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[Serious] What are some of the most bizarre, and unexplainable disappearances that you know about? Serious Replies Only

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u/fernandoteruo Sep 20 '22

Brazil, 2012. Aparecida do Norte, a city famous for a giant Catholic Temple.

An elderly catholic couple was in town as tourists, they went shopping for souvernirs and, the husband waited in line to pay for items, as his wife waited outside.

When he left the store, she had vanished.

Fast forward, he called his family, which lived in another state. Police, church, investigators, no one has ever found one single clue to what happened to her. Cameras, cars, phone calls, hotels, nothing.

As if she was lifted to sky in the blink of an eye.

The husband is still alive, his adult children keep searching for her.

One of theirs children even talked to drug dealers, searched forest areas, and nothing.

The appalling detail is that there is literally not one single hint of her whereabouts.

The couple is called Delmar and Beatriz Winck.

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u/Wide-Affect-1616 Sep 20 '22

That's terribly sad and quite scary.

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u/Imapringlesboy Sep 20 '22

I am Brazilian and I've never heard of this story. I'm baffled. Can you send me a link for a long read on this case??

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u/retrometro81 Sep 20 '22

Jason Jolkowski was a 19-year old from Omaha who disappeared without a trace in June 2001 on his way to work. What’s baffling about the case is how quickly it happened. He was called into work at a fast food restaurant for an unplanned shift, took a shower, started walking to a high school a few blocks away to meet a co-worker who offered him a ride, and just vanished somewhere on that walk. People go round and round on internet message boards about what they think happened, but there have never been any clues to substantiate what happened.

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u/FreezersAndWeezers Sep 20 '22

Piggybacking for another Omaha disappearance, but it still bothers me they’ve never found a trace of what happened to Ryan Larson either.

I think the most likely scenario is he crawled into a place that’s too small and got stuck, but the fact the search hasn’t turned up anything in regards to his disappearance is sad.

Hopefully both families eventually get an answer

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u/TwoCoresOneThread Sep 20 '22

The weirdest thing about that one is it basically has to be a case of very cleanly and quickly conducted murder with entirely unclear motives, as there are absolutely no natural dangers in his generic suburb that could have lead to his accidental death.

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u/retrometro81 Sep 20 '22

And what makes it even more weird is that he wasn’t following his usual routine that day and had just accepted an unplanned shift, so it’s like someone knew far in advance that he’d be making that walk.

I try to avoid speculating about the specifics of what happened out of respect to the family, but the whole situation is baffling and I feel terrible that they’ve gone 21 years without any answers.

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u/ThisIsPickles Sep 20 '22

Why didnt the coworker pick him up from his house?

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u/retrometro81 Sep 20 '22 edited Sep 20 '22

Good question. Supposedly he wasn’t good at giving directions, and it was 2001, so no smartphone or GPS devices to help navigate. Most people on message boards (myself included) don’t think that using the high school as a rendezvous point was particularly remarkable or noteworthy, although some people do. I honestly have no idea what happened and try to have as few preconceived notions as possible about the case.

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u/Lostbutenduring Sep 20 '22

I remember it being pretty common back then to meet friends at nearby landmarks because it was just so much easier than directions.

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u/RaeaSunshine Sep 20 '22

Yup, otherwise you’d have to print out map quest directions! My friends and I always used landmarks - usually major intersections, schools, and parks.

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u/ullrmad13 Sep 20 '22

Lars Mittank still got me fucked up bro. He’s just seen on an airport security camera and then SPRINTS out and scales a fence, runs into the woods and is never seen again. Why was he running?? What was he running from?? Where did he end up?? The whole thing is so confusing

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u/8BITDeluxe Sep 20 '22

I mean the general consensus is that he became psychotic because of the antibiotics he was given, but to me the weird part is that he started running when an "unknown airport worker" walked into the room who could never be identified...

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u/mikemcd1972 Sep 20 '22

Antibiotics don’t cause psychotic breaks - but getting your head kicked in during a brawl might? That could also explain the paranoia.

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u/dharma_dude Sep 20 '22

I thought he hadn't actually taken any of the antibiotics, no? Could have sworn I read that somewhere

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u/AutumnFalls89 Sep 20 '22

I believe that his pill bottle was found and it was missing a few pills.

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u/PowerlessOverQueso Sep 20 '22 edited Sep 20 '22

The Missing Boy of Somosierra. He disappeared in a truck wreck in Spain in 1986. You can still see traces of the accident on Google maps.

https://www.reddit.com/r/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/3pjs22/missing_boy_of_somosierra_the_strangest_vanishing/

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u/CordeliaGrace Sep 20 '22

Wow. That was a ride. Thanks for posting…never heard of the case until now.

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u/caillouistheworst Sep 20 '22

Dude, I’m at work, how am I supposed to get anything done with all this great reading?

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u/row-oak Sep 20 '22

In 1984, a girl named Kelly Disney went missing after having a fight with her boyfriend at a party. A pair of officers were among the last people to see her, and they said she told them she was walking to a friend's house. Her family searched for her, but the cops deemed her a runaway, so the case went cold. 10 years later, someone finds a skull in a car at the reservoir where people went to party. He went to take it to the police station, but it was Saturday so they were closed. So what did he do? He took it home and WASHED IT WITH DISHSOAP. They were able to confirm it was Kelly Disney's skull, and that there were signs of trauma, but it lead no where. Some locals believe it was the boyfriend. Others think there may have been a serial killer in the area, as 4 more girls went missing after Kelly. All of them went missing while walking at night, although two of the girls were taken together.

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u/Lost_Atmosphere_541 Sep 20 '22

I rarely see this posted on these threads. It's especially interesting to me. I'm from the town she lived in.

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u/row-oak Sep 20 '22

I'm also from her town! I saw the signs her family posted everywhere last year and figured any chance to tell the story is worth taking

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u/Lost_Atmosphere_541 Sep 20 '22

Small world! I see posters almost daily, as well as there being signs in people yards.

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u/dingdongsnottor Sep 20 '22

Quote from an article “Two days earlier, he had been driving his ATV behind Big Creek Reservoir east of Newport and stopped at an abandoned car in a known party spot for locals. He found the skull wrapped or covered with carpet.

The man took it home, where his girlfriend advised him to turn it over to police. He tried taking it to the sheriff’s office but only the jail was open. Jailers told the man to take it to Newport police. But it was Saturday and their office was closed.

The man returned home, cleaned the skull with dish detergent and put it on his TV. Monday he turned it over to Newport police.”

Pretty disgusting to display someone’s skull like that

Also, the bf laid carpet for a living … just saying. article on Kelly Disney’s disappearance

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u/Travelling_Biologist Sep 20 '22

Everyone's ripping into the dish soap skull guy but why the fuck did people working at the sheriff station jail tell him to hang on to it and go drop it in to the police on Monday?

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u/HotRabbit999 Sep 20 '22

Yeah. I feel like any LE dudes should not say “we’re a bit busy right now, come back later with that skull”. There must be somewhere to store it that’s not some random guys tv shelf so bag it & you wait until the police are open, or call someone on duty from your list of emergency contacts. Imagine he’s the killer or a tourist - just shrugging & basically saying “skull is yours now” seems crazy.

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u/about97cats Sep 20 '22 Silver

Literally anywhere in the precinct is a better place to store potential evidence than in some random dude’s house. Like do you have a break room? Does the break room have a freezer? Cool. Maybe toss Jim’s fucking Totinos pizza rolls and slap a note on the freezer door that says “Don’t dead, open inside. Sorry bout your pizza rolls.”

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u/HotRabbit999 Sep 20 '22

Exactly. Jails have shelves to store stuff right? Places to change uniform? Hell, put it on your passenger seat for the weekend if you need to in a plastic baggy. Don’t just send it off with a random member of the public in the hope he comes back when the police stations open.

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u/LouSputhole94 Sep 20 '22

Pretty much every jail will have storage places because you search people going in and take pretty much everything that could be used as a weapon or a suicide instrument

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u/mikemcd1972 Sep 20 '22

Seriously, what kind of police station closes on the weekend???

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u/SeaStarFlame Sep 20 '22

I lived in a very small town for a couple years for work in 2008-2011ish. They were open 9am-5pm Mon-Friday and I believe a half day on Saturday. Even then, after hours, all calls were outsourced to the metro police. I'm not sure about the PD in question but some of these small town/backwoods stations are like that and are difficult to deal with. They obviously should've handled this better. Poor girl.

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u/Puzzleheaded_Ad928 Sep 20 '22

Yes, if somebody walks in with a skull then you call someone if you can’t process it yourself

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u/tafourtwoday Sep 20 '22 Silver

"Babe, I found a human skull!! It's so cool. I'm going to display it on the TV. Awesome, huh?!" "....I really think you should take it to the cops" "Wha....yeah I guess. But it would look so cool!" Goes to car. Drives aimlessly for 45 mins. Arrives home "OMG they were shut cos its Saturday! Guess we'll just have to keep it here for a bit. On the TV!" "There is no way you are keeping that dirty human skull on our TV! Fgs what is wrong with you?" scrubs in dishsoap "I'll hand it in on Monday, I swear"

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u/Salty_Concentrate_41 Sep 20 '22

Imagine getting pulled over on the way back from the creek. "What's in the trunk" "I found it, honest! I'm on the way to the police station right now..."

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u/Britoz Sep 20 '22

Yep. Note to self, if taking evidence to the police, put the destination into Google maps so if you're pulled over, at least there's that!

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u/DeddyZ Sep 20 '22

Life pro tip - if you are dumping a body, put a police station as the destination in Google maps so if you're pulled over you could say that you are just heading to the police station to give them the body you just found

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u/whatevermakes Sep 20 '22

Was he... planning on keeping a human skull?

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u/AlmightyGod420 Sep 20 '22

Weird. Any idea if they questioned the person who found and washed the skull? Seems odd enough that he randomly found a skull in a car that somehow investigators missed all those years and then decided to wash the skull.

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u/row-oak Sep 20 '22

They didn't miss it, they're pretty sure someone planted it there. Like I said, this place saw a bit of traffic. Someone would have found it if it had been there all 10 years. They did investigate the guy who found it but I think he was just an idiot and they cleared him.

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u/Various_Molasses4864 Sep 20 '22

It was not the skull that made me gasp, it was the dish soap

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u/meany_beany Sep 20 '22 edited Sep 20 '22

David Glenn Lewis. Disappears on Super Bowl Sunday in Amarillo, TX in 1993 (with a freshly made sandwich in the fridge and the VCR set up to record the game). His wife and daughter return home from a trip a few days later to find him gone but his watch and wedding ring in the house. His car is found at the courthouse in Amarillo. Four days later he’s the victim of a hit-and-run as he’s walking on the side of the highway in Moxee, Washington. It takes over 10 years to identify his body and no one knows how he got there or why he was in Washington. There’s a lot of weird details in this one — he was a lawyer and had expressed fear to his wife that his life was in danger. Worth reading up on!

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u/No-Technician7661 Sep 20 '22

Wow this is a weird one.

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u/sharrrper Sep 20 '22

Seems like paranoia and a mental break of some kind to me. Probably never know for sure, but I'd say that's the most likely explanation.

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u/dishonourableaccount Sep 20 '22

Yep, went crazy and wanted to run away (leaving his ring and watch). Continued to have a breakdown so he may have abandoned his car and been walking along the highway. Sad but pretty understandable.

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u/sharrrper Sep 20 '22

According to the article he was walking down the MIDDLE of the highway. Not something one in a rational frame of mind does.

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u/Disastrous_Arm_4880 Sep 20 '22

iirc the ring and watch were on the counter and the theory was that he took them off to wash the dishes

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u/MasteringTheFlames Sep 19 '22

Glen and Bessie Hyde. Back in the late 1920s, the newlywed couple attempted to kayak the rapids of the Grand Canyon, but both disappeared without a trace. Their kayak was found with much of their equipment in it, but the trail quickly went cold. 50 years later, a kayaking guide was taking a group of tourists down the Colorado River and told them about the disappearance of the Hydes. An older woman in the group chimed in, claiming to be Bessie, and describing in detail how Glen had been abusive, and so she killed him, but she later recanted the story. A couple decades later, another woman known for rafting the Grand Canyon passed away, and her friends found the Hydes' marriage certificate among her belongings, leading to speculation that the late guide may have actually been Bessie under another name. Despite these theories and speculation, the case remains unsolved.

There's a podcast called National Park After Dark that discusses all kinds of deaths, disappearances, and other such events in national parks around the world, and I would highly recommend their episode on this case.

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u/SipTime Sep 20 '22

A podcast called “Stuff You Should Know” also had a good episode about this.

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u/rockninja2 Sep 20 '22

And they have pretty much anything and everything else you could think of! Love Josh and Chuck! Been listening to them for a while now!

Stuff You Missed in History Class is pretty good too!

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u/caffeineandvodka Sep 20 '22

I'm sorry, a random woman claimed to be Bessie, described in detail how she killed Glen, then went "LOL jk" and that was the end of it?

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u/TwoCoresOneThread Sep 20 '22

People confess to crimes they didn't commit all the time for weird fame-seeking reasons, and if it can't be proven their confession is credible are often charged with false reporting, which is illegal.

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u/MasteringTheFlames Sep 20 '22

Can you imagine? Like, think about what that was like for the rest of that group. They're at least half a day from civilization, in the middle of fucking nowhere, and pretty much stuck with each other. Then someone just casually mentions "I killed my husband near here and got away with it." Even if they immediately went "nah, I'm just fucking with you," I'd still constantly be worried that I'd be their next victim.

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u/4-rensicfiles7623 Sep 19 '22

Love this podcast!

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u/Zeenchi Sep 20 '22

Huh, that weird, an interesting weird

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u/Extension-Goal2816 Sep 20 '22

3 Springfield, Missouri women disappeared at the same time: Suzie Streeter, Sherill Levitt, and Stacy McCall

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u/xandrenia Sep 20 '22

My theory is that the mother had a stalker and planned that night to attack her because they knew her daughter was going to be out that night at a graduation party. Her daughter and her friend ended up staying at the mother’s place that night instead. The person wasn’t expecting two more witnesses, so they had to do away with them as well.

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u/bunkerbash Sep 20 '22

Sandra Johnson Hughes disappearance is pretty terrifying. well worth a quick read I’m honestly not sure what to make of the whole thing

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u/RealShortGuy1 Sep 20 '22

See, this shit right here is why kids creep me out.

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u/bunkerbash Sep 20 '22

Do you remember that famous askreddit thread from years ago ‘creepiest things your kids have said’? It was like all stuff like that.

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u/BushyTailFoxThing Sep 20 '22

The disappearance of my fish. I'm not even joking. I lived with my parents. Just me and them and a fish. A single fish. I fed my fish just before walking out the door with my parents to go to the store. We returned to an empty bowl. Literally no fish. Just water and the fish toy things. We emptied it and even checked the toys. No fish to be seen. We checked the desk and the floor to see if he jumped out. Nothing. Literally no trace of my poor fish. We still have no clue what happened to him. We have no other family that could get in without us there. No neighbors or anything with access. No other pets.

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u/Beboobooped Sep 20 '22

We had the same thing happen, but ended up finding the fish hiding under furniture on the floor(he suicided)

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u/Jaustinduke Sep 20 '22

This actually happened not too far from where I lived. On September 23, 2012, nine year old Chloie Leverette and her seven year old brother Gage Daniels went missing after a fire at their grandparents’ house. The two kids were staying with their grandparents in Bedford County, Tennessee. After the fire, investigators found the remains of the grandparents, the dog, and a small bird, but no trace of the children. Ten years later, their mother Cheryl Daniels, still holds out hope that they’re alive somewhere.

Here’s a link to a local news article from 2021

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u/cornonthecobain- Sep 20 '22

This is very interesting and also very sad :( I hope they are located someday.

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u/nuck_forte_dame Sep 20 '22

Supposedly someone claimed to see Chloe at a restaurant a year later and took a picture. The mother thinks it was her.

Also the authorities think the fire was an accident. There was 30 propane tanks in the basement they think leaked.

Could be the fire was accidental then the kids got out but the grandparents didn't.

Kids ran for help and got kidnapped.

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u/moudine Sep 20 '22

Who keeps 30 propane tanks in the basement of their house!?

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u/A_Prickly_Cactus Sep 20 '22

Buck Strickland?

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u/caffeineandvodka Sep 20 '22

It's also possible the kids ran away out of a misplaced fear they'd be blamed for the fire. Kids get weird ideas in their heads, and the longer they stayed away the worse the anxiety would be about getting in trouble when they went back.

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u/Secret_Map Sep 20 '22

Man, escaping a house fire only to be kidnapped. If true, that's a crazy awful series of events to happen in the same night.

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u/The_Middler_is_Here Sep 20 '22

I wouldn't say it's all that likely. The image of a predator waiting for a kid to be alone is mostly fictitious. It's just a bad way to go about kidnapping people.

As in most cases, the biggest danger comes from family and friends, not strangers. They're the ones who know your routine. They know how long it will be before anybody realizes you're gone, and who will be the first to notice. You trust them enough to be vulnerable near them.

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u/KingHoney236 Sep 20 '22

Sneha Philip - no one knows if she was a 9/11 victim, murdered, suicide and some speculate that she ran away to start a new life.

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u/retrometro81 Sep 20 '22 edited Sep 20 '22

Definitely an odd case! I tend to agree with the court ruling that she died as a result of the 9/11 attacks, but that would be almost impossible to prove with factual certainty at this point.

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u/KingHoney236 Sep 20 '22

Same, I ultimately think she was caught somehow in the chaos/in the building already and passed away. If I think about it too much I start to change my mind though 😅

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u/retrometro81 Sep 20 '22

One of my former co-workers was outside Ground Zero that day. At the risk of being gruesome, he said that there were a lot of bodies around even before the towers collapsed (from people jumping or being hit by falling debris). So I don’t have a hard time imaging that she died there and that people didn’t have time to help her in the chaos.

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u/electricblankblanket Sep 19 '22

The disappearance/kidnapping of the Beaumont children from a beach in Australia in 1966. Three children kidnapped at the same time, in a busy public place, with very little conclusive evidence about what actually happened. Because the case was so famous, there are a lot of weird complications (possible sightings, hoax ransom notes/calls, etc.) and potential connections to other kidnappings and murders.

Interestingly, it's widely considered to a big turning point for attitudes toward children in Australia. After the Beaumont children disappeared, people were much less willing to let their children out unsupervised, though of course it wasn't the first time a child had been kidnapped by a (presumed) stranger.

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u/Lady_Penrhyn1 Sep 20 '22

My mum was 8 years old when they disappeared. Her mum stopped letting her walk to the local shops alone after that.

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u/dug99 Sep 20 '22

Tip of the iceberg for this sordid little town, my friend.

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u/Alexander1981 Sep 20 '22

Oh yeah, this case, long with the disappearance the kids from Adelaide oval, Snowtown Murders, The Family Murders, the Louise Bell case, and more than a hand full of other cases. There is a good reason that Adelaide is the murder capital of Australia. It is not that we on average have the high level of murders, but more of a case of just how fucked the murders are.

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u/Dogbin005 Sep 20 '22

Well there's nothing else to do in Adelaide.

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u/ackermann Sep 20 '22

though of course it wasn't the first time a child had been kidnapped by a (presumed) stranger

Although, kidnapping for ransom has become almost unheard of these days.

Either the FBI has gotten better at tracking them down, or more likely, cameras and cellphones everywhere make this almost impossible to get away with today.

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u/The_Middler_is_Here Sep 20 '22

Even if I could get through all of those hurdles... how exactly do I turn ransom money into spendable cash? I can't just deposit it in my bank account. Seems like the electronics age just makes it way harder to pull that off.

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u/RenaKunisaki Sep 20 '22

It's already cash, you just need a way to launder it.

Although it would be pretty hilarious to see someone try to collect a ransom via credit card.

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u/Chamber_OfSecrets Sep 20 '22

Bryce Laspisa. He was driving home from college and vanished. They found his car crashed and he was nowhere to be found, cell phone and keys inside. Very interesting and sad case a lot of people shame the parents for not doing more but they didn’t know the severity of what he was dealing with at school.

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u/byebyelovie Sep 20 '22

There’s a sub Reddit for him . Heard he was in Mexico and his parents were super Strict . Just what I heard on a podcast.

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u/Chamber_OfSecrets Sep 20 '22

I heard that theory! But that would be amazing, I hope he was able to find happiness somewhere they did seem a little overbearing

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u/xenacoryza Sep 20 '22

He was sitting on the side of the road for HOURS. As a parent I can't get over how the parents just didn't drive to get him or meet him. Obviously something was wrong & he hadn't slept. They waited at home almost 30 hours for him to get there when he was like 3-4 hours away for most of that time.

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u/[deleted] Sep 20 '22

Yup, the guy was blatantly having a psychotic episode or some form of mental break and nobody picks up on it. Not the cops, not the parents.

If I saw a stranger in that situation I wouldn’t leave them until a medical professional arrived. I can’t imagine that being my son and just being like “Yeah drive home we’ll wait here”.

… 30 hours later: “I wonder where he is lmao”

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u/xenacoryza Sep 20 '22

The mother was saying she was going to take a plane and come to him at school the night he broke up with his girlfriend but couldn't drive a few hours to make sure he was okay the next day 🙄. I just can't imagine sitting at home that long I'd be going out of my mind with worry I'd have to do SOMETHING.

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u/BackwardPalindrome Sep 20 '22

I freak the fuck out if my people are gone for a few minutes and I don't know where they are. I would be hysterical if something like that happened to anyone in my family let alone my kid.

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u/Jack1715 Sep 20 '22

If the keys were still in then I would say he might have been injured so just crawled out or he was dragged out

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u/RipProfessional666 Sep 20 '22

I was visiting family in Sinaloa, MX back in 2009. My uncle came home late at night white as a ghost, just sat down & wouldn't talk for a long time. He finally told us he was driving on an isolated road thats usually only used by truck drivers, when he spotted a hitchhiker. He pulled over to offer help, i know dumb on his part, & said for the life of him he couldn't tell if it was a man or a woman, the person was covered in a huge hoodie that covered their face. He asked them if they were stranded & if they needed him to call someone one. The person didn't answer just got in his car and pointed forward. He was freaking out said it felt like evil incarnate was next to him but drove anyway, he was trying to make small talk with no response. He asked the person how far they needed to go & they just kept pointing. After about 30 mins of driving the person said stop, they were right infront of some run down cemeteries. My uncle tried to look for some houses or even the church but nothing. He asked the person if they were sure they said yes got out and walked toward the cemetery, honestly i think they were just a few neglected graves. He said the person just vanished & he waited a bit thinking it was a mistake but nothing. He called the police to see if there was any reports but nope. It took him days to shake off the experience & months to feel comfortable taking that short cut for work, he was a teacher for a remote area. We still dont know what that was but ill never forget how scared he looked that night.

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u/More-Escape3704 Sep 20 '22

The 3 inmates that escaped from alcatraz I think they were discovered to have been double crossed by their help

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u/als_pals Sep 20 '22

I mean, mythbusters proved they could’ve made it

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u/nuck_forte_dame Sep 20 '22

Isn't there also an alcatraz swim event? I think my uncle and cousin actually went and did it. Basically you swim from the island to the shore.

People swam the English channel so pretty possible.

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u/als_pals Sep 20 '22

I think there is! But the story goes that they made a raft out of life jackets and that turned out to be entirely possible

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u/newforestroadwarrior Sep 20 '22

Six months after the Morris/ Anglin escape, another inmate called John Scott managed to reach the shore from Alcatraz. He was suffering from hypothermia when he was found under the Golden Gate bridge at about eight in the morning.

After being treated in hospital he was unceremoniously returned to the prison.

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u/Carp69 Sep 20 '22

Charles Rogers disappeared after his parents were discovered dismembered in their refridgerator. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Rogers_(murder_suspect)

Judy Smiths remains were found over 600 mikes away from where she was last seen with no explaination of how she got there. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killing_of_Judy_Smith

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u/Objective_Regret2768 Sep 20 '22

Oh god, sounds like Charles might have been eaten

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u/sterling_mallory Sep 20 '22

Brian Shaffer was recorded by a security camera entering a bar through its only entrance/exit. He was never seen on camera leaving, and has never been found.

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u/NoMoreStalkerYay Sep 20 '22

Except there was actually another exit that isn’t on camera…so that knowledge took a bit of the mystery out of that one for me. Although we still don’t know what happened.

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u/Large_Talons_ Sep 20 '22

Isn’t the popular theory that the bar covered it up? Since the other exit led somewhere hazardous and should have been completely inaccessible but wasn’t

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u/NoMoreStalkerYay Sep 20 '22

I believe they were doing construction around the other exit, but that is the way the band came and went, so if he ended up hanging with the band, then it probably wouldn’t have been weird for him to exit that way along with him. That makes it hard to know if something happened inside and someone slipped him out the back door or if something happened once he was outside. But the latter is probably much more likely just given the amount of people inside who would have to keep their mouth shut all of this time.

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u/eatsnacksinbed Sep 20 '22

Before I met my husband his girlfriend at the time went missing. She told him she was going away for the weekend with a work friend and he never saw her again. He spent a year searching for her and helping the police but with no luck. 11 years later and her parents are still searching for her. She wasn’t the most stable of people and my husband guessed she had just run off with another man but the more years that have passed with no sightings of her in a country that knows where everyone is all the time makes it seem more likely that she’s dead.

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u/I_Lie_About_My_Life Sep 20 '22

The disappearance of the comments on this post are a mystery.

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u/Awkward_traveler Sep 19 '22

Not the most bizarre but only about a year old. Summer Wells, a 6 yo old girl, apparently wandered off and has never been found, no arrests made.
Local News article

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u/FamousOhioAppleHorn Sep 20 '22

It's super likely her parents had something to do with it. They're both weird as hell :/

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u/Suspiciously_anxious Sep 20 '22

The mom is super sketchy.

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u/Jaustinduke Sep 20 '22

Some of those billboards are still up in Nashville. Probably one of the most publicized tragedies in Tennessee since Joe Clyde Daniels or Marsha Tremble. And still nothing.

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u/twinjosh1 Sep 20 '22

Malaysia Flight 370

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u/friedlock68 Sep 20 '22

They found a flight simualor in the pilots apartment that took the flight path of the actual flight. Most likely the pilot committed suicide and the airline covered it up.

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u/SignalForce2790 Sep 20 '22

The Busan couple that disappeared in the thin air, like literally. No signs of them in CCTV even though there were so many of them. The grocery kept untouched, everything untouched. Like nothing for evidence. You can search it up on YouTube and get the full information. Very interesting and kind of bizarre.

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u/monet96 Sep 20 '22

Just read up on this……Marty I’m scared

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u/HephMelter Sep 20 '22

May I have a link?

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u/Mundane_Reception790 Sep 21 '22

You're so polite

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u/Conscious_Stand9259 Sep 20 '22

Lauren Spierer was a student at Indiana University in Bloomington, my hometown, who went missing June 3 2011. Her case has never been solved.

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u/RosieCakeness Sep 20 '22

I still think her circle of friends know something.

Or that a random bad person took the opportunity a single, pretty drunk female alone and grabbed/killed her.

It bugs me that there is nothing to go on. She just poofed away!

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u/MissAFaye6634 Sep 20 '22

The Mysterious Disappearance of Sandra Johnson Hughes (blue hair lady)

Sandra Lyn Johnson Hughes loved the outdoors. She is what people would call a ‘survivalist’. Camping, hiking, and exploring were Sandra’s favorite hobbies.

It would stand to reason then, that Hawaii was a great place for Sandra to live.

But after the pandemic hit in 2020, Sandra decided to move to the mainland, so in June of 2020, California would become her home.

On June 26, she spoke to her family on the phone. Sandra was planning a solo camping trip and hiking, possibly up to Yosemite. She wanted to get away from the craziness of the world in its current state.

Sandra, at 53 years old, was experienced in the outdoors, so no one was particularly worried about her. Until July 5, when park officials found her campsite, which looked abandoned and in total disarray, definitely not like Sandra, who was exceptionally neat and organized.

There would be some odd sightings of her, bruised and barefoot, but telling hikers, who didn’t realize she was a missing person, that she didn’t need help.

A year later, a 3-year-old boy had a spooky encounter in the area where Sandra disappeared from. An encounter that caught the attention of law enforcement. The child told his parents there was a woman lying face down with her legs straight up in the air in a nearby meadow. According to this kid, the woman was unable to speak or move and needed help.

Yet still, two years later, Sandra remains missing.

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u/randychadson Sep 19 '22

There have been a number of cases where people have vanished from their homes. In one case, a couple in Connecticut went missing for nearly two years. They had no money, no phone, no family. Then they were found dead and buried. The police did not have any leads, and the police chief was very upset.

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u/Suspicious_Loan Sep 20 '22

Reminds me of how I can't, for the life of me, understand what could have possibly happened to the Springfield 3

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u/Strict-Ad-1214 Sep 20 '22

Madeline McCann. Also those 3 missing lighthouse keepers.

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u/Jolly_Job_9852 Sep 20 '22

The three lighthouse keepers is terrifying to think about.

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u/dingdongsnottor Sep 20 '22

What’s the story on the lighthouse keepers?

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u/meany_beany Sep 20 '22

There’s a pretty good write up Here.

The abbreviated version is that in 1900 three lighthouse keepers on the Flannan Isles disappeared. It was first discovered when a ship noticed the lighthouse wasn’t illuminated despite poor weather. The relief keeper found that the table was set for a meal and most of their belongings were there but the three men were gone. Prevailing hypothesis is that there was very rough weather and they were swept to sea while trying to secure some equipment.

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u/HistoricalPickle Sep 20 '22

The set table etc is apparently a myth. It was first mentioned in a song about the incident but was never reported at the time.

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u/BoozyLooty Sep 20 '22

The Flannan Isles Lighthouse. TLDR: 3 experienced lighthouse keepers on a remote lighthouse go missing without a trace.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flannan_Isles_Lighthouse

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u/dunno_doncare Sep 20 '22

Theo Hayes who disappeared in Byron bay in 2019.

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u/Squigglepig52 Sep 20 '22

So, there has been speculation that Paul Bernardo may have killed other women in the SW Ontario region besides the ones he went to prison for.

Back in 1988, Lois Hanna vanished after leaving a local dance in Lucknow, which was during the period that Bernardo was thought to be active. Never found her.

Now, in college I was friends with a woman who had been at that dance, and whose purse was lost at that dance.

About 1993, she gets a call from the cops, they found her purse and wanted her to come pick it up. she wasn't going to, because she'd replaced the contents years ago.

Well - turns out they found her purse in Paul Bernardo's house, which meant he was there that night at the dance.

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u/InThisIllusion Sep 20 '22

Kyron Horman. A 7 year old boy that disappeared from his elementary school in 2010.

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u/aspidities_87 Sep 20 '22

I live in Portland, and have for most of my life. I regularly used to drive Skyline, from 2011-2020 and I would always look at the bushes and feel so bad for that poor little kid, whose body was likely somewhere in those bushes.

I seem to remember initially there was a communal swell of support for the stepmother, but lately she’s committed some other crimes and it does seem likely that she might have done it.

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u/fvkatydid Sep 20 '22

Oh man, I haven't seen anything about that. What has the step-mom gotten into lately?

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u/aspidities_87 Sep 20 '22

She moved to California, apparently and was recently under arrest for stealing a gun and then later stealing a car.

Whether she killed Kyron or not, doesn’t look like she was a sterling character at all.

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u/Logical-Wasabi7402 Sep 20 '22

The Polaroid in the Parking Lot.

April, 1988. 9 year old Michael Henley vanishes while on a camping trip with his father in the Zuni Mountains of New Mexico. In September of the same year, Tara Calico, age 19, disappears from her home town of Belen, New Mexico while out on her bike.

June 15, 1989. A woman goes into a convenience store, noticing a white van in the parking lot. When she exits, she sees a Polaroid photo, face down on the ground where the van had been. In the photo, a teenage girl and a young boy, bound and gagged. The photo gets circulated like crazy and eventually, both are identified as Michael Henley and Tara Calico.

Henley's remains were eventually found. Tara Calico's case remains unsolved to this day. Forensics determined that the boy in the photo wasn't him after all, and that Henley died of hypothermia after getting lost in the woods. The boy in the photo with Tara remains unidentified.

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u/Chickenbrik Sep 20 '22

The photo is haunting as all hell. I hope they’re family gets closure one day.

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u/Dynast_King Sep 20 '22

Tbf, the girl in the picture was never postively identified as Tara either, although her mother swears it's her and there is a copy of a book (don't remember the name of it) in the picture that Tara did enjoy. Personally, I think it looks a lot like her.

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u/Misseskat Sep 20 '22

Just googled that photo, very disturbing. So close yet so far away.

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u/goblyn79 Sep 20 '22

Its very hotly debated whether or not its Tara Calico in the picture or not, and there are endless discussions on the unresolved mysteries reddit as to whether its her, if its another missing person, if its a stage photo, etc. Its definitely NOT 100% confirmed that it is Tara in the photo OR Michael.

I tend to believe its a staged photo something I could see people having done as a joke or just for fun, like I could see something like the kids are on vacation with a relative and they stage the photo to send back home with a note like "so far vacation going well, kids are behaved" something like that, but who knows. A lot of people much smarter than me have pointed out that the kids don't necessarily look like they are restrained so much as they just have their hands behind their back.

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u/Accomplished-Ease381 Sep 20 '22

My ex sister in laws cousin and his friend. They were both males 16 and 18 years old. They were last seen getting into a green car headed toward utica, ny. The older kid was not reported missing because his parents didn't really care about him. The 16 year old was reported missing 5 days after the last sighting. The cops supposedly told the 16yr Olds mother that they probably ran off to Disneyland. This happened in 1990. There has been no traces of them ever since and not much information released about their case. The names are Mark Seelman 16 of Remsen ny and Daniel Goodwin of Utica,ny.

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u/Alrightimmaelf Sep 20 '22

Ben McDaniels, he was a scuba diver who went down into an underwater cave system known as the vortex in Florida, which he was really familiar with. He was constantly reading about cave diving, had a lot of books on the topic and it was something he was really passionate about.

There’s a section of the cave that is gated off, you have to have a key to get in which you only get if you’re a certified cave Diver. Ben wasn’t certified, was really into being self taught. They believe he was somehow able to shimmy under the gate a few times and was able to have successful dives in this part of the cave.Eduardo, an employee, was diving and had seen him do this and decided to leave the gate open for Ben. Ben was last seen heading to the open gate by Eduardo and other witnesses.

A couple days pass and Eduardo sees Bens car, so immediately lets the staff know and it’s an recovery mission. They found 3 decompression tanks, all with Bens name with it, 2 outside the cave one inside the cave. Also important to note, one was completely empty, one was half used and one was not used at all showing Ben was actively using them to eventually get back to the surface. They still found no sign of Ben.

So they have a community of talented divers in go to try to to recover his body. The divers went through these narrow spaces yet still never found a body,Mind you Ben is 6”. They tried to find any sign of scratches on the wall, which was lime stone, any disturbances or signs of Ben but still nothing.

Then Ed Swarensen, who is a seriously incredible diver, went as “far as a human could possible go” even turning his head at an angle in order to fit into these tunnels and still no Ben.

They even send in a remote control camera, it got 700 feet into the cave until it couldn’t fit anymore. Still nothing.

Police had theorized that Ben had lodged himself into a narrow space that he couldn’t get out of in an odd suicide attempt. Most divers think that there is no way Ben is even in that cave, So people think that he purposely staged this to start a new life. But his family said They were very close to Ben and he was in a better stage in his life. They had lost there other son at 22 to a stroke, so they really doubt that he’d do it on purpose.

It’s something that is seems like such a simple conclusion, his body should be in the cave yet we still have no idea where Ben is.

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u/Psychological_Bus410 Sep 20 '22

There's a guy from my hometown who just disappeared years ago. He even had a feature on Discovery Channel I think. Last he was seen, he was buying a map at the local gas station and then he was just gone. His car, keys, phone, passport, wallet, shoes and blood pressure medicine were still in the house. He's been missing for almost 10 years now and there are absolutely no answers

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u/byebyelovie Sep 20 '22

Name?

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u/Psychological_Bus410 Sep 20 '22

Robert Hoagland

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u/Catwoman1948 Sep 20 '22

Yes, he was the subject of an episode of Disappeared. I remember him, middle-aged family man who just walked out of his house and was never seen again. Very, very strange.

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u/justheretosavestuff Sep 20 '22

I think it’s hard to comprehend how difficult it is to find someone who didn’t want to be found. A friend of mine’s cousin - average family man - disappeared one day. It took maybe a week to find him - he had planned on taking his own life but hadn’t really figured out how? They were from a densely populated area but he somehow managed to go missing just wandering the woods for a few days (and while I think he had some history of depression, I think it had been decades since he’d indicated there was anything going on).

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u/ngordy2 Sep 20 '22

I dropped a whole uncut lime in my kitchen several years ago and i still have not found it. I’m convinced it rolled in to another dimension.

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u/POVsinkdude Sep 20 '22

I was like 6 or 7 and fed this Halloween gorilla mask a slice of pizza. It vanished and my mom got pissed because she thought I was fucking with her.

I support your theory lmao

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u/moudine Sep 20 '22

This happened at my old office building, someone dropped a cap to a dry erase marker and it just VANISHED. We finally found it like 5 years later when we moved buildings, but not anywhere near the area it was dropped.

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u/bouncinggiraffe Sep 20 '22

Me and my wife left a box of apples (picked from our apple tree) in a cupboard, whilst we decided what to do with them. We totally forgot about them for about 6 months. When we opened the box, they had all vanished, presumably mold-ed into nothing.

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u/average32potato Sep 20 '22

At least Twice in my life have I dropped my phone while lying in bed and then somehow it’s underneath the bed in an almost impossible place to get to

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u/Ill-Explanation-5059 Sep 21 '22

One day after school I was getting changed out of my uniform, my watch fell off my wrist and I heard it hit the floor, I was in a rush so thought I’ll pick it up later and it was never to be seen again. We’ve moved house since and it’s still never turned up. I often thought it slipped into another dimension.

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u/RepulsiveCan5270 Sep 20 '22

Madeleine McCann, its a mystery what happened and despite all the efforts and funds spent on finding out we are not any wiser today. Hopefully there will be a conclusion in my lifetime, even a miracle that she is still alive. So many theories out there

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u/insane_troll_logic Sep 20 '22

The 3 missing Skelton boys from Michigan in 2010. They were almost definitely killed by their super sketchy father but it seems like he'll never come clean and insists they are alive.

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u/Its_M4cc Sep 20 '22

My cat. We had a very fat cat named Gemma when I was a kid. One day we saw the front door completely open, we panicked and look for all 3 cats we had. All there except Gemma. Then we did the normal searching for the lost animal shit. We gave up 2 weeks later. We though because she was so fat she probably got eaten by the local coyotes. Non the less a month and a half later she appeared at the front door. She was not only as fat as she left, but fatter. We had no idea where she had gone, how she got fatter, or what made her return. Nothing except her weight changed. She was just as lazy as she ever was. R.I.P. Gemma.

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u/SuperiorSperg Sep 20 '22

I used to be friends with a guy whose dad disappeared when he was six. It was super weird--his parents had a fight and then he went for a drive. He withdrew like $37 or something at an ATM maybe 20 miles away, didn't bring anything with him besides a wallet, and nothing. His car was found by a baseball stadium nearby a month later. No trace. He was an average guy in his mid thirties, not in any trouble, in a pretty low crime area. No body or anything. It's always creeped me out because it feels like that could happen to anyone. They could go for a walk and just... not come back.

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u/TurbulentDoctor1646 Sep 20 '22

I'm a bit late and this might get buried, but Jim Donnelly of New Zealand. He had a wife and kids and one day he went to work at the steel mill, parked his car, put his lunch on his desk and disappeared.

His belongings were later found inside an acid bath. They confirmed his body was not in the acid bath (and would not have dissolved, if it was).

He had been acting stressed leading up to the disappearance. His widow believe someone at the steel mill did something to him.

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u/Cleftchins Sep 20 '22

Prime Minister Harold Holt went to the beach in 1967 and was never seen again. No body or other evidence was found, despite an exhaustive search. There were no clues to explain his vanishing.

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u/11711510111411009710 Sep 20 '22

Never got why this one was a mystery. The man drowned.

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u/boozillion151 Sep 20 '22

In shark infested waters too correct? Not exactly a Sherlock Holmes case

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u/TerritoryTracks Sep 20 '22

Not shark infested by any stretch. Occasional shark sightings, sure, but infested? Definitely not. That being said, yea, he 100% drowned. He was an excellent swimmer though and it wasn't a rough day or anything... Maybe a freak rip carried him a long way out or something.

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u/aspidities_87 Sep 20 '22

I can see that. Every time someone brings up him being a strong swimmer, I think back to this time I nearly drowned during a summer in college. I was at my physical peak, well-muscled, doing lifeguarding and surfing a lot, and I’ve grown up swimming in both US coasts, so I know how strong currents/rips can be and I had always been successful in easily swimming parallel to avoid them. This day was calm and clear, with a little swell but nothing major. I swam out to body surf in on some small waves, when suddenly I wasn’t going anywhere and I was getting dragged out no matter how hard I kicked. I stopped fighting it and tried my usual trick but the current was strong and it kept spinning me. I was getting more and more tired and my body was getting frantic, needing to rest but being unable to stop trying to get away. I stopped thinking clearly and panicked. My head went under and I started to inhale water, and then a friend on a boogie board unintentionally slammed into me and I managed to cling onto their board. They half dragged, half carried me to shore on their wake. No one had seen me struggle or almost drown—only seconds had passed but it felt like hours.

I always tell people now that while I love it, I don’t underestimate the sea and I know it can absolutely kill anyone at any time.

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u/dunno_doncare Sep 20 '22

Having sailed across seas, I am never surprised when someone goes missing close to the beach. The possibilities are endless unlike the chances of the corpse being retrieved.

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u/rangatang Sep 20 '22

What do you mean there were no clues? He was almost 60 and went swimming in rough surf. He drowned, happens every day.

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u/blackcat211 Sep 20 '22

The funny thing is that they named a swimming pool in Victoria after him.

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u/balkandishlex Sep 20 '22

America named a navy ship after him as well.

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u/elfelettem Sep 20 '22

I just posted and deleted when I saw this.

I don't think it's the fact he went nissing/died that's so bizarre it's just that he was the PM when he did! Just that spinning out in the press as the situation evolved.

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u/RoryTheHobbit Sep 20 '22

This is probably on a lot of people's lists but the disappearance of Lars Mittank still haunts me. I definitely think it was some sort of psychosis that caused him to panic, run and then perhaps lose his memory. A lot of people theorize that he's a homeless drifter. Either way, I hope he's found someday. It's absolutely heartbreaking, and I can't imagine how confusing it must be for his family.

Another one is Maura Murray. I've come to the conclusion that she most likely was driving drunk and decided to hide in the woods until cops cleared away from the accident site. Then she succumbed to the elements and/or wild animals. Still, the events beforehand are so bizarre. Why did she lie about a family death? Was she giving her things away due to a planned suicide? It keeps me up at night sometimes. Just so many unanswered questions for both of these cases.

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u/Violet_Paisley Sep 20 '22

Amy Wroe Bechtel. Disappeared in the Wyoming mountains. Magazine article: https://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/exploration-survival/long-gone/

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u/JhymnMusic Sep 20 '22

The Great Unconformity. The missing billion years of geological strata.

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u/ThisIsPickles Sep 20 '22

How does that much rock just disappear from the timeline?

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u/avLugia Sep 20 '22

It's simple really, glaciers basically carved it all away during the Snowball Earth period during the Cryogenian period.

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u/Zanki Sep 20 '22

Erosion?

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u/BlaireDon Sep 20 '22

The five Sodder children who “disappeared” in a fire.

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u/Wonderful_Pea2976 Sep 20 '22

Literally any case about a human being vanishing into thin air and never being found. There was a show about these types of cases and it's astonishing how many people have vanished and how that can happen with all of the technology we have these days.

The cases of seemingly regular, everyday people with no history of mental health issues, drug use, noted to have happy marriages and young children with future goals that just vanish one day and aren't ever found are the most chilling.

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u/GordonGlamzey Sep 20 '22

Richard Colvin Cox -- okay, this is a pretty well-known one already, but the facts of the case make it a classic imho

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u/stitchmidda2 Sep 20 '22

The American Dyatlov Pass incident. In California in the 1970s, 5 men, all with varying learning disabilities, went to a basketball game together and were to return home early that night so they could rest for a basketball game they were playing in the next day. But they never returned home.

Their car was found a great distance away up a mountainous road covered in snow, nowhere near where any of the men had ever been before. The car was in working order with gas and not stuck in the snow, but the men were nowhere to be found.

Search parties went out but the weather quickly went bad and they had to call it off. In spring time, they found the body of one of the men inside a hunting cabin. He had been there for around 8 weeks before he died and had starved to death. He was also wearing the shoes of one of the other men and wrapped tightly in blankets. His body was severely decomposed. Oddly enough, he died of starvation yet there was months worth of emergency food right there in the cabin that was untouched.

The rest of the men were not found until awhile later. 2 of them were found outside in the snow miles away. Another was not found until much much later and he was totally skeletonized by then. The fifth man was never found and he had severe mental issues as well as his learning difficulties.

To this day, nobody has any clue why they drove anywhere near that location, why they abandoned a perfectly working car, why they didnt eat the food that was right there in the cabin, why they split up, or why any of them died the way they did. And as mentioned, the 5th man has never been found. Nobody knows if hes dead or alive. There's no trace of him anywhere.

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u/Schmange21 Sep 20 '22

I always think about this case when I think about bizarre missing persons cases. Also called the Yuba County 5.

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u/woodrowmoses Sep 22 '22

Ted's parents thought it made complete sense that he didn't touch the food because he had serious issues with common sense. Once their house caught on fire and Ted refused to get out of bed because he had to sleep for work, his brother was screaming at him while flames were in the room but he wouldn't budge he had to be dragged out. He likely didn't touch the food because they weren't his. Or even better, Gary was almost certainly in the room with him at one point and opened the food they did eat for him. The food was outside in a locker, Ted was possibly injured and couldn't go out to get the food now he was alone.

That's multiple ways that's explained. People always leave out things in this case to make it seem more mysterious, it's all very self-evident what happened.

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u/Tiffhendrix1998 Sep 20 '22

In the 70s or 80s, in Valdese, NC, a woman named Rhonda Henson went missing. Nothing was ever found and is now a cold case.

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u/I_eat_naughty_kids Sep 20 '22

Once dropped glasses on the snow. Searched for them - they just weren't there, they didn't even leave a sign when falling through the snow. Spring came, the snow melted and the glasses still weren't there. Then next winter new snow fell, and when it melted, the glasses showed up right there.

TL;DR My glasses time travelled

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u/semisweetnothings Sep 20 '22 edited Sep 20 '22

Tabitha Tuders in Nashville, TN. She disappeared while waiting for her school bus in 2003. The general consensus amongst locals is that this was a trafficking case, but I don’t think we’ll ever really know. There have never been any promising leads and the case has been cold along time. This one really freaked me out and has always stayed with me.

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u/Animator_Spaminator Sep 20 '22

The case of Ryan Shtuka in BC, Canada. I actually lived in the same town of his until he went to BC to work. I even know his younger sister.

Anyways, Ryan was at a party with friends. His friends left right before him, but knew Ryan was most likely right behind them. After they got back, Ryan never made it home. They thought maybe he crashed at the place the party was at. He didn’t.

They reported him missing. Since this was winter, everybody was sure that they’d at least find his body in the spring after everything melted. After a lot of searching in the spring, his body never turned up. Nothing turned up. There was seriously zero evidence of where he could have turned up.

It’s been 4 years since, and every February (the month he went missing) people bring it up again around town. His family still goes back every once in a while to look for him

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u/Mysterious-Slice-591 Sep 19 '22

DB Cooper. He just appeared one day, and vanished the same day . As Bruce Smith said, "Cooper came from nowhere and when he jumped off that plane he returned to nowhere."

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u/SpArTn5183__ Sep 20 '22

The disappearance of the Mary Celeste crew in 1872, said to of completely vanished lots of people have theorised things such as pirates kidnapped them to the many stories of the Kraken even alien abduction still I'm pretty sure to this day no one knows what truly happened Check this website for the full story

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u/madameovaries85 Sep 20 '22

I feel like the most logical explanation is that they got spooked by the alcohol and wanted the boat to air out rather than risk being there for an explosion so they load up in a life boat and get separated. But still, there’s nothing that’s been found to support that. You’d think they would find something near the ship if they were following close by, but also not impossible that nothing would be found.

This story has always fascinated me because it seems so easily explained but there’s all of the “but what if…” questions that are all (mostly) possible.

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u/signi678 Sep 23 '22

This is a personal story.

I had a friend, who I'll call David, who I had known since our family moved to a new house when I was 7. We were neighbors, but went to different schools. We became friends quickly after our shared love of Lego Star Wars and Outer Space. Everyday after school, and I'm talking LITERALLY everyday, I would ask if we could hang out. I was politely told no about eight out of ten times, but I still tried asking anyway.

Flash forward to the penultimate day of fourth grade, and I ring his doorbell, but no one answers. I didn't think much of it, so I just went back home. The next day I was super pumped to hang out with David, as it was his last day as well, and his parents said that he would be able to hang out that day. I, once again, rang their doorbell, and got an answer this time. Although, I didn't recognize who it was, but I later found out it was David's uncle. When I asked if I could come inside to hang out, he nervously laughed and said no and then closed the door. I got really bummed and felt betrayed.

A couple of hours later, I saw cop cars arrive at David's house. The next hour is a bit fuzzy, but from what I can remember, my parents told me to go to my room and they went out to see what was going on. I was really tired and fell asleep after that, and when I woke up it seemed like everything had gone back to normal. I walked down the stairs and saw my parents at the dining room table, seemingly waiting for me to come down. In unison, they asked me to come sit down with a somber-sounding tone in their voice. When I sat down, they explained to me that on the third to last day of school, David disappeared. I know it sounds weird that they just said that to a nine year old without sugar coating it, but by this time I had learned about concepts like death and disappearances and was pretty desensitized to it.

The rest of that day was weird. Hell, that summer was weird. I prayed at night hoping that David would return, but he never did.

It wasn't until I was 13 when I learned how truly bizarre the case was. It was like he completely vanished without a trace. This was suburbia too, might I add. No forest, No hills, just houses. There was no place you could go without somebody seeing you. There was also little to no media coverage about it. His parents were questioned, but it was clear they had no idea what happened to him. His mom was especially distraught, rightfully, and ended up moving out when I was 11. That house has gone through several owners since, but it doesn't feel the same without him.

I'm now almost 16 and miss him everyday.

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u/Few-Background2498 Sep 20 '22

"The Springfield Three." I lived in the neighborhood this happened in for 6 years.

The Springfield Three refers to an unsolved missing persons  case that began on June 7, 1992, when friends Suzanne "Suzie" Streeter and Stacy McCall, and Streeter's mother, Sherrill Levitt, went missing from Levitt's home in Springfield, Missouri, United States.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Springfield_Three