Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Thonotosassa man, 74, missing week after bike ride

TAMPA — A week ago today Raymond Thomas took a bike ride. The 74-year-old ex-convict climbed atop a gray Schwinn woman's bicycle and pedaled away with his Bible in hand, as he sometimes did when he wanted to read Scripture alone by the river.

Friends say Thomas had spent the morning helping his housemate, who, like Thomas, had been taken in by a couple with a small ministry to the homeless.

But after Thomas got back from helping his friend get to a doctor's appointment, he disappeared. That was around 9 a.m., deputies say. Later in the day, he missed his own doctor's appointment.

"I hope he's okay and just out there," said Johanna Caldwell, 58, of God Works! Inc. in Thonotosassa.

Thomas has lived with Caldwell and her husband, Phillipe, for about a year.

State records show Thomas was arrested 19 times from 1959 to 2006, often on theft charges. But Caldwell said he spent the last year turning his life around, feeding the homeless and leading Bible studies.

Thomas, a diabetic, does not have his prescription medicine with him, Caldwell said.

He is described as white with a full head of white hair. He is 6-foot-1 with a slender build, though Caldwell said he has a bit of a belly.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8200.

Rebecca Catalanello can be reached at rcatalanello@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3383.

Thonotosassa man, 74, missing week after bike ride 07/07/08 [Last modified: Monday, July 7, 2008 11:03pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rays DFA Danny Farquhar to make room for Brad Boxberger

    Blogs

    The Rays continued shuffling their bullpen, dumping RHP Danny Farquhar after Wednesday's game to make room for RHP Brad Boxberger to be activated off the DL.

    Farquhar, who worked an inning in Wednesday's 6-2 loss, had a 2-2, 4.11 record for 37 appearances, working primarily in lower leverage situations. In …

  2. USF to face Indiana in men's basketball next season

    College

    The USF men's basketball team will get an early test from a Big Ten powerhouse next season.

  3. Rays employee helps save suicidal woman near Pirates stadium

    Blogs

    A Rays front-office employee joined umpire John Tumpane in saving a woman threatening to jump from a bridge near PNC Park on Wednesday afternoon in Pittsburgh.

    Multimedia production manager Mike Weinman, 32, was walking across the Roberto Clemente Bridge with Rays broadcasting director Larry McCabe when he …

  4. Blake Snell struggles in return as Rays fall to Pirates

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH

    Blake Snell talked a good game ahead of his return to the Rays rotation Wednesday night, but he didn't pitch one.

    The Pirates’ David Freese scores on a Blake Snell wild pitch during the first inning against the Rays.
  5. College World Series title puts Florida Gators in elite company

    College

    The Florida Gators put themselves in rare company with Tuesday night's College World Series national championship victory.

    Florida ace and Tampa native Alex Faedo (21) lets loose with his teammates after they win the Gators’ first baseball national title.