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A Car Crash, a Vanishing, Very Few Answers

Maura Murray's family is still searching for nursing student 13 years later

(Newser) - A mystery involving a missing 21-year-old New Hampshire woman is now entering its 14th year, but for the family of Maura Murray, the pain of each day is fresh. "It really isn't any better than it ever was," dad Fred Murray tells the Boston Globe , determined to... More »

DOD Jumps Into Mystery of Vanished WWII Sailors

More than 130 deemed 'missing' after ship explosion could be in Long Island cemetery

(Newser) - Could we be one step closer to finding more than 130 US sailors who went missing after a World War II catastrophe? More than 70 years after the USS Turner exploded and sank near New York Harbor—leaving about half of the 300 or so men aboard alive, the other... More »

The Unidentified Man Who Maybe Should've Stayed That Way

BBC helps solve the mysterious, sad tale of Roger Curry

(Newser) - "Roger Curry" was all that the gentleman with the American accent said when asked his name, and he said it only once. Thus begins the strange story Darragh MacIntyre spins for the BBC , following the mysterious trail of a man found wandering a parking lot in England in late... More »

Hong Kong Billionaire Has Mysteriously Gone Missing

Mystery deepens on whereabouts, reason for alleged abduction of Xiao Jianhua

(Newser) - A website rumor was just the start of a mystery that involves a missing Canadian billionaire and a possible abduction from a ritzy Hong Kong hotel by Chinese cops. The BBC reports on Xiao Jianhua, who was reported missing over the weekend and has been the subject of conflicting reports... More »

Muslim Marine Trainee Killed Himself ... or Did He?

Mystery of Raheel Siddiqui's death gets closer look from 'Esquire'

(Newser) - The Marine Corps Recruit Depot at South Carolina's Parris Island hosts nearly 20,000 recruits each year for 12 weeks of basic training. Alex French looks into the journey of one recruit, Raheel Siddiqui, for Esquire's March issue, exploring the 20-year-old Muslim's likely first moments at the... More »

Flight Attendants Still Have No Answer on What's Ailing Them

Thousands of AA attendants have had bad reactions since new uniforms arrived

(Newser) - American Airlines flight attendants demanded a full recall of their new uniforms last month, convinced the new attire was making many of them sick—but after a slew of testing, the airline still can't definitively say what the issue is, or if the uniforms are involved at all, Bloomberg... More »

Netflix to Debut Mystery Show Friday, and It Looks Freaky

Very little info has been released on 'The OA'

(Newser) - Netflix is letting everyone unwrap an early Christmas present on Friday: an eight-episode series that has remained a virtual mystery. Time notes The OA—starring Brit Marling as a young woman who comes back to her family after vanishing seven years earlier—looks like it's going to meld "... More »

Mystery Death Perhaps Tied to Poison, Profits, and Putin

No one is sure who killed Alexander Perepilichny (or if he was killed), but signs point to Kremlin

(Newser) - A healthy 44-year-old man collapses while jogging in a posh London suburb and dies an "unexplained" death, per police, and of course there's more to this already intriguing-sounding story. Jeffrey E. Stern wades through the weeds of the mysterious 2012 death of Alexander Perepilichny for the Atlantic , detailing... More »

3 Shipwrecks Sat on the Seabed. Then They Were Gone

Salvage companies eyed in Java Sea mystery

(Newser) - In 2002, divers stumbled upon the wrecks of three Dutch warships that took 900 crew members to their watery graves during World War II's Battle of the Java Sea. Finding them again has so far proved, well, impossible. Divers hoping to examine the wrecks ahead of the 75th anniversary... 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 »

Mysterious Illness Paralyzing Kids Across US Again

Acute flaccid myelitis makes a comeback after no new cases were reported in 2015

(Newser) - It was a quiet 2015 after dozens of people, mostly children, fell gravely ill in 2014 from a mysterious condition called acute flaccid myelitis, which first presents as a cold but quickly escalates to polio-like symptoms, including paralysis. It is quiet no longer as the Centers for Disease Control confirms... More »

There's a Mysterious Sound Coming From Canada's Arctic

Canadian military, however, found nothing odd

(Newser) - Something appears to be making a mysterious "pinging" noise on the sea floor of the Canadian Arctic. Inuit hunters in a remote community in Nunavut first reported the sound—also described as a "hum" or "beep"—complaining that it was scaring away marine animals in an... More »

Modern Literary Mystery May Be Solved

Italian journalist thinks he knows who the real Elena Ferrante is

(Newser) - It's what the New York Times calls "one of the most intriguing literary mysteries in recent history." But now Elena Ferrante, author of several best-selling novels who has lived under that pseudonym since the early 1990s, appears to have been unmasked by Italian journalist Claudio Gatti. In... More »

Sisters Found Dead at Luxury Resort and No One Knows Why

Robin and Annie Korkki from Minnesota were found 'unresponsive' in Seychelles villa

(Newser) - Two sisters from Minnesota described by their brother as "experienced foreign travelers" were found dead last week while on vacation in the Seychelles, an archipelago off the east coast of Africa—and no one yet knows why, CBS Minnesota reports. Workers at the Maia Luxury Resort on the island... More »

Mystery Man Who Returned 9/11 Flag Steps Forward

Brian Browne says he had iconic flag in his home for 8 years without knowing it was the one

(Newser) - A man named Brian showed up at a Washington state firehouse two years ago, dropped off a reputed piece of history, and left, creating a mystery that Everett detectives and others have been trying to solve—until now. The item he dropped off is believed to be the American flag... More »

The Villain of Pearl Harbor Might've Lost a Gold Tooth

Dick Portillo thinks he's found it

(Newser) - An American history buff was leading an expedition through Papua New Guinea last year when one of his companions noticed something shiny sticking out of the mud at the site of a 1943 plane crash. It turned out to be a small gold tooth, but it wasn't the material... More »

9/11 Flag Lost, Then Found, but How Remains a Mystery

The flag's original owner has donated it to the Sept. 11 museum

(Newser) - On Sept. 11, 2001, three firefighters removed a flag and its pole from a yacht that had been moored at a marina on the Hudson River and raised it at Ground Zero, and photojournalist Thomas E. Franklin captured the moment for the northern New Jersey paper The Record. It's... More »

Are You the Heir of This Mystery Crime Author?

Publisher saving royalties for Clifton Robbins' relatives

(Newser) - If only the detective from Clifton Robbins' crime novels could hop off the page and give his new publisher a hand. Scott Pack of Canelo imprint Abandoned Bookshop has been searching high and low for Robbins' relatives after discovering the novelist's 80-year-old works and deciding to publish two as... More »

The 'East Bay Walls' Continue to Confound

San Francisco archeologist says there is much to learn from mysterious rock walls

(Newser) - Hikers in San Francisco know them well: miles of stacked stones spanning portions of the rugged hills overlooking the East Bay. The crude walls have been compared to Easter Island and Stonehenge because like those two ancient sites, their origins are shrouded in mystery. No historical documents exist to shed... More »

'Purple Blob' on Ocean Floor Baffles Scientists

It could be a new species of sea slug

(Newser) - Scientists exploring the seafloor around California's Channel Islands have made a strange discovery. They just aren't exactly sure what it is. While studying deep-sea coral via a remotely operated vehicle, scientists on the research vessel E/V Nautilus noticed a "dark purple blob" with a pink center on... More »

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