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Mom, 3-Year-Old Son Vanish in Oregon

Karissa and Billy Fretwell missing since May 13

(Newser) - An Oregon mom and her 3-year-old son have not been seen or heard from since May 13. The family of Karissa Alyn Fretwell, 25, and son William (Billy) Fretwell reported the pair missing last week, the Salem Statesman Journal reports, and Salem police are asking the public to report any... More »

Family Offers Reward for Missing Hiker

Amanda Eller vanished on a trail in Maui on Wednesday

(Newser) - A desperate search is underway on the Hawaiian island of Maui for a 35-year-old experienced hiker who went for a hike on Wednesday and didn't return. The family of Amanda Eller is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to her safe return, reports Maui News . Eller went... More »

US Couple Vanishes During Caribbean Vacation

New York couple went missing in Dominican Republic

(Newser) - Orlando Moore and Portia Ravenelle set out for the Dominican Republic last month, but they didn't make their flight home on March 27—and the New York couple hasn't been heard from since. The last picture they are believed to have posted to social media shows them riding... More »

Body Found at Home of Missing Mouseketeer

Dennis Day was reported missing 8 months ago

(Newser) - The case of a missing Mouseketeer may be breaking wide open. Law enforcement agencies began searching the Oregon home of former child actor Dennis Day on Thursday and found a body there the next day, the Medford Mail Tribune reports. It remains unidentified, but could be a big development in... More »

Hope, Then Devastation: Details Emerge on Missing Boy Hoax

Investigators: Brian Rini says he learned about Timmothy Pitzen, who vanished in 2011, from TV

(Newser) - An "astounding" story turned into a crushing blow for the family of a missing Illinois boy, and now there are a slew of questions surrounding the man who prosecutors say impersonated him. A young man turned up in the streets of Newport, Ky., on Wednesday, claiming to be Timmothy... More »

She Showed Up for Her First 2 Days of Work Then Vanished

Indiana's Najah Ferrell has been missing since March 15

(Newser) - Najah Ferrell had just started a new job at an Indianapolis Panera last month, but on her third day she didn't show up for work. Someone finally reported the 30-year-old mom of five missing, and now Indiana cops are on the hunt in what one local officer is calling... More »

Dad Vanished While Swimming. Then Story 'Started to Crumble'

Calif. authorities are on the lookout for Kim Gordon, who was reported missing by teen son

(Newser) - An odd story out of California that involves a Scottish man who vanished while apparently on vacation in the States has more questions than answers. Law and Crime reports that officials in Monterey County received a missing-person report on Feb. 25 from the teen son of Kim Gordon, with the... More »

Young Mom Vanishes on Birthday Outing

Jassy Correia, unknown male got into car early Sunday in Boston

(Newser) - Police in Boston are searching for a woman who's been missing since she went out Saturday night to celebrate her 23rd birthday. Jassy Correia was with friends at Venu nightclub and was later seen in the company of a man police are now trying to track down, reports WCVB... More »

Ex-Mouseketeer Vanishes Amid Husband's Dementia Battle

Dennis Day last seen at his Oregon home in July

(Newser) - Despite a dementia diagnosis, Ernie Caswell noticed when his partner of 46 years failed to visit him in the hospital last summer. It was out of character for Dennis Day—an actor and original Mouseketeer on The Mickey Mouse Club, per the Mail Tribune —who rarely left Caswell's... More »

Woman Missing for 18 Years Found in Sister's Freezer

Jasmina Dominic was last seen in 2000

(Newser) - Police in Croatia believe a family that reported a woman missing in 2005 had actually killed her years earlier and stored her body in a freezer. The body of Jasmina Dominic, who was 23 in 2000, when she was last seen, was found in a freezer in the hallway of... More »

She Said Son Vanished at Swap Meet. Cops Call It a 'Diversion'

Amy Fleming accused of killing 3-year-old son in Las Vegas in 1986

(Newser) - More than three decades after police fruitlessly searched a Las Vegas swap meet for a missing 3-year-old, his mother has been charged with murder. Amy Fleming, 60, was arrested in Florida on Jan. 29 and is being extradited to Nevada to face a charge that she killed her son before... More »

She Disappeared 15 Years Ago. Now, a Possible Break

Father says search suggests remains are under floor near where Maura Murray disappeared

(Newser) - Fifteen years after 21-year-old Maura Murray disappeared following a car crash in rural New Hampshire, her father believes newly gathered information will lead to her remains, per the AP . The University of Massachusetts-Amherst nursing student left campus Feb. 9, 2004, and drove into New Hampshire without telling friends or family... More »

Month After Giving Birth to Twins, Mom Vanishes

Savannah Spurlock also has two older children

(Newser) - Tuesday is Savannah Spurlock's 23rd birthday, but the Kentucky mom of four isn't with her family to celebrate. She's been missing for more than a month, and this week the search is focused on corn fields and a bridge near the home where Spurlock was last tracked,... More »

Boy Who Went Missing for 2 Days Says He Had Company

North Carolina's Casey Hathaway, 3, says he 'hung out with a bear'

(Newser) - Little Casey Hathaway can now check "hung out with a bear" off his bucket list. At least, that's according to the 3-year-old himself, who says that's what he did while he was missing in the woods of North Carolina for two days, the Charlotte Observer reports. "... More »

Before His Plane Vanished, Soccer Player's Message: I'm 'So Scared'

Officials are focusing search on possibility Emiliano Sala is on a life raft, but odds don't look good

(Newser) - For 15 hours on Tuesday, rescuers searched for any sign of a plane that was carrying Cardiff City soccer player Emiliano Sala and one other, with no luck—and now local police are saying chances of the missing fliers' survival is "slim." That's per the BBC , which... More »

Missing Woman Found Alive, Kidnap Suspect Arrested

Boston woman disappeared Saturday night

(Newser) - "We are beyond happy to have Liviy home," mother Heather Ambrose said after Olivia, one of her twin 23-year-old daughters, was found alive. Olivia Ambrose, who disappeared during a night out with her sister and friends Saturday night, was hospitalized for evaluation after she was found in a... More »

She Went to a Boston Bar With Her Twin, Then Vanished

Police are searching for person of interest in Olivia Ambrose's disappearance

(Newser) - A 23-year-old woman went out dancing in Boston Saturday night—and hasn't been seen or heard from since. Olivia "Liviy" Ambrose was with a group including her twin sister, friends from college, and fellow volleyball team members. Her sister, Francesca, tells MassLive Olivia was last seen around 10pm,... More »

15 Years After He Vanished Without a Trace, Hope

Daniel Yuen's family thinks he's living in San Diego

(Newser) - Nearly 15 years after Daniel Yuen disappeared without a trace at age 16, his family has "the best news we've had in so long"—but they still don't have Daniel back. The mystery began in January 2004, when Yuen's family sent the teen, who'd... More »

A 'Glorious Day' in Jayme Closs' Hometown, a Suspect Named

Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, has been charged with kidnapping Wisconsin teen, killing her parents

(Newser) - Jayme Closs is alive , and new details are emerging. The 13-year-old Wisconsin girl, who went missing in October from her Barron home, where her parents were found shot dead, turned up about 60 miles away near Gordon Thursday after fleeing her captor. In what Barron Area School District Superintendent Diane... More »

Cops: Family Staged Baby's Kidnapping for Grim Reason

Police think 8-month-old King Jay Davila of Texas is probably dead

(Newser) - A Texas man and his mother have been charged with evidence tampering, but cops think the true crime is worse: that something terrible happened to the man's 8-month-old son, and that he had something to do with it. "Statements from multiple witnesses unfortunately lead us to believe that... More »

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