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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 »

She Was Alive as They Searched for Her —but Not for Long

Portia Ravenelle believed to have died 8 days after crash killed Orlando Moore

(Newser) - A man and woman from New York reported missing in the Dominican Republic are believed to have died following a car accident on their way to catch a 2am return flight on March 27. A body believed to be that of Orlando Moore (police cite an identifying tattoo) was found... 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 »

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 »

Dozens Dead, 100 Missing as Cyclone Slams Zimbabwe

Idai earlier caused havoc in Malawi, Mozambique

(Newser) - First it hit Malawi and Mozambique earlier this week. On Friday, Cyclone Idai slammed into Zimbabwe, killing at least two dozen and leaving at least 100 people missing, Reuters and AFP report. Particularly hard hit was the district of Chimanimani, which borders Mozambique, and where the death toll may be... 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 »

First a Blast, Then a Stampede. Now, Dozens Are Missing

Leaking oil pipeline explodes in Nigeria

(Newser) - More than 50 people are missing after a leaking oil pipeline exploded and caused a stampede in southern Nigeria, a local official said Saturday. The blast early Friday caused massive oil spillage in the Nembe kingdom in Bayelsa state, a Nembe Chiefs Council spokesman told the AP . The Nembe trunk... 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 »

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 »

Sea of Mud and Waste Leaves 9 Dead, 300 Missing

Dam collapse devastates Brumadinho, Brazil

(Newser) - Rescuers in helicopters on Saturday searched for survivors in a huge area in southeastern Brazil buried by mud from the collapse of a dam holding back mine waste, with at least nine people dead and up to 300 missing. Nearly a full day since the disaster happened, finding many more... 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 »

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 »

Pair Traveling in Burkina Faso Disappears

Edith Blais, Luca Tacchetto have not been heard from in weeks

(Newser) - It was Edith Blais' "lifelong dream" to travel to Africa, her mother tells the CBC . But after the 34-year-old Quebec woman achieved that dream last year, she disappeared—she and her companion, 30-year-old Italian man Luca Tacchetto, have not been heard from since Dec. 15. They were in Burkina... More »

They Were Sleeping In on New Year's Eve. Then, an Explosion

At least 2 are dead, dozens missing after blast in Russia causes building to partially collapse

(Newser) - An early morning explosion Monday in an apartment building in Russia has left at least two dead and dozens missing after the building partially collapsed, the New York Times reports. Officials suspect a gas leak as the cause of the 6am blast, which damaged nearly 50 of the 110 units... More »

'It Was Terrible': 3 Rescued From Abandoned Mine

Group had been missing for more than 100 hours

(Newser) - Relief in West Virginia: Three people who had been missing in a coal mine since Saturday have been found alive and brought to the surface safely. Cody Beverly, 21, Kayla Williams, 25, and Erica Treadway, 31, were brought to the surface at 7:30pm Wednesday, about an hour after rescue... More »

Murder Charges Follow Hit True-Crime Podcast

Chris Dawson allegedly killed wife in 1982 amid affairs

(Newser) - Police in Australia say they've solved a 36-year-old murder that fascinated worldwide listeners of a true-crime podcast. More than 27 million people have listened to The Teacher's Pet produced by The Australian—which hit No. 1 in the US, Canada, and the UK—since it began in May... More »

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