Trenny in ninth grade, 1974

Missing Person: Trenny Lynn Gibson

This site is dedicated to Trenny, her family, to anyone who helped search for her, and to anyone who ever wondered about what may have happened to her.  45 years is a long time to be left not knowing. 


Trenny Gibson vanished from the Great Smoky Mountains on October 8, 1976 while on a field trip with her high school.  She hasn't been seen since.


Missing Since: October 8, 1976 from The Great Smokey Mountains National Park, Tennessee.

Classification: Lost/Injured Missing

Date of Birth: August 17, 1960

Age at time of disappearance: 16 years old

Height and Weight: 5' 3", 115 lbs

Distinguishing Characteristices: Caucasian Female, brown hair, green eyes.

Clothing/Jewelry Description: A blue blouse, a blue and white striped sweater, a borrowed brown plaid heavy jacket, blue jeans, blue Adidas shoes and a diamond and star sapphire ring.

Trenny Lynn Gibson

Trenny's junior photo, taken the day before she disappeared.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park 1976. This is what the entrance sign looked like when Trenny visited the Park that day.

Hollow tree in GSMNP

Comb trees near Clingman’s Dome


From childhood’s hour I have not been 

As others were—I have not seen 

As others saw—I could not bring 

My passions from a common spring— 

From the same source I have not taken 

My sorrow—I could not awaken 

My heart to joy at the same tone— 

And all I lov’d—I lov’d alone— 

Then—in my childhood—in the dawn 

Of a most stormy life—was drawn 

From ev’ry depth of good and ill 

The mystery which binds me still— 

From the torrent, or the fountain— 

From the red cliff of the mountain— 

From the sun that ’round me roll’d 

In its autumn tint of gold— 

From the lightning in the sky 

As it pass’d me flying by— 

From the thunder, and the storm— 

And the cloud that took the form 

(When the rest of Heaven was blue) 

Of a demon in my view—

   -Edgar Allan Poe

"Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass,

of glory in the flower. 

We will grieve not, rather find

Strength in what remains behind."