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A New Clue Pops Up in Strange Case of Sherri Papini

Surveillance video shows formerly missing mom running near church shortly before she was found

(Newser) - A new clue in the case of Sherri Papini has emerged. A surveillance video shows the formerly missing California woman sprinting near a Jehovah's Witness church in Yolo County early on Thanksgiving last year, shortly before she was found by a trucker on an Interstate 5 ramp, per the... More »

Parents Demand Answers on 'Missing' Daughter Found Years Ago

Crissita Cage-Toaster's body was found in March 2010; her parents just found out last month

(Newser) - Almost eight years after their daughter's car was found abandoned in Detroit, a Georgia couple held out hope that the missing woman would be found alive. It was hope that should've been dashed within months. The body of Crissita Cage-Toaster was pulled from the Detroit River in March... More »

Woman Missing Since 1975 Found, With No Clues on Life

Flora Stevens disappeared 42 years ago after being dropped off at a doctor's appointment

(Newser) - A woman who disappeared from upstate New York 42 years ago has been found suffering from dementia and living in a Massachusetts assisted-living facility, authorities say. The sheriff's office in Sullivan County, NY, says Flora Stevens, 78, was using the last name Harris when detectives tracked her down this... More »

Man's Suicide Note Shares Location of Another Body

That of Michigan man's wife, missing teacher Theresa Lockhart

(Newser) - For nearly half a year, police in Portage, Mich., had searched for a beloved high school Spanish teacher who seemingly vanished in May. Her body was finally discovered this week—but it wasn't the first one officers came across. Officers initially found Theresa Lockhart's husband, Christopher Lockhart, dead... More »

The Clay Bust Looked Just Like Her Sister, Missing Since 1978

Inside a cold case in Tampa, Fla.

(Newser) - Sheila Williams loves watching the news, and a local segment caught her attention: Florida law enforcement and other officials would soon gather in Tampa for a symposium on cold cases. Maybe, she thought, they'd be able to talk with detectives there about Brenda, her sister who had been missing... More »

Police Find Body of Teacher Who Bailed Man Out

Suspect was arrested in her SUV on Monday

(Newser) - Police in Arizona believe they have found the body of Cathryn Gorospe, the kindergarten teacher who was last seen bailing a man out of Flagstaff's Cocinino County jail on Oct. 6. Police say the manner and cause of the Glendale woman's death is unknown, the Arizona Republic reports.... More »

Months After 3 Women Found Dead, a 4th Vanishes

Lumberton, NC, cops don't know if there's a connection

(Newser) - Family members are pleading for the safe return of Abby Lynn Patterson, a 20-year-old woman last seen getting into a brown Buick outside the family home in Lumberton, NC, on Sept. 5. The disappearance is especially troubling because three other women were found dead in the town, population 22,000,... More »

Key to 1989 Disappearance Could Be in Concrete Slab

Police are investigating whether woman's remains are entombed in the slab

(Newser) - Investigators hope tests on a three-ton hunk of concrete will soon solve the 1989 disappearance of a young mother, by determining whether her remains were fed through a wood chipper and then entombed in the basement of a Pennsylvania duplex. Sunbury Police Chief Tim Miller announced earlier this month that... More »

Pregnant Woman's Body Found in Plastic, in River

Savanna Greywind, 22, went missing Aug. 19

(Newser) - The plastic-wrapped body of a missing North Dakota woman was found caught on a log by kayakers in the Red River on Sunday evening, ending a search that began on Aug. 19. Fargo Police Chief David Todd says that around the same time Sunday, investigators identified what the Minneapolis Star ... More »

FBI: Grad Student Taken by Man Who Visited Kidnapping Sites

Authorities believe 26-year-old Yingying Zhang is dead

(Newser) - Authorities believe a Chinese grad student missing in Illinois is dead, abducted by a man who researched kidnappings on a fetish website, CNN reports. Yingying Zhang, 26, was last seen on surveillance video June 9 getting into a black Saturn Astra on the University of Illinois campus. According to the... More »

Police Now Believe That Mom Not Seen in 28 Years Was Killed

Cops reopen California cold case based on new evidence

(Newser) - Nearly 30 years after a California mother disappeared—her body has never been found—police got a break in the case. "About six months ago, we got a couple contacts from people who really wanted to get some things off their chest," Det. Jacob Blass of the Fremont... More »

Grandma Survives 5 Days Trapped in Car After Crash

Sharon Leaming lived on bananas until a family member found her

(Newser) - A 70-year-old Washington state woman has been reunited with loved ones after an ordeal that trapped her in her car at the bottom of an embankment for five days. KING-TV reports Sharon Leaming was driving back to Rochester from her vacation home in North Cove on Tuesday when she suffered... More »

Tenant Heard Tale of Missing Woman, Started to Dig

Skull he found may belong to Peggy Sue Case, Utah woman missing since 1988

(Newser) - The last time Peggy Sue Case was seen alive, at a party, Ronald Reagan was president. Her co-workers filed a missing-person report shortly after that July 1988 gathering, but no matter how much digging police did—both in their probe and literally, in the cellar of the 28-year-old's Utah... More »

Woman IDed 27 Years After Being Hit by 2 Cars, Killed

Andrea Kuiper's family finally has answers

(Newser) - On the night of April 1, 1990, a woman crossing the street in Huntington Beach was hit by one car, then a second, and died at the scene. For 27 years, police have tried to figure out who she was—and now she's finally been identified. Andrea Kuiper of... More »

She Says She's a Mermaid. Cops Need Help IDing Her

'Joanna,' found wandering wet and nearly naked in Fresno County, has webbed toes

(Newser) - She says she's a mermaid named Joanna, but California police are now trying to find out the real identity of a woman they found wandering in the middle of the street not far from a local casino, KFSN reports. KTLA notes the barely clothed woman with wet hair was... More »

Remains Found in Missouri ID'd as Missing 21-Year-Old

Police are trying to identify 2nd skull found at scene

(Newser) - Police in Missouri have had to give the parents of Jessica Runions the news they dreaded: One of two skulls found outside Kansas City this week is that of their 21-year-old daughter, who disappeared in September. Police say the case is now a homicide investigation, People reports. Authorities say that... More »

Skulls Found This Week May Belong to Missing Women

Authorities are hoping to identify the remains found outside Kansas City

(Newser) - The families of two missing women have been notified after the discovery of a pair of skulls this week outside Kansas City, the Kansas City Star reports. Kara Kopetsky was last seen in 2007; Jessica Runions disappeared last September. Neither woman's body has ever been found. The first skull... More »

Floating Suitcase Yields Horrific Mystery

Woman stuffed inside had starved to death

(Newser) - A floating suitcase found in an Italian harbor presented police with a horrific mystery—but not, as first believed, proof of another murder. Police say the suitcase brought ashore by sailors held the body of an Asian woman who had probably died of starvation—and who may have been alive,... More »

FBI Searching for Teen Who May Have Been Tossed Into Gator Pit

Brittanee Drexel went missing on spring break in 2009

(Newser) - Brittanee Drexel was 17 years old when she went missing while on spring break in Myrtle Beach in 2009; police believe she was murdered, but a body has never been found. But since Friday morning, FBI agents have been searching the woods at the end of a dusty dirt road... More »

Mother of 3 Found After Disappearing 11 Years Ago

Kayannette Gabrielle suddenly remembered her name after years of reported memory loss

(Newser) - A fall off an LA pier led to the unraveling of a mystery that's been haunting Kayannette Gabrielle's family for over a decade. People tells the story of the California woman, originally from Colorado, who disappeared from the lives of her grown kids in April 2006. At first... More »

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