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Boy Still Missing 4 Years After Mom Killed Herself

'You'll never find him,' said suicide note left by Timmothy Pitzen's mother

(Newser) - An Illinois mom who killed herself four years ago after going on the run with her 6-year-old son left an ominous suicide note behind that, so far, has proven true. "You'll never find him," Amy Fry-Pitzen wrote of little Timmothy, whom she had taken out of kindergarten... More »

Teen Texts Friends She's Being Followed, Disappears

Marley Spindler, 16, hasn't been seen since Aug. 20

(Newser) - On the first day of her junior year of high school, 16-year-old Marley Spindler sent her friends a text saying she was being followed, FOX News reports. No one has seen or heard from the South Carolina teen since. On Thursday, Spindler met her friends at Chick-fil-A for breakfast before... More »

Teen Went for a Run in Colo. Mountains, Vanished

'It's just an awful situation,' says mom

(Newser) - A teenager from Tennessee went missing while on a run with a childhood friend in rural Colorado last month, and there is still no trace of Joe Keller to be found. Keller and Collin Gwaltney went running in a mountainous area near Antonito on the afternoon of July 23, eventually... More »

Couple's Disappearance Stumps Connecticut Cops

They were in deep in debt, but family says there's no connection

(Newser) - A Connecticut couple in their mid-50s has been missing for two weeks now, and police are investigating whether their financial troubles—including $2.2 million in debt—may have something to do with it, reports CNN . Their families, however, aren't buying it. Police found the pickup belonging to Jeffrey... More »

Tourist's Selfies Help Solve His Odd Disappearance

Polish paddleboarder who went missing on Lake Tahoe turns up in Missouri

(Newser) - In what the Nevada Appeal calls "a good example of the public working in partnership with local law enforcement for the best of all possible outcomes," a paddleboarder who went missing on Lake Tahoe has turned up safe and sound—in Missouri. South Lake Tahoe Police say his... More »

Firefighter Missing 9 Years Declared Dead

Court declaration brings no closure, says Brandy Hall's husband

(Newser) - Brandy Hall has been officially declared dead nine years and a day after the Florida firefighter's pickup truck was found stained with her blood . Family members of the mother of two had petitioned a court for a declaration of death, which was signed by a judge yesterday, reports Florida ... More »

Rosie O'Donnell's Teen Daughter Is Found Safe

Chelsea, 17, is in police custody after being missing a week

(Newser) - Rosie O'Donnell tweeted this afternoon that her teen daughter is safe and in police custody after being missing for a week. It's not clear yet what happened with Chelsea, 17. Earlier today, O'Donnell announced on her website that the teen had been reported missing to police in... More »

Florida Firefighter Is Still Missing 9 Years Later

Nine years ago today, Brandy Hall left her Florida fire station and vanished

(Newser) - On the evening of Aug. 17, 2006, Florida firefighter and mother of two Brandy Hall left her night shift at the Malabar Fire Station early, at about 10:45pm. She was never seen again—at least by anyone willing to admit it. Her pickup truck, stained with lots of her... More »

Police Hope Selfies Can ID Mystery Paddle Boarder

Missing man didn't speak much English and called himself "Morym"

(Newser) - Police in California are hunting for a mystery man who disappeared while paddle-boarding on Lake Tahoe, with the missing man's selfies as their major clue. News 10 reports a boater found an abandoned paddle board, camera, lifejacket, and selfie stick floating in the lake on Wednesday. The paddle board... More »

Science Not on Side of Teens Missing in Atlantic

But families say if anyone could survive this, it's Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos

(Newser) - The families of Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos are hoping for a miracle even as science nags that one is improbable and rescue crews head into a seventh day of searches today for the two teens missing at sea. Though it seemed unlikely a medley of agencies would continue their... More »

Sunken Car's Remains May Solve 43-Year-Old Mystery

Car pulled from North Carolina lake likely Amos Shook's

(Newser) - An autopsy may help write the final page of a 43-year-old mystery that began with the disappearance of a military retiree in western North Carolina. The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office says human remains found Tuesday in a 1968 Pontiac recovered from a Lake Rhodhiss, 75 miles northwest of Charlotte,... More »

Behind Missing Woman's Closet, a Gruesome Scene

Human remains found hidden behind a closet wall in California

(Newser) - For years, renters complained about a yucky odor in the former apartment of a woman who disappeared in 2009. Now, authorities have found the source of the smell and the focus of what is likely to be a murder investigation: a body hidden in a wall of the apartment in... More »

Family IDs Mystery Calif. Woman With Amnesia

Her name is Ashley, not Sam—and she's American

(Newser) - A woman found on the streets of Carlsbad, Calif., in February and believed to be suffering from retrograde amnesia has been claimed by a family that's now filling in the blanks about her identity, the BBC reports. "Well we have some great news...PRAYERS have been answered!!!!"... More »

Bodies Found in Search for Ariz. Couple Who Vanished

Cops dug up neighbor's property

(Newser) - The search for an Arizona couple who vanished on their way to work 10 days ago may have reached a grim end. Investigators say they may have found the bodies of Michael and Tina Careccia during a "search of the property on West Papago Road," near where the... More »

Cops Comb Desert for Pair Who Vanished 8 Days Ago

High school sweethearts didn't turn up for work on June 22

(Newser) - Police and a host of volunteers are searching tirelessly for an Arizona couple who vanished eight days ago. Michael and Tina Careccia, high school sweethearts who married last year, left their home in Maricopa around 5am on June 22, but neither arrived at work; Michael, 44, is a United Airlines... More »

'Missing' American Faked His Disappearance: Aussies

Kenneth Rodman found near Cairns, Australia, almost 5 years later

(Newser) - American Kenneth Rodman was 55 when he vanished in Australia in 2010 while traveling the country on a tourist visa. He was reported missing by a friend who'd last seen him on Dec. 21 near Port Douglas, heading for a beach with his green kayak. He was later spotted... More »

Women Missing From Ohio Town Knew Each Other

Charlotte Trego's mom says she knew 4 of the 5 other women

(Newser) - The FBI is focusing on the similarities between six women who vanished—four have turned up dead, two are still missing—in the small town of Chillicothe, Ohio, including the fact that several of them apparently knew each other. While two victims were known friends, relatives of four of the... More »

In Ohio's Rundown Ex-Capital, Fears of a Serial Killer

4 women found dead near Chillicothe's waterways over year

(Newser) - Chillicothe was the capital of Ohio some 200 years ago. Things have gone downhill from there. But amid poverty and heroin woes, the city of 21,000 has "turned for the worst," Jessica Sayre tells the Washington Post . Her 26-year-old sister, Tiffany, a sex worker battling a drug... More »

Body of Former Top White House Chef Found

Walter Scheib went missing on NM hike

(Newser) - The body of former top White House chef Walter Scheib has been found more than a week after he disappeared in rough terrain near Taos, NM. State officials say the body of the 61-year-old, who had recently moved to the state from Florida, was found near a hiking trail, the... More »

Clues About Missing NJ Boy Surface 24 Years Later

Mark Himebaugh was last seen in 1991 leaving his house in Middle Township

(Newser) - Maureen Himebaugh has kept the same phone number for 24 years in the hopes that her now adult missing son might remember it and try to contact her. Mark Himebaugh was last seen at the age of 11 in 1991 leaving his family's house in Middle Township, NJ, reports... More »

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