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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 »

Sheriff Says Captors Burned Message Onto Sherri Papini

'It is not a symbol, but it was a message'

(Newser) - Not only was Sherri Papini apparently chained and beaten during her three-week abduction, but her kidnappers also allegedly burned a message into her skin, ABC News reports. Sheriff Tom Bosenko says the California woman who disappeared while jogging on Nov. 2 was branded by her captors. "I would think... More »

Police Say Missing Jogger's Story Holds Up

But officials haven't released additional details

(Newser) - California police still aren't revealing much about Sherri Papini's alleged kidnapping, but they do say that so far, her story holds up. "We currently have no reason to disbelieve Sherri Papini's story," said Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko on Sunday. "She was assaulted and... More »

Dispatcher: Missing Mom Was Chained, Beaten

Family 'overwhelmed with joy' after Sherri Papini found

(Newser) - The family of the missing California woman found alive on Thanksgiving has a lot of thanks to give. "We are overwhelmed with joy over how supportive everyone has been to bring us together as a family again," Sherri Papini's sister told reporters Friday, per KCRA . "Everyone'... More »

Missing Jogger Flags Down Car Weeks After Kidnapping

Papini was released by captors on rural road, sheriff says

(Newser) - Sherri Papini, the California mom who was found alive after vanishing three weeks ago, was released by her captors on a rural road early Thursday morning, Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko says. The sheriff told a press conference Thursday afternoon that Papini had been bound with restraints when she was... More »

Missing Jogger Found Alive After 3 Weeks

Sherri Papini has been reunited with husband, cops say

(Newser) - Amazing news from California: Sherri Papini, the mother of two who vanished after going for a jog Nov. 2, has been found alive, the New York Daily News reports. "She is safe, in stable condition, and receiving medical clearance at an undisclosed hospital," the Shasta County Sheriff’s... 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 »

Family Says They've Found Remains of Missing Hiker

Annie Schmidt, 21, disappeared last month in Oregon

(Newser) - The remains of a 21-year-old hiker missing since last month have been found at the bottom of a cliff in Oregon, her family says. KATU reports that clothing and personal items were found with human remains off a trail in the Columbia River Gorge near where Annie Schmidt's car... 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 »

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 »

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 »

After Woman's Disappearance, a Chilling Arrest

Kylr Yust was eyed in still-unsolved 2007 case

(Newser) - After 17-year-old Kara Kopetsky disappeared without a trace in 2007, ex-boyfriend Kylr Yust was considered a person of interest but was never charged. Now Yust, said to be 27 or 28, is a suspect in another disappearance—and the circumstances are chilling. Witnesses say Yust was the last person seen... More »

FBI Has Horrifying Theory on Missing Teen

Authorities believe Brittanee Drexel, 17, was raped and tossed into gator pit

(Newser) - The FBI believes Brittanee Drexel, a 17-year-old girl vacationing in South Carolina, was kidnapped, sexually assaulted, and dumped in a gator pit after disappearing from Myrtle Beach in 2009, USA Today reports. According to NBC New York , it's the first time the FBI has given its thoughts on what... More »

Teen Missing in Grand Teton Tried to Flee Searchers

Fauna Jackson also changed her clothes and hair

(Newser) - A 16-year-old girl who went missing Thursday in Grand Teton National Park apparently didn't want to be found. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Fauna Jackson of Ohio was found Saturday morning but attempted to escape when approached by authorities. She had also cut and dyed her hair and changed her... More »

Body Found at Grand Canyon Likely That of Missing Woman

Diana Zacarias was reported missing back in April

(Newser) - Authorities believe they've found the body of a woman who disappeared nearly four months ago at the Grand Canyon, the AP reports. According to the Arizona Republic , the family of Diana Zacarias, a 22-year-old from Louisiana, reported her missing April 3. She was last seen at the Grand Canyon'... More »

Police Think They've Found Body of Missing Biker

Suspect with chilling record arrested

(Newser) - Police have made an arrest in the disappearance of Ohio woman Sierah Joughin —and they believe they've found the body of the missing 20-year-old, who was last seen riding her bike on Tuesday evening. Fulton County Sheriff Roy Miller says James Dean Worley, 57, was arrested early Friday,... More »

Worrying Finds After Woman Vanishes While Biking

Ohio authorities plead for help finding Sierah Joughin

(Newser) - Authorities in Fulton County, Ohio, are asking for the public's help after making some worrying finds in the search for a 20-year-old woman who disappeared Tuesday evening. University of Toledo student Sierah Joughin was last seen out riding with her boyfriend before they went different ways near a high... More »

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