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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 »

Missing Family Survived on Halloween Candy, Rain Water

The McAlisters' car got stuck while driving in rural Washington state

(Newser) - A missing family was found Thursday after two days trapped in their car, surviving on Halloween candy and rain water, KING reports. According to the AP , authorities had been searching rural Washington state for Jason and Melissa McAlister and their two young children, ages 8 months and 2 years. The... More »

Man Missing for a Decade Might've Never Left This Bar

Security cameras couldn't trace Brian Shaffer, last seen in 2006

(Newser) - Under different circumstances, Brian Shaffer's vanishing act on April Fools' Day 2006 might have been the ultimate prank. That year, the holiday fell on the first Saturday of spring break for students at Ohio State University, where 27-year-old Shaffer was a medical student, and he'd spent it on... More »

Married Couple Found Buried on Suspected Serial Killer's Lot

They were reported missing back in December 2015

(Newser) - Two of the bodies found on the property of a South Carolina man were identified Wednesday as a married couple that went missing in December 2015, CBS News reports. Authorities have been searching land belonging to Todd Kohlhepp since a missing woman was found chained on his property last week.... More »

Family Fears Missing Jogger Was 'Taken'

Sherri Papini vanished Wednesday in California

(Newser) - Family members fear a California woman has been abducted after she went for a jog on Wednesday and never returned. Sherri Papini, a 34-year-old mother of two, seemingly vanished while jogging around 2pm Wednesday near her home in a rural neighborhood of Redding, reports Redding's Record Searchlight . Relatives say... More »

The Disturbing Teen Years of the SC Kidnapping Suspect

Former neighbor says Todd Kohlhepp was a 'devil on a chain'

(Newser) - A 45-year-old man charged with keeping a missing woman chained up like a dog on his South Carolina property was described as a "devil on a chain" by a neighbor decades ago, Greeneville Online reports. In 1986, Todd Kohlhepp—15 at the time—forced a 14-year-old girl back to... More »

Missing Woman Found Chained Up on Sex Offender's Property

Kala Brown and her boyfriend were reported missing in August

(Newser) - A 30-year-old woman reported missing in August was found Thursday "chained ... like a dog" inside a storage container in South Carolina, WYFF reports. Kala Brown and her 32-year-old boyfriend Charlie Carver disappeared Aug. 31. Sheriff's deputies were investigating a 100-acre property after getting a tip about a sex... More »

Missing 5 Days, Woman Pulled From Hummer in Mojave

Many questions remain about her disappearance

(Newser) - A woman who'd been reported missing five days earlier was found alive Saturday, trapped inside a Hummer that had crashed in the Mojave Desert. San Bernadino County Fire reports on Facebook that search and rescue teams had to use off-road vehicles to reach the SUV, which had rolled down... More »

Beyonce Backup Dancer Who Vanished Is Found

Missy Elliott says Shirlene Quigley is 'safe & being treated'

(Newser) - A backup dancer who has performed with Beyonce, Rihanna, and Missy Elliott has been found after she went missing Saturday, the AP reports. New Jersey police officer Alex Vazquez said Tuesday that Shirlene Quigley had been found and her family was en route to see her at an undisclosed location.... More »

Beyonce's Dancer Leaves Odd Message, Disappears

Shirlene Quigley told friend to 'sub for me'

(Newser) - A professional dancer who's busted moves with Beyonce and Rihanna is missing after making an odd comment to a friend. According to her landlord, Shirlene Quigley, 32, seemed unwell while leaving her New Jersey home around 3pm Saturday, reports NBC New York . She was last seen boarding a bus... More »

Dozens Join Search for Missing 21-Year-Old Hiker

'I have to face the reality that she may not still be alive,' Anna Schmidt's mom says

(Newser) - A worried family is searching for their 21-year-old daughter who disappeared while hiking in Oregon and hasn't been heard from since last Sunday, Fox 13 reports. “I have to face the reality that she may not still be alive," Michelle Schmidt says of her daughter Anna Schmidt.... More »

Texas Student Went to the Movies, Then Vanished

Zuzu Verk didn't show up for an Oct. 12 midterm

(Newser) - Police in western Texas are asking for the public's help in finding Zuzu Verk, a 22-year-old university student who has been missing for more than a week—and is believed to be "endangered." Police in the city of Alpine say the reward for information leading to Verk'... More »

Creepy Facebook Posts Add to Mystery of Missing Couple

They haven't been seen since Aug. 31

(Newser) - Seemingly innocent posts on the Facebook page of South Carolina man Charlie Carver are in fact deeply disturbing, friends and family say. Carver and girlfriend Kala Brown disappeared on Aug. 31, and loved ones say the posts that have appeared on the account this month were clearly written by somebody... More »

Creepy Video a Dead End in Case of Missing Teen

Police looked into connection with Kayla Berg case in Wisconsin

(Newser) - It would have been horrifying. Instead, it's merely a fake. Police say a YouTube video that shows a woman tied up on a bathroom floor and screaming, "Why are you doing this?" isn't real and, more importantly, has no connection to missing Wisconsin teen Kayla Berg, reports... More »

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