Monday, October 19 she was walking home with her sister and some friends when the conversation turned to an argument that Somer had with another girl that morning. This upset Somer, and she ran off on her own. Her sister saw her disappear into a distant crowd. It was the last time she saw Somer alive.

The search for Somer Thompson received national media attention. An Amber Alert was set up immediately and law enforcement officials labored desperately to find the young girl. Missing child posters that prominently featured Somer’s smiling face were placed on every available surface between the Thompson home and the school. America held its breath as we waited to hear what had happened.

On Wednesday, October 21, police officers discovered the body of a young girl in a Georgia landfill near the Florida border. She was first identified based on a birthmark and her clothing, then later confirmed using dental records. They had found Somer Thompson.

Florida Sheriff Rick Beseler made the most difficult call of his life and notified Somer’s parents, Samuel and Diena Thompson, that their daughter had been murdered. The Thompson’s were devastated to have their deepest fear confirmed; their beautiful baby girl had been violently taken away from them.

Following this tragic news another intensive search began. FBI agents started working with police officers to find the person who committed this heinous crime. Florida officers immediately searched for registered sex offenders within a five-mile radius of the school Somer attended, but so far they have no suspects. Their search will continue in earnest until the murderer is found.

Although the Thompson family is overwhelmed by their loss, they remain dedicated to finding the predator responsible for this appalling deed. Somer’s mother told the world, “I want you to know that I will not sleep until this person is found. I hope they get you and I hope they make you pay for a long, long time.” Somer’s father boldly stated, “Gold help the sons of bitches who hurt my daughter. They better find them.”

Our hearts go out to the entire Thompson family. They have received an incredible outpouring of support from their community. On Thursday, October 22, people from all over the area walked to the Thompson’s home to hold a candlelight vigil. The group sang songs, dropped off hundreds of gifts and let the grieving family know that people care about them and the horrible ordeal they are suffering through. They are not alone.

Investigators believe that they will be able to track the killer down. The search is on, the net is being thrown out and as we all watch we can only hope and pray that the guilty party will be found quickly. Somer was last seen in a busy residential area, and there is optimism that someone may have seen something that might be useful. If you have any information that could help, please call the Sheriff’s Tip Hotline at (877) 227-6911.

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10 Responses to “The Heartbreaking Story Of Somer Thompson”

  1. Sheila Hill Elliott says:

    I am sooooooo sorry, The pain seems unbearable, I also had a child who Died, I am speechless. Barbara a few comments before me had a great prayer. God give them strength

  2. shana says:

    one last thing, even though these times are difficult, i hope that you can somehow make it through the holidays. i feel for you so very much and my heart aches knowing that this happened.

  3. shana says:

    my heart goes out to you and your family. i have 2 sons, a 3 year old and a 6 month old and i couldnt imagine the pain you are feeling right now, and i am deeply touched by your story. i will keep you in my prayers and i hope that the investigators will find whoever did this to your daughter. she didnt deserve this and she definately didnt deserve to be taken away at such a young age. the lord will take care of it. cast your burdens upon him and there is no doubt that he will rectify this tragedy and bring your family both peace and closure God bless!!!

  4. Corine Mikel says:

    The Killer or Killers will be caught, someone will there once this person or persons make a move. Why would anyone want to take the life of a child that have so much to give she has not lived her life yet. My family pray for your family to get some type of closure from this.

  5. jacklyn drevdahl says:

    i hope a national law will soon be inforced to put harsher punishment toward these animals i am so hurt for you all love always jackie

  6. Kelly from Sylvania GA says:

    I know sometimes it is hard to understand, I can not even so much as think about it. I have a four year old grandson name daniel and I would not even want to think about it. But God does have a plan. No one knows but God. Trust and Faith are the key words right now.Sometimes as humans it is so very hard for us to even understand, but he is always there for us. My prayers go out for you and your family, as so many other prayers have gone out for you. God be with you and your family. Kelly

  7. wendi arnold says:

    my heart goes out to Thompson family, and their relatives and friends!! it is soo sad and gut-wrenching, to keep hearing about children being abused and murdered!! i sincerely hope, that who ever is responsible, be executed! Again,, my thoughts and prayers!! May you rest in peace Somer, god be with you! sincerely yours, Wendi

  8. Janet Cadalso says:

    To the family of Somer Thompson. My heart is so deeply hurt of the notice of your little girl. I have two a grandson an a granddaugher, they are 2 years old and the girl is 4 month. I can’t believe this can happen , I hope the detectives will find that person very soon . I imagine the pain the family is experiencing. I am praying for you and your family. God bless you and be strong to support this situation . Leave this into Gods hands, he will resolve the case Very truly, Janet Cadalso and family

  9. Anonymous says:

    R.I.P Somer!

  10. retha tyo says:

    I am so sorry to read and hear the story of your wonderful little girl. I cannot imagine the pain you are experiencing but please know that my husband and I are praying for you and your family.

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