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Man Hunting for Antlers Solves 2-Year-Old Mystery

Skeletal remains of missing MMA fighter turn up instead

(Newser) - A man looking for deer antlers in the Missouri woods came across something much more grim—the skeletal remains of a missing amateur MMA fighter. The fighter, David Koenig, was staying at a friend’s motel in Branson, Missouri, when he texted friends that he might be in trouble, NBC...

Missing Student Found in Suspect's Coal Room

Police in Utah say Madelyn Allen was held against her will for several days

(Newser) - Police in Utah say a man was taken into custody Saturday night after a student who had been missing since Monday was found in his basement coal room, naked and covered in coal. Candlelight vigils planned for Sunday at Snow College became "gatherings of gratitude" after police confirmed that...

Remains Found in Search for Ex-NFL Player's Girlfriend

Kevin Ware has not been charged in the case

(Newser) - Human remains have been found in the monthslong search for the girlfriend of an ex-NFL player, a Texas woman missing since April. Taylor Pomaski, 29, was last seen at a party at her home in Spring, Texas, NBC News reports. Authorities believed she may have been the victim of foul...

After Dumpster Is Searched, Arrest in Missing Woman Case

Kathleen Moore's body has now been found

(Newser) - Update: The body of missing Florida woman Kathleen Moore was found Tuesday. Moore, whose boyfriend has been charged with her murder, was found under thick brush around 50 yards from his home, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Her manner of death has not yet been released, WTSP reports. Our original ...

Peng Shuai Reappears At Youth Tennis Event

Chinese tennis star vanished after accusing Communist official of sexual assault

(Newser) - Missing tennis star Peng Shuai reappeared in public Sunday at a youth tournament in Beijing, according to photos released by the organizer, as the ruling Communist Party tried to quell fears abroad while suppressing information in China about Peng after she accused a senior leader of sexual assault. The post...

Teen Who Disappeared for 24 Hours: I Was Kidnapped
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Teen: She Lied

Prosecutor on 'Kidnapped' Teen: She Lied

17-year-old turned up bloody at French eatery after vanishing 24 hours earlier, claiming an abduction

(Newser) - Update: She wasn't abducted after all. A 17-year-old who vanished during a run, then turned up bloody 24 hours later at an eatery in western France, claiming she'd been kidnapped by two men, has now admitted she made the whole thing up, reports the BBC . Local prosecutor Celine...

In Case of Missing Geologist, an 11-Mile Discrepancy

Based on odometer, Daniel Robinson's father thinks his son's SUV crashed elsewhere

(Newser) - The mystery of what happened to Daniel Robinson deepens, with his father now disputing the most recent developments in the case . Working with collision reconstruction company San Tan Recon, the police department in Buckeye, Ariz., says forensic data from the the 24-year-old geologist's SUV suggests the Jeep Renegade rolled...

Missing Geologist Crashed in Ravine. That Wasn't the End

Collision report suggests Daniel Robinson may have tried to restart rolled vehicle

(Newser) - Update: The wrecked vehicle of geologist Daniel Robinson, who's been missing in Arizona since June, sped up immediately before it crashed into a desert ravine, the Buckeye Police Department said Wednesday. The acceleration may "indicate an attempt to drive up the other side of the ravine," police...

After 60 Years, 'Unknown Boy' Who Died in Crash Has a Name

Danny Armantrout was fleeing abusive home in Tennessee

(Newser) - The short, unhappy life of Danny Armantrout ended when he drowned in an Alabama river after a car crash on March 27, 1961—but the 15-year-old was known only as "Unknown Boy" for the next 60 years. He was finally identified last week with the help of forensic genealogy,...

Woman Vanishes While Searching for Missing Son

Police in Tulsa say hunters found remains of son's friend Jack Grimes

(Newser) - A Tulsa mother disappeared while searching for her missing son and foul play has not been ruled out in both disappearances, police say. Glenda "Cookie" Parton, 80, was last seen while driving on Oct. 25. A day earlier, her son Dwayne Selby, 56, and his friend Jack Grimes, 76,...

Missing Woman Found Dead in Wrecked Vehicle

Courtney Bryan vanished and now we know why

(Newser) - A wrecked car and the body inside have solved a Nevada missing persons case that's been plaguing a family for a month. Per NBC News , the remains of 32-year-old Courtney Bryan and her dog, Booch, were discovered in a crash site off a steep embankment off Highway 101 in...

Lost Hiker Ignored Rescuers&#39; Calls Due to Unknown Number
Lost Hiker Did Not Pick Up
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Lost Hiker Did Not Pick Up Calls From Unknown Number

Person spent 24 hours on Colorado's Mount Elbert as a result

(Newser) - A lost hiker who spent 24 hours on Colorado's highest mountain ignored repeated phone calls from a search and rescue crew because they came from an unknown number. The unidentified hiker had set out on the 14,440-foot-tall peak on the morning of Oct. 18 but did not return...

23 Years After Pregnant Mom, Toddler Vanished, Car Found

Volunteers may have solved cold case

(Newser) - A pregnant woman put her 22-month-old daughter in her car, left to go to a concert, and never came home. Her car, with human remains inside, was found Tuesday—23 years later. Samantha Hopper’s plan was to drop off Courtney Holt, her toddler daughter, then go on to a...

One Minute She Was There, the Next She&#39;d &#39;Evaporated&#39;
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Lauren Cho
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Remains of Missing Lauren Cho Are Identified

New Jersey woman, 30, died after going missing near Joshua Tree National Park in California

(Newser) - Update: Remains found in in the desert of California's Yucca Valley earlier this month have been identified as those of New Jersey music teacher Lauren Cho, 30, who disappeared at the end of June. However, the cause of death has not yet been determined, reports KTLA , and the results...

Cause of Death Announced for Grad Student Found in River

Coroner says Jelani Day, 25, drowned in Illinois River; Day's family says he was murdered

(Newser) - Update: Jelani Day, the Illinois State University grad student found dead in the Illinois River on Sept. 4, died by drowning, a coroner announced Monday. LaSalle County Coroner Richard Ploch noted the autopsy wasn't ideal, as the body had decomposed and been visited by predators. Still, "there was...

Police Searched His House. He Was Found Dead Months Later

United exec Jake Cefolia disappeared in August

(Newser) - A United Airlines executive who mysteriously disappeared in August was found dead in a nature preserve Sunday. Jake Cefolia was under criminal investigation when his ex-wife, Kristine Cefolia, reported him missing. Police say they found his remains hanging from a tree in Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve in Illinois, People reports....

Bone Found Inside Submerged SUV Belonging to Missing Mom, Kids

Stephanie Van Nguyen's SUV was found in the Ohio River after nearly 20 years

(Newser) - Update: A bone has been found in the SUV of a mother who's been missing for nearly two decades along with her two children. Anthropologists believe the bone is human, CBS News reports. Lab testing will make the final determination. Our original story from Sunday follows:

Calif. Cops Take Fresh Look at Teen's 1986 Disappearance

Susan Bender's mom has long suspected a family acquaintance

(Newser) - California police are looking for the public's help in wrapping up the 35-year-old disappearance of a teenage girl . Susan Robin Bender was 15 when a friend saw her get into a green van at a Greyhound bus station in Modesto on the afternoon of April 25, 1986. Susan claimed...

Missing Hiker Found Dead After Petito Search Shot Himself

Bob Lowery had been missing since Aug. 20

(Newser) - Update: A cause of death has been determined for the Texas father found dead in Wyoming after the search for Gabby Petito brought fresh attention to the missing persons case. Robert "Bob" Lowery, 46, committed suicide via a gunshot wound to the head, NBC News and Yahoo News report....

Man Accused of Entering Missing Teen&#39;s Home Is Found Dead

Missing Student's Remains Found

Miya Marcano, 19, had disappeared a week ago in Florida

(Newser) - Update: The body of a college student who had been missing for a week has been found in Florida, authorities said Saturday. Authorities discovered Miya Marcano's remains at an apartment building, the AP reports. Orange County Sheriff John Mina said the cause of death is not yet known. Cellphone...

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