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5 Famous People Who Vanished

People can't stop talking about them—even centuries later, in one case

(Newser) - Jimmy Hoffa , DB Cooper , Amelia Earhart —all disappeared and are now the unwitting subjects of decades of speculation, detective work, and conspiracy theories. Those three may claim the lion's share of the whispering, but Mother Nature Network has put together a list of other high-profile vanishings that... More »

Student Was Pulled Over by Cops, Then She Disappeared

Family fears Toni Anderson of Kansas City woman has been abducted

(Newser) - Family members fear a missing student was abducted after she vanished in Missouri early Sunday. Toni Anderson, 20, a student at University of Missouri-Kansas City, was last seen leaving the Kansas City bar where she worked around 4am after telling coworkers she was going to a gas station. She never... More »

After Huge Search, Missing Hunter Found in Jail

He had been picked up for public intoxication

(Newser) - Searchers spent hours looking for a missing hunter in north Alabama until officers realized he was actually in jail. Relatives of 50-year-old Randy Keith Holt of Hartselle reported the man missing Monday afternoon after he failed to return from a hunting trip, the AP reports. Holt didn't have a... More »

32 Years After They Went Missing, Sisters Found—and Mom Arrested

Elaine Yates is charged with kidnapping

(Newser) - Two sisters have been found, 32 years after they were reported missing. Police say their mother, Elaine Yates, took Kimberly and Kelly Yates from Rhode Island in 1985 amid a custody dispute when they were 3 years old and 10 months old, respectively. Acting on an anonymous tip, police located... More »

Drugs, Hikes, and Vanishings in the Himalayas

Justin Shetler disappeared in September on a pilgrimage—and he's apparently not the first

(Newser) - Justin Shetler's last blog post was in August of this year, detailing how he'd just been invited on a Himalayan pilgrimage by a local holy man, or "baba"; his last photo on Instagram (posted around the same time) noted he "should be back to the Internet... More »

Brazil Cop Admits to Killing Greek Ambassador Over Affair

Rio police officer says ambassador's wife told him to murder her husband

(Newser) - Police searching for Greece's missing ambassador to Brazil found his burnt-out car in a Rio suburb Thursday with a body inside. Forensic experts are trying to determine whether the body is that of Ambassador Kyriakos Amiridis, who was last heard from Monday when he phoned his wife, the BBC... More »

Missing Woman, Great-Granddaughter Found in Woods

They vanished during Christmas Eve road trip

(Newser) - After days of frantic searching, 71-year-old Barbara Briley and 5-year-old great-granddaughter La'Myra Briley have been found alive. The pair vanished Christmas Eve while on a road trip from New Jersey to North Carolina. A spokesman for the Dinwiddie County Sheriff's Office in Virginia says a property owner found... More »

Yoga Instructor Who Disappeared on Christmas Found Dead: Family

Cops say Tricia McCauley's body was found in her car in DC; suspect is in custody

(Newser) - The body of a DC yoga instructor who disappeared on Christmas has been found, according to her family and police. NBC Washington reports that Tricia McCauley's brother made the sad announcement on Facebook Tuesday morning, offering thanks to his 46-year-old sister's "DC family." "Tricia is... More »

App Leads Woman to Grisly Discovery: Her Husband's Body

He had been crushed when his car fell off the highway

(Newser) - A California woman's phone led her to her missing husband's body before the authorities could find him. The San Francisco Chronicle reports the unnamed woman reported her husband, 49-year-old Jayesh Patel, missing when he didn't come home Friday. Using a find-my-phone app, Patel's wife traced him... More »

Mom Hikes 27 Miles Through Snowy Forest to Find Help for Family

Authorities say their rescue is a 'Christmas miracle'

(Newser) - An Arizona sheriff's official says it's "a Christmas miracle" that searchers found a Pennsylvania woman and her family stranded in a snowy Arizona forest after their vehicle got stuck before a severe winter storm hit the area. Coconino County Deputy Jim Driscoll says 46-year-old Karen Klein was... More »

He Placed a 911 Call 3 Years Ago, Then Vanished

Brandon Lawson has been missing since Aug. 9, 2013

(Newser) - It's a chilling and partially inaudible 911 call , and one of only a few clues: In the wee hours of Aug. 9, 2013, Brandon Lawson ran out of gas. The Houston Chronicle reports he was along Highway 277 near Bronte, Texas, and he started walking north. Then, at 1:... More »

MetLife Employee Disappears Without a Trace

Parents of Danielle Stislicki suspect foul play

(Newser) - A 28-year-old MetLife employee in Southfield, Mich., has been missing since she left work around 5pm on Dec. 2, and as the days crawl by, her parents fear their oldest of four has been the target of foul play. Danielle Stislicki is a "people person" who's both "... More »

NC Woman Who Disappeared in 2011 Found Living in Ohio

Rachel Owens took on fake identity: cops

(Newser) - A North Carolina woman who seemingly vanished in 2011 has been found safe and living under a false name in Columbus, Ohio, police say. Rachel Natacha Owens was just 15 when she was last spotted getting off a school bus and into a vehicle in the parking lot of South... More »

Found: Woman Who Went Missing During Half-Marathon

Florida's Melissa Kitcher now safe after taking wrong turn that had her wandering for 12 hours

(Newser) - A Florida woman who became lost during a half-marathon trail run was found past nightfall after wandering around a 25,000-acre park for nearly 12 hours, per the AP . The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports Melissa Kitcher was in good spirits after being found Sunday evening. She says she made a wrong... More »

47 Years After Girl's Abduction, a Big Break

Australian police eye new suspect, likely in his 60s

(Newser) - Australian police are chasing a mysterious suspect almost 47 years after a British girl disappeared from a beach during a family trip. Cheryl Grimmer's family had recently moved to Australia when police believe the 3-year-old was abducted from changing rooms at Fairy Meadow Beach in Wollongong on Jan. 12,... More »

16-Year-Old Charged in Alaska Teen's Murder

'Others involved in this incident have been identified'

(Newser) - A 16-year-old has been charged with murder after remains were found in Palmer, Alaska, on Friday. Official identification of the body is pending, though authorities believe it is that of 16-year-old David Grunwald, who vanished after dropping off his girlfriend in Butte on Nov. 13. A day later, his Ford... More »

'Horrific Ending' After Mom, 2 Sons Reported Missing

'There were no red flags,' say police

(Newser) - "We certainly did not see this horrific ending that this case has come to," says a deputy after a mother and her two sons were found dead in Colorado on Wednesday, some 12 hours after they were reported missing. Authorities say Jennifer Laber took her two children out... More »

Alaska Cops Baffled by Teen's Disappearance

Burned vehicle was found day after he vanished

(Newser) - A massive search effort in Alaska has failed to find any trace of David Grunwald, a 16-year-old who vanished more than a week ago. He was last heard from the evening of Sunday, Nov. 13, when he called his mom to say he'd be back a little late from... More »

Mystery Donor Willing to Pay 'Ransom' for Missing Jogger

$50K available until Wednesday: website

(Newser) - Authorities have received 400 tips but have few leads in the disappearance of a woman in California. An apparent stranger hopes to change that. An anonymous donor has set up a website offering a $50,000 "ransom reward" if "the person who has Sherri Papini" will let her... More »

Rep. Conyers' Missing Son Found in His Own Apartment

Carl Conyers is a student at University of Houston

(Newser) - Houston police say the youngest son of longtime congressman John Conyers has been found safe after being reported missing this week. Carl Conyers, a 21-year-old student at the University of Houston, was found early Friday in his off-campus apartment, reports Click2Houston . After being interviewed at the police department, he was... More »

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