Jamison family deaths

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Jamison family
BornBobby Jamison
(1965-08-04)August 4, 1965 (aged 44)
Sherilynn Jamison
(1968-11-05)November 5, 1968 (aged 40)
Madyson Jamison
(2003-08-01)August 1, 2003 (aged 6)
DisappearedOctober 8, 2009
Red Oak, Oklahoma
StatusFound deceased
Known forMissing persons

The Jamison family of Eufaula, Oklahoma, United States,[1] consisting of Bobby,[2] his wife Sherilynn,[3] and daughter Madyson,[4] mysteriously disappeared on October 8, 2009.[1] The family was reportedly considering the purchase of a forty-acre plot of land near Red Oak, about 30 mi (48 km) from Eufaula, at the time of their disappearance.[5] Their suspected remains were found in November 2013 and positively identified by the Oklahoma medical examiner on July 3, 2014. No cause of death was determined, and the circumstances surrounding their disappearance remain unknown.[6]


The initial investigation into the Jamison family's disappearance indicated that they had probably not vanished of their own accord. The Jamisons' pickup truck was discovered within a few days,[7] abandoned in Latimer County, Oklahoma, a short distance south of the town of Kinta.[8] The Jamisons' bodies were not found, but their malnourished dog, Maisie, was still in the truck.[9][10] Also discovered were the Jamisons' IDs, wallets, mobile phones, a GPS system, and about $32,000 in cash.[5] The Jamisons were not known for carrying large amounts of cash with them.[1] Another clue was the surveillance video from the family's home security system.[10] The footage, time stamped the day they left, showed the couple making several silent trips between their vehicle and home, as they methodically packed to leave. In the footage, the couple's movements were described as "trancelike".[10] The video also shows Sherilyn Jamison place a brown briefcase in the family pickup.[7] Former Sheriff Beauchamp remarked that he believed the briefcase could be an important clue. Indeed, both the briefcase and Sherilyn’s small-caliber handgun have never been recovered.[7]


The skeletal remains of two adults and one child were discovered by two hunters in a remote spot in Latimer County on November 15–16, 2013, more than four years after the family went missing,[11] and less than 3 mi (4.8 km) away from where the family's pickup truck had been abandoned. The remains were widely presumed to be those of the missing family, though the Oklahoma medical examiner's office had to use anthropological and forensic pathological testing to identify them. Officials confirmed on July 3, 2014 that the remains belonged to the Jamisons. A cause of death was not determined due to the heavily decomposed state of the bodies.[8]


Before the remains were discovered, several theories emerged about the family's disappearance, such as that they had faked their own deaths, were in witness protection, were murdered, or had died by group suicide.[12] Shortly before the disappearance, Bobby Jamison was involved in a bitter lawsuit with his father, Bob Dean Jamison, claiming that Bob Dean had threatened the family. Bobby stated that his father had struck him with his vehicle on November 1, 2008 and that Bob Dean was involved in gangs and meth. Police do not believe that Bobby's father was involved in the family's disappearance.[12]

Another popular theory was that the Jamisons were involved in drug dealing. Investigators cited the large amount of cash found in the Jamisons' truck, and the apparent strange behavior exhibited by Bobby and Sherilynn shortly before they went missing.[13] The Jamisons had reportedly told their local pastor Gary Brandon on separate occasions that they had seen spirits inside their home and that Bobby Jamison had allegedly claimed to have been reading from the “satanic bible”.[13]

In the media[edit]

The Jamison disappearance was profiled on the Investigation Discovery series Disappeared in late 2010, in an episode titled "Paradise Lost".[14]

In January 2018, the disappearance was covered in Episode 50: "Luvs 'N Laffs and an Alt-Right Turn" of the And That's Why We Drink Podcast.

In February 2018, the Jamison family was discussed on an episode of the Jenna Julien Podcast, entitled "Podcast #173 - Unsolved Mysteries".

In March 2018, the Jamison family was discussed on an episode of BuzzFeed Unsolved, titled “The Disturbing Mystery of the Jamison Family”.[15]

In July 2019, the disappearance was covered in Season 4 Episode 12 of the Unexplained” Podcast, “Wilderness be Still”.[16]

In September 2019, the true-crime/supernatural podcast, Let's Get Haunted discussed the Jamison disappearance in episode 17: "The Jamison Family Disappearance." The hosts of "Let's Get Haunted" had obtained court records for prior history on the family and had spoken to a person who was directly involved with a prior case.[17]

In September 2021, the true-crime podcast/YouTube channel, The Casual Criminalist, discussed the Jamison disappearance in episode 44: The Jamison Family Disappearance.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Kim Cantrell (February 23, 2013). "Missing Monday: The Missing Jamison Family of Eufaula, Oklahoma". True Crime Zine. Archived from the original on 2014-01-16. Retrieved 2014-01-14.
  2. ^ "Bobby Dale Jamison". Archived from the original on 2013-09-21. Retrieved 2014-01-14.
  3. ^ "Sherilynn Leighann Jamison". Archived from the original on 2013-11-22. Retrieved 2014-01-14.
  4. ^ "Madyson Stormy Star Jamison". Archived from the original on 2013-03-11. Retrieved 2014-01-14.
  5. ^ a b Pete Kotz (October 22, 2009). "Bobby Jamison and His Family Are Missing in Oklahoma". True Crime Report.
  6. ^ "The Bizarre Case of the Jamison Family Deaths | Mysterious Universe". mysteriousuniverse.org. Retrieved 2020-07-25.
  7. ^ a b c https://oklahoman.com/article/3909260/jamison-family-was-threatened-by-relative-before-vanishing-records-show
  8. ^ a b "Found remains could belong to missing Oklahoma family". Tulsa World. July 4, 2015.
  9. ^ https://www.cbsnews.com/news/skeletal-remains-found-by-hunters-in-okla-could-belong-to-jamison-family-missing-since-2009/
  10. ^ a b c https://www.buzzfeed.com/christopherhudspeth/jamison-family-disappearance
  11. ^ "Jamison Family Remains Confirmed". Tulsa World. November 19, 2013. Archived from the original on July 11, 2015.
  12. ^ a b Andrew Knittle (November 2, 2013). "Jamison family was threatened by relative before vanishing, records show". The Oklahoman.
  13. ^ a b Graham Noble (November 20, 2013). "Missing Oklahoma Family, Demons and Drugs". Liberty Voice.
  14. ^ "Disappeared S02E10".
  15. ^ "The Disturbing Mystery of the Jamison Family".
  16. ^ "Wilderness be still".
  17. ^ Episode 17: The Jamison Family Disappearance, retrieved 2020-07-25