As a child, Kimball was described by his family members as shy, sensitive and easy to get along with. But it was his cold and repressed reaction to the death of his father, when Jim was just 16 years old, which caused concern.
Three years later, he was diagnosed with a schizoaffective disorder and manic depression. He had been acting out of character, so much so that his family members noticed and took him to see a professional. Jim admitted to hearing voices and admitted that he carried a sadness around with him on account of his father’s passing.
He was prescribed the medication he required to help deal with his disorder, and although he graduated and worked several jobs, his life was often disturbed by relapses which lead to Kimball being hospitalized in order to recover.
In 1993 Jim traveled 10 miles from the halfway house that he was staying in, to his childhood home, in order to spend Easter with his family.
One of his brothers heard a commotion from down in the basement and upon investigation found Jim taking out his frustration on a stereo he couldn’t get working.
His brother confronted him, asking why he was having a tantrum and if he was feeling unwell and needed to go to the hospital. Jim rejected the idea and the two cleaned up the mess he had made.
That would be the last time anyone in the family saw Jim Kimball.
He took no money and no possessions. He walked out of the house and never returned.
Flyers were circulated and calls were made to hospitals and homeless shelters, to no avail.
A year later and 90 miles away officers patrolling south bend Indiana picked up a hitchhiking man, who appeared to be under the influence. They tested him with a breathalyzer and after coming up with a reading of 0.0 allowed him to be on his way. It was only a month later that they saw the flyer and matched the description to the man, by which time it was too late.
He has still not been found, and his family worries that without his medication he may never be able to find his way back home, nor care for himself alone.
If you have any information contact the Maywood Police Department on 708-450-4888 OR 708-450-9487(fax)