List of people who disappeared mysteriously

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This is a list of people who disappeared mysteriously, and of people whose current whereabouts are unknown or whose deaths are not substantiated, as well as a few cases of people whose disappearances were notable and remained unexplained for a long time, but were eventually explained, or the body found. Many people who disappear are eventually declared dead in absentia.

Before 1800[edit]

1800 to 1899[edit]

1900s[edit]

1910s[edit]

  • 1910 – Dorothy Arnold (24), Manhattan socialite and perfume heiress, vanished after buying a book in New York City. She intended to walk through Central Park, and was never seen again.[41]
  • 1912 – Alexander Kuchin, Russian oceanographer and Arctic explorer disappeared in 1912,[42] and was never heard from again.
  • 1912 – Bobby Dunbar (4), disappeared during a fishing trip in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. A child found in the custody of William Cantwell Walters of Mississippi some eight months later was ruled to be Bobby Dunbar by a court-appointed arbiter, and Walters was found guilty of kidnapping. The child grew up as Bobby Dunbar, had four children of his own, and died in 1966. In 2004, DNA tests proved that the child found was not related to Bobby Dunbar's brother, Alonzo.[43]
  • 1912 – Sebastiano DiGaetano (50), capo di tutti capi of the Bonanno crime family, disappeared from Brooklyn, New York, shortly after being forced out of that position. It is believed he and his wife returned to Italy, but it is not known for certain.[44]
  • 1914 – František Gellner (33), a Czech poet, short story writer, artist and anarchist, disappeared in September 1914 and on 13 September he was claimed missing and was never found.[45]
  • 1914 – Ambrose Bierce (71), American writer known for "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" and The Devil's Dictionary, was last heard from in a letter of December 1913 bearing a Chihuahua postmark to his secretary and companion, Carrie Christiansen. Although alternative theories are plentiful,[46] he may have perished in war-torn Mexico, possibly at the Battle of Ojinaga on 10 February,[47] or perhaps was executed as a spy in the municipal cemetery of Sierra Mojada, Coahuila, where a gravestone bearing his name was erected in 2004.[48]
  • 1914 – F. Lewis Clark (52), businessman from the U.S. state of Idaho, while visiting Santa Barbara, California, and after getting on a train, was never seen again.[49]
  • 1914 – Alejandro Bello Silva (27), a lieutenant in the Chilean Army, disappeared during a qualifying examination flight over central Chile which was to be his final flight. At some point during the flight, Bello became lost in the clouds and he was never seen again. Although search efforts commenced within hours, no trace of him or his aircraft was ever found.[50]
  • 1916 – Béla Kiss (39), Hungarian serial killer and murderer of 24 young women prior to his enrollment in the Austro-Hungarian Army in the First World War. Upon the discovery of his crimes, he was traced to a Serbian military hospital but escaped a few days before investigators arrived. Although there were several reported sightings of the killer (notably in New York in 1932), his true fate remains a mystery.[51]
  • 1919 – Mansell Richard James (25), Canadian flying ace, was last seen in western Massachusetts on 2 June, just days after a record-setting flight between Atlantic City and Boston, Massachusetts.[52]
  • 1919 – Ambrose Small (56), Canadian millionaire, disappeared from his office. He was last seen at 5:30 pm on 2 December 1919, at the Grand Opera House in Toronto, Ontario.[53]

1920s[edit]

1930s[edit]

  • 1930 – Mary Agnes Moroney (2), went missing after her mother, a struggling 17-year-old mother of two, gave her to a stranger calling herself "Julia Otis" in exchange for $2 on 15 May, on the understanding that the woman would take care of the girl in California for a short time and then return her to the Moroneys' Chicago home when things were better. She never did, and the ensuing investigation attracted national media attention. The girl was never located, and the case remains the oldest unsolved missing-persons case of this nature in the files of the Chicago Missing Persons Bureau.[72] A California woman's belief that she was Mary Agnes has subsequently been disproven by DNA testing.[73]
  • 1930 – Joseph Force Crater (41), associate justice of the New York Supreme Court, was last seen on 6 August after eating a meal at a restaurant. Judge Crater was never seen or heard from again. (His mistress, Sally Lou Ritz, 22, was falsely said to have disappeared a few weeks later, but was interviewed by police as late as July 1937.[74]) Crater's disappearance, which prompted one of the most sensational manhunts of the 20th century,[75] was the subject of widespread media attention and a grand jury investigation. Crater was declared legally dead in 1939 and his missing persons file was officially closed in 1979; however, cold case squad detectives have investigated new leads as recently as 2005.[76] To "pull a Crater" became slang for a person vanishing.
  • 1932 – Jack Black (c. 61), disappeared during that year is believed to have committed suicide in 1932 by drowning, as he reportedly told his friends that if life got too grim, he would row out into New York Harbor and, with weights tied to his feet, drop overboard.
  • 1933 – Julien Torma (30), a French Dadaist writer never returned from a 17 February trip into the Austrian Tyrol.[77]
  • 1933 – C. B. Johnston (c. 38), American college athlete and coach, sent a postcard to his wife from Zanesville, Ohio saying he was on his way to Chicago to publish a book after being fired as head football coach of what is now Appalachian State University. No one heard from him after that.[78]
  • 1934 – Wallace Fard Muhammad (43), founder of the Nation of Islam, left Detroit and was never heard from again.[79]
  • 1934 – Everett Ruess (20), young American artist, disappeared while traveling through the deserts of Utah, and was never seen again.[80][81]
  • 1935 – Charles Kingsford Smith (38), Australian pioneer aviator, and co-pilot Tommy Pethybridge disappeared during an overnight flight from Allahabad, India, to Singapore while attempting to break the England–Australia speed record. Eighteen months later, Burmese fishermen found an undercarriage leg and wheel (with its tire still inflated) on the shoreline of Aye Island in the Andaman Sea, 3 km (2 mi) off the southeast coastline of Burma, which Lockheed confirmed to be from their Lockheed Altair, the Lady Southern Cross. Botanists who examined the weeds clinging to it estimated that the aircraft itself lies not far from the island at a depth of approximately 15 fathoms (90 ft; 27 m).[82] A filmmaker claimed to have located Lady Southern Cross on the seabed in February 2009.[83]
  • 1935 – Li Yuan, a politician of the Republic of China and later Manchukuo, who disappeared in 1935, circumstances of his later life and death are unknown.[84]
  • 1937 – Juliet Stuart Poyntz (50), an American communist and intelligence agent for the Soviet Union disappeared on 3 June.[85] A police investigation turned up no clues to her fate, and her belongings, all of her clothing, and hand luggage in her room appeared to be untouched.[86]
  • 1937 – Amelia Earhart (39), famous American aviator; she was the first woman to try a circumnavigational flight of the globe. During the attempt she and her navigator, Fred Noonan (44), disappeared over the central Pacific in the vicinity of Howland Island, on 2 July.[87]
  • 1937 – Sigizmund Levanevsky (35), famous Soviet aviator, together with his crew of five and their Bolkhovitinov DB-A aircraft, disappeared in the vicinity of the North Pole after reporting loss of power from one of their four Mikulin AM-34 engines while attempting to prove a transpolar route between Asia and North America commercially viable.[88]
  • 1938 – Ettore Majorana (32), Italian physicist. Majorana disappeared in unknown circumstances during a boat trip from Palermo to Naples on 25 March. There is some evidence that he was alive in South America in 1959, and that his disappearance was voluntary.[89]
  • 1938 – Willie McLean (34), a Scottish-born American soccer player disappeared without a trace in the summer of 1938,[90] and was never seen again.
  • 1939 – Barbara Newhall Follett (25), American child prodigy novelist. Her first novel, The House Without Windows, was published in 1927 when she was twelve years old. Her next novel, The Voyage of the Norman D., received critical acclaim when she was fourteen. In 1939, aged 25, she became depressed with her marriage and walked out of her apartment with just thirty dollars. She was never seen again.[91]
  • 1939 – Lloyd L. Gaines (28), central figure in Missouri ex rel. Gaines v. Canada, an early success for the U.S. civil rights movement. One evening, he left his Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity house in Chicago, having told the housekeeper he was going to buy some stamps, and was never seen or heard from again. Some accounts suggest he was living in New York or Mexico City in the late 1940s.[92]
  • 1939 – Richard Halliburton (39), vanished on 20 March, while attempting to sail Sea Dragon, a Chinese Junk, across the Pacific Ocean. In 1945, wreckage identified as a rudder and believed to belong to the Sea Dragon, washed ashore in San Diego.
  • 1939 – Rita Gorgonowa (38), a governess and who later became a murderer, after leaving a prison on 3 September,[93] was not seen again.

1940s[edit]

  • 1940 – Elroy Guckert (40), was an American football and basketball coach, who is said to have died in 1940, when he disappeared from ship,[94] but his body was never recovered and he was never seen, so his fate remains unknown.
  • 1941 – Thomas C. Latimore (51), American naval officer, who was captain of the USS Dobbin, and the 24th (22nd unique) Governor of American Samoa disappeared in Hawaii believed to be in July 1941[95]
  • 1941 – Jaan Tõnisson (72), one of the foremost Estonian political leaders, was arrested during the Soviet occupation, and was thought to have been shot, and his exact whereabouts after that remains unknown.[96]
  • 1941 – Alter Rotmann (25 or 26), a Romanian, Moldovan and Soviet poet, who was last seen in August 1941 in Odessa, Ukrainian SSR,[97] and is believed to have died after that.
  • 1942 – On 16 August, U.S. Navy blimp L-8 drifted inland from its route doing antisubmarine patrol off the coast of California near San Francisco several hours after its crew, Lt. Ernest Cody and Ens. Charles Adams, radioed in that they were going to take a closer look at an oil slick. When the ship eventually crashed in Daly City, neither man was aboard. A massive search failed to find any trace of them; they were both declared dead a year later.[98]
  • 1942 – James Litterick (41), the first member of the Communist Party of Canada (CPC) elected to the Manitoba provincial parliament. By the time that the CPC was banned in 1940 and Litterick formally expelled from the legislature, he had already gone into hiding,[99][100] and become the subject of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police manhunt. Litterick surrendered to the RCMP during 1942 and was held at the Don Jail, in Toronto.[101] The following year, he was reported to be working at a garment factory in Toronto,[100] but nothing further appears to be known about him.
  • 1943 – Dan Billany (30), English novelist was last heard from in 1943.[102] He was last seen on 20 November in Capistrello, Italy.
  • 1943 – Abraham Gancwajch (41 or 42), a prominent Nazi collaborator in the Warsaw Ghetto during the occupation of Poland in World War II, and a Jewish "kingpin" of the ghetto underworld.[103] who was last seen in 1943, and is rumored to have been killed.[104]
  • 1943 – Endre Rudnyánszky (57 or 58), a Hungarian lawyer, military officer, and communist, was last seen in Russia in 1943, and is believed to have died that year.[105]
  • 1943 – Moriz Seeler, a German poet, writer, film producer, who disappeared in 1943 when he was said to have been deported to Latvia, when he went missing in Riga, and is believed to have been murdered.[106]
  • 1944 – Herschel Grynszpan (22), Jewish exile from Germany whose 1938 assassination of diplomat Ernst vom Rath in Paris, France was the trigger for Kristallnacht. For various reasons, largely legal delays, a planned trial was never held in either France or (after 1940) Germany, while Grynszpan was held in various prisons and concentration camps. Adolf Eichmann testified at his 1961 trial in Jerusalem that he had interrogated Grynszpan in Magdeburg in either late 1943 or early 1944; after that there is no record of his whereabouts or ultimate fate. The West German government had him declared legally dead in 1960.[107]
  • 1944 – Rocco Perri (56), was last seen alive in Hamilton, Ontario on 23 April. His body has never been found; it is speculated he was murdered by being fitted with cement shoes and thrown into Hamilton Harbour.[108]
  • 1944 – Although the U.S. Navy claimed later the submarine USS Robalo was lost with all hands after failing to report while on a July 1944 patrol in the Philippines, Lt. Cmdr. Manning Kimmel (31) and three other crewmen are known to have survived. A note recovered by an Army prisoner of war claimed the four had been arrested as spies after reaching Palawan Island following the Robalo's 26 July collision with a Japanese mine just offshore. Another witness account says they were massacred following an air raid later that year, but Japanese records do not indicate they were being held at the camp in question at that time. It is believed that they were killed in captivity at some point or another, but officially their fate is still unknown.[109]
  • 1944 – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (44), French author who disappeared over the Mediterranean on a reconnaissance mission during July 1944, and is believed to have died at that time.[110] In August, an unidentifiable body, wearing French uniform, was found in the sea near Carqueiranne and was buried there. In 2000, the wreckage of the aircraft flown by Saint-Exupéry was found on the seabed near Marseille.
  • 1944 – Sheila Fox (6), disappeared in Farnworth, Bolton, Lancashire, England on 18 August. Witnesses claim they saw Sheila riding on the handlebars of a bike being pedalled by a 25-30-year-old man. In 2001, a witness came forward claiming he saw a local resident digging a hole in the area where Sheila disappeared. He was revealed to have been convicted of rape and child molestation.[111]
  • 1944 – Ina Benita (32), a Polish actress of the interwar period, who was last seen during the Warsaw Uprising in August 1944. She allegedly went down a sewage canal and drowned, but this is not known for sure since her body was never recovered.[112]
  • 1944 – Johan Pitka (72), a famous Estonian military commander from the Estonian War of Independence until World War II, who disappeared in September 1944,[113] and is believed to have been killed.
  • 1944 – Glenn Miller (40), American big band leader and recording artist, disappeared on the night of 15 December in a US Army "Norseman" aircraft that vanished over the English Channel en route from UK to Paris, France to entertain allied servicemen.[114][115]
  • 1944 – Erna Petermann (31 or 32), a high-ranking female overseer at two Nazi concentration camps during the closing of World War II. Was last seen in 1944,[116] and never heard from again.
  • 1945 – Szilveszter Matuska (52 or 53), a Hungarian mass murderer and mechanical engineer who reportedly escaped from jail in Vác in 1944,[117] and in 1945 according to some reports, he served as an explosives expert during the latter stages of World War II; he was never recaptured and his fate is unknown.
  • 1944 – Karla Mayer (35 or 36), a German guard at three Nazi death camps during the World War II, who disappeared in 1944,[118] and her disappearance remains a mystery.
  • 1945 – Heinrich Müller (45), Nazi Gestapo chief, last confirmed sighting in the Führerbunker on the evening of 1 May 1945 where he had stated his intention to avoid being taken into custody by the Soviet forces advancing on Berlin. His CIA file and related documents state that while the record is "...inconclusive on Müller's ultimate fate... [he] most likely died in Berlin in early May 1945."[119] Other theories have suggested that he either escaped to South America like many other fugitive Nazis and lived out his life there (the Israelis continued to investigate his whereabouts into the 1960s) or was protected by U.S. or Soviet intelligence under a new identity. He is the most senior Nazi official whose fate is unknown.
  • 1945 – Constanze Manziarly (25), cook and dietitian to Adolf Hitler, disappeared on 2 May, while escaping Berlin following the Soviet invasion and fall of Nazi Germany. She was believed to have been shot by Soviet soldiers in an U-Bahn subway tunnel.[120]
  • 1945 – Hildegard Neumann (36), a chief overseer at several Nazi concentration, transition and detention camps, who disappeared in May 1945, after she left the camp. It is claimed that she died in 2010.[121]
  • 1945 – Supriyadi (22), Indonesian national hero. On 6 October, in a government decree issued by the newly independent Indonesia, Supriyadi was named Minister for Public Security in the first cabinet. However, he failed to appear and was replaced on 20 October by ad interim minister Muhammad Soeljoadikusuma. To this day his fate remains unknown.[122][123]
  • 1945 – Genrikh Lyushkov (45), high-level Soviet defector and former Far East NKVD chief. A participant in the Great Purge, he fled to avoid what he believed would be arrest and execution into the Japanese puppet state of Manchukuo. After his defection, he became a military consultant and analyst for the Imperial Japanese Army. He disappeared during the Soviet invasion of Manchuria and was reported as being last seen in a crowded train station in Dairen (Dalian) in August 1945. Several theories exist about his fate, but he is presumed to have died in 1945, killed by either Soviet or Japanese forces.[124]
  • 1945 – Alfred Partikel (57), a German painter, disappeared while picking mushrooms in the woods near Ahrenshoop on 20 October, and was never seen again.[125]
  • 1945 – Five of the nine Sodder children (aged 5 through 14) who lived in their parents' home outside Fayetteville, West Virginia, were presumed to have died in a Christmas Eve fire that destroyed the house. However, no remains were found in the ashes the morning after; some small fragments found on subsequent investigations turned out to have been planted. Later reported sightings of some of the children and suspicions that the fire had been arson rather than an accident led the family to believe that the children were still alive, to the point that they kept a billboard offering a reward for information on their fate up at the house site until the late 1980s.[126]
  • 1946 – Paula Jean Welden (18), Bennington College sophomore, disappeared while walking on the Long Trail near Glastenbury Mountain, Vermont, US.[127][128]
  • 1947 – Daniel S. Voorhees (33 or 34), a transient restaurant porter who confessed to the murder of Elizabeth Short, checked out a hotel in Los Angeles, California on the morning of 16 January, and was never seen after that.[129]
  • 1947 – In the aftermath of the 1947 Glazier–Higgins–Woodward tornadoes on 9 April, 4-year-old Joan Gay Croft and her sister Jerri were among refugees taking shelter in a basement hallway of the Woodward hospital. As officials sent the injured to different hospitals in the area, two men took Joan away, saying they were taking her to Oklahoma City. She was never seen again. Over the years, several women have come forth saying they suspect they might be Joan. None of their claims have been verified.[130][131]
  • 1947 – Raoul Wallenberg (32), Swedish diplomat credited with saving the lives of at least 20,000 Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust, was arrested on espionage charges in Budapest following the arrival of the Soviet army. His fate remains a mystery despite hundreds of purported sightings in Soviet prisons, some as recent as the 1980s. In 2001, after 10 years of research, a Swedish-Russian panel concluded that Wallenberg probably died or was executed in Soviet custody on 17 July, but to date no hard evidence has been found to confirm this.[132] In 2010, evidence from Russian archives surfaced suggesting he was alive after the presumed execution date.[133]
  • 1947 – Lai Teck (45 or 46), a leader of the Communist Party of Malaya and Malayan People's Anti-Japanese Army, who disappeared in 1947,[134] and is believed to have been killed.
  • 1948 – Sir Arthur Coningham (53), retired RAF Air Marshal, disappeared when Avro Tudor IV G-AHNP Star Tiger went missing over the western Atlantic.[135] He was one of 25 passengers, together with six crewmen, who were lost when the flight from Santa Maria Airport in the Azores failed to reach its destination of Kindley Field, Bermuda.[136] Star Tiger's sister aircraft G-AGRE Star Ariel also disappeared over the western Atlantic, with the loss of all seven crewmen and 13 passengers, while flying from Bermuda to Kingston Airport, Jamaica, the following year.[137]
  • 1949 – Dorothy Forstein (40), American housewife disappeared in Pennsylvania on 18 October. Reportedly, her two children witnessed an unknown man carrying her downstairs, and was never seen again.[138][139]
  • 1949 – Jean Spangler (26), went missing on 7 October from Los Angeles, California under mysterious circumstances, and her case remains unsolved.[140]
  • 1949 – Francis Hong Yong-ho, a Roman Catholic prelate, who was imprisoned by the communist regime of Kim Il-sung in 1949, and after disappeared,[141] and was never seen again.

1950s[edit]

1960s[edit]

1970s[edit]

1970[edit]

  • Cheryl Grimmer (3), toddler who went missing from a beach side shower block in New South Wales, Australia, on 12 January. Initially, she had refused to leave the shower block, so one of her brothers went to collect their mum to persuade Cheryl to come out. In the moments between leaving the shower block and returning with his mum, Cheryl had disappeared. Witnesses claim they saw a man in an orange swimsuit carrying a blonde-haired child wrapped up in a towel. In over 45 years, there have been no further clues as to what happened to Cheryl, although abduction is suspected.[210]
  • Sean Flynn (28), son of Errol Flynn and Lili Damita—and his colleague Dana Stone (30), disappeared in Cambodia on 6 April while working as freelance photojournalists for Time magazine.[211][212] Neither man's remains were ever found,[213] and it is generally assumed that they were killed by Khmer Rouge guerillas.[214] After a decade-long search financed by his mother, Flynn was officially declared dead in 1984.[215] In 2010, a British team uncovered the remains of a Western hostage in the Cambodian jungle, but DNA comparisons with samples from the Flynn family were negative.[216][217]
  • Leo Burt (22), who allegedly participated in the bombing of Sterling Hall, on the campus of the University of Wisconsin on 24 August, and on 2 September was indicted federally in Madison, Wisconsin disappeared in 1970 and has not been seen since.[218][219]
  • Mauro De Mauro (49), an Italian investigative journalist, who disappeared on September 16,[220] and has not been seen since.
  • Robin Graham (18), ran out of gas on the Hollywood Freeway. She was last seen by California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers on 15 November, who directed her to a callbox and later saw her speaking with a man beside her car. The circumstances of her disappearance resulted in CHP policies being changed to ensure the safety of stranded female motorists.[221]

1971[edit]

  • Eldor Alfred Pearson (59), was last seen at a bar in Estevan, Saskatchewan in January 1971, after he had caught a taxi to return to either his boarding house, or to his family homestead,[222][223] but didn't return to either of those places and was never seen again.
  • Dan Cooper, (aka D.B. Cooper) name used by an unidentified man who hijacked a plane on 24 November, and parachuted from the plane during mid-flight. No trace of him has ever been found.[224]
  • Lynne Schulze (18), student at Middlebury College in Vermont, was last seen by one of her college friends on 10 December when she abruptly turned back on the way to a literature exam, claiming she had left her favorite pen in her dorm room, where her wallet, checkbook and other belongings were later found. A later report said that she was seen a short time later outside a health food store co-owned and operated at that time by Robert Durst and his wife Kathleen, who herself also disappeared, a decade later. She had also been seen buying prunes from the same store earlier in the day. The case was reopened in 1992; in 2015, following Durst's arrest on charges of murdering his friend Susan Berman, Middlebury police confirmed that they wanted to speak to Durst about the case, but his lawyer has declined to let them do so.[225]

1972[edit]

1973[edit]

1974[edit]

  • Oscar Zeta Acosta (39), disappeared while traveling in Mazatlán, Mexico in May 1974.[234] His son, Marco Acosta, believes that he was the last person to talk to his father. Acosta telephoned his son from Mazatlán, telling him that he was "about to board a boat full of white snow." Marco is later quoted in reference to his father's disappearance: "The body was never found, but we surmise that probably, knowing the people he was involved with, he ended up mouthing off, getting into a fight, and getting killed." He was also a close personal friend of American author Hunter S. Thompson. As a travelling companion and ever-present associate of Thompson, Acosta featured heavily in Thompson's 1971 book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, in which Acosta was referred to as 'Dr. Gonzo' and Thompson's attorney.
  • Connie Converse (50), a singer-songwriter active in the New York City folk music scene of the 1950s. In 1974, Converse, having lost her job as Managing Editor of the Journal of Conflict Resolution two years earlier, wrote letters to friends and family expressing her intention to start a new life somewhere else. In August 1974, she loaded her Volkswagen Beetle with her belongings, drove away, and was never heard from again.[235]
  • John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan (39), disappeared on 7 November, following the murder of Sandra Rivett, his children's nanny, at the home of his estranged wife, who was herself assaulted and named Bingham as the assailant. An inquest into the death concluded in his absence that Lord Lucan committed the murder. Despite many unconfirmed sightings, his whereabouts remain unknown. He was presumed dead in 1999, with a death certificate issued in 2016.[236]
  • Carmen Bueno (24), and Jorge Müller Silva (27), an actress and cinematographer both Chilean, were interrogated and tortured at Villa Grimaldi, shortly before they disappeared on 29 November,[237] and have not been seen since.

1975[edit]

1976[edit]

1977[edit]

  • Helen Brach (65), disappeared on 17 February, and was thought to have been murdered. A man named Richard Bailey was charged more than a decade later with killing Brach, but not convicted of, conspiring to murder Brach; he eventually received a long sentence after being convicted of defrauding her.[253]
  • Donald Mackay (43), Australian anti-drugs campaigner who was last seen 15 July, and was possibly murdered after providing information to police which resulted in what was then the biggest drug bust in Australian history.[254][255]
  • Slim Wintermute (60), American collegiate and professional basketball player, disappeared in October 1977, after setting out in his yacht from Portage Bay in Seattle's Lake Union.[256] His boat was found a few days later with one of his friends asleep on board. Foul play was not suspected.
  • Megumi Yokota (13), a Japanese girl, who was reportedly abducted by a North Korean agent on 15 November[257] in Niigata Prefecture, and is thereafter believed to have been taken to a spy training center.[258]
  • Don Taxay, an American numismatist and historian, who was last seen in 1977,[259] and has not been seen since.

1978[edit]

1979[edit]

  • Jim Robinson (54), former professional boxer notable for his bout with Muhammad Ali in 1961, was last heard from this year, living in the Overtown district of Miami,[273] but has not been since.
  • Ian Mackintosh (39 or 40), creator and writer of The Sandbaggers British television series, was flying with two others over the Gulf of Alaska in a light aircraft in July 1979. The plane sent out a distress signal, which was picked up by the United States Coast Guard. The plane's last-known position was searched, but no wreckage of the plane was ever found, and its passengers have not been heard from since.[274]
  • Martin Allen (15), a school boy from London, England, who was last positively identified at King's Cross station in at 3:50 pm on 5 November, when he left his friends to go to his brother's house. A witness came forward to say that a 30-year-old male was seen at Gloucester Road tube station later that same afternoon in the company of a boy who looked like Martin. The man was heard to tell the boy not to try and run, and the witness stated that the boy looked scared. There have been theories that Martin fell prey to a pedophile gang operating in London and that he was murdered.[275][276]
  • J. C. P. Williams (47), a New Zealand cardiologist, who discovered Williams syndrome went missing in London, England.[277] Williams was declared "a missing person presumed to be dead from 1978" by the High Court of New Zealand,[278] and it is known that Williams renewed his passport in Geneva in September 1979.[279] He had possibly gone into hiding; reports of contact with him as recently as 2000. His disappearance remains a mystery.[280]

1980s[edit]

1980[edit]

  • Louise Faulkner (43) and Charmian Faulkner (2), a mother and daughter who went missing in April 1980 after Louise told a friend she was visiting her boyfriend in Gippsland. They were last seen getting into a white ute in St Kilda, Victoria, Australia. Both were declared legally dead in 2006 at an inquest. No trace of them has been found.[281]
  • Peng Jiamu (68), Chinese biologist who led an expedition to Lop Nur where he disappeared on 17 June, leaving a note to say he had gone to find water. Presumed dead, there have been a number of attempts to find his remains, but nothing has ever been found.[282]
  • Alan Addis (19), Royal Marine who went missing on East Falkland in August 1980. His small unit was on a patrol to North Arm in Lafonia on East Falkland in August 1980 when Addis went missing. The marines had all attended a local function in the social hall of the remote and small community with Addis last being seen at 1:30 am on 5 August. He was not noticed as being absent until the other members of his team had set sail on a steamer to take them back to their base at Port Stanley. The official report assumes he drowned, however, investigations and rumours have led to a belief that he was killed. No body or trace has been found.[283]
  • Thomas A. Mutch (49), American geologist and planetary scientist disappeared on 6 October during a descent from Mount Nun in the Kashmir Himalayas and is believed to have been killed.[284]
  • Alaíde Foppa (64), disappeared while in Mexico on 9 December,[285] and is believed to have been murdered.
  • Angus Primrose (53), went missing at sea in 1980, and is presumed to have drowned.[286]

1981[edit]

1982[edit]

  • Kathleen McCormack Durst (29), medical student who disappeared on 31 January, after leaving the Connecticut house of a friend to return to the South Salem, New York residence that she shared with her husband. She has not been seen since and was declared legally dead in 2001. Since her marriage was deteriorating, police strongly suspected that her husband Robert Durst had murdered her due to inconsistencies in statements he gave them.[290][291] He is suspected in two other disappearances, and served three years in prison for evidence tampering in the death of a third person.
  • Ahmad Motevaselian (29), Iranian military attache and one of the four Iranian diplomats (Seyed Mohsen Mousavi, Kazem Akhavan, and Taghi Rastegar Moghadam) that disappeared in Lebanon in 1982. On 5 July, when the vehicle carrying the diplomats was passing through a checkpoint post on its way to Beirut, it was intercepted by Phalange Party members. Three decades after the incident, the fate of the missing diplomats remains a mystery, and the search for Motevaselian and the other Iranian diplomats continues.[292][293][294]
  • Johnny Gosch (12), reported missing to West Des Moines Police Department[295] by his parents after he disappeared on 5 September, while delivering newspapers. At that time, there was a customary three-day waiting period before police responded to missing persons reports. Gosch has not been heard from again, but his case prompted new laws for Iowa and other states, resulting in missing persons reports involving children being given immediate attention.[296]
  • Tony Jones (20), disappeared while backpacking in North Queensland, Australia, on 3 November,[297][298] and is believed to have been murdered.[299]

1983[edit]

1984[edit]

1985[edit]

  • Boris Weisfeiler (43), U.S. mathematician, disappeared in the Biobío Region of Chile during a solo hiking trip.[322] Chilean authorities originally concluded that he drowned, but documents released by the United States Department of State in 2000 included a 1986 memo suggesting he may be a captive "somewhere in Chile (probably Colonia Dignidad)", and a 1987 account by a CIA source claiming that Weisfeiler had been interrogated and fatally beaten by a Chilean army patrol.[323]
  • Cherrie Mahan (8), last seen getting off her school bus a short distance from her house in Cabot, Pennsylvania, on 22 February. Police focused on a van seen near the bus when she got off. Her face was the first to be put on mailers sent all around the country, a practice continued with age-progressed photos as time passed; she was declared legally dead in 1998. In 2011 police claimed they had received a promising new lead but would not discuss it.[324]
  • Vladimir Alexandrov, Soviet physicist, disappeared on 31 March, while attending a nuclear winter conference in Madrid.[325]
  • Andrew Fluegelman (41), a publisher, photographer, programmer, and attorney who disappeared on 6 July, after his car was found vacant, and is believed to have committed suicide.[326]
  • Diane Suzuki (19), last seen on the evening of 6 July, leaving the Honolulu dance studio where she worked as an instructor. Blood evidence found at the scene has not been matched to any suspect, nor can it be matched to Suzuki since her blood type was not known. A photographer she knew was questioned by police and released without charge.[327]
  • Cotah Ramaswami (89), Indian cricketer who played in two Test matches in 1936. He walked out of his home in Chennai, India, on 15 October. No trace of him has been found.[328]

1986[edit]

  • Madame Max Adolphe (60), who was the right hand woman of former Haitian president François Duvalier while being held prisoner in an army barracks next to the national palace in Haiti, left the country in February 1986,[329] and her current whereabouts are unknown.
  • Anthonette Cayedito (9), an American girl who disappeared from her home in Gallup, New Mexico in the early morning hours of 6 April, after her mom went to look for her and she could not be found.[330]
  • Agustín Feced (65), Argentinian police official believed responsible for many tortures and extrajudicial executions during the country's Dirty War, was stated to have died in prison on 21 July, while facing charges related to those activities. However, the records of his death and burial are incomplete and sometimes contradictory. Several sources doubt he was even imprisoned at the time. In 1986, the military hospital announced that Agustín Feced had died, but they did not bring any proof of it.[331]
  • Suzy Lamplugh (25), British estate agent, disappeared from Fulham, west London, on 28 July. In 1994, she was declared dead, presumed murdered. Despite further police investigations in 1998 and 2000, no trace of her has been found.[332]
  • Jeremy Bright (14), disappeared on 14 August, while attending the county fair in Myrtle Point, Oregon with his sister. The following day his mother found his wallet, watch and keys in his stepfather's house nearby, where he had been staying. Foul play has been suspected, and police had a potential suspect who died in prison in 2007. While his family believes he is dead, and held a memorial service for him in 2011, they have not petitioned a court to make that declaration legal.[333]
  • Philip Cairns (13), Irish schoolboy, disappeared in October 1986 on his way back to school in Dublin after going home for lunch. His schoolbag was found abandoned in a previously searched lane near his house a few days later, but there has been no trace of Philip, and no arrests have been made in connection with the case.[334]
  • Simon Parkes (18), Leading seaman in the Royal Navy who went missing when the ship he was serving aboard was docked in Gibraltar. Parkes had gone out to the town and was last seen leaving the Horseshoe Bar on the peninsula. Because he disappeared on 12 December, Allan Grimson (who favoured killing on that date and was serving aboard the same ship at that time) has been named as a suspect in Parkes' possible murder, though no trace of him or a body has been found.[335]
  • Bambi Woods, a pornographic actress and exotic dancer, who was best known for her appearance as the title character in the 1978 film Debbie Does Dallas disappeared in 1986,[336] and may have overdosed on drugs.

1987[edit]

  • David Guerrero (13), a teenage painter, who had left his home in Malaga, Spain on 6 April as he had planned to take a bus to attend a painting exhibition, and has not been seen since.[337]
  • Federico Caffè (73), Italian economist, left his home in Rome at dawn on 15 April, shortly after quitting university teaching, and disappeared. He was declared dead on 30 October 1998. The mystery of his disappearance has not been solved.[338]
  • Julie Weflen (28), operator for the Bonneville Power Administration in Spokane, Washington who disappeared on 16 September. Weflen was working at the Four Mounds sub-station in Spokane County. She vanished some time after 3:30 pm after going to check on a transformer. Her work truck was found with its door and back hatch open and her personal possessions inside and on the ground. The gravel in the vicinity showed signs of a struggle.[339]

1988[edit]

1989[edit]

1990s[edit]

1990[edit]

1991[edit]

  • Michael Dunahee (4), disappeared from a school playground in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on 24 March. His parents were nearby, but no witnesses to his presumed abduction have been identified, and there have been no subsequent confirmed sightings of him.[373]
  • Tanong Po-arn (55), a Thai labor leader disappeared on 19 June, after his car was found abandoned in Bangkok's Rat Burana district, shortly after a military coup; repeated inquiries from his family to the police and other government agencies received no reply, and his fate remains unknown.[374]
  • Jared Negrete (12), disappeared from a Boy Scout expedition to the summit of San Gorgonio Mountain on 19 July, after becoming lost from his group. A search party was immediately launched and rescue teams followed his footprints; they found candy wrappers and his disposable camera. Most pictures on the filmstrip depicted the surrounding landscape. However, only his eyes and nose are visible in the photograph. To this day he is still missing, and no trace of him has been found.[375]
  • Ben Needham, 21-month-old boy, disappeared from the island of Kos in Greece on 24 July while his grandparents were renovating a farmhouse. Despite numerous sighting reports over the years, he has not been found. Family members have said they believe that the child was kidnapped, with the intention of selling him for adoption or to child traffickers. Others familiar with the case consider the theory of an accident more likely.[376][377] In 2016, excavations conducted nearby led investigators to informally conclude that Ben died in an accident that day on a construction site.[378] This theory has been substantiated by reports of blood being discovered upon a toy car and sandal believed to have belonged to the toddler which have been recently discovered.[379]

1992[edit]

1993[edit]

1994[edit]

1995[edit]

1996[edit]

1997[edit]

  • Grant Hadwin (47), anti-logging activist, went missing 14 February while traveling by kayak across the Hecate Strait to Graham Island, near British Columbia, to face criminal charges for cutting down Kiidk'yaas, a rare golden spruce tree revered by the Haida people. The wreckage of his kayak was discovered in June, but no trace of Hadwin himself has been found.[426]
  • Amy Wroe Bechtel (24), an American woman, disappeared while jogging in the Wind River Mountains near Lander, Wyoming on July 24. No trace of her has been found.[427]
  • Guy Hever (20), Israeli soldier, reported for guard duty at a bunker near his artillery base in the Golan Heights on the morning of 17 August. He was absent when his relief arrived later in the day and has not been seen since; as he was on active duty when he disappeared he is considered missing in action.[428]
  • Sabrina Aisenberg, 4-month-old infant vanished from her crib during the night of 23–24 November in Valrico, Florida. Her mother discovered that she was not in her crib the following morning, and their attached garage had been unlocked. No trace of the Aisenberg baby has ever been found. The parents won a large settlement for malicious prosecution.[429][430][431]

1998[edit]

1999[edit]

  • French physician Yves Godard (43) and his children Camille (6) and Marius (4) were last seen buying waffles from a street vendor in Bréhec, a small port on the western tip of Brittany in France, on 3 September.[440] Their rented sailboat was found abandoned in Plouézec the next day. On 7–8 September, blood identified as that of Dr Godard's wife was found in their camper van and in the family home. Fragments of the bodies of the three were recovered from the sea bed over the next few years. Godard's wife is still considered missing; the apparent multiple murders are unsolved. The case was officially closed in 2012 with only accidental death eliminated as a possibility.
  • Yury Zacharanka (47), Belarusian opposition leader, disappeared on 7 May,[441] and has not been seen since.
  • Viktar Hanchar (42), a Belarusian opposition leader, disappeared along with his friend, businessman Anatoly Krasouski, from a street in Minsk on 16 September.[442] There were signs of a struggle where they were last seen; it is widely believed the two were abducted and later murdered.
  • Julie Surprenant (16), disappeared from Terrebonne, Quebec, Canada, on 15 November.[442] A neighbour was quickly considered the prime suspect but the authorities had insufficient evidence to charge him. In 2006 this same neighbour made a deathbed confession to her murder; however he was never charged.[443][444]
  • Marat Manafov, Azerbaijani businessman and lawyer, disappeared in Bratislava, Slovakia,[445] in November 1999. Police have since investigated whether he was abducted or killed.[446]

2000s[edit]

2000[edit]

  • Zebb Quinn (18), disappeared on 2 January in Asheville, North Carolina, after receiving a page from his aunt's phone number. She denied paging him, but told police that her home was broken into during that time frame. Nothing was stolen from her home, but items were moved around. His car resurfaced two weeks after his disappearance when it was mysteriously parked in front of his mother's workplace with a live puppy inside and a large set of lips drawn on the window. In 2015 Asheville detectives unearthed fabric, leather materials and "unknown hard fragments" that were buried under a layer of concrete on the property of Robert Jason Owens. Owens was the last person known to have seen Quinn and had given several conflicting stories to detectives in his case. The search of his property that uncovered this new evidence was conducted after he was arrested for an unrelated triple murder. On July 10 of 2017, Owens was indicted with Quinn's murder.[447]
  • Asha Degree (9), last seen in the early morning hours of 14 February running into a woodlot off North Carolina Highway 18 near her Shelby home; it was raining heavily and very windy at the time. Some of her personal effects were found three days later in a nearby shed; her backpack was found buried 20 miles (32 km) away in August 2001. There have been no other signs of her since then; theories have ranged from running away to foul play.[448]
  • Khadzhi-Murat Yandiyev (25), Ingush insurgent fighter, who disappeared in February 2000 after being filmed in the company of Russian Army general, who ordered him to be taken away and shot,[449] what became of him after is unknown.
  • Leah Roberts (23), abruptly left her home in Durham, North Carolina, on 9 March. Her sister later found a note suggesting she was going on a cross-country road trip to northern Washington; a review of her banking and credit records confirmed this. Her car was found wrecked and abandoned nine days later off the Mount Baker Highway in Whatcom County; evidence found in it suggested she had arrived there several days earlier, and she had last been seen in a restaurant at a local shopping mall on 13 March. Other than one report that she was seen walking disoriented around a gas station in Everett shortly after her car was discovered, she has not been seen or heard from since.[450]
  • Joseph Kibweteere (67 or 68), a leader of the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God is believed to have died on 17 March,[451] but in 2014 it was announced by the Uganda National Police that there were reports that Kibweteere was hiding in Malawi.[452]
  • Dzmitry Zavadski (27), Belarusian journalist and cameraman, disappeared on 7 July at the Minsk National Airport and was presumably murdered.[453]
  • Jerry Michael Williams (31), successful property appraiser from Tallahassee, Florida, was last seen leaving his house to go duck hunting at nearby Lake Seminole early in the morning of 16 December. It was assumed he had drowned accidentally after his car and abandoned boat were found at the lake later in the weekend; however, a lengthy search failed to find his body, the only time a drowning victim's body has never been found in the lake. Investigators initially concluded his remains had been eaten by alligators in the lake; Williams was declared legally dead six months later. In 2004, a reopening of the case prompted by pressure from Williams' mother discredited the alligator theory and found other suspicious aspects of the case suggesting the accident at the lake might have been staged and evidence planted; it was later investigated as a possible insurance fraud. Police have persons of interest but have not named them.[454]

2001[edit]

  • Zelimkhan Murdalov (26), a student from Grozny, Chechnya, who left his home on 2 January, saying he would return, but never did. His parents tracked him down at the police station, where an official promised that he would soon be released, but they have not seen their son since. According to witnesses, Murdalov was subsequently severely beaten while in police custody, and his fate remains unknown.[455]
  • Rilya Wilson (4), a foster child of the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) disappeared on 18 January in Miami, Florida. Because she was not discovered missing until 2002, she became the centerpoint of an investigation into neglect and mismanagement in the organization.[456]
  • Robert William Fisher (56), disappeared after 10 April, after his house in Scottsdale, Arizona blew up and caught fire. His family was found dead in the home and he is believed to be the person who murdered them and rigged the natural gas explosion.[457][458]
  • Jason Jolkowski (19), resident of Omaha, Nebraska, disappeared on 13 June, after failing to show up at a local high school where he had arranged to catch a ride to work with a friend. A neighbor reported seeing Jolkowski carrying trash cans into his garage. This, the last confirmed sighting of Jolkowski, took place approximately 30 minutes prior to the arranged meeting at the high school.[459] His parents subsequently founded Project Jason, a nonprofit organization that assists families of missing persons.
  • Sneha Anne Philip (31), Indian-American physician last seen on 10 September, on surveillance camera footage from a store near her Lower Manhattan apartment. Due to the proximity of the World Trade Center and her medical training, her family believes she perished trying to help victims of the next day's terrorist attack. A court has agreed and she is officially considered to have died that way. The ruling was not unanimous, and no proof of her death has ever been found.[460]
  • John Paul Lee (62), American racecar driver, disappeared on his boat in 2001, while being sought for questioning by officials regarding the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend, and has not been seen since.[461]

2002[edit]

2003[edit]

  • Ben Charles Padilla (50), licensed aircraft mechanic, flight engineer, and pilot of small airplanes, was on board Boeing 727-223 designation N844AA when it was stolen from Luanda, Angola, on 25 May and has not been heard from since.[468]
  • Ali Astamirov (34), a Chechen journalist, who was working for Agence France Presse in Ingushetia, Russia, was allegedly kidnapped at gunpoint by a group of three, uniformed, masked men on 4 July, just outside Nazran.[469] His current whereabouts is unknown.
  • Felipe Santos (24), last seen being arrested for driving without a license after a traffic accident early on 1 October outside Naples, Florida, by Collier County sheriff's deputy Steve Calkins. Jail records show he was never booked. Calkins claimed to have changed his mind and left Santos at a nearby Circle K convenience store. Three months later, another man, Terrance Williams, disappeared after being arrested by the same police officer.[470]
  • Kirk von Ackermann (37), disappeared in Iraq on 9 October after calling an Iraqi employee of U.S. defense contractor Ultra Services and telling him he needed help fixing a flat tire on his car. When the employee arrived at the location given, between Kirkuk and Tikrit, 45 minutes later, von Ackermann was gone. There were no signs of a struggle and $40,000 in cash was found in the car along with von Ackermann's laptop and satellite phone, suggesting he was not the victim of a robbery attempt; nor were his employer or family ever contacted with ransom demands. Nevertheless, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command later concluded he had been killed in a botched kidnapping; they still consider the case open and his body has not been found.[471]
  • Zsolt Erőss (45), a Hungarian high-altitude mountaineer who, after successfully climbing Kangchenjunga on 20 May went missing on his descent.[472] Searches were suspended two days later because, according to the expedition's leader and other experienced mountaineers, his survival would be impossible.
  • Reda Helal, an Egyptian journalist who went missing on 11 August in downtown Cairo, and is believed to have been kidnapped, but it is said that there is little evidence to support this.[473]
  • Charlene Downes (14), disappeared from her home town of Blackpool, England, on 1 November 2003, has not been since, and is believed to have been murdered.[474]
  • Semion Mogilevich, a Ukrainian-born, alleged Russian organized crime boss, disappeared in 2003,[475] and was added the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List in 2009.[476]

2004[edit]

  • Terrance Williams (27), last seen being arrested on 12 January in Naples, Florida, by Collier County sheriff's deputy Steve Calkins. Terrance had also been driving without a license. Williams was never booked and Calkins claims to have changed his mind and left him at a nearby Circle K convenience store. Felipe Santos disappeared three months earlier under similar circumstances after being arrested by the same officer.[470]
  • Maura Murray (21), of Hanson, Massachusetts, nursing student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, was last seen 9 February at the scene of a minor one-vehicle accident in which her car was immobilized after having crashed into a roadside snowbank on New Hampshire Route 112. Earlier on the day of her disappearance, she had lied to professors about a death in her family, saying she would be absent from class for a week.[477][478] A schoolbus driver who happened upon Murray's crash site stopped to ask if she needed help; Murray declined. Upon returning home shortly thereafter, the driver called police anyway, but by the time responders arrived 10 minutes later, Murray had vanished. Her keys, bank and credit cards have never been located, despite extensive searches of her abandoned car and the neighboring wooded areas.[479]
  • Guy-André Kieffer (64), a French Canadian journalist who had long covered West Africa, was kidnapped from an Abidjan shopping mall's parking lot on April 16. Remains found eight years later may be his, but have not been conclusively identified.[480]
  • Somchai Neelapaijit (52), Thai Muslim lawyer and human rights activist representing South Thailand insurgency terrorism suspects, was last seen in Bangkok on 12 March. It may be a case of forced disappearance.[481][482]
  • Brianna Maitland (17), vanished on 19 March after leaving her job as a dishwasher at the Black Lantern Inn in Montgomery, Vermont. Her car was discovered the next day near an abandoned house, about a mile away.[483] Maitland's belongings were found inside the vehicle, including a recent paycheck and her wallet. Authorities believe foul play to be involved in Maitland's case, and one theory is that she may have been smuggled across the nearby Canada–US border.[484]
  • Iraena Asher (25), New Zealand model, allegedly suffering from bipolar disorder, disappeared in controversial circumstances at Piha, west of Auckland, on 11 October.[485]
  • Mohammed Al Afghani, an Afghan citizen detained by the CIA in Pakistan in May 2004 whose current whereabouts are unknown.[486]

2005[edit]

  • Natalee Holloway (18), American student from Alabama, was last seen on 30 May,[487] before leaving a nightclub in Aruba with three men, including Joran van der Sloot.[436] She was declared dead in 2012. Joran van der Sloot was convicted of murder in the death of another young woman in Peru in 2010.
  • Ray Gricar (59), district attorney of Centre County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. On 15 April, he called his girlfriend, in whose house he resided, from his car, giving his location east of Centre Hall. His car was found the next day but he has not been heard from since. His family had him declared legally dead in 2011.[488] In September 2013, a reputed former Hell's Angels member told authorities that Gricar was killed by the gang as retaliation. In April 2014, it was reported that the Pennsylvania State police would be assuming lead investigatory role in the case.[489]
  • Rahul Raju (7), a boy from Alappuzha in Kerala, India, who went missing on 18 May, while playing with friends in his neighborhood. The case, which dominated media headlines since he disappeared still remains a mystery.[490]
  • Alexis Flores, a Honduran fugitive wanted for the kidnapping, rape and murder of five-year-old Iriana DeJesus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was last seen when he was incarcerated for 60 days and deported to Honduras after his release in June 2005.[491] Flores was added to the FBI's Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list on 2 June 2007.[492]
  • Ye Zheyun (40), a Chinese businessman, who was accused of being involved in a Belgian football corruption and betting scandal was last seen in early November 2005,[493] and hasn't been since.
  • Rahma el-Dennaoui (1), Lebanese Australian girl who went missing on 10 November.[494] Despite a police search and appeals to the general public, no trace of the little girl has yet been found.[495]

2006[edit]

2007[edit]

  • Jim Gray (63), database pioneer, Microsoft Research scientist, and Turing Award winner, left San Francisco Bay on 28 January in his 12 m (39 ft) sailboat Tenacious to scatter his mother's ashes at the Farallon Islands, a wildlife refuge 43 km (27 mi) away, and was reported missing when he failed to return later the same day. No Mayday call was heard, and his distress radiobeacon was not activated. Despite one of the most ambitious search and rescue missions of all time, no trace of Gray or his yacht has ever been found.[514] In 2012 he was declared legally dead.[515]
  • Andrew McAuley (38), an Australian adventurer best known for mountaineering and sea kayaking in remote parts of the world, is presumed to have died following his disappearance at sea while attempting to kayak 1,600 kilometres (990 mi) across the Tasman Sea in February 2007. A recovered memory stick on the kayak records him attempting to make a distress call.[516]
  • Oralgaisha Omarshanova (38 or 39), a journalist who was working for a paper based in based in Astana, disappeared on 30 March and hasn't been seen since.[517]
  • Kaz II, 9.8 m (32 ft) catamaran, was found adrift on 20 April near Australia's Great Barrier Reef with its three-man crew, owner Derek Batten (56) and brothers Peter (69) and James Tunstead (63), missing. The yacht's sails were up and its engine running, and the global positioning system showed the yacht had been drifting since around the time of their last known radio contact, about 11 hours after they departed Shute Harbour for Townsville, Queensland, five days earlier.[518]
  • Robert Levinson (58), retired U.S. DEA and FBI agent, was last seen in the custody of what seemed to be Iranian intelligence agents on 9 March on Kish Island in Iran, where he had gone to set up a meeting with Dawud Salahuddin, an American-born convert to Islam, ostensibly about securing the Iranian government's help in controlling the distribution of pirated American cigarettes in Iran. It was later revealed that he was working for the CIA at that time as well. In 2010 a video of him, somewhat emaciated, was released in which he begs for help from the U.S. government to be released. The U.S. government has regularly raised the issue of his release with Iran as part of talks between the countries, but Iran's statements as to whether he still is in their custody or even alive have been contradictory and it has been speculated that Levinson is no longer under their control if he is still alive.[519]
  • Lisa Stebic (37), last seen by her husband at their Plainfield, Illinois, home on 30 April, while she was awaiting a ride to the local track where she worked out; he was working in the back. As the two were going through a divorce at the time, police believe foul play was involved and consider him a suspect.[520]
  • Madeleine McCann (3), disappeared after being left asleep in the unlocked ground-floor bedroom of her family's rented holiday apartment in the Algarve (Portugal) while her parents dined with friends at a local restaurant on 3 May 2007. There have been no confirmed sightings of her since then.[521] Despite myriad theories about what happened to the toddler, no substantial evidence leading to any one individual has surfaced. In 2014 Scotland Yard was reportedly looking at 38 people of interest, as well as researching the backgrounds of 530 known sex offenders, including 59 regarded as high interest.[522]
  • Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine, a Haitian human rights and political activist was kidnapped on 12 August,[523] and has not been seen since.
  • Andrew Gosden (14), a schoolboy who disappeared from King's Cross station in London on 14 September. He left his home in Doncaster to go to school but never caught the school bus and instead returned home when the rest of the household had departed, changed out of his school uniform and then went to Doncaster railway station, withdrawing £200 from his bank account on the way there. At the station he purchased a one-way ticket to London, despite being told that for an extra £1 he could have a return ticket. He was last seen on CCTV leaving the main concourse at King's Cross.[524][525]
  • Stacy Ann Peterson (23), left her Bolingbrook, Illinois, home at 11 a.m. on 28 October to help a friend paint a house, and has not been seen since. Her husband, Drew, later convicted of murdering his previous wife as a result of evidence gathered during the investigation into Stacy's disappearance, has been suspected of killing her as well.[526]
  • Aeryn Gillern (34), disappeared in Vienna, Austria on the evening of 29 October,[527] and has not been seen since.

2008[edit]

2009[edit]

  • Jure Šterk (72), regularly communicated with radio amateurs while sailing around the world, but all communications ceased around 1 January, as reported by an Australian ham radio operator.[536] His sailboat Lunatic was spotted on 26 January by a merchant vessel, the Aida, and it appeared abandoned. On 30 April Lunatic was found adrift with no one aboard by the crew of the science vessel RV Roger Revelle.[537]
  • Claudia Lawrence (35), last seen on 18 March near Heworth in York, England, returning from her job as a chef.[538] Whilst some evidence suggested that she had fled to Cyprus, police have increasingly come to believe she is dead.[539]
  • Craig Arnold (41), American poet, disappeared after a hike on the Japanese island Kuchinoerabu-jima on 27 April. He is presumed to have died in a fall from a high cliff, but the body has not been found.[540]
  • Paul Tseng, a Taiwanese applied mathematician, went missing on a kayaking trip on 13 August,[541] and is believed to be dead.
  • Susan Powell (28), disappeared from her home in Utah under suspicious circumstances on 6 December. Her husband, Josh, was the main person of interest. In 2012, he killed the couple's two young sons and himself, leading police to close the case of his wife's disappearance.[542]

2010s[edit]

2010[edit]

  • Russell Bohling (18), disappeared from the Bempton area of the East Riding of Yorkshire, England on 2 March 2010. His car was found in the car park for Bempton Cliffs RSPB site which has seen some suicides. The police assume suicide or tragic accident, though no body has been found. His family maintain that a third party was involved as he did not have enough fuel to drive to Bempton from his family home in West Ella, a USB stick detailing the pornographic artwork and graffiti left on the walls of the former bunker of RAF Bempton was missing and the trainers he supposedly wore that day were found in the family's holiday home even further up the coast after he had disappeared.[543]
  • Paolo Renda (76), member of the Rizzuto crime family in Montreal, told his family he would be picking up steaks for dinner on his way back from a 20 May funeral; he never arrived. He was presumed kidnapped after his car was found with the windows down and keys in the ignition along his route. The family believes he was killed in retaliation for his role in a 1970s murder; however, their 2013 attempt to have him declared legally dead was denied on the grounds of insufficient evidence.[544]
  • Kyron Horman (7), American schoolboy, did not return from his school in northwestern Portland, on 4 June. Multiple searches since that day have uncovered no evidence of his fate.[545]
  • Vasyl Klymentyev (66), a Ukrainian investigative journalist and the editor-in-chief of the newspaper Noviy Stil based in Kharkiv, Ukraine, who disappeared on 11 August under mysterious circumstances,[546] and is presumed dead.[547]
  • Ben McDaniel (30), of Collierville, Tennessee, recreational scuba diver, was last seen 58 feet (18 m) underwater while being allowed into a cave he was not certified to enter at Vortex Spring near Ponce de Leon, Florida on the evening of 18 August; his failure to return was not noted for another two days. Extensive searches found only two decompression tanks that were placed incorrectly and filled with the wrong gases; no evidence of a body has been found in the spring. While it is still possible his body is in an unexplored area of the cave, other theories include foul play, possibly related to the suspicious 2011 death of Vortex Spring's owner, and a possible staged disappearance in the wake of McDaniel's recent marital and financial failures.[548][549]
  • Forrest Schab (26), Canadian rapper better known by his stage name "DY", was reported missing in Mexico on 18 November. He had not been seen since leaving Canada in the middle of August.[550]

2011[edit]

  • David Durham, a man who had been pulled over in a routine traffic stop by a Lincoln City, Oregon policeman on the night of 23 January, and had later shot the officer, and has not been seen since.[551][552]
  • Alessia and Livia Schepp (6), from St. Sulpice, a suburb of Lausanne, Switzerland, twin sisters picked up for the weekend from their mother's home by their father, Mathias Kaspar Schepp, on 28 January. Their father was found dead a few days later, having apparently committed suicide. A suicide note he left suggests he killed them.[553]
  • Bethany Decker (21), student at George Mason University in Virginia, was last heard from on 29 January, when she called the restaurant she worked at to confirm her schedule for the next week. Her husband and a boyfriend both claim to have seen her that day as well. Three weeks later, after Facebook messages from her to friends that seemed to them to have been written by someone else, she was reported missing. Investigators found no evidence of activity on her part other than the suspicious Facebook messages since the day she was last seen. The boyfriend is considered a person of interest in the case; he has since been arrested on an attempted-murder charge in North Carolina after a domestic incident with a later girlfriend who claims he made statements suggesting he had some involvement in Decker's disappearance.[554]
  • Rebecca Coriam (24), crew member aboard the cruise ship Disney Wonder, was last seen on 22 March, when a security camera in the crew lounge recorded her having an upsetting telephone conversation. Some reports suggest she went overboard, but there is other evidence that she may have been alive in the following May.[555]
  • Lauren Spierer (20), student at Indiana University, disappeared in Bloomington, Indiana, on 3 June, after a night of partying at a local bar. Spierer left a gathering at a housing complex alone in the early morning hours while highly intoxicated. Her disappearance generated national press coverage. In 2014, Spierer's parents filed a lawsuit against two individuals with whom Spierer had socialized on the evening before her disappearance. A federal judge dismissed the suit.[556]
  • Cristina Siekavizza (39), disappeared in Guatemala City on 7 July, and is believed to have been murdered by her husband.[557]
  • Lisa Irwin, 10-month-old girl, was reported missing from her home in Kansas City, Missouri, on the morning of 4 October. Police believe she may have been abducted.[558]
  • Daniel Lind Lagerlöf (42), Swedish director and screenwriter, disappeared at Tjurpannans Nature Reserve outside Tanumshede in Sweden on 6 October during preparations for the filming of Camilla Läckberg's Fjällbackamorden – Strandriddaren. The search for him was suspended after two days without result.[559]
  • Sky Metalwala (2), left in a parked car on a Bellevue, Washington, street by his mother on the morning of 6 November after it supposedly ran out of gas on the way to the hospital, where she claimed to have been taking him after he woke up sick. When she returned he was gone. Police found that the car had plenty of fuel left and worked as it should; they publicly expressed doubts about her story as she and the boy's father were getting divorced and she had just withdrawn from a mediated custody agreement that gave him visitation. The case was also noted to be similar to a recently aired episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit;[560] investigators have even questioned whether Sky was in the car that morning at all. While police have indicated they could charge the mother with child endangerment, they have declined to do so due to those doubts.[561]
  • Ayla Reynolds (1), was not in her bed on the morning of 17 December. She had last been seen the night before in her father's Waterville, Maine, home, by his sister or girlfriend, both of whom were also in residence. The search for the 20-month-old was the largest missing-persons investigation in the state's history. Police have evidence from the house suggesting foul play and believe her to be dead; however, the body has not been found and no arrests have been made.[562]
  • Xavier Dupont de Ligonnès (50), disappeared from Nantes, France. His wife, four children and two dogs had been shot and buried in the back garden of the family home. He was last seen leaving a hotel in south-eastern France a few days after his family was murdered. He is the prime suspect in the killings and the subject of an international arrest warrant, and the police have searched caves to find him.[563]

2012[edit]

  • Jonathan Spollen (28), an Irish journalist for the International Herald Tribune newspaper, and formerly Assistant Foreign Editor of The National in Abu Dhabi.[564][565] was last seen on 3 February in Rishikesh,[566] and around 11 March some of Spollen's belongings were found by a small waterfall halfway up the road to Phool Chatti.
  • Timothy MacColl (28), Leading Seaman in the Royal Navy who went missing on May 27, when the ship he was serving aboard was docked in Dubai. MacColl had gone out to the town and was last properly accounted for when two of his shipmates put him into a taxi to take him back to HMS Westminster. He never re-boarded the ship and witnesses claim they saw him getting into another taxi to go back into Dubai. The Royal Navy declared him dead (presumed drowned according to the death certificate) in 2014.[567]
  • Guma Aguiar (35), Brazilian-born American industrialist and part-owner of Israel's Beitar Jerusalem football club, was last seen leaving his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on 19 June. The next day his fishing boat, the T.T. Zion, was found with lights on and engines running, having gone aground on a local beach. His wallet and cell phone were on board. Two weeks of searches failed to find any trace of him.[568] He was declared legally dead in 2015.
  • David Riemens (60), disappeared near a Dollar General store in Watertown, Tennessee on 8 August. Riemens, an accomplished artist and stonemason, left behind his pet and many possessions. This behavior was uncharacteristic of him, according to loved ones. Riemens told friends he had made an appointment to meet someone at the store parking lot to discuss construction work. Riemens' truck was found in the parking lot but Riemens himself has not been located.[569]
  • Emma Fillipoff (26), disappeared on 28 November from in front of The Empress Hotel, in Victoria, B.C., Canada, after a 45-minute conversation with Victoria Police.[570]
  • Sombath Somphone (60), Laotian community activist, who disappeared on 15 December around 6 pm at a Vientiane police post after having been stopped while driving behind his wife's car. CCTV footage showed a motorcyclist getting off his bike and driving Somphone's car away, and a white truck approaching and subsequently driving off with Somphone.[571]

2013[edit]

  • Evi Nemeth (73), American computer engineer often described as the matriarch of system administration, disappeared along with several others aboard the yacht Niña between New Zealand and Australia on 4 June; no trace of them has ever been found.[572]
  • Federico Tobares (37), Argentine chef, disappeared on 5 June while driving from Puerto Vallarta to Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, and On 10 June a co-worker and friend of Tobares went to the Mexican police to report his disappearance,[573] making Tobares the first Argentine to disappear in Mexico.
  • Allison (19) and Marie-José Benitez (53), a French mother and her daughter, disappeared from Perpignan on 14 July. Francisco Benitez, the husband of Marie-José and father of Allison, told police that they had traveled to Toulouse and switched their mobile phones off after a family argument, but there is no evidence that they ever left Perpignan. Francisco Benitez committed suicide three weeks later after becoming the prime suspect. It was discovered that he led a double life involving numerous affairs and that a mistress of his disappeared under similarly mysterious circumstances in 2004 and has never been found.[574]
  • Aidin Bozorgi (24), Iranian mountain climber after successfully completing a new route on the Southwest Face of Broad Peak, Pakistan that he and two other climbers had been working on since 2009 disappeared on 20 July and are believed to be dead.[575][576]
  • Robert Hoagland (50), reportedly last seen mowing the lawn of his Newtown, Connecticut home on the morning of 28 July; earlier that day he was seen on video buying a road map and fuel for his wife's car at a local gas station. His disappearance was noted after he failed to pick up his wife when she returned from a trip abroad the next day.[577]
  • Tiffany Daniels (25), a theatre technician at Pensacola State College in Florida, left work early on 12 August, telling her supervisor that she would be taking the rest of the week off as she had "some things to take care of". She returned to her home briefly afterwards, but was not seen by her housemate, who was on the phone at the time, and eight days later her car was found in a Pensacola Beach parking lot; witnesses have since reported that a man in red shorts was seen getting out of the car and opening its tailgate the day it was found. No other trace of her has been found despite extensive searches; based on a description of a woman seen at a New Orleans-area restaurant who resembled her and had some similar behaviors, her family believes she was abducted and trafficked.[578]
  • Carlos Ornelas Puga (35), was kidnapped by gunmen on 13 November in Jiménez, Tamaulipas, and the attack left three officers wounded by gunfire.[579] He has not been seen since.[580]

2014[edit]

  • Avera Mengistu, an Israeli Ethiopian Jew from Ashkelon, Israel, who crossed into Gaza through Zikim beach on 7 September, has been missing since then.[581]
  • William Tyrrell (3), vanished on 12 September, while playing with his sister in the front yard of their grandmother's house in Kendall, New South Wales, Australia. Although police still regard it as an active case, no trace of the boy has been found.[582]
  • Tammy Kingery (37), of North Augusta, South Carolina, was last seen in her home by her husband before he went out with one of their children to run some errands on the morning of 20 September; she had come home early from work, claiming she did not feel well. Atypically for her, she left behind a note saying she was going for a walk and would return soon. Her purse and phone were left behind, along with her keys, which would have been necessary for the house to have been locked as it was when her husband returned. Police consider her disappearance suspicious.[583]
  • Rico Harris (37), former high school basketball star and Harlem Globetrotter, was last heard from when he called his girlfriend at their home in Seattle on the morning of 10 October, to tell her he was going to the mountains to rest. At the time he was north of Sacramento, California, at the midpoint of his drive back to Seattle from a visit to his family outside Los Angeles. Four days later his abandoned car was found at a Yolo County park along Cache Creek; video footage and photos on his cell phone suggested he had arrived there later on the day of his last phone call. Several sightings were reported in the area over the next week, and footprints were found near the location of his car that were large enough to belong to the 6-foot-9-inch (206 cm) Harris.[584]

2015[edit]

  • Asha Kreimer (26), an Australian national living with her boyfriend in California, left her family's table at a Flumeville restaurant during breakfast on the morning of 21 September, to go to the bathroom. A friend who went there shortly afterwards did not see her; no one has seen her since. She had just been released from a four-day stay in a local mental hospital.[585]

2016[edit]

2017[edit]

  • Yingying Zhang (26), a Chinese visiting scholar conducting research at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, was last seen on 9 June in Urbana, Illinois. Security cameras captured her getting into a car at the corner of West Clark Street and North Goodwin Avenue around 2:04 p.m. that day. Police arrested Brendt Christensen on 30 June 2017 and charged him with kidnapping Zhang, and believe, based on evidence, that she is no longer alive.[591]

Solved cases[edit]

This is a list of people who disappeared mysteriously, but were later found dead or alive, and/or the circumstances of their disappearance became known.

Solved cases before 1900[edit]

  • Caesarion (17), (Ptolemy XV Philopator Philometor Caesar) the son of Cleopatra by Caesar, and as such the last king of the Ptolemaic dynasty of Egypt, ruling alone for eleven days whose death at the orders of Augustus (while still Octavian) is accepted in 30 BC,[592] and yet the exact circumstances of his death and the location of his body are not documented.
  • Apollonius of Tyana (100), Greek philosopher and first century teacher who was known throughout the Roman Empire, vanished mysteriously while walking down the road, but was later seen as he is known to have died in 100 AD.[593]
  • Margaret Hanmer (about 50), wife of the last native Welshman to hold the title Prince of Wales, is known to have died about 1420,[594] yet her death has not been recorded, and her burial site is unknown.
  • Sir Hugh Willoughby, English explorer, who on 10 May 1553 set sail from London to search for a sea route right around the north of Europe and Asia to China. His second-in-command was Richard Chancellor of Bristol. Off the coast of Norway the two men were separated by a storm. Willoughby's ship ended up stuck in ice off Lapland, and he and all of his crew died. Their frozen bodies were found several years later.[595]
  • Laurens de Graaf, is known to have died in 1704, yet the exact location of his death and burial site is unknown.[596]
  • Collet Barker (46), was last seen on 29 April 1831 swimming across the mouth of the Murray River and disappearing over a sand dune on the other side. Several days later the crew of his ship Isabella were informed by local Indigenous people that he had been killed after being mistaken for a whaler or sealer, and was speared to death.[597]
  • Davy Crockett (49), is known to have been killed at the Battle of the Alamo in 1836, although his body was never found.[598][599][600]
  • Henry Bryan (18), who accompanied explorer Charles Sturt, Governor George Gawler, and others on an expedition from the Murray River to the Burra area of South Australia, disappeared and died in 1839 during a dust storm on the return trip.[601] Searchers later found his saddle and some tracks which stopped abruptly. His body was never found, however his horse returned to Adelaide after several months.[602]
  • George (7), and Joseph Cox (5), went missing from Pennsylvania on 24 April 1856, and were found dead on 7 May 1856 under birch trees in a small ravine.
  • William J. Sharkey, a minor New York City politician and convicted murderer who earned national notoriety in the late 19th century, is known to have escaped from a New York City prison disguised as a woman on 22 November 1872. He subsequently fled to Cuba,[603] which had no extradition treaty with the United States.

Solved cases 1900–1949[edit]

Solved cases 1950–1979[edit]

Solved cases 1980–1989[edit]

  • Timothy White (5 or 6), a boy who was abducted by a man named Kenneth Parnell in California on 13 February 1980, and escaped on 1 March 1980.[666]
  • Dorothy Jane Scott (32), disappeared on 28 May 1980, in Anaheim, California, and on 6 August 1984, a construction worker discovered dog and human bones side by side, about 30 feet (10 m) from Santa Ana Canyon Road,[667] the human bones were later identified as being Scott's bones.[668]
  • Brenda Gerow (20), an American woman who disappeared on 20 July 1980, and was found dead in Pima County, Arizona, on April 8, 1981.[669]
  • Azaria Chamberlain, nine-week-old Australian baby girl, who disappeared on the night of 17 August 1980 on a family camping trip in Uluru, and is known to have been killed by a dingo. Though her remains have never been found, her mother insisted that a dingo had taken her from her camping tent. In a trial sensationalized by the media, her mother was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life. Her sentence was overturned six years later when Azaria's jacket was found in a dingo lair. Azaria's disappearance was the subject of four inquests, the last of which, in 2012, concurred that a dingo had taken and killed her.[670] Her disappearance and investigation were the basis for the 1988 motion picture Evil Angels (released as A Cry in the Dark outside of Australia and New Zealand).[671]
  • Carol Cole (17), who disappeared from San Antonio, Texas in late December 1980, and her body was discovered on 28 January 1981 in Bossier Parish, Louisiana.[672]
  • Karen Price (15), a girl from Wales, who was last seen on 2 July 1981, and found dead on 7 December 1989.[673]
  • Donald Eugene Webb (50), an American career criminal and fugitive wanted for attempted burglary and the murder of police chief Gregory Adams in the small community of Saxonburg, Pennsylvania on 4 December 1980.[674] The last confirmed sighting of him was in July 1981, reported by an anonymous tipster.[675] On 4 May 1981, Webb was named as the 375th fugitive to be placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list.[676] On 14 July 2017, remains found at the Dartmouth home of Webb's wife were identified as belonging to Webb. Investigators stated that Webb had died in 1999.[677]
  • Tina Harmon (12), a girl who was abducted, raped, and murdered on 29 October 1981,[678] after being dropped off at her father's girlfriends in Lodi, Ohio, and her body was later found next to an oil well site in a nearby town, five days after her abduction.[679]
  • Krista Harrison (11), was murdered on 17 July 1982, in Marshallville, Ohio.[680] The case remained unsolved for two years, until Robert Anthony Buell was convicted of her murder in 1984.[681]
  • Don Kemp (35), disappeared in a remote area of the Wyoming prairie on 16 November 1982. His car was found abandoned, but with its engine still running. Investigators followed footprints in the snow from the car, which took them six miles into the wilderness to an abandoned barn, where a few of Kemp's belongings were found. A blizzard occurred three days after his disappearance, and the authorities believed that if he was not already dead, he would have died in the blizzard. Kemp's body was found in 1986 by hunters, a few miles from where he disappeared. An autopsy revealed there were no signs of foul play.[682]
  • Mark Tildesley (7), disappeared while visiting a funfair in Wokingham, Berkshire, England on the evening of 1 June 1984. He was lured away from the fair and his bicycle was found chained to railings nearby.[683] In 1990 it emerged that Mark had been abducted, drugged, tortured, raped and murdered by a London-based homosexual paedophile gang on the night he disappeared.[683][684]
  • Vicki Lynne Hoskinson (8), a girl from Flowing Wells, Arizona, who disappeared on 17 September 1984, while riding her bike to mail a birthday card to her aunt,[685] and on 12 April 1985 her remains were found.[686]
  • Wanda Jean Mays (26), disappeared after midnight on 12 May 1986, while staying with her aunt and uncle's home near Guntersville Lake, Alabama. The following morning, her aunt and uncle discovered her room empty and the window broken from the inside. In 2008, the FBI confirmed remains found at the foot of a cliff 2 miles (3.2 km) from her relatives' home were Mays', and her death was ruled an accident.[687]
  • Deanna Criswell (16), who disappeared on 23 November 1987 from Spokane, Washington, and was found dead on 25 November two days later in Pima County, Arizona, and was not identified until 11 February 2015.[688]
  • Jaclyn Dowaliby (7), was taken from her home in Midlothian, Illinois on 10 September 1988, and found dead five days later.[689]
  • Urban Höglin and Heidi Paakkonen (23 and 21 respectively) disappeared while tramping on the Coromandel Peninsula of New Zealand in April 1989. Fugitive offender David Wayne Tamihere was convicted of their murders in December 1990. Höglin's body was discovered in October 1991, while Paakkonen's body has not been found.[690]
  • Jacob Wetterling (11), was abducted on 22 October 1989 by a masked gunman while cycling home in the dark with his brother Trevor (10) and friend Aaron (11), after going to rent a video from a convenience store a 10-minute ride away from his home in St. Joseph, Minnesota.[691] His remains were found on 1 September 2016, when the man believed to have abducted and murdered him, already serving time on other charges, led police to them.[692]
  • Amy Mihaljevic (10), an American elementary school student, who was kidnapped and murdered in Bay Village, Ohio on 27 October 1989,[693] and her body was found on 8 February 1990 in a field off a rural road in Ashland County.[694]
  • Melissa Brannen (5), disappeared on 3 December 1989 from the Woodside Apartments in Lorton, Virginia while attending a Christmas party held at the complex for its residents.[695] Caleb Hughes was charged and convicted of kidnapping her.[696][697]

Solved cases 1990–1999[edit]

Solved cases 2000–2009[edit]

Solved cases 2010–present[edit]

  • The four members of the McStay family, Joseph (40), his wife Summer (43), and their sons Gianni (4), and Joseph Jr. (3), abruptly disappeared from their Fallbrook, California home under suspicious circumstances on 4 February 2010.[828][829] Their bodies were found by a biker in the desert near Victorville, California on 13 November 2013. One year later, on 7 November 2014, police arrested Charles "Chase" Merritt, Joseph McStay's business partner, and charged him with the murders.[830]
  • Andrew Koenig (41), American actor went missing for two weeks after last being seen in Vancouver, British Columbia, and on 25 February 2010, a group of 11 of his friends and family members found his body hanging from a tree in Stanley Park in downtown Vancouver through an act of suicide.[831][832][833]
  • Suzanne Pilley (38), a woman who disappeared on 4 May 2010 in Scotland, and on 23 June 2010, David Gilroy, her former boyfriend, was detained by Lothian and Borders Police under section 14 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 in connection with her disappearance. Later that day he was arrested and charged with her murder,[834] and on 15 March 2012 he was found guilty.[835]
  • Lorenzen Wright (34), an American professional basketball player, who disappeared on 19 July 2010, and was found dead on July 28 in Memphis, Tennessee in a wooded area, and the case was ruled a homicide.[836]
  • Joanna Yeates (25), a landscape architect from Hampshire, England, who disappeared on 17 December 2010 in Bristol,[837] and her body was discovered on 25 December 2010 in Failand, North Somerset.[838]
  • Muzafar Bhutto (41), a Sindhi nationalist politician, who went missing on 24 February 2011, was found dead on 22 May 2012 at a roadside near Hatri bypass.[839]
  • Holly Lynn Bobo (20), disappeared from her home in Darden, Tennessee on 13 April 2011. Her remains were found in September 2014 in northern Decatur County, Tennessee, and her death was ruled a homicide.[840]
  • Moussa Ibrahim (36), a Libyan political figure, who disappeared in August 2011,[841] and in October 2014, it was discovered he was in Egypt, where he was later deported from.[842]
  • Erica Parsons (13), last seen in North Carolina by persons outside her family in November 2011.[843] In 2016, her remains were found in a shallow grave near her adoptive grandmother's house in an adjacent portion of South Carolina. It is strongly believed that she was murdered by her own adoptive parents, who allegedly abused her.[844]
  • Gemma McCluskie (29), a British television actress, who disappeared from her home in East London on 1 March 2012. Her dismembered body was discovered on 6 March 2012 in the Regent's Canal. Her brother, Tony McCluskie was charged and found guilty of her murder.[845]
  • Gavin Smith (57), executive with 20th Century Fox, was last seen leaving a friend's house in Oak Park, California, on 1 May 2012.[846] In 2014 he was declared legally dead from the night of his disappearance.[847] His body was found in a shallow grave later that year by hikers in a rural area near Angeles National Forest.[848] In early 2015 police arrested John Lenzie Creech, the husband of one of Smith's extramarital acquaintances, and charged him with Smith's murder.[849] Creech, who is currently serving an eight-year sentence on an unrelated drug dealing conviction, admitted killing Smith, but claimed he did so in self-defense.[850]
  • Tia Sharp (12), girl from the United Kingdom, who went missing on 3 August 2012. Her body was found 7 days later in her grandmother's loft.[851][852]
  • Austin Tice (31), former U.S. Marine Corps officer and freelance journalist, who was kidnapped while reporting in Syria on 12 August 2012.[853] A 47-second video of Tice blindfolded and bound was released in September 2012.
  • April Jones (6), a girl from Machynlleth, Powys, who disappeared after she was sighted willingly getting into a vehicle near her home on 1 October 2012,[854] and on 30 May 2013 a man named Mark Bridger, was subsequently arrested and charged with Jones' abduction and murder,[855] even though her body has never been found.
  • Tokbergen Abiyev, a Kazakh journalist, who went missing on 20 December 2012, just hours after he announced to the Kazakh media that he had a sensational news report about to be published.[856] Abiyev reappeared on 4 January 2013.[857]
  • Jessica Heeringa (25), disappeared from her job at a gas station in Norton Shores, Michigan on 26 April 2013. Although her remains have not been found, in 2016, Jeffrey Willis, a frequent customer of hers, was charged with her kidnapping and murder due to forensic evidence and eyewitness testimony, while his cousin Kevin Bluhm was charged with accessory after the fact after he confessed to helping him bury her body.[858][859]
  • David Bird (55), reporter for the Wall Street Journal, left his Millington, New Jersey, home for a short walk on 11 January 2014, and never returned. His body was found in a nearby river 14 months later. A subsequent investigation determined that the cause of death was accidental drowning.[860]
  • Kris Kremers (21), and Lisanne Froon (22), two Dutch students who disappeared on 1 April 2014, while hiking in Panama, and their remains were found on 22 June 2014.[861]
  • Lynn Messer (52), was not in bed next to her husband when he awoke on the morning of 8 July 2014, at their farm in Bloomsdale, Missouri. All her personal effects, including a walking boot she had been wearing to protect her broken toe, were in the house.[862] In November 2016, remains found near the farm were identified as hers.[863]
  • Hannah Graham (18), was reported missing after last being seen at the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, Virginia on 13 September 2014, and her remains were found on 18 October 2014.[864]
  • Atsumi Yoshikubo (45), Japanese psychiatrist, was last seen on the morning of 22 October 2014, walking along the Ingraham Trail (NT 4) in a wooded area on the northern outskirts of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. Her disappearance was not noted until three days later, when she had failed to check out of her hotel and the staff found her luggage, all packed, in her room. An intense search both by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and concerned local residents over the next few days was called off after a week when the RCMP announced that their investigation had led them to conclude that she came to Yellowknife with the intent to disappear into the wilderness (although she had bought a return ticket to Japan and souvenirs).[865] Ten months later a hunter discovered some of her personal effects along with human remains in the bush off the highway; in April 2016, those remains were positively identified as Yoshikubo's.[866]
  • Charles Bothuell V (12), an American boy from Detroit, Michigan, who disappeared in 2014,[867] and when a search was conducted to find him, he was found eleven days later locked in his parents' basement.[868]
  • DJ Derek (74), pioneering British disc jockey, was last seen leaving a pub in the St Pauls neighbourhood of his native Bristol on 11 July 2015; his body was found in March 2016 near The Mall, Cribbs Causeway.[869][870] Avon and Somerset Police spokesmen said that investigators were satisfied that there was nothing to suggest that the death was suspicious.[871]
  • Becky Watts (16), from Crown Hill in the St. George England, who went missing on 19 February 2015, and whose dismembered body was found on 3 March 2015 in Barton Court.[872]
  • Yim Fung (52), a Chinese joint chairman and chief executive of Guotai Junan International Holdings Limited, a subsidiary of Guotai Junan Securities,[873] who disappeared on 18 November 2015, but returned to work on 22 December 2015.[874]
  • Luis Macedo (27), American fugitive wanted for the 1 May 2009 murder of 15-year-old Alex Arellano in Chicago, Illinois, was last seen on 24 Nov 2015. In 2016, Macedo was added to FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. He was captured on 27 August 2017 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico without incident.[875][876]
  • Tiahleigh Palmer (12), an Australian girl from Logan City, Queensland,[877] who disappeared on 30 October 2015, and her remains were found on 5 November 2015 on the banks of the Pimpama River.[878]
  • Sian Blake (43), a British actress and her two children were reported missing on 16 December 2015, and three weeks later their bodies were found at Blake's home in Erith, London.[879] Her partner, Arthur Simpson-Kent, pleaded guilty to the murders and was given a whole life sentence in October 2016.[880]
  • Helen Bailey (51), British writer of children's and teenage fiction, was reported missing after allegedly taking her dog for a walk in Royston, Hertfordshire, England, in April 2016. No trace of her was found initially, but in July 2016 her remains were found and her partner was charged with her murder.[881]
  • Christer Ericsson (74), Swedish businessman and billionaire, disappeared after a fishing trip at Marstrand in June 2016. At first, only his boat was found. His body was also discovered at sea in late August 2016.[882]
  • Akbar Salubiro (25), was a man who went missing on 25 March 2017 in Mamuju, Indonesia and his remains were found two days later inside the body of a Reticulated python.[883]
  • Kim Wall (30), a Swedish freelance journalist, who was listed as missing after the sinking under mysterious circumstances of the UC3 Nautilus on the morning of 11 August 2017. Her mutilated torso was found washed up on a beach in the south west of Amager on 21 August 2017.[884]

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