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America Is Forgetting All About Vanished Teen

Karlie Guse wandered off into the unknown

(Newser) - A Wisconsin teen's violent kidnapping last year drew media attention and a nation-wide sigh of relief when she turned up safe . But California teen Karlie Guse, who vanished around the same time, may be nearly forgotten. "It has been seven months," her mother Lindsay Fairley tells Fox... More »

For 7 Years, She Plotted Her Escape From 'Caged Luxury'

Then UAE princess Latifa Bint Mohammed al-Maktoum was abducted as she tried to flee

(Newser) - "I'm making this video, because it could be the last video I make. Pretty soon, I'm going to be leaving somehow, and I'm not so sure of the outcome, but I'm 99% positive it will work." Those words are from a YouTube video recorded... More »

Woman's Last Text: 'It's Pretty Sketchy Here'

Carla Stefaniak, 36, was visiting Costa Rica for her birthday

(Newser) - A Florida woman has gone missing in Costa Rica after visiting for her birthday and getting into an unknown car, WFLA reports. Carla Stefaniak, 36, was scheduled to return Wednesday, the day after her fellow traveler/sister-in-law flew back—but Stefaniak never made the plane. "She totally went missing, ghosted... More »

Photojournalist Aired Abuses in China. Now He's Missing

Wife says Lu Guang was last heard from on Nov. 3

(Newser) - A renowned photojournalist whose images have shed light on the challenges of China's economic rise hasn't been heard from in almost a month and is believed to be in state custody. Lu Guang, a first-place winner at the 2004 World Press Photo awards, had been meeting with photographers... More »

35-Year Mystery Stirs as Vatican Finds Bones

Emanuela Orlandi's family hopes to 'bring her home'

(Newser) - The discovery of human bones at a property next to the Vatican's embassy to Italy has renewed hope of solving a 35-year-old disappearance, which some claim involves the Vatican itself. Rome's chief prosecutor is working to identify the bones found during renovation work at the Vatican property in... More »

X-Men Actress Vanished in China, Said to Be 'Under Control'

Fan Bingbing, rumored to be nabbed for tax evasion, got 0% 'socially responsible' rating

(Newser) - Academics at Beijing Normal University recently compiled a report ranking how "socially responsible" Chinese celebrities are, and China's highest-paid actress , Fan Bingbing, received a 0% rating—which would be eyebrow-raising enough, except that Fan has also gone missing. The BBC reports the 36-year-old X-Men actress, model, and singer... More »

He Called Family's Vanishing a Nightmare. Then He Was Arrested

Chris Watts' wife, two young daughters have been missing since Monday

(Newser) - Authorities say the husband of a missing family in Colorado has been arrested in connection with the case. The Frederick Police Department says Chris Watts was taken into custody, reports the AP . Watt's pregnant wife, 34-year-old Shanann Watts, and their two daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste, were reported... More »

Where Women Vanish, Someone Is Tracking Them

Student Annita Lucchesi creates a database to track missing indigenous women

(Newser) - Ashley Loring liked writing poetry, riding horseback, and experiencing the low rumble of distant storms. "She wasn't scared of anything," her mother Loxie says at Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana, per NPR . "And for how small she is, she was..." At that point Loxie fights... More »

He Was Missing for 35 Years, Right Under Everyone's Nose

Colleagues knew him as cheerful health benefits consultant for University of California

(Newser) - An Air Force officer with top security clearance who deserted 35 years ago and was arrested in California last week worked for years as a consultant for the University of California system, former colleagues said. University system colleagues knew William Howard Hughes Jr. as a personable, brainy number cruncher for... More »

Note on Dollar Bill Could Be Cold-Case Clue

It names 11-year-old girl who vanished in Arizona in 1999

(Newser) - It happened in the 90 seconds it took her younger sister to dash home and back. Where Mikelle Biggs had last been seen riding her bike, waiting for an ice cream truck to arrive, her sister found only a discarded bike and a sprinkling of quarters. Nineteen years later and... More »

Before Vanishing, CDC Doctor Made Odd Request to Neighbor

Timothy Cunningham learned why he wouldn't be promoted at last sighting

(Newser) - The Harvard-educated doctor missing for more than two weeks had recently been denied a promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with an explanation provided to him on the day he was last seen. After arriving at work on Feb. 12, Timothy Cunningham met with his supervisor, who... More »

Calif. Mom Has Been Missing Since Super Bowl

Boyfriend says Ashley Holloway vanished after leaving party

(Newser) - Friends and family are searching for a missing mother of three who was reportedly last seen leaving a Super Bowl party in California 12 days ago. Though CBS Sacramento initially reported Ashley Holloway vanished while walking her dog and the dog returned home without her, the Stockton Record now reports... More »

'Extremely Valuable' Cold Case Find: a Crate

New leads in 1999 disappearance follow discovery of case files

(Newser) - The disappearance of two teenage girls in Oklahoma 18 years ago is getting renewed attention—and the case is potentially making progress—thanks to the lucky discovery of an old crate. Craig County Sheriff Heath Winfrey was moving into the Sheriff’s Office in 2017 when he found a crate... More »

'Incredibly Hot' Leads in Search for Missing Men

Cops search 3 Pa. properties belonging to family

(Newser) - Authorities in Pennsylvania are scouring several properties belonging to one family as the search for four missing men heats up. At least three properties belonging to a couple who own a concrete business were searched in Bucks County beginning Sunday, reports WPVI . Those included a 68-acre farm in Solebury Township,... 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 »

Lawyer Guilty in $600M Scam Is Suddenly Missing

Disability attorney Eric Conn was due to be sentenced next month

(Newser) - An eastern Kentucky disability lawyer scheduled to be sentenced next month for defrauding the government of nearly $600 million has disappeared, reports the AP . Eric Conn pleaded guilty in March to stealing from the federal government and bribing a judge. He was scheduled to be sentenced next month and had... More »

The Mystery of Japan's 'Evaporated People'

'Time' looks at the phenomenon of 'johatsu'—the 'society underneath Japan's society'

(Newser) - The Japanese have no problem working insane hours—sometimes to the point of death —but when it comes to dealing with life's other stresses, they may simply pack it all in and vanish. It's what's known as "johatsu," or "evaporated people," a... More »

Cops Find Chilling Clues After Family's Disappearance

French family's home was 'frozen in time'

(Newser) - France has been transfixed by the mysterious disappearance of a family of four near Nantes. Parents Pascal and Brigitte Troadec, both around 50, and children Sebastien, 21, and Charlotte, 18, have not been seen since Feb. 16, the BBC reports. Bloodstains—and evidence of attempts to wipe them away—were... More »

5 Famous People Who Vanished

People can't stop talking about them—even centuries later, in one case

(Newser) - Jimmy Hoffa , DB Cooper , Amelia Earhart —all disappeared and are now the unwitting subjects of decades of speculation, detective work, and conspiracy theories. Those three may claim the lion's share of the whispering, but Mother Nature Network has put together a list of other high-profile vanishings that... More »

Holocaust Hero Declared Dead After 71 Years

Swedish diplomat saved thousands of Jews

(Newser) - Some 71 years after he disappeared in circumstances that remain murky to this day, the World War II hero known as the "Swedish Schindler" has finally been declared dead. Raoul Wallenberg, a diplomat who was sent to Budapest, Hungary, in July of 1944, saved at least 20,000 Jews... More »

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