List of people who disappeared mysteriously

This is a list of people who disappeared mysteriously, and whose current whereabouts are unknown or whose deaths are not substantiated, as well as a few cases of people whose disappearance was notable and remained mysterious for a long time, but was eventually explained.

Before 1800

  • 71 BC – Although he was presumed killed in battle, the body of the rebel slave Spartacus was never found and his fate remains unknown.[1]
  • 53 BC – Ambiorix was, together with Catuvolcus, prince of the Eburones, leader of a Belgic tribe of northeastern Gaul (Gallia Belgica), where modern Belgium is located. According to the writer Florus (iii.10.8), Ambiorix and his men managed to cross the Rhine and disappear without a trace.
  • AD – Legio IX Hispana (Ninth Spanish Legion) was a legion alleged to have disappeared in Britain during the Roman conquest of Britain. Many references to the legion have been made in subsequent works of fiction.[2]
  • 378 – Roman Emperor Valens was defeated by the Goths at the Battle of Adrianople (modern Edirne, Turkey). The body of Valens was never found.
  • 834 (circa) – Muhammad ibn Qasim (al-Alawi) led a rebellion against the Abbasid Caliphate but was defeated and detained. He was able to flee but was never heard from again.
  • 1021 – Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah (36), sixth Fatimid caliph and 16th Ismaili imam, rode his donkey to the Muqattam hills outside Cairo for one of his regular nocturnal meditation outings and failed to return. A search found only the donkey and his bloodstained garments.[3]
  • 1071 – Hereward This formerly exiled Anglo-Danish minor noble rebel led a huge revolt in the marshy region of Ely in England against the rule of William the Conqueror. Eventually betrayed by fearful local monks who led the Norman troops through secret trackways, many rebels were mutilated or executed, but Hereward escaped, never to be heard of again.
  • 1203 – Arthur I, Duke of Brittany, designated heir of the throne of England. He was supported by French nobility who did not want John of England as overlord. On 31 July 1202, Arthur was surprised and captured by John’s barons and imprisoned at Falaise in Normandy. The following year Arthur was transferred to Rouen and then vanished mysteriously in April 1203.
  • 1291 (circa) – Vandino and Ugolino Vivaldi, Genoese sailors and explorers lost while attempting the first oceanic journey from Europe to Asia.[4]
  • 1412 – Owain Glyndŵr, the last native Welsh person to hold the title Prince of Wales, instigated the Welsh Revolt against the rule of Henry IV of England in 1400. Although initially successful, the uprising was eventually put down, but Glyndŵr disappeared and was never captured, betrayed, or tempted by royal pardons.[5]
  • 1483 – The Princes in the Tower, Edward V of England (12) and Richard of Shrewsbury, 1st Duke of York (9), sons of King Edward IV of England, were placed in the Tower of London (which at that time served as a fortress and a royal palace as well as a prison) by their uncle Richard III of England.[6] Neither was ever seen in public again and their fate remains unknown.
  • 1499 – John Cabot, Italian explorer, disappeared along with his five ships during an expedition to find a western route from Europe to Asia.[7]
  • 1501 – Gaspar Corte-Real, Portuguese explorer, disappeared on an expedition to discover the Northwest Passage from Europe to Asia. Two of his ships returned to Lisbon, but the third, with Gaspar on board, was lost and never heard from again.[8]
  • 1502 – Miguel Corte-Real, Portuguese explorer, disappeared while searching for his brother Gaspar. Like his brother, he took three ships, and as with his brother, the ship with Miguel on board was lost and never heard from again.[9]
  • 1526 – Francisco de Hoces, Spanish sailor, was commander of the San Lesmes, one of the seven ships of the Loaísa Expedition under García Jofre de Loaísa. It has been speculated that San Lesmes, last seen in the Pacific in late May, may have reached Easter Island or any of the Polynesian archipelagos, or even New Zealand.[10][11]
  • 1546 – Francisco de Orellana, Spanish explorer and conquistador, disappeared while exploring the Amazon in November. His fate remains a mystery.
  • 1590 – The Roanoke colonists disappeared, becoming known as The Lost Colony, in 18 August 1590, when their settlement was found abandoned.[12]
  • 1611 – Henry Hudson was an English explorer and seafarer. He discovered New York Harbor for the Dutch East India Company. In 1611, mutineers set him, his son, and six others adrift in a small boat in what is now Hudson Bay. They were never seen again.
  • 1652 – Maurice von der Pfalz (31), brother of Rupert of the Rhine. During the English Civil War Rupert’s fleet was destroyed in a terrible storm south of Puerto Rico. All ships except two were lost, among them Prince Maurice’s ship Defiance. Neither he nor the ship was ever found.
  • 1696 – Henry Every was an English pirate who vanished after perpetrating one of the most profitable pirate raids in history; despite a worldwide manhunt and an enormous bounty on his head, Every was never heard from again.
  • 1779 – Thomas Lynch, Jr. (30), signatory of the United States Declaration of Independence, boarded a ship bound for the West Indies with his wife and was never seen again.
  • 1788 – Aimée du Buc de Rivéry, daughter of a wealthy plantation owner on the French island of Martinique. After being sent to a convent school in France, she was returning home in July or August 1788 when the ship she was on vanished at sea. It is thought that the ship was attacked and taken by Barbary pirates. It has been suggested that she was enslaved and eventually sent to Istanbul as a gift to the Ottoman sultan by the Bey of Algiers. It is unconfirmed if she was the same person as Naksh-i-Dil Haseki, consort of the sultan.

1800 to 1899

1900s

1910s

  • 1910 – Dorothy Arnold (25), Manhattan socialite and perfume heiress, vanished after buying a book in New York City. She intended to walk through Central Park but was never seen again.[21]
  • 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.[22]
  • 1913 – Rudolf Diesel (55), German inventor and mechanical engineer, was lost overboard from the steamer Dresden. The consensus of his biographers[23][24] is that he committed suicide.
  • 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,[25] he almost certainly perished in war-torn Mexico, possibly at the Battle of Ojinaga on 10 February,[26] 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.[27]
  • 1914 – F. Lewis Clark (52), businessman from the U.S. state of Idaho, disappeared while visiting Santa Barbara, California.
  • 1914 – František Gellner (33), Czech poet, was recruited to the Austro-Hungarian Army at the beginning of World War  I and went to Galicia, where he disappeared.[28][29]
  • 1914 – Alejandro Bello Silva (27), a lieutenant in the Chilean Army, disappeared during a qualifying exam flight over central Chile. Although search efforts commenced within hours, no trace was ever found. His disappearance is reflected in a Chilean set phrase, “more lost than Lieutenant Bello”, applied to people who stray off course or disappear en route.
  • 1916 – Béla Kiss (39), Hungarian serial killer who murdered 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.
  • 1918 – USS Cyclops, a collier, left Barbados on March 4 and was lost with 309 crew and passengers en route to Baltimore, Maryland.
  • 1918 – Arthur Cravan (31), French proto-dadaist writer and art critic, disappeared near Salina Cruz, Mexico; he most likely drowned.[citation needed]
  • 1919 – Mansell Richard James (25), a Canadian flying ace, was last seen in western Massachusetts on 2 June, just days after a record-setting flight between Atlantic City and Boston[30]
  • 1919 – Ambrose Small (56), Canadian millionaire, disappeared from his office. He was last seen at 5:30 pm on December 2, 1919, at the Grand Theatre in London, Ontario.[31]

1920s

  • 1920 – Victor Grayson (39), British socialist politician, received a phone call and told his friends that he had to go to the Queen’s Hotel in Leicester Square and would be back shortly. He was last seen entering a house owned by Maundy Gregory.
  • 1921 – The captain and crew of the Carroll A. Deering, which was found beached near Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
  • 1921 – Charles Whittlesey (37), American soldier and Medal of Honor recipient who led the “Lost Battalion” in World War I. He was last seen on the evening of November 26, 1921, on a passenger ship bound from New York City to Havana, and is presumed to have committed suicide by jumping overboard.
  • 1924 – Andrew Irvine (22) English mountaineer who took part in British Mount Everest Expedition 1924. He and his climbing partner George Mallory disappeared somewhere high on the mountain’s northeast ridge. Though Mallory’s body was found in 1999, the search for Irvine’s continues to this day.
  • 1925 – Percy Fawcett (58), British archaeologist and explorer, together with his eldest son, Jack, and friend Raleigh Rimmell, was last seen travelling into the jungle of Mato Grosso in Brazil to search for a hidden city called the Lost City of Z. Several unconfirmed sightings and many conflicting reports and theories explaining their disappearance followed, but despite the loss of over 100 lives in more than a dozen follow-up expeditions and the recovery of some of Fawcett’s belongings, their fate remains a mystery.[32]
  • 1925 – Frederick McDonald, Australian politician, set off from Martin Place, Sydney, for a meeting with Jack Lang two blocks away but failed to arrive. He was possibly murdered by his political rival Thomas John Ley. In 1947, Ley was convicted at the Old Bailey of “the chalkpit murder” of a barman in England and sentenced to hang but was then declared insane and sent to Broadmoor high-security psychiatric hospital, where he died of a cerebral hemorrhage two months later.[33]
  • 1926 – Agatha Christie, the British crime writer, famously disappeared, and although she was located 10 days later in a Yorkshire health spa, the actual reason for her disappearance remains a mystery.[34]
  • 1927 – Charles Nungesser (45), French aviator, and his navigator, François Coli (45), disappeared while attempting a flight from Paris to New York. They are presumed to have crashed into the Atlantic, or possibly in Newfoundland or Maine, but no wreckage that could be confirmed to be from their biplane, The White Bird, was ever found.
  • 1928 – Walter Collins (9) disappeared from his Los Angeles home.[35] 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.
  • 1928 – Glen and Bessie Hyde (29 & 22), American newlyweds, disappeared while attempting to raft the Colorado River rapids of the Grand Canyon.
  • 1928 – Roald Amundsen, Norwegian Arctic explorer, disappeared on a search-and-rescue mission in the Arctic.
  • 1928 – The Danish sailtraining vessel “København” (“Copenhagen”) vanished en route from Buenos Aires to Australia sometime between December 1928 and January 1929 with the loss of 14 crew and 45 cadets, some of whom were as young as 16 years old.

1930s

  • 1930 – Joseph Force Crater (41), an associate justice of the New York Supreme Court, was last seen on August 6 after a meal at a restaurant. Judge Crater was never seen or heard from again. (His mistress, Sally Lou Ritz (22), was said to have disappeared a few weeks later; however, this is false, as she was interviewed by police as late as July 1937.[36]) Crater’s disappearance, which prompted one of the most sensational manhunts of the 20th century,[37] 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.[38] To “pull a Crater” became slang for a person vanishing.[39]
  • 1934 – Wallace Fard Muhammad (43), founder of the Nation of Islam, left Detroit and was never heard from again.[40]
  • 1934 – Everett Ruess (20), young American artist travelling through the deserts of Utah.
  • 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).[41] A filmmaker claimed to have located Lady Southern Cross on the seabed in February 2009.[42]
  • 1937 – Amelia Earhart (39), famous American aviatrix; 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, July 2.
  • 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.[43]
  • 1937 – Juliet Stuart Poyntz (50), was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), and a founding member of the Communist Party of the United States (CPUSA). After resigning from active work with the Party, she disappeared in 1937, never to be seen again. She is believed by several sources to have been abducted and murdered by a Soviet NKVD assassination squad.
  • 1937 – Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe (24 & 28) escaped from Alcatraz prison in the U.S. state of California and disappeared. Authorities presumed that they drowned, but no bodies were ever recovered.
  • 1938 – Ettore Majorana (31), Italian physicist, disappeared during a boat trip from Naples to Palermo.
  • 1938 – Andrew Carnegie Whitfield (28), nephew of U.S. steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, disappeared during a solo morning flight in a small light aircraft from Roosevelt Field, New York, on Long Island to an airfield at Brentwood, approximately 22 miles away.
  • 1938 – Willie McLean (34), an American soccer player who played in the 1934 World Cup. His family received occasional Mother’s Day cards for several years afterwards, purportedly from McLean.
  • 1939 – Barbara Newhall Follett (25) was an American child prodigy novelist. Her first novel, The House Without Windows, was published in 1927 when she was thirteen 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.
  • 1939 – Lloyd L. Gaines (28) was the central figure in Missouri ex rel. Gaines v. Canada (1938), one of the most important court cases of the U.S. civil rights movement, though the movement did not truly begin until 1954. On the evening of 19 March, Gaines 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, forcing the NAACP to drop the case. It was another decade before MU admitted a black student. MU awarded Gaines an honorary posthumous law degree in 2006.[44][45] Some accounts suggest he was living in New York or Mexico City in the late 1940s.[46]
  • 1939 – Richard Halliburton, missing at sea since March 1939 after trying to sail Sea Dragon (a gaudily decorated, 75-foot Chinese junk) across the Pacific Ocean. In 1945, some wreckage identified as a rudder and believed to belong to the Sea Dragon washed ashore in California.

1940s

  • 1941 – Thomas C. Latimore, U.S. Navy captain and former Governor of American Samoa, never returned from a hike in the Aiea Mountains of Hawaii during July 1941. No body has ever been found.
  • 1944 – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French author and aviator. His plane vanished while conducting an intelligence mission over German-occupied France near Marseilles. A bracelet bearing his name was recovered in a fishing dragnet in 1998, and part of his airplane—a Lockheed F-5B reconnaissance plane—was found in 2000, recovered in 2003. The wreckage was confirmed in 2004.
  • 1944 – Glenn Miller (40), the popular American jazz musician and bandleader, was en route from England to France on December 15, 1944, to play for troops in recently liberated Paris when the single–engined Noorduyn Norseman aircraft in which he was a passenger disappeared over the English Channel. The plane and those on board have never been located. As a U.S. military officer who vanished in wartime, Miller continues to be listed officially as missing in action.
  • 1944 – Rocco Perri (born 30 December 1887, date of death unknown, last seen alive 23 April 1944) was an organized crime figure in Ontario, Canada, in the early 20th century.
  • 1944 – Szilveszter Matuska, Hungarian mass-murderer known as “The Train Killer”, escaped from jail in 1944 and was never recaptured.
  • 1945 – Heinrich Müller (45), Nazi Gestapo chief, last confirmed sighting in the Führerbunker on the evening of May 1, 1945. 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.”[47]
  • 1945 – 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 subsequent 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 July 17, 1947, but to date no hard evidence has been found to confirm this.[48] In fact, in 2010 evidence from Russian archives surfaced suggesting he was alive after the presumed execution date.[49]
  • 1945 – Constanze Manziarly (25), cook and dietitian to Adolf Hitler, disappeared 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.[50]
  • 1945 – Alfred Partikel, German painter of East Prussian origin, vanished while picking mushrooms in the woods near Ahrenshoop, Darß. His remains have never been found.
  • 1945 – Subhas Chandra Bose (48) (Popularly known as Netaji), one of the most prominent leaders of the Indian Independence Movement, disappeared after a plane crash in Taiwan. His body was never recovered and his death has long been the subject of dispute. In 2005 the Taiwanese Government stated that there is no evidence that an airplane carrying Subhas Chandra Bose has ever crashed. Until now his disappearance is a mystery.
  • 1945 – Flight 19: Five U.S. Navy TBM Avenger torpedo bombers disappeared on 5 December while on a training flight in the area known as the Bermuda Triangle. During the subsequent search, a PBM-5 Mariner flying boat participating in the search disappeared, apparently the result of a mid-air explosion. No remains of the six planes and 21 crewmen involved have ever been positively identified.
  • 1945 – Supriyadi (22) was an Indonesian national hero. On 6 October 1945, 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.[51][52]
  • 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). Several theories exist about his fate, but he is presumed to have died in 1945, killed either by Soviet or Japanese forces.[53]
  • 1946 – Paula Jean Welden (18), Bennington College sophomore, disappeared while walking on the Long Trail near Glastenbury Mountain, Vermont, USA.[54][55]
  • 1948 – Sir Arthur Coningham (53), retired RAF Air Marshal, disappeared when Avro Tudor IV G-AHNP Star Tiger went missing over the western Atlantic.[56] 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.[57] 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.[58]
  • 1949 – Jean Spangler (26), American dancer, model and bit-part actress, disappeared in October 1949 from Los Angeles, California. Last seen by her sister-in-law before going to meet her ex-husband. Two days later her purse was found near the entrance gate to Griffith Park in Los Angeles.

1950s

1960s

1970s

1970

1971

1972

  • Hale Boggs (58), US House Majority Leader (D-LA), and Nick Begich (40), U.S. Representative from Alaska, disappeared with their Cessna 310 in Alaska, along with Begich’s aide Russell Brown and pilot Don Jonz, presumably on October 16.
  • Zahir Raihan (36), Bangladeshi filmmaker, went looking for his brother Shahidullah Kaiser and never returned.

1973

1974

1975

1976

  • Eloise Worledge (8) disappeared from her home in Beaumaris, Victoria, Australia, thought to have been abducted from her bedroom.[73]
  • Renee MacRae (36) and son Andrew (3) were last seen in Inverness, Scotland.[74]
  • Angelo Puglisi (10), is a criminal case involving the unsolved disappearance of Angelo Gene “Andy” Puglisi, a 10-year-old American boy who went missing on August 21, 1976, from the pool area not far from his Massachusetts home.

1977

  • Donald Mackay (43), Australian anti-drugs campaigner, was possibly murdered after providing information to police which resulted in what was then the biggest drugs bust in Australian history.[75][76]
  • Helen Brach (65), was an American multi-millionairess widow who disappeared on February 17, 1977 and was declared legally dead in May 1984.

1978

1979

  • Etan Patz (6), disappeared while on his way to school in lower Manhattan. He is considered legally dead as of 2001. He was the first missing child featured on a milk carton.[81] In May 2012 authorities re-opened the case.[82] Pedro Hernandez, 51, was charged with second-degree murder in the 1979 death of Etan Patz, based largely on a signed confession he gave after he spoke voluntarily to detectives for hours, according to police. However, Patz’s body, which Hernandez said he put in the trash, has not been recovered.
  • Ian Mackintosh, 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.[83]
  • Martin Allen, 15 year old British boy disappeared while travelling home on the London Underground. Despite a large scale police operation at the time of his disappearance and a renewed appeal in 2009, no trace of Martin was ever found and his fate remains unknown.

1980s

1980

  • Donald Eugene Webb 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 December 4, 1980. Webb is presumed to be deceased. If still alive today he would be 82 years old.
  • Azaria Chamberlain, nine-week-old Australian baby girl. Her remains have never been found. Azaria’s mother Lindy Chamberlain insisted that a dingo took her baby from her camping tent near Uluru. In a trial sensationalized by the media, Lindy 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.[84] Azaria’s disappearance and the subsequent police investigation were the basis for the 1988 motion picture Evil Angels (released as A Cry in the Dark outside of Australia and New Zealand[85]).
  • Louise and Charmian Faulkner, mother (43) and daughter (2), disappeared from outside their home in St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia.

1982

  • Johnny Gosch (12) was reported missing to West Des Moines Police Department[86] by his parents after he disappeared while delivering newspapers. At that time, there was a customary three-day waiting period before police responded to missing persons reports. Gosch was never 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.[87]

1983

  • Emanuela Orlandi (15), citizen of Vatican City. Her mysterious disappearance has been linked both to sexual exploitation as well as an attempt to demand the release of Mehmet Ali Agca from prison.
  • Mirella Gregori (15) mysteriously disappeared from Rome during the Spring of 1983, about 40 days before Emanuela Orlandi vanished. The two cases are believed to be linked.
  • Kirsa Jensen (14) disappeared while riding her horse to a beach near Napier, New Zealand.
  • Tammy Lynn Leppert (18) a model and actress who disappeared without a trace after leaving her Rockledge, Florida, family home.[88]
  • Víctor Manuel Gerena (35), is an American fugitive wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the armed robbery, in connection with the Los Macheteros group, of a Wells Fargo armored car facility.
  • Ann Gotlib (12), was an immigrant girl who disappeared from the premises of a Louisville, Kentucky mall on June 1, 1983.

1984

  • Kevin Andrew Collins (10) disappeared while returning home alone from basketball practice at his school in the Haight district of San Francisco. His was one of the first of the “Have you seen me?” milk carton photos.
  • Edward L. Montoro (52) motion picture producer/distributor, disappeared after taking more than $1 million from his own company, Film Ventures International. It was speculated that he fled to Mexico, but his whereabouts to this day have been undetermined.

1985

  • Boris Weisfeiler (43), U.S. mathematician, disappeared in the Biobío Region of Chile during a solo hiking trip.[89] 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.[90]
  • Vladimir Alexandrov, Russian physicist, disappeared while attending a nuclear winter conference in Madrid.[91]
  • Christopher Dale Flannery, a famous figure of the Australian underworld and an alleged hitman who was responsible for numerous murders, exited his apartment in May 1985 to meet with his employer and was never seen again.
  • Cherrie Mahan (8), She disappeared on February 22, 1985 after getting off a school bus along a road in rural Winfield Township, Butler County.
  • Diane Suzuki (19), dancer and student at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa on July 6, 1985
  • Andrew Fluegelman (41), was a publisher, photographer, programmer and attorney best known as a pioneer of what is now known as the “shareware” business model for software marketing. On the afternoon of July 6, 1985, he left his office in Tiburon, California. A week later, his abandoned car was found at the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge near San Francisco. His family held a memorial service for Fluegelman, and he is presumed dead, though his body has never been found.

1986

  • Suzy Lamplugh (25), British estate agent, disappeared from Fulham, west London. In 1994 she was declared dead, presumed murdered. Despite further police investigations in 1998 and 2000, no trace of her has ever been found.
  • Philip Cairns (13), Irish schoolboy, disappeared in October 1986 on his way back to school 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 ever been made in connection with the case.

1987

  • Federico Caffè (73), Italian economist, suddenly disappeared on the dawn of April 15, shortly after quitting university teaching. He was declared dead on October 30, 1998. The mystery of his disappearance has not been solved.

1988

  • Ron Arad (30), Israeli jet-fighter navigator, was under Israeli intelligence sight from October 16, 1986 (the day he was captured by Amal Shiite forces in southern Lebanon), and until the early hours of May 4, 1988 (coincidentally his 30th birthday), when he abruptly vanished from the house he was held in, at the village of Nebbi Shiit. Several speculations regarding his fate and whereabouts have been made since, involving both Iran and Syria, but no hard piece of evidence to support these claims has been found to date.
  • Lee Boxell (15), disappeared near his home in Cheam, Surrey on 10 September 1988. He was on his way to a football match at Selhurst Park and has not been seen since.
  • Tara Calico (19), disappeared near her home in Belen, New Mexico on September 20, 1988. A Polaroid photo of a boy and girl, bound and gagged, surfaced on June 15, 1989. The girl has been identified by some as Tara Calico.
  • Michaela Garecht (9), Abducted by an unidentified white male at a grocery store in Hayward, California on November 19, 1988.

1989

  • Jacob Wetterling (11) was abducted 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.[92]
  • Melissa Brannen (5) She disappeared from the Woodside Apartments in Lorton, Virginia, while attending a party held at the complex for its residents.

1990s

1990

1991

  • Ben Needham, a 21-month-old boy, disappeared from the island of Kos in Greece on July 24. He has never been found. It was believed Ben was abducted, and several suspects in Kos and Veria were suggested as being responsible, but no one was ever charged with abduction.
  • Michael Dunahee (4) disappeared from a school playground in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. His parents were nearby, but no witnesses to his presumed abduction have ever been identified, and there have been no subsequent confirmed sightings of him.[93]

1992

  • The Springfield Three—Sherrill Levitt (47), her daughter Suzie Streeter (19), and Suzie’s friend Stacy McCall (18)—disappeared from Levitt’s home in Springfield, Missouri, after Suzie and Stacy had just graduated from Kickapoo High School earlier that day. Suzie and Stacy had arrived at Levitt’s home at around 2:00 am after a graduation party. It is being investigated as an apparent triple disappearance.[94]

1994

1995

1996

  • Kristin Smart (19), student at California Polytechnic State University, disappeared after leaving a party. As a result of her disappearance, Cal Poly received criticism for not treating Smart’s disappearance as a potential crime, and possibly pertinent evidence was destroyed when the university allowed student’s rooms to be cleaned between the time of Smart’s disappearance and the police investigations.
  • Sarah Spiers (18) disappeared after leaving a nightclub in Claremont, Western Australia in January 1996. Her body has never been found. Almost six months later, Jane Rimmer, 23, disappeared from the same part of Claremont. Her remains were found in a southern Perth suburb in August 1996. A third victim, Ciara Glennon (27), also disappeared from Claremont in March 1997, with her remains being found three weeks later in a northern Perth suburb. The cases became known as the Claremont serial murders.

1997

1998

1999

  • Darwin Vest (48), was a biologist who worked on hobo spiders and other venomous spiders and snakes. He went missing in Idaho Falls, U.S. on June 3, 1999, and his whereabouts are still unknown as of 2011; police suspect foul play.

2000s

2000

  • Bruno Manser (45), Swiss-born activist who fervently campaigned for the preservation of rainforests in Sarawak, was last seen in May 2000 in the isolated village of Bareo in the Malaysian state of Sarawak, close to the border with Indonesia. He was declared legally dead in March 2005.
  • Trevor Deely (22) was last seen when filmed by a CCTV camera near the Baggot Street bridge in Dublin city centre as he walked home to his apartment in Serpentine Avenue, Sandymount, on a stormy night during a taxi strike. Despite an extensive poster campaign and police searches from the air, with dogs, with divers, and by dredging, his fate remains unknown.[103]
  • Rilya Wilson (4) was a foster child of the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) who was last seen in 2000. As she wasn’t discovered missing until 2002, she became the centerpoint of an investigation into neglect and mismanagement in the organization.

2001

  • Jason Jolkowski (19), resident of Omaha, Nebraska, disappeared on June 13. His parents subsequently founded Project Jason, a nonprofit organization that assists families of missing persons.
  • Sneha Anne Philip (31), was an Indian American physician who was last seen on September 10, 2001 by a department store surveillance camera near her Lower Manhattan apartment. She may have returned to the building at some point that night or the next morning. 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.

2002

  • Bison Dele (33, born Brian Carson Williams), a former NBA player; his girlfriend Serena Karlan (30); and French skipper Bertrand Saldo (32) were last heard from on 6 July when they left the French Polynesian island of Moorea aboard Dele’s 55 ft (17 m) catamaran, Hakuna Matata, bound for Honolulu via the Marquesas Islands.
  • Alexis Geraldo Hernandez (5), disappeared with his heavily pregnant mother Evelyn, on May 1st, 2002. On July 24, 2002, Evelyn Hernandez’s torso was found floating in San Francisco Bay, near the Embarcadero and Folsom Street. Her full-term unborn child and her son Alexis have not been found. Alexis’ disappearance and Evelyn’s murder have never been solved.

2003

2004

2005

  • Natalee Holloway (18), American student from Alabama, was last seen leaving a nightclub in Aruba with three men, including Joran van der Sloot.[101] She was declared dead in 2012.
  • Ray Gricar (59), Centre County district attorney in the U.S. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Last heard from April 15, when he called his girlfriend from his car, stating he was in the vicinity of Centre Hall. He was reported missing that evening when he failed to return home; his car was found the next day and his laptop and its hard drive (too badly damaged to read) found in a nearby river over the next several months. His family had him declared legally dead in 2011.[110]
  • George Allen Smith (26) from Greenwich, Connecticut, USA, was discovered to be missing ten days after his wedding to Jennifer Hagel Smith, while cruising the eastern Mediterranean between Greece and Turkey aboard the Royal Caribbean International cruise ship Brilliance of the Seas.
  • Rahma el-Dennaoui (1), disappeared from her home in Lurnea, Sydney in the early hours of November 10. Despite a police search and appeals to the general public, no trace of the little girl has yet been found.
  • Tara Grinstead (30), is a high school history teacher who lived in Ocilla, Georgia, USA, and has been missing since October 22, 2005. Neither police nor the Georgia Bureau of Investigation ever identified any suspects.

2006

2007

  • Jim Gray (63), database pioneer, Microsoft Research scientist, and Turing Award winner, left San Francisco Bay 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, his distress radiobeacon was not activated, and, despite one of the most ambitious search and rescue missions of all time, no trace of Gray or his yacht has ever been found.[112] In 2012 he was declared legally dead.[113]
  • Kaz II, a 9.8 m (32 ft) catamaran, was found adrift with its three-man crew, owner Derek Batten (56) and brothers Peter Tunstead (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.[114]
  • 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; there have been no confirmed sightings of her since then.[115]
  • Aeryn M. J. Gillern, (34), American, was a research assistant at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna (Austria). He disappeared under mysterious circumstances after a night out on the town. A documentary entitled “Gone: The Disappearance of Aeryn Gillern” was produced in 2011.
  • Lisa Stebic (38), is an American missing person. The mother of two has been missing from her home in Plainfield, Illinois since April 30, 2007.

2008

  • Amy Fitzpatrick (15), Irish-born teenager, was last seen in Mijas Costa in Málaga, Spain. She had been babysitting with a friend on New Year’s Eve. Amy left at about 10:10pm that night and never arrived home, only a short distance away. She has not been seen or heard from since. Investigators are working on her case.
  • Leonid Rozhetskin (41), Russian-born British media magnate, disappeared from his house in Jūrmala, Latvia, in what Latvian police described as “extremely worrying circumstances”; he may have been the victim of a political murder plot.[116]

2009

  • Jure Šterk (72) was on a sailing trip around the world. He regularly communicated with radio amateurs but all communications ceased around January 1, 2009, as reported by an Australian ham radio operator.[117] His sail boat Lunatic was spotted on January 26 by a merchant vessel the Aida and it appeared abandoned. It was finally found adrift and abandoned on April 30, 2009, by the crew of science vessel RV Roger Revelle with no sign of Šterk on board.[118]
  • Claudia Lawrence (35) was last seen on 18 March 2009 near Heworth in York, England.
  • Susan Powell (28) is a Utah mother of two who disappeared from her home under suspicious circumstances in December 2009. In spite of an ongoing investigation, her fate remains unknown.
  • Jim Robinson (84) is a former professional boxer, notable for his bout with Muhammad Ali in 1961. Robinson disappeared from the Overtown district of Miami. His whereabouts and status are currently unknown despite repeated attempts by ESPN and autograph collectors to locate him.

2010s

2010

  • Kyron Horman (7), American school boy, disappeared from his school in NW Portland, Oregon. Massive searches have taken place since June 4, 2010, but no evidence of his whereabouts has been found.

2011

  • Alessia and Livia Schepp (6) from St. Sulpice a suburb of Lausanne, Switzerland. Alessia and Livia were 6-year-old twin sisters who were picked up for the weekend from their mother’s home by their biological father, Mathias Kaspar Schepp, on January 28, 2011. Their parents, Schepp and Irina Lucidi, were separated. According to Swiss police in the canton of Vaud, Schepp, a 43-year-old Canadian-born resident of Switzerland, was found dead at a railway station near the southern Italian port city Bari shortly before 11pm on February 1, 2011. He had apparently committed suicide. His daughters’ fates are unknown.
  • Rebecca Coriam (24). A crewmember of the cruise ship Disney Wonder, she was last seen in the early morning of March 22, 2011, when a security camera in the crew lounge recorded her having an upsetting telephone conversation. Investigations are continuing. Some reports suggest she went overboard; other evidence points to the possibility that she was alive as of May of that year.
  • Lauren Spierer (20). Lauren Spierer was a 20-year-old Indiana University student who disappeared in Bloomington, Indiana on June 3, 2011 after a night of partying at a local bar. Her disappearance generated national press coverage and remains unsolved.
  • Lisa Irwin (2). Lisa was reported missing from her home in Kansas City, Missouri in the early morning hours of October 4, 2011.
  • Daniel Lind Lagerlöf (42), Swedish director and screenwriter who disappeared at Tjurpannans nature reserve outside Tanumshede in Sweden during preparations for the filming of Camilla Läckberg‘s Fjällbackamorden – Strandriddaren. The search for him was suspended after two days without result.[119]

2012

  • Gavin Smith (57), executive with 20th Century Fox. Last seen May 1, 2012, leaving a friend’s house in Oak Park, California.[120] On May 7, 2012, Smith was reportedly spotted at a restaurant with an unidentified woman in Morro Bay, California, raising suspicion on the case.[121] After his car was found nine months later at a storage facility connected to a person of interest in the case, police began considering the investigation a homicide although they have not yet found a body.[122]
  • Guma Aguiar (35), Brazilian-born American industrialist and part-owner of Israel’s Beitar Jerusalem football club. Last seen leaving his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the night of June 19, 2012. Early the next morning, his fishing boat, the T.T. Zion, its navigational lights on and engines running, was found after having run ashore on a local beach. His wallet and cell phone were on board. Two weeks of searches failed to find any trace of him.[123]

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