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He Was Cutting the Grass. Then, a Body Under a Mattress

Worker discovers remains of missing mom Tiffany Smitherman Osborne in Alabama industrial area

(Newser) - A worker cutting grass in an industrial area made a grisly discovery this week—the body of a missing mom of three who vanished after reportedly leaving her home in Midfield, Ala., in February. Sergeant Michael Jeffries of the Midfield Police Department says the worker found the decomposing body of... More »

She Says Boy Was Too Tired to Walk. Now, a Grim Find

Body of 5-year-old found near Alaskan hiking trail after mom says she had to leave him to seek help

(Newser) - The body of a 5-year-old boy has been found near an Alaskan hiking trail days after his mother left him in search of help. Ketchikan's Jennifer Treat, 36, and her son, Jaxson Brown, had set out on the 13.7-mile Lunch Creek Trail on Revillagigedo Island on Wednesday before... More »

Burned Skull of Teen Mom Missing Since 2010 Turns Up

Prosecutor says 'multiple witnesses ... ought to be pretty nervous' in case of Paige Johnson

(Newser) - The remains of a teenage mother who disappeared in Kentucky nearly a decade ago have been found across the state line in Ohio. Paige Johnson was just 17 when she vanished in Covington on Sept. 23, 2010, after going to a party with friends. Various searches failed to turn up... More »

Family of Ex-FBI Agent Gets Worst Possible News

Robert Levinson's family says they believe he has died in Iranian custody

(Newser) - The US government has concluded that retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, who vanished more than a decade ago, has died while in the custody of Iran, his family said Wednesday. Shortly after the family's announcement, President Trump told reporters that "I won't accept that he's dead,... More »

Grim Find in Case of Missing Colorado Boy

Officials say body found in Florida Panhandle is likely that of Gannon Stauch

(Newser) - Officials in Florida are delivering some bad news in the case of missing Colorado boy Gannon Stauch . CNN reports that a body was found in the Florida Panhandle this week, and it's likely that of 11-year-old Gannon Stauch, who vanished from Colorado Springs in January. Per a release from... More »

Missing Teen Cowgirl Found Dead

Britney Ujlaky was last seen getting in a green pickup truck with a mystery man in Nevada

(Newser) - A 16-year-old cowgirl who volunteered at a local Nevada ranch grooming horses and who hoped to one day be a rodeo queen and makeup artist will never get that chance. Per the AP , the Elko County Sheriff's Office says the body of Spring Creek teen Gabrielle Ujlaky, called Britney... More »

Cops Asked Him to Hand Over His Daughter. He Hit the Gas

Man dies after driving pickup truck into Kansas river; 2-year-old still missing

(Newser) - A Kansas mom who went to work as usual Wednesday morning soon started receiving concerning updates from locals that her boyfriend had been seen buying liquor at a grocery store, their 2-year-old daughter in tow. Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet tells NBC News that the unidentified woman called her boyfriend—... More »

Mother of 3 Vanishes After Leaving Home

She left newborn with boyfriend to go to store

(Newser) - Family members are pleading for the public's help in finding Tiffany Smitherman Osborne, a mother of three who disappeared after leaving her home in Midfield, Ala., three weeks ago. Police say Osborne's boyfriend has told them she went out around 11pm on Feb. 17 to walk to a... More »

Authorities: Remains Are Likely Missing Toddler

Officials believe 15-month-old Evelyn Boswell has been found on Tennessee property

(Newser) - In a case "unlike anything," an apparent ending no one wanted. In what the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation calls a "heartbreaking update," NBC News and ABC News report that authorities believe remains found Friday on a Tennessee property are those of missing toddler Evelyn Mae Boswell.... More »

Gannon's Mom on Stepmom's Arrest: 'She Will Pay 100%'

Letecia Stauch arrested in connection with disappearance of Gannon Stauch, 11

(Newser) - The stepmother of Gannon Stauch, the Colorado 11-year-old missing since Jan. 27 , has been arrested on suspicion of murdering the boy. No body has been found, but authorities say they believe Gannon Stauch is dead. Letecia Stauch told investigators she last saw her stepson at home before he left in... More »

She Vanished From a Beach. Now, Her Husband's Arrest

Sonam Saxena accused of 2nd-degree murder during family's annual Hawaii vacation

(Newser) - A Washington state family's annual Hawaii vacation has ended in apparent tragedy, with the dad now in police custody. People reports that 43-year-old Sonam Saxena, a product manager for Google Cloud, has been arrested on one count of second-degree murder after he told cops his wife disappeared after a... More »

Police Release School Bus Footage of Missing Girl

Search continues for Faye Swetlik, 6, in South Carolina

(Newser) - Police investigating the disappearance of a 6-year-old girl in Cayce, S.C., say the search continues despite social media rumors that a body had been found. Authorities have released footage of Faye Swetlik getting off a school bus on Monday afternoon, shortly before she was reported missing from her front... More »

In SC, a Frantic Search for Missing 6-Year-Old

Faye Marie Swetlik of Cayce was last seen around 3:45pm Monday

(Newser) - Police and family members in South Carolina are desperately searching for a 6-year-old girl who returned home from school Monday only to vanish from her front yard. Faye Marie Swetlik of Cayce was reported missing at 5pm, roughly an hour after she was last seen playing outside her home in... More »

Young Couple Missing for Days Found Dead in California Forest

Bodies of Paul Stockwell, Ria Williams discovered near Big Bear Lake

(Newser) - The bodies of a young couple who hadn't been seen since Jan. 29 have been found near a Southern California hiking trail. Officials say the bodies of Paul Arthur Stockwell Jr., 29, and his girlfriend, Ria Gabriella Williams, 27, were found around 1:30pm Monday. Deputies who were looking... More »

'Items of Interest' Found in Case of Long-Missing Student

Authorities searched California home of last person to see Kristin Smart

(Newser) - A breakthrough could be near in the case of Kristin Smart, a Cal Poly student who vanished after attending an off-campus party almost 24 years ago. The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office says "items of interest" were recovered Wednesday after search warrants were served at four locations... More »

Missing Boy's Stepmom Left Home With Him, Returned Alone

Leticia Stauch was last person to see 11-year-old Gannon on Jan. 27

(Newser) - The search for an 11-year-old boy reported missing a week ago in Colorado Springs is intensifying, with surveillance video seeming to contradict the initial version of events offered by his stepmother. Leticia Stauch reported Gannon Stauch missing on Jan. 27, telling authorities he had left his home in the Lorson... More »

Kayaker's Lost Phone Ends Up Saving Him

Mark Miele, 67, didn't return Jan. 29 as planned

(Newser) - A kayaker who went missing during a solo trip in the Florida Everglades was found alive after his cell phone washed up on a riverbank and authorities were able to recover data showing where he'd been. A helicopter crew then spotted Mark Miele, 67, and led a marine unit... More »

Cops Find Missing Teenager as Psychics Had Predicted

Group had gathered at Haylee Martin's home

(Newser) - A group of psychics met at the Kentucky home of a missing 17-year-old on Thursday night as part of the investigation into her disappearance. The Franklin County sheriff says he was skeptical, but "did not want to leave any stone unturned" in the search for Haylee Marie Martin, the... More »

American Tourist Disappears From Tour Group in Belize

Arizona woman had gone on an overnight trip to a small island with others

(Newser) - An American woman vacationing in Belize has been reported missing after going on an overnight side trip to a small island. When members of the tour group awoke about 6am Saturday, Alison MacKenzie, 43, was no longer with them, ABC News reports. More than a dozen people, including MacKenzie's... More »

Woman Missing for 6 Years Found in Submerged Car

New Jersey woman was last seen in 2014

(Newser) - Diving contractors clearing debris from the Salem River in southern New Jersey alerted authorities after a grim discovery: A badly mangled vehicle that appeared to have human remains inside. Inside the vehicle, authorities found the body of Vanessa Smallwood, who was last seen at a dry cleaning business in Cherry... More »

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