List of solved missing persons cases

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This is a list of solved missing persons cases of people whose mysterious disappearances were notable and remained unexplained for a long time, but were eventually explained by their return or the recovery of their bodies, or the conviction of the perpetrator(s) responsible for their disappearances.

Before 1900[edit]

Date Person(s) Age Circumstances Found alive / Cause of Death
1553 Sir Hugh Willoughby Sir Hugh Willoughby, an English explorer, set sail from London on 10 May 1553 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.[1] No / Carbon monoxide?
1660 William Harrison 70 William Harrison disappeared on 16 August 1660 from the town of Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire and was thought to have been murdered. He resurfaced two years later and said that he had been kidnapped.[2] Yes
1694 Count Philip Christoph von Konigsmark Disappeared (believed murdered) early in the morning of 2 July 1694 after a clandestine meeting with Princess Sophia Dorothea at Leineschloss Castle, Hanover.
  • VERSION 1: The alleged murder of Königsmarck, so long suspected, was finally confirmed many years later. Workmen conducting repairs at the castle unearthed a skeleton which was identified as his by the rings on its fingers. It was found in an old sewer, in which rumour reputed he had been buried. His remains were all gathered up and thrown into the River Leine.[3]
  • VERSION 2: In August 2016 bones were found under the Leineschoss Castle during a renovation project. It was believed that these bones were the remains of Königsmarck. However, subsequent tests proved that some of the bones were from animals while the human bones came from at least 5 different skeletons. None were proven to be Konigsmark's.[4]
No (assuming it was Königsmarck)
1856 George Cox 7 George and Joseph Cox went missing from Pennsylvania on 24 April 1856 and were found dead on 7 May 1856 under birch trees in a small ravine.[5] No
Joseph Cox 5

1900–1949[edit]

Date Person(s) Age Circumstances Found alive / cause of death
1910 José María Grimaldos López 28 José María Grimaldos López, a shepherd from Tresjuncos, Spain, went missing on 20 August 1910. Two men were convicted of his killing after confessing under torture. Grimaldos Lopez resurfaced in 1926.[6] Yes
1911 Elsie Paroubek 5 Elsie Paroubek was a Czech American girl who disappeared in Chicago, Illinois, on 8 April 1911. On 9 May 1911, employees of the Lockport power plant near Joliet, thirty-five miles outside of Chicago, saw a body floating in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, which was identified as hers.[7] No / Murdered
1924 George Mallory 37 George Mallory was an English mountaineer who took part in the 1924 British Mount Everest expedition, disappeared somewhere high on the mountain's northeast ridge on 8 June 1924, and his body was found on 1 May 1999.[8] No / Accidental fall
1926 Agatha Christie 36 Agatha Christie, a famous British crime writer, famously disappeared in December 1926, after her husband asked for a divorce. She was located alive 10 days later in a Yorkshire health spa, and always refused to give an explanation.[9] Yes
1928 Walter Collins 9 Collins disappeared from his home in Los Angeles, California, in 1928. He was later determined to have been murdered by Gordon Stewart Northcott in what was known as the Wineville Chicken Coop Murders. His disappearance and the attempt by the Los Angeles police department to convince his mother that a different boy was her son formed the basis of the 2008 film Changeling.[10][11][12] No / Murdered
1934 Linda Agostini 28 Linda Agostini was a woman who emigrated from South East London to Australia, disappeared from Melbourne on 27 August 1934. A body, not identified as hers until 1944, was found in a culvert beside a rural road in Albury, New South Wales, Australia, in September 1934.[13] No / Manslaughter
1938 Margaret Martin 19 Margaret Martin was a woman from Kingston, Pennsylvania who went missing on 17 December 1938, and was found dead in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania several days later.[14] No / Murdered
1944 Shoichi Yokoi 29 Shoichi Yokoi was a Japanese sergeant in the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) during the Second World War, who disappeared in July 1944,[15] and on the evening of 24 January 1972, Yokoi was discovered alive in the jungle.[16] Yes
1944 Hiroo Onoda 51 or 52 Hiroo Onoda was an Imperial Japanese Army intelligence officer, who fought in World War II disappeared in December 1944, and resurfaced in March 1974.[17] Yes
1945 Martin Bormann 45 Martin Bormann, head of the Nazi Party Chancellery, and Ludwig Stumpfegger, Adolf Hitler's personal surgeon, thought to be at large from 1945 until 1972 when their remains were discovered.[18] No / Suicide
Ludwig Stumpfegger 34
1949 Josef Mengele 38 Josef Mengele was a German SS officer and physician in Auschwitz concentration camp, fled to Argentina in 1949 to escape prosecution and took several false identities. His whereabouts became known in 1985 after the West German prosecutor's office received a tip. He drowned while swimming in 1979 and was buried under a false name in Brazil.[19] No / Drowning

1950–1979[edit]

Date Person(s) Age Circumstances Found alive / Cause of Death
1951 Bill Barilko 24 Bill Barilko, a player for the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team, disappeared in August 1951 while returning from a fishing trip at Seal River, Ontario. He was with his dentist, Henry Hudson, flying aboard Hudson's Fairchild 24 floatplane at the time of their disappearance. Barilko and Hudson remained missing for 11 years until the plane's wreckage was found 56 miles (90 km) off course north of Cochrane, Ontario. The plane was partially burned and submerged in a swamp with the men found still strapped in their seats.[20][21] No / Plane crash
Henry Hudson
1953 Kyllikki Saari 17 Kyllikki Saari, a girl from Finland, was last seen alive on 17 May 1953 cycling home from a prayer meeting. Kyllikki's bicycle was recovered in a marsh that summer and her remains were found on 11 October 1953 in a bog.[22] No / Murdered
1955 Curtis Chillingworth 58 Curtis Chillingworth was a Florida attorney and state judge who disappeared from his Manalapan, Florida home in 1955. He was later discovered to have been murdered though his body was never recovered.[23] No / Murdered
1956 Barbara Grimes 15 Barbara and Patricia Grimes were teenage sisters who disappeared from the Brighton Park, Chicago, Illinois area on 28 December 1956 while returning home from a movie. Their bodies were found on 22 January 1957 down an embankment off a roadway.[24] No
Patricia Grimes 13
1957 Mary Jane Barker 4 Mary Jane Barker, a girl from Bellmawr, New Jersey, went missing on 25 February 1957 along with her playmate's dog.[25] Barker was found dead in the closet of a vacant house near her home on 3 March 1957 after becoming trapped with the dog who survived.[26] No / Starvation
1957 Lawrence Joseph Bader 30 Lawrence Joseph Bader was a cookware salesman from Akron, Ohio who disappeared on a fishing trip on 15 March 1957 in Lake Erie. Eight years later he was found alive in Omaha, Nebraska working as a local TV personality named "Fritz" Johnson. He died from a brain tumor a year later leaving six children from two wives. It's been debated (but never confirmed) as to whether he was an amnesiac, had multiple personalities or was just an outright hoaxer.[27][28] Yes
1957 Maria Ridulph 7 Maria Ridulph was an American girl who disappeared on 3 December 1957 from a street corner in her neighborhood in Sycamore, Illinois.[29] Her body was found in Woodbine, 100 miles from her home, on 26 April 1958.[30] No / Murdered
1958 Ishinosuke Uwano 35 to 36 Ishinosuke Uwano is a former soldier in the Japanese Imperial Army who disappeared in 1958 and was found living in Ukraine in April 2006.[31] Yes
1961 Lucy Ann Johnson 25 Lucy Ann Johnson disappeared in 1961 from British Columbia, Canada but was not reported missing by her family until 1965. In 2013 She was found alive in Yukon, Canada, having started a new family after her disappearance.[32] Yes
1965 Ajjamada B. Devaiah 32 or 33 Ajjamada B. Devaiah, an Indian Air Force pilot, was shot down in 1965 over Pakistan. The Indian Air Force was unaware of what happened and declared him missing. It was revealed much later by Pakistan sources that Devayya's body was found almost intact by villagers not very far from Sargodha and buried.[33] No
1967 Alvar Larsson 13 Alvar Larsson was a Swedish boy who disappeared on 16 April 1967 while going for a walk.[34][35] In November 1982 a human skull was found on a small island 6 km away that was identified as belonging to Larsson.[34] No
1967 Barbara Ann Hackmann Taylor 24 Barbara Ann Hackmann Taylor disappeared on 6 December 1967 and was found dead near Georgetown, Kentucky on 17 May 1968.[36] Her unidentified body found wrapped in canvas, similar to that used for a tent, and she was dubbed "Tent Girl". The son-in-law of the man who discovered her body had an interest in the case and contacted her relatives after seeing a missing persons report. Barbara Taylor's remains were positively identified in 1998 following DNA testing. No / Murdered
1969 Reet Jurvetson 19 Reet Jurvetson, a Canadian-American woman disappeared on 14 November 1969 and was found murdered on 16 November 1969 in a dense bushland off Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles, California. She had been stabbed over 150 times and her body was rolled down an embankment. Jurvetson remained unidentified for 46 years until an online mortuary photograph was recognised by her family and friends.[37] No / Murdered
1969 Reyna Marroquin 27 Reyna Marroquin, a pregnant Salvadoran woman, disappeared in 1969 from Nassau County, New York. Her remains were found on 2 September 1999 in the former Jericho, New York home of Howard B. Elkins, her former boss, sealed in a drum that was stored in a crawl space. Marroquin was having an affair with Elkins and DNA test showed that Elkins was the father of the fetus.[38][39][40] No / Murdered
1970 Jacques Vergès Jacques Vergès, a French-Vietnamese lawyer, left his wife Djamila Bouhired and cut off all ties with friends and family. He was last seen on 24 February 1970 until he reappeared in 1978 and refused to explain his disappearance or whereabouts during that period.[41] Yes
1970 Harvey Crewe 28 Harvey and Jeannette Crewe, a New Zealand farming couple, were reported missing from their bloodstained farmhouse at Pukekawa, Lower Waikato on 22 June 1970 where their unharmed 18-month-old daughter was found in her cot. Jeannette's body was found, wrapped in a duvet and bound with copper wire, in the Waikato River on 16 August 1970 and her husband's body was retrieved upriver on 16 September 1970.[42] The initial indications from the crime scene pointed to foul play, occurring between 17 and 22 June, but it was not until the bodies were recovered that it was established that both had been shot to death.[43] No / Murdered
Jeannette Crewe 30
1970 Ronald Hughes 35 Ronald Hughes was an American attorney who represented Manson family member Leslie Van Houten and disappeared in November 1970 during a camping trip.[44][45] On 29 March 1971 his body was found by two fishermen in Ventura County wedged between two boulders in a gorge.[46] No
1971 Shelagh McDonald 24 Shelagh McDonald, a Scottish folk singer and songwriter, vanished in 1971. Following the reissue of two of her albums on CD in the mid-2000s, articles were written about her work and disappearance.[47] In 2005, McDonald read one of these articles and she contacted the press to explain that following an LSD trip, which had left her with long-term severe flashbacks and disorientation, she had returned to her family who kept her isolated while she recovered.[48][49] Yes
1972 Dolores Della Penna 17 Dolores Della Penna was a school girl from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who went missing on 11 July 1972 after allegedly being abducted by a gang of drug dealers who accused her of stealing from them. Her limbs and torso were later found in different parts of New Jersey a week later but her head was never found.[50] No / Murdered
1972 Jeannette DePalma 16 Jeannette DePalma was a girl who disappeared after telling her mother she was going to visit a friend on 7 August 1972. Her body was discovered on 19 September 1972 and it is believed she was killed some time around 7 August in Springfield Township, New Jersey.[51][52] No / Murdered
1972 Steven Stayner 7 Steven Stayner was abducted from the Central California city and county of Merced, California on 4 December 1972 by a man named Kenneth Parnell.[53] He escaped on 1 March 1980 with Timothy White who was also abducted by Parnell.[54] Yes
1973 Dawn Magyar 20 Dawn Magyar was abducted while she was grocery shopping in Owosso, Michigan in Shiawassee County on 27 January 1973 and her body was discovered in a wooded area in Saginaw County, Michigan on 4 March 1973.[55] The case was resolved 28 years after her body was found when a DNA match was made of her killer.[56] No / Murdered
1973 Peter Wilson 21 Peter Wilson was an Irish man who was abducted on 1 August 1973 and killed by the Provisional Irish Republican Army. After receiving reliable information his remains were found on 2 November 2010 buried at a beach in Waterfoot, County Antrim.[57] No / Murdered
1974 Martha Morrison 17 Martha Morrison disappeared some time in September 1974. On 12 October 1974 the remains of two women were found in Dole Valley near Vancouver, Washington. One victim was quickly identified as Carol Platt Valenzuela, who had been reported missing, but the other set remained unidentified. In 2015 Martha Morrison's remains were identified by means of DNA profiling after they were found to have been mislabeled by the police as Carol Platt Valenzuela.[58][59] No / Murdered
1975 Katherine Lyon 10 Katherine and Sheila Lyon disappeared on 25 March 1975 while walking home from a nearby mall in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.[60][61] In 2014 Lloyd Lee Welch, a criminal serving time in a Delaware prison for molesting a child in that state, became a person of interest after cold-case investigators in Montgomery County, Maryland followed up on an interview he gave to a detective at the time of the girls disappearance. In that interview he falsely claimed to have witnessed the girls' abduction. He also strongly resembled a police sketch of a man who had been staring at them in the mall. The sketch was based on a description by a friend of the girls who had confronted the man about his behavior. In 2015 Welch was formally indicted in Bedford County, Virginia where police said he had taken the girls and burned their bodies.[62] No
Sheila Lyon 12
1975 Pat Lowther 40 Pat Lowther was a Canadian poet from Vancouver, British Columbia who disappeared on 24 September 1975. Her body was found three weeks later in a creek near Squamish, British Columbia and her husband was convicted of killing her in 1977.[63] No / Murdered
1978 John Dawson Dewhirst 26 John Dawson Dewhirst was a British teacher and amateur yachtsman and disappeared after being captured and detained as a suspected spy by the Khmer Rouge 13 August 1978. It is known that he was killed some time after 13 October 1978. No remains were found, and it was speculated that the body may have been burned.[64] No
1978 Marilee Bruszer 33 Marilee Bruszer went missing on 22 August 1978 from Long Beach, California. In August 2015, a body that had been discovered in Utah in September 1978 was identified as hers.[65][66] No / Murdered
1978 Theresa Allore 19 Canadian college student who disappeared on, 3 November from Champlain College Lennoxville in the Eastern Townships of Quebec and was found dead five moths later. No / Murdered
1979 Etan Patz 6 Etan Patz disappeared while on his way to school in lower Manhattan on 25 May 1979 and by 2001 he was considered legally dead. He was the first missing child featured on a milk carton.[67] In May 2012, authorities re-opened the case.[68] Pedro Hernandez, a former bodega stock clerk, was convicted in February 2017 of kidnapping and murdering the boy, based solely on his own confession. Neither Patz's body, which Hernandez said he put in the trash, nor any other relevant physical evidence was ever identified.[69] No / Murdered
1979 Tammy Alexander 15 Tammy Alexander, from Hernando County, Florida, disappeared some time in early in 1979 after it is believed she ran away. Tammy was found dead, shot to death in a field, in the town of Caledonia, New York on 10 November 1979. She was not identified until 2015, over 35 years later, by a DNA match after an old school friend tried to locate her and a missing persons report was filed.[70] No / Murdered
1979 Jean Seberg 40 Jean Seberg was an American actress who lived in France, and disappeared on 30 August 1979. Her body was found on 8 September 1979 wrapped in a blanket in the back seat of her Renault which was parked near her Paris apartment.[71] No
1978 Kerry Graham 15 Kerry Graham and Francine Trimble disappeared on 16 December 1978 after leaving their homes in Forestville, California to visit a shopping mall in Santa Rosa.[72] Their remains were discovered on 8 July 1979 approximately 80 miles north of Forestville, concealed within duct-taped garbage bags in a woodland area,[73] beside a remote section of Highway 20, 12 miles from the city of Willits.[74] The bodies of Kerry Graham and Francine Trimble would remain unidentified until November 2015 when their identities were confirmed via the use of DNA profiling.[75] No / Murdered
Francine Trimble 14
1979 Marcia Moore 50 Marcia Moore was an American writer, astrologer and yoga teacher who disappeared in the winter of 1979. Her remains were found two years later in the woods near her Washington home.[76] No / Murdered
1979 Gerard Evans 24 Gerard Evans disappeared in County Monaghan, Republic of Ireland in 1979 and his remains were found in October 2010 in the townland of Carrickrobin, near Hackballscross, County Louth.[77][78] No / Murdered

1980s[edit]

Date Person(s) Age Circumstances Found alive / Cause of Death
1980 Timothy White 5 or 6 Timothy White disappeared on 13 February 1980 and it was later revealed that he was abducted by a man named Kenneth Parnell. He escaped on 1 March 1980 with the help of Steven Stayner who had been abducted by Parnell almost eight years earlier.[79] Yes
1980 Cynthia Gastelle 18 Cynthia Gastelle disappeared on 3 April 1980 while going on a job interview in Takoma Park, Maryland.[80] Her skeletal remains were found on 12 February 1982 in a secluded wooded area on Bull Run Mountain in Haymarket, Virginia but remained unidentified for 30 years.[81][82] No / Murdered
1980 Dorothy Jane Scott 32 Dorothy Jane Scott disappeared while getting her car on 28 May 1980 in Anaheim, California after she had taken two co-workers to the hospital. 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.[83] The human bones were later identified as being Scott's although the identity and motive of her killer or killers remains unknown.[84] No / Murdered
1980 Brenda Gerow 20 Brenda Gerow was an American woman who disappeared on 20 July 1980 after leaving home with her boyfriend at the time. She was found dead in the desert at Pima County, Arizona on 8 April 1981 but remained unidentified for thirty-four years. No / Murdered
1980 Azaria Chamberlain nine-weeks-old An Australian baby girl who disappeared on the night of 17 August 1980 during a family camping trip in Uluru. Although 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 in prison. 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.[85] 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). No / Animal attack
1980 Carol Cole 17 Carol Cole disappeared from the San Antonio, Texas area in late December 1980. Her body was discovered on 28 January 1981 in Bossier Parish, Louisiana but she remained unidentified until 2015 when DNA tests confirmed her identity.[86] No / Murdered
1981 Karen Price 15 Karen Price was a girl from Wales who was last seen on 2 July 1981. Police later concluded that Price had run away from home, then turned to prostitution.[87] Her remains were found on 7 December 1989 when workmen unearthed a rolled carpet while installing a garden behind a house.[88] She was identified by her DNA in what is cited as one of the first instances in which DNA technology was used in this way.[89] No / Murdered
1981 Adam Walsh 6 Adam Walsh was an American boy who was abducted from a Sears department store at the Hollywood Mall in Hollywood, Florida, on 27 July 1981. His severed head was found two weeks later in a drainage canal alongside Florida's Turnpike in rural St. Lucie County, Florida.[90] No / Murdered
1980 Donald Eugene Webb 50 Donald Eugene Webb was 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.[91] The last confirmed sighting of him was in July 1981, reported by an anonymous tipster.[92] On 4 May 1981, Webb was named as the 375th fugitive to be placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list.[93] 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.[94] No / Died after suffering multiple strokes
1981 Tina Harmon 12 Tina Harmon was a girl who was abducted, raped, and murdered on 29 October 1981 after being dropped off at a convenience store in Lodi, Ohio by her father's girlfriend.[95] Her body was found next to an oil well site in a nearby town five days after her abduction.[96] No / Murdered
1982 Michelle Garvey 14 Michelle Garvey was an American girl who ran away in Texas on 3 June 1982, was found murdered in Connecticut almost one month later on 1 July.[97] No / Murdered
1982 Krista Harrison 11 Krista Harrison was murdered on 17 July 1982, in Marshallville, Ohio.[98] The case remained unsolved for two years, until Robert Anthony Buell was convicted of her murder in 1984.[99] No / Murdered
1982 Carole Pappas 42 Carole Pappas, the wife of former Major League Baseball pitcher Milt Pappas disappeared after leaving the couple's home in Wheaton, Illinois. A theory emerged that she had been killed by the Ripper Crew, as a member made a confession and led authorities to a field where no remains were found. In 1987, workers drained a pond 4 blocks from the Pappas' house and found the car with Carole's body inside. It's theorized that she mistook a driveway near the pond for one leading to her subdivision, and that she may have been drinking as she was a recovering alcoholic.[100] No / Drowned
1983 William Howard Hughes 33 Hughes, a United States Air Force officer with security clearance and expertise in rocket self-destruct technology, vanished after departing on a trip to Europe. Authorities feared he had defected to the Soviet Union or had been abducted by its agents. In June 2018, he was found living in California using the name Barry O'Beirne.[101] Yes
1984 Mark Tildesley 7 Mark Tildesley 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.[102] In 1990 it emerged that Mark had been abducted, drugged, tortured, raped and murdered by a London-based paedophile gang on the night he disappeared.[102][103] No / Murdered
1984 Vicki Lynne Hoskinson 8 Vicki Lynne Hoskinson was a girl from Flowing Wells, Arizona, who disappeared on 17 September 1984, while riding her bike to mail a birthday card to her aunt.[104] On 12 April 1985 her remains were found.[105] No / Murdered
1986 Wanda Jean Mays 26 Wanda Jean Mays 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 that 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.[106] No / Accident fall
1987 Deanna Criswell 16 Deanna Criswell 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.[107] No / Murdered
1988 Jaclyn Dowaliby 7 Jaclyn Dowaliby was taken from her home in Midlothian, Illinois on 10 September 1988, and found dead five days later. No / Murdered
1989 Urban Höglin 23 Urban Höglin and Heidi Paakkonen 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.[108] No / Murdered
Heidi Paakkonen 21
1989 Jacob Wetterling 11 Jacob Wetterling 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.[109] His remains were finally found on 1 September 2016, when Danny Heinrich, already serving time on child pornography charges, led police to them.[110] No / Murdered
1989 Amy Mihaljevic 10 Amy Mihaljevic, an American elementary school student, was kidnapped and murdered in Bay Village, Ohio on 27 October 1989.[111] Her body was found on 8 February 1990 in a field off a rural road in Ashland County.[112] No / Murdered
1989 Melissa Brannen 5 Melissa Brannen disappeared on 3 December 1989 from the Woodside Apartments in Lorton, Virginia while attending a Christmas party held at the complex for its residents.[113] Caleb Hughes was charged and convicted of kidnapping her.[114][115] No / Presumed murdered

1990s[edit]

Date Person(s) Age Circumstances Found alive / Cause of Death
1990 Susan Poupart 29 Susan Poupart, a Native-American woman from Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin, disappeared on 20 May 1990. Her body was found six months later in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.[116] No / Murdered
1991 Karmein Chan 13 Karmein Chan, an Australian girl who was abducted from her home at night on 13 April 1991 in the Melbourne suburb of Templestowe, and her body was found 9 April 1992 in Edgars Creek, Thomastown.[117] No / Murdered
1991 Jaycee Dugard 11 Jaycee Dugard was abducted on 10 June 1991, and was found alive on 26 August 2009 when she turned up at a Concord, California parole office.[118] Yes
1991 Timothy Wiltsey 5 Timothy Wiltsey, who went missing from South Amboy, New Jersey, whose mother told the police that he went missing from a local carnival on 25 May 1991, and almost a year later, his remains were discovered miles away,[119] On 18 May 2016 his mother was convicted of killing him.[120] No / Murdered
1991 Anjelica Castillo 4 Anjelica Castillo, an American from New York City who disappeared on 18 July 1991, and was found dead on 23 July 1991. Her body was not identified until 2013. After her identification, Castillo's paternal cousin, Conrado Juarez confessed to murdering the girl.[121][122][123] No / Murdered
1991 Sheree Beasley 6 Sheree Beasley, an Australian schoolgirl from Rosebud was kidnapped, raped, and murdered by a man named Robert Lowe on 29 June 1991,[124] and her body was found weeks later on 24 September in a stormwater drain.[125] No / Murdered
1992 Kristen French 15 Kristen French, a Canadian school girl from Ontario who disappeared on 16 April 1992, was held captive for three days and then was killed and was found dead on 30 April 1992. She was murdered by Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo.[126] No / Murdered
1992 Miriam Iborra 14 The Alcasser Girls, were three teenage girls from Alcasser, Spain, who disappeared on 13 November 1992,[127] and were found dead on 27 January 1993, and it was revealed that they had been kidnapped, and raped, beaten, tortured after they were abducted.[128][129] No / Murdered
Antonia Rodríguez 15
Desirée Folch 14
1992 Katie Beers 10 Katie Beers disappeared on 28 December 1992, during a shopping trip with neighbor John Esposito and was found in a secret room underneath Esposito's home 13 January 1993. Esposito had been considered a family friend. Prior to the kidnapping she had been the subject of a lengthy custody battle between her mother and godmother and had suffered material deprivation, sexual abuse and hardship.[130][131] Yes
1992 Eugenio Berríos 18 Eugenio Berríos, a Chilean biochemist, who worked for the DINA intelligence agency was captured in 1991 escaped to Uruguay in 1991, at the beginning of the Chilean transition to democracy, who presented himself on 15 November 1992 to a local police office in order to claim he had been kidnapped later disappeared, and what has been identified as his corpse was found in 1995 near Montevideo.[132] No / Murdered
1993 Jayne Furlong 17 Jayne Furlong, a sex worker, was a New Zealander, who disappeared from a street in Auckland on 26 May 1993. Her remains were found at a beach in 2012 after being exposed by erosion of a sandbank. She had been abducted and murdered.[133] No / Murdered
1993 Holly Piirainen 10 Holly Piirainen, an American girl from Grafton, Massachusetts, who disappeared on 5 August 1993. She and her brother had been visiting their grandparents in Sturbridge, Massachusetts when Holly was murdered.[134] Piirainen's remains were found by hunters in Brimfield on 23 October 1993.[135] No / Murdered
1993 Kori Lamaster 17 Kori Lamaster, an American murder victim who went missing in 1993,[136] was found on 29 January 1994, and was not identified until 2017.[137] No / Murdered
1994 Michael Anthony Hughes 6 Michael Anthony Hughes was abducted at gunpoint from school on 12 September 1994 by his step father, Franklin Delano Floyd. No trace of the boy has been found.[138] Floyd is considered a suspect in the hit-and-run death of his wife, whom he had abducted as a child and raised as his daughter. In a 2015 interview with the FBI, Floyd admitted to killing Hughes the same day of the kidnapping,[139] and is currently on death row for the murder of another woman and the abduction of Michael Hughes.[citation needed] No / Murdered
1995 Henning Wehn 21 Henning Wehn was listed by Interpol as a missing person after disappearing while on holiday in Spain in 1995, while sending mysterious postcards to a friend in Germany. He reappeared in Spain after having traveled to Morocco for three weeks with a man he met on a train.[140] Yes
1995 Philip Taylor Kramer 42 Philip Taylor Kramer, a computer engineer and former bass guitarist for the rock band Iron Butterfly, disappeared on 12 February 1995 before he was to meet a business partner at the Los Angeles International Airport; He changed his plans while driving to the airport and asked his guest to meet him at a nearby hotel instead, but failed to appear.[141] During his travel to and from the airport, Kramer made a flurry of cell phone calls, including to his wife, his Iron Butterfly bandmate Ron Bushy and finally to the police. In the latter call, Kramer said, "I'm going to kill myself."[141] After his phone call to the police, he was never heard from again, which led to an extensive search of the California desert for his vehicle.[141] On 29 May 1999, Kramer's body was discovered by hikers inside his wrecked minivan at the bottom of a canyon in Malibu, California.[142] No / Suicide
1995 Kiplyn Davis 15 Kiplyn Davis, high school student who was reported missing on 2 May 1995 in Spanish Fork, Utah. She is a featured child of the Polly Klaas Foundation. Several people have been arrested in connection with her murder, although her death has not been confirmed by the discovery of a body.[143] On 11 February 2011, Timmy Brent Olson pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. He claimed he saw another individual hit Davis in the head with a rock and helped him move her body, but declined to name the other individual.[144] No / Murdered
1995 Jason Callahan 19 Jason Callahan made no contact with friends or family after June 1995. The body of a passenger that was found in the wreck of a car on 26 June 1995 was identified as his on 9 December 2015 after his mother formally reported him missing.[145][146][147][148] No / Accident
1995 Madalyn Murray O'Hair 76 Madalyn Murray O'Hair, an American activist, founder of American Atheists, and the organization's president from 1963 to 1986, disappeared on 27 August 1995,[149] and was found dead in 1999.[150] No / Murdered
1995 Jimmy Ryce 9 Jimmy Ryce, a child who was abducted on 11 September 1995, and was raped and killed by Juan Carlos Chavez in Redland, Florida, and his body was found three months later near Chavez's trailer.[151] No / Murdered
1995 Nicole van den Hurk 15 Nicole van den Hurk, disappeared on her way to work in Eindhoven, in the Dutch province of North Brabant on 6 October 1995, and was found dead on 22 November 1995, in the woods between the towns of Mierlo and Lierop.[152] No / Murdered
1995 Barbara Barnes 13 Barbara Barnes, an American schoolgirl who was kidnapped on 7 December 1995, while walking to school, and her body was found on 22 February 1996 in Pennsylvania.[153] People have speculated that her grandfather may have been responsible for her death, but others believe that the crime was committed by someone local.[154] No / Murdered
1995 Céline Figard 19 Céline Figard, a French woman who while visiting the United Kingdom disappeared on 19 December 1995, and was found dead on 29 December 1995.[155] No / Murdered
1995 Justina Morales 8 Justina Morales, an American girl from the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York, who was killed by her mother's boyfriend, Luis Santiago, on 31 December 1995. Her disappearance went unnoticed for 15 months. In 1997, Santiago was convicted for the murder.[156] Morales' body has not been found. No / Murdered
1996 Melanie Hall 25 Melanie Hall, a British hospital clerical officer from Bradford on Avon, who disappeared on 9 June 1996.[157][158] On 5 October 2009 her partial remains were discovered, after a plastic bin bag containing human bones was located by a workman on the M5 motorway near Thornbury, South Gloucestershire. The bones, which included a pelvis, thigh bone, and human skull, were analyzed and identified as belonging to Hall.[159] No / Murdered
1996 Karyn Hearn Slover 23 Karyn Hearn Slover disappeared on 27 September 1996 in Decatur, Illinois, shortly after leaving her job at the Decatur Herald & Review, and her dismembered body was discovered wrapped in plastic bags sealed with duct tape in Lake Shelbyville on 1 October 1996.[160] No / Murdered
1996 Jakub Fiszman 39 Jakub Fiszman, a millionaire German businessman from Frankfurt am Main, who disappeared in Eschborn, Germany, on 1 October 1996, and his body was found on 19 October 1996 in the Taunus mountains, after a massive search operation involving some 500 police officers.[161] No / Murdered
1996 April Lacy 14 April Lacy, a girl from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, who disappeared on 3 October 1996, and was found dead on 8 October 1996 in Decatur, Texas.[162] No / Murdered
1997 Amber Creek 14 Amber Creek, a girl from Palatine, Illinois ran away from a youth shelter in January 1997, and was found dead on 9 February 1997, and was not identified until a year later.[163] No / Murdered
1997 Gary DeVore 55 Gary DeVore, a Hollywood screenwriter best known for the movie Raw Deal, who disappeared on 28 June 1997, and a year later he and his car was discovered submerged in the California Aqueduct in Palmdale, California.[164] No
1997 Reena Virk 14 Reena Virk went missing on 14 November 1997 and was found dead on 22 November 1997, Warren Glowatski and Kelly Ellard were charged with murdering Virk and were found guilty. No / Murdered
1998 Natascha Kampusch 10 Natascha Kampusch, an Austrian girl, who was kidnapped on her way to school in March 1998, was locked in a cellar, and escaped on 23 August 2006.[165] Yes
1998 Lois Roberts 39 Lois Roberts, from Australia disappeared outside the Nimbin Police Station on 31 July 1998, and her dismembered remains were found in the Whian Whian Forest on the mid-NSW north coast in January 1999.[166][167] No / Murdered
1998 Natasha Ryan 14 Natasha Ryan, an Australian girl who went missing in 1998, was found hiding in a wardrobe at her boyfriend's home in 2003.[168] Yes
1998 Ben Smart 21 Ben Smart and Olivia Hope, New Zealand party goers last seen in the early hours of 1 January 1998, who disappeared in mysterious circumstances in the Marlborough Sounds. Scott Watson was arrested for and convicted of their murder, but the verdict remains controversial and no trace of Smart or Hope has ever been discovered.[169] No / Murdered
Olivia Hope 17
1998 Dimitris Liantinis 55 Dimitris Liantinis, a Greek philosopher and professor at the University of Athens who disappeared on 1 June 1998. In July 2005 human bones were found in the area of the mountain Taygetos; forensic examinations verified that it was the body of Liantinis.[170] No lethal substances were found to determine the cause of death. No
1998 Kamiyah Mobley < 0 Kamiyah Mobley, was abducted on 10 July 1998 shortly after her birth and was recovered 18 years later after having been raised by her alleged abductor.[171] Yes
1998 Fidel Urbina 25 Fidel Urbina, a Mexican national former fugitive, who was last seen in 1998, and was added to the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list in June 2012. He was caught on 22 September 2016.[172] Yes
1998 Kirsty Bentley 15 Bentley, a teenage girl in Ashburton, New Zealand, disappeared on 31 December 1998 while walking her family dog in the afternoon. After an extensive search lasting two weeks, her body was found in dense scrub approximately 40 km away.[173] Police consider the case to be a homicide, and it remains one of the highest-profile cold cases in New Zealand. Her killer has never been identified. No / Murdered

2000s[edit]

Date Person(s) Age Circumstances Found alive / Cause of Death
2000 Keith Allan 53 or 54 Allan, an Australian solicitor, was murdered on 28 May 2000 in a contract killing.[174] The whereabouts of his body is unknown.[175] Three men were charged with killing him and three trials took place. The second trial in 2006 resulted in a hung jury. In 2007, all three were again found guilty and were sentenced to terms ranging from twenty three and a half years to nineteen years.[176] No / Murder
2000 Molly Bish 16 A girl who disappeared while working as a lifeguard in her hometown of Warren, Massachusetts on 27 June 2000. Her remains were found three years later in neighboring Hampden County. No
2000 Georgiy Gongadze 31 A Georgian politician and Ukrainian journalist and film director who disappeared on 16 September 2000, and was found dead on 3 November 2000 in a forest in the Taraschanskyi Raion.[177] No / Murder
2000 Jerry Michael Williams 31 Williams, a successful property appraiser from Tallahassee, Florida, was last seen leaving his house to go duck hunting early in the morning of 16 December 2000. It was assumed he had drowned accidentally after his car and abandoned boat were found at nearby Lake Seminole 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.[178] In 2017 police announced his remains had been found, and that he was the victim of a homicide, but gave no details.[179] On 8 May 2018, police arrested Williams' former wife, who had remarried. Her trial was scheduled for 10 December 2018.[180] No / Murder
2001 Erica Green 3 Murder victim whose decapitated body was discovered on 28 April 2001, in Kansas City, Missouri, 12 to 48 hours after death. Her head was found in a trash bag nearby on 1 May 2001.[181] The victim remained unidentified until 5 May 2005. No / Murder
2001 Chandra Levy 24 An American intern at the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Washington, D.C. who disappeared in May 2001. Her skeletal remains were found in Rock Creek Park on 22 May 2002.[182] No / Murder
2001 Peter Falconio 28 A British tourist from Hepworth, West Yorkshire, who disappeared in the Australian outback in July 2001, while traveling with girlfriend Joanne Lees. Bradley Murdoch was charged with his disappearance, pleaded not guilty, but was convicted of the crime. He has appealed his conviction numerous times.[183] No / Murder
2001 Don Craig Wiley 57 An American structural biologist, who disappeared on 15 November 2001. His body was found in the Mississippi River a month later and his death was ruled to be an accident.[184][185][186] No / Accident
2001 Stuart Adamson 43 Scottish musician best known as the frontman for the rock group Big Country, disappeared on 26 November 2001, and was found dead 27 December 2001 in a hotel room through an act of a suicide.[187] No / Suicide
2002 Alicia Kozakiewicz 13 Abducted from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on 1 January 2002 by 38-year-old Scott Tyree, with whom she had chatted online, believing he was a boy of her own age. Kozakiewicz was rescued four days later.[188] She went on to become a television personality and internet safety and missing persons advocate, and the founder of the Alicia Project.[189] Yes
2002 Elizabeth Smart 14 Smart was kidnapped from her bedroom on 5 June 2002, and was found to be alive when police officers rescued her nine months later on 12 March 2003 in Sandy, Utah, about 18 miles from her home.[190] Yes
2002 Jon-Niece Jones 9 An American girl who disappeared on 15 August 2002 and whose unidentified skeletal remains were found on 18 March 2005 near the gated forest of New Jersey's Six Flags Great Adventure theme park, by a deer hunter.[191][192] No / Murder
2002 Amanda Zhao 21 An international student in Vancouver, British Columbia, who disappeared on 9 October 2002, and her body was found in a suitcase by hikers near Stave Lake on 20 October 2002.[193] No / Murder
2002 Velupillai Prabhakaran 48 The founder and leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam wanted by Sri Lankan government in 2002 was known to be killed on 18 May 2009.[194] No
2003 Amanda Berry 16 Berry disappeared on 21 April 2003, the day before her 17th birthday.[195] She was walking home from her job at Burger King. During captivity, Berry gave birth to a daughter. Just over 10 years later, on 6 May 2013, Berry escaped along with Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus and Berry's daughter.[196] They were in reasonable health and within 3 miles of the site of their disappearances. Yes
2003 Dru Sjodin 22 American woman who was abducted from the Columbia Mall on 22 November 2003 in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Her body was recovered on 17 April 2004 near Crookston, Minnesota.[197] No / Murder
2003 Daniel Morcombe 13 Morcombe disappeared from the roadside near his Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia, home on 7 December 2003. His remains were found in 2011 as forensic testing confirmed that the bones were Morcombe's.[198] Brett Peter Cowan was convicted of murder in the case. No / Murder
2004 Spalding Gray 62 Gray, an actor, writer and monologist, was declared missing on 11 January 2004. On 7 March 2004, the Office of Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York reported that Gray's body had been discovered by two men and pulled from the East River.[199] He is said to have committed suicide by drowning himself. No / Suicide
2004 Perry Saturn 37 American professional wrestler who was involved in an April 2004 altercation with two men when he came to the aid of a woman that they were in the process of raping. He fought the men and was shot with a .25 caliber handgun in the back of the neck and in the right shoulder, to which he originally thought he had received a punch, as a result of the scuffle.[200] After being shot, Saturn became addicted to methamphetamine and was homeless for two and a half years.[201][202] Saturn disappeared from public view and was not seen for several years, with his family and friends unaware of his whereabouts.[203] He reemerged in 2010, having resolved his addiction.[202] Yes
2004 Brooke Wilberger 19 Wilberger was abducted from Corvallis, Oregon, on the morning of 24 May 2004.[204] Her remains were found on 21 September 2009. No / Murder
2004 Zhang Hongjie 25 a Chinese University of Canberra communications student said to have disappeared in June 2004, she was found murdered in her flat in Belconnen in January 2005.[205] No / Murder
2004 William Burgess Powell 56 discovered naked and beaten and with severe amnesia on 31 August 2004, at a Burger King in Richmond Hill, Georgia;[206] after efforts from genetic genealogists, his true identity was finally discovered on 16 September 2015.[207] Powell had forgotten his identity and had been living under the name "Benjaman Kyle". Yes
2005 Margie Profet 46 an evolutionary biologist who had ceased contact with her family in 2002 and had last been seen in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2005. In May 2012 she was told by a friend about her "disappearance" and contacted her family. She had been living in an isolated location, suffering from a physical ailment that caused her severe pain, and had not realized she was considered "missing".[208][209] Yes
2005 Jessica Lunsford 9 an American girl who was abducted from her home in Homosassa, Florida in the early morning of 24 February 2005 by John Couey; her body was found three weeks later, buried at the home of Couey's half-sister, who lived within sight of the Lunsford home.[210] No / Murder
2005 Patrick McDermott 48 American cameraman and former boyfriend of singer Olivia Newton-John; disappeared from a fishing charter boat off San Pedro, Los Angeles, on 30 June 2005, and was suspected of faking his own death in order to cash in on a $100,000 life insurance policy for his son. However, a United States Coast Guard investigation released in November 2008 concluded that McDermott most likely drowned.[211] In April 2010, investigators claimed that he had been found and was living in Mexico.[212] Yes
2005 Jenny Nicholl 19 Nicholl disappeared from North Yorkshire at the end of June 2005. David Hodgson, a 45-year-old married father of two, who had been having an affair with her for five years, was convicted of her murder. She was also seeing Hodgson's older brother, which police say, was the reason for her murder as David Hodgson became obsessively jealous about her relationship with his brother. He was convicted in February 2008 and sentenced to life with a minimum of 18 years, yet Nicholl's body has never been found.[213] No / Murder
2005 Scout Taylor-Compton 16 American actress who went missing on 12 August 2005 in southern California and was found two weeks later. She had run away from home.[214] Yes
2005 Barry Cowsill 50 musician and member of the 1960s pop group The Cowsills, disappeared on 29 August 2005, while trying to contact his sister during a storm. After an extensive search, Cowsill's body was found under a wharf on the Mississippi River on 28 December 2005.[215] Cowsill's death was attributed to drowning as a result of the flooding following Hurricane Katrina.[216] No / Drowning
2005 Naomi Miller 34 a woman from Texas, who was reported missing in December 2005, and was found buried underneath the old San Angelo speedway[217] on 8 March 2017.[218] Her ex-husband Robert had faced charges in her death,[219] and both he and his current wife pleaded guilty and were sentenced to 38 years in prison.[220] No / Murder
2006 Chanel Petro-Nixon 16 or 17 an American teenager from Brooklyn, New York, who went missing on 18 June 2006. Her body was discovered on 22 June 2006 in a trash bag in front of 212 Kingston Avenue. It was determined that Petro-Nixon had been strangled.[221] No / Murder
2006 Frauke Liebs 21 a student nurse who disappeared on 20 June 2006 after last being seen at a pub in Paderborn's city center.[222] Her skeletonized body was found by a hunter on 4 October 2006 in a forested area next to a Landesstraße ("state road") near Lichtenau.[223] No / Murder
2006 Destiny Norton 5 disappeared on 16 July 2006 from Salt Lake City, Utah. Her body was found on 24 July 2006, less than 100 feet from her home in the basement of her neighbor, Craig Roger Gregerson.[224] No / Murder
2006 Michelle Gardner-Quinn 21 an undergraduate at the University of Vermont, who was kidnapped on 7 October 2006. Her body was found along a road in the neighboring town of Richmond on 13 October 2007.[225] No / Murder
2007 Erika Hill 15 a girl who was murdered on 21 February 2007 in her home in Fitchburg, Wisconsin, and her body was first taken to Chicago and burned, then five days later it was moved to Gary, Indiana.[226] Her identity was not revealed until 2015.[227] No / Murder
2007 Riley Ann Sawyers 2 a girl who disappeared from Spring, Texas on 24 July 2007. Her body was found in Galveston Bay, Texas on 29 October 2007.[228] No / Murder
2007 Cédrika Provencher 9 a girl from Trois-Rivières, Quebec, who disappeared on 31 July 2007.[229] The Quebec media believed that she was kidnapped.[230][231] On 12 December 2015, Quebec police announced that her remains had been found in Mauricie, Quebec.[232][233] No
2007 Corryn Rayney 43 or 44 Rayney disappeared from Australia about 7 August 2007; her body was found a week later in a clandestine grave in Kings Park, Perth, with no clear cause of death.[234] No
2007 Nurin Jazlin 8 a Malaysian girl who disappeared in Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur on the night of 20 August 2007. She was found brutally tortured in front of a shop on 17 September 2007, her body stuffed inside a gym bag.[235] No / Murder
2007 Steve Fossett 63 the famous businessman and record breaking aviator went missing on 3 September 2007 while flying over the Great Basin Desert. Exactly one year later, in September 2008, a hiker found Fossett's identification cards in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, leading shortly after to the discovery of the plane's wreckage. The remains of Fossett were two large bones, that were found half a mile from the crash site, probably scattered by wild animals.[236][237] No / Plane crash
2008 Brianna Denison 19 a college student from Santa Barbara, California, who was abducted on 20 January 2008 from a friend's house in Reno, Nevada. Her body was discovered on 15 February 2008 in a field near a Reno business park after being raped and murdered.[238] No / Murder
2008 Shannon Matthews 9 English girl who was kidnapped in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire on 19 February 2008.[239] She was found alive and well on 14 March 2008, and it turned out that the "kidnapping" had been a scam by her mother and an uncle of the mother's boyfriend to fraudulently claim a reward for her return.[240] Yes
2008 Leonid Rozhetskin 41 a Russian financier and lawyer, who went missing from his village in Jūrmala, Latvia on 16 March 2008 under suspicious circumstances, and his body was found in 2013.[241] No
2008 Caylee Anthony 2 Caylee was reported missing on 15 July 2008 in Orlando, Florida. On 11 December 2008, her skeletal remains were found with a blanket inside a trash bag in a wooded area near the family home.[191][242] No
2009 Gerry Rafferty 61 Scottish singer-songwriter, who was reported as having been missing for seven months in February 2009, having disappeared from St Thomas' Hospital in London, where he was being treated for liver failure.[243] Later that month, The Guardian reported that Rafferty had been found, and was described as living "in hiding" in the south of England.[244] Yes
2009 Sandra Cantu 8 an American girl from Tracy, California, who attracted national attention after she went missing on 27 March 2009. Her body was discovered two weeks later inside a suitcase in a nearby irrigation pond.[245] No / Murder
2009 Mark Sanford 49 Republican South Carolina Governor disappeared on 18 June 2009, and reappeared on 24 June six days later.[246][247] Yes
2009 Annie Le 24 American doctoral student at the Yale School of Medicine's Department of Pharmacology, who disappeared on 8 September 2009, and was found dead on 13 September 2009 in the building where she worked.[248][249] No / Murder
2009 Mitrice Richardson 24 an American woman from Calabasas, California, who disappeared on 17 September 2009 after being released from police custody; her body was found on 9 August 2010.[250] No
2009 Morgan Dana Harrington 20 American Virginia Tech student, who disappeared from the John Paul Jones Arena on 17 October 2009, while attending a Metallica concert at the University of Virginia (UVA) in Charlottesville.[251] Her body was discovered on 26 January 2010.[252] No / Murder

2010–present[edit]

Date Person(s) Age Circumstances Found alive / Cause of Death
2010 McStay family various Joseph McStay (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.[253][254] 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.[255] No / Murder
2010 Andrew Koenig 41 American actor who went missing after last being seen in Vancouver, British Columbia on 14 February 2010 and using his cellphone on 16 February. 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.[256][257][258] No / Suicide
2010 Suzanne Pilley 38 a woman who disappeared on 4 May 2010 in Scotland. 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,[259] and on 15 March 2012 he was found guilty, revealing that she had been murdered.[260] No / Murder
2010 Lorenzen Wright 34 an American professional basketball player, who disappeared on 19 July 2010, and was found dead on 28 July in Memphis, Tennessee in a wooded area. The case was ruled a homicide.[261] No / Murder
2010 Joanna Yeates 25 a landscape architect from Hampshire, England, who disappeared on 17 December 2010 in Bristol.[262] Her body was discovered on 25 December 2010 in Failand, North Somerset.[263] No / Murder
2011 Muzafar Bhutto 41 a Sindhi nationalist politician, who went missing on 24 February 2011 and was found dead on 22 May 2012 at a roadside near Hatri bypass.[264] No / Murder
2011 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.[265] No / Murder
2011 Moussa Ibrahim 36 a Libyan political figure, who disappeared in August 2011.[266] In October 2014, he was discovered in, and later deported from, Egypt.[267] Yes
2011 Erica Parsons 13 last seen in North Carolina by persons outside her family in November 2011. 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.[268] No / Murder
2012 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.[269] No / Murder
2012 Allison Baden-Clay 43 an Australian woman who disappeared on 20 April 2012, and whose body was discovered on 30 April 2012 after she was reported missing by her husband, who was found guilty of murdering her.[270] No / Murder
2012 Gavin Smith 57 an executive with 20th Century Fox who was last seen leaving a friend's house in Oak Park, California, on 1 May 2012.[271] In 2014 he was declared legally dead from the night of his disappearance.[272] His body was found in a shallow grave later that year by hikers in a rural area near Angeles National Forest.[273] In early 2015 police arrested John Lenzie Creech, the husband of one of Smith's extramarital acquaintances, and charged him with Smith's murder.[274] 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. No / Murder
2012 Skylar Neese 16 an American girl who disappeared from her home in Star City, West Virginia around midnight on 6 July 2012. Neese's remains were found on 16 January 2013, in Greene County, Pennsylvania.[275] No / Murder
2012 Tia Sharp 12 a girl from the United Kingdom who went missing on 3 August 2012. Her body was found 7 days later in her grandmother's loft.[276][277] No / Murder
2012 Austin Tice 31 former U.S. Marine Corps officer and freelance journalist, who was kidnapped while reporting in Syria on 12 August 2012.[278] A 47-second video of Tice blindfolded and bound was released in September 2012. Yes
2012 Elaine O'Hara 36 an Irish childcare worker who was last seen on 22 August 2012 in Shanganagh, Dublin by a jogger.[279] Her body was found on 21 August 2013. On 27 March 2015, Graham Dwyer, with whom she had participated in BDSM sessions, was convicted and sentenced to a term of life imprisonment.[280] No / Murder
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.[281] On 30 May 2013, a man named Mark Bridger was arrested and charged with Jones' abduction and murder,[282] even though her body has never been found. No / Murder
2012 Tokbergen Abiyev unknown 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.[283] Abiyev reappeared on 4 January 2013.[284] Yes
2013 Jessica Heeringa 25 Heeringa 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.[285][286] Willis was found guilty of Heeringa's kidnapping and murder on May 16, 2018.[287] He received a life sentence without parole a month later.[288] On November 27, 2017, Bluhm pleaded no contest to being an accessory after the fact for helping Willis dispose of Heeringa's body and was sentenced on January 9, 2018 to time served, plus five years probation and to wear a GPS tether for at least a year.[289] No / Murder
2013 Ingrid Visser 35 Visser and her boyfriend Lodewijk Severein disappeared on 13 May 2013 shortly after checking into a hotel in the city of Murcia, Spain. Visser was a member of the Netherlands women's national volleyball team. Their bodies were found in a shallow grave in a lemon grove on 27 May. The pair had been abducted, tortured and killed.[290] In November 2016 three men known to the couple were sentenced to 35 years in prison for the murders.[291] No / Murder
2013 Cullen Finnerty 30 an American football quarterback, who disappeared on 26 May 2013 after he went fishing on the Baldwin River in Michigan,[292] and was found dead on 28 May two days later in the woods.[293] No / Pneumonia
2014 David Bird 55 Bird, a 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.[294] No / Drowning
2014 Kris Kremers 21 two Dutch students who disappeared on 1 April 2014, while hiking in Panama. Their remains were found on 22 June 2014.[295] There are unanswered questions about their deaths and it has not been possible to rule out accident or murder. No
Lisanne Froon 22
2014 Lynn Messer 52 Messer 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.[296] In November 2016, remains found near the farm were identified as hers.[297] No
2014 Hannah Graham 18 Graham 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.[298] No / Murder
2014 Atsumi Yoshikubo 45 Yoshikubo, a 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).[299] 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.[300] No
2014 Charles Bothuell V 12 An American boy from Detroit, Michigan, reported missing by his father in June 2014.[301] When a search was conducted to find him, he was found alive eleven days later locked in his parents' basement.[302] Yes
2015 Becky Watts 16 Watts, from Crown Hill in the St George area of Bristol, England, went missing on 19 February 2015. Her dismembered body was found on 3 March 2015 in Barton Court, Bristol.[303] No / Murder
2015 Bella Bond 2 a child who was found dead in a plastic bag on the shore of Deer Island in Winthrop, Massachusetts, on 25 June 2015.[304] Authorities pursued investigation into discovering who the child was until her identification in September 2015.[305][306] No / Murder
2015 DJ Derek 74 pioneering British disc jockey, 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.[307][308] Avon and Somerset Police spokesmen said that investigators were satisfied that there was nothing to suggest that the death was suspicious.[309] No
2015 Tiahleigh Palmer 12 Australian girl from Logan City, Queensland, who disappeared on 30 October 2015. Her remains were found on 5 November 2015 on the banks of the Pimpama River.[310] In 2016 her foster father was charged with murdering her;[311] several other members of the family pleaded guilty to charges related to their attempts to cover up in the case.[312] No / Murder
2015 Yim Fung 52 A Chinese joint chairman and chief executive of Guotai Junan International Holdings Limited, a subsidiary of Guotai Junan Securities,[313] who disappeared on 18 November 2015, but returned to work on 22 December 2015.[314] Yes
2015 Luis Macedo 27 American fugitive wanted for 1 May 2009 murder of 15-year-old Alex Arellano in Chicago, Illinois, was last seen on 24 November 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.[315][316] Yes
2015 Sian Blake 43 Blake, a British actress and her two children were reported missing on 16 December 2015. Three weeks later their bodies were found at Blake's home in Erith, London.[317] Her partner, Arthur Simpson-Kent, pleaded guilty to the murders and was given a whole life sentence in October 2016.[318] No / Murder
2015 Gui Minhai 51 The Chinese-born Swedish scholar and book publisher went missing in Thailand on 17 October 2015. He was the second of five book publishers to go missing around the same time. It was thought that he had been abducted by Chinese authorities and taken to China in relation to a fatal hit and run car accident in 2003 when he had been driving while intoxicated, as he appeared on Chinese television and made an apparent confession a few months after disappearing. Complaints about alleged Chinese abduction reached high political levels in Britain and the United States.[319] Later, Gui was charged in China with "illegal business operations". Yes
2016 Helen Bailey 51 The 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.[320] No / Murder
2016 Christer Ericsson 74 The 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.[321] No
2017 Randy Potter 53 Potter was last seen leaving his Lenexa, Kansas, home on the morning of 17 January 2017. On 12 September, his decomposed body was found in his truck, parked at Kansas City International Airport, where he had apparently gone to take his own life the morning of his disappearance.[322] No / Suicide
2017 Akbar Salubiro 25 A man who went missing on 25 March 2017 in Mamuju, Indonesia. His remains were found two days later inside the body of a Reticulated python.[323] No / Killed and eaten by a Reticulated python
2017 Kim Wall 30 The Swedish freelance journalist was listed as missing after the submarine she boarded to make a report on, the UC3 Nautilus, built by Danish inventor Peter Madsen, sank under suspicious circumstances 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.[324] In April 2018, Peter Madsen, who at first had claimed that Wall's death was an accident, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.[325] No / Murder
2017 Santiago Maldonado 27 An Argentine craftsman and tattoo artist from the town of Veinticinco de Mayo, province of Buenos Aires, who was reported missing after a demonstration in Chubut on 1 August 2017.[326] His body was found three months after, drowned at Chubut River. On 21 October 2017, after a 12-hour autopsy involving 55 experts, Judge Gustavo Lleral confirmed that Maldonado's body did not have any signs of violence and the cause of death was established as death by drowning.[327] No / Drowning
2018 Scott Hutchison 36 Hutchison, the lead singer for Scottish indie rock band Frightened Rabbit, disappeared on 9 May 2018 from a hotel in South Queensferry, Scotland.[328] Two days later, his body was found at the nearby Port Edgar marina.[329] No
2018

Mollie Tibbetts

20 Mollie Tibbetts, a University of Iowa student, was last seen during an evening jog on 18 July 2018. She was later found and pronounced dead on August 21, 2018.[330] No / Murder
2018 Meng Hongwei 64 The president of Interpol visited his home country China in September 2018 and was reported missing by his wife on 4 October, after he had no contact with her or anyone else since 29 September. On 8 October, Chinese authorities confirmed that he was arrested for alleged corruption and bribery.[331] Yes
2018 Jamal Khashoggi 59 The Saudi Arabian journalist has not been seen since he had an appointment at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October. Saudi state television confirmed his death on 20 October.[332] According to Turkish authorities, he was murdered by Saudi intelligence agents.[333] No / Murder

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