Unsolved Missing Persons Cases That Are Seriously Messed Up
There are so many missing persons cases out there, many of which are still unsolved. Detectives keep pursuing those cases that leave us with so many questions and seemingly no answers. But with the rise of internet sleuths, everybody seems to have a theory of their own for those seriously messed up cases. These are just a sampling of those mystifying disappearances that continue to puzzle everyone, from armchair detectives to the FBI.
Richard Petrone Jr. and Danielle Imbo
Petrone and Imbo disappeared in February of 2005. After visiting a bar and staying until the early morning hours, the couple returned to Petrone's 2001 Dodge Dakota. They vanished and were never seen again.
Tammy Lynn Leppert
Leppert was an actress and model in the 1980s — you might even recognize her from a cameo in Scarface. Before she disappeared, her mother was worried about how paranoid Leppert seemed, claiming that somebody wanted to hurt her. In July of 1983, she left her mother's home and was never seen again.
William Ebeneezer Jones Jr.
Jones was just a toddler when he disappeared without a trace from his home in New Jersey. Many believe that someone took the child and raised him as their own, but this theory has never been confirmed. If that theory holds any weight and he’s still alive, Jones would be nearing his 60s.
Tara Leigh Calico
In 1988, Calico went for a ride on her mother's bike instead of her own. She was last spotted on State Road 47 in New Mexico, where it was reported that a 1953 Ford Pickup was trailing her. The bike was never located, but her Walkman was found on the highway.
In a strange case in Iowa, 12-year-old Gosch vanished while working on his paper route. Gosch’s father found his delivery wagon abandoned on the sidewalk, and his photo was placed on a milk carton in an effort to find him.
Lisa Maria Szasz
On March 23, 2000, Lisa Maria Szasz disappeared, and the few clues left behind were confusing. Her Chevy Blazer was found with the keys still in the ignition in a no-parking zone at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport in Ohio. Her parents reported her missing one day after her disappearance.
Ilene Beth Misheloff
On January 20, 1989, Misheloff left school at 3 p.m. Classmates said they saw her walking alone at the time of her disappearance. No evidence was ever found concerning her disappearance except for her key fob, which was discovered later at the entrance to John Mape Park in Dublin, California. The park was along her regular route home.
Amanda DeGuio wasn't reported missing until her family hadn’t seen her for two months — this is likely why her case went cold. She’d left without taking any credit cards, extra clothes or her cell phone in 2014. Another strange part of this case is that DeGuio didn’t drive. It's unclear how she was able to get around.
Lashaya Stine was last seen leaving her home in Colorado around 2 a.m. on July 15, 2016. The 16-year-old honor student was first thought to be a runaway, but family and friends insist that is not the case.
Angela Mae Meeker
Meeker went missing in 1979 in Tacoma, Washington. It’s reported that she was walking to the Tacoma Mall to pick up a birthday card for a friend. She went missing just two days before she would’ve turned 14.
Sheri Lynn and Michael Johnson
These children disappeared along with their mother, Freda Denman, in 1974. However, they were not reported missing until 1975. Denman’s husband also went missing around the same time. Denman’s clothes were still in the family’s apartment, but the children's and her husband's clothing were missing.
Construction workers at John McLaren Park discovered a dead body — a woman who had been buried in a shallow grave. Her name was Nicole Fitts, and she’d been missing since April 1, 2016. Her body was discovered on April 8 of that year.
Mark Himebaugh was just 11 at the time of his disappearance. It was reported that he watched firefighters put out a small fire earlier in the day on November 25, 1991. His mother was running errands and ended up getting home later than she wanted to. It was then that she discovered her son had vanished.
On the night of his disappearance, Lawson called his brother after running out of gas on the highway. Following that call, he dialed 911 and told dispatchers that somebody had chased him into the woods. Both the police and his brother arrived at the scene, finding Lawson’s truck — but not Lawson.
Michaela Joy Garecht
On November 19, 1988, Garecht was last seen at a Rainbow Market in Hayward, California. A person was seen snatching the young girl and putting her into a vehicle. Even though there’s a police sketch of the person who allegedly abducted Garecht, no leads have ever panned out. A man was questioned but wasn't connected.
Modafferi was last seen on the afternoon of June 23, 1997. She was working at a mall coffee shop in San Francisco, California. After leaving work, she was never seen or heard from again. At the time of her disappearance, Modafferi had relocated to Oakland to start summer photography classes at UC Berkeley. Her first class was scheduled the day after she disappeared.
Kimberly Ann Langwell
Langwell was supposed to have dinner with her mother on July 9, 1999, but she never showed up. When her mother spoke to her earlier that day, Langwell stated that she was meeting a friend first but would be there for dinner.
The Sodder Children
On Christmas Eve of 1945, a fire destroyed the Sodder home in Fayetteville, West Virginia. Both parents and four of the nine children in the house escaped the blaze. The bodies of the other five children have never been found. While many believe the remains were destroyed in the fire, the odd circumstances surrounding the blaze left lingering questions.
Kristin Denise Smart
While a freshman at California Polytechnic State University, Smart disappeared after a night of partying. Her friends reportedly dropped her off at a frat party, and later, another student named Paul Flores offered to walk her home. Flores states that she walked to her dorm and he walked to his, but when cadaver search dogs picked up her scent, they ended up in Flores' room.
In July of 2016, Fraser was last seen at his apartment in Honolulu. His car was later found parked in a strange neighborhood, which made no sense to family and friends. There have never been any solid leads in the case, and Fraser has never been seen or heard from again.
Shaffer was a medical student at Ohio State University when he went missing on March 31, 2006, during a night out drinking. After his friends got separated from him, they assumed he had gone home for the night.
Crystal Ann Tymich
Tymich went missing on June 30, 1994. It was reported that she was picking peaches from a neighbor's tree, along with her three brothers. The brothers reportedly went inside, and she was never seen again.
Russell John Mort
On May 5, 1982, Mort was last seen by his mother, who says he was playing in a sandbox. His mother went inside to fix one of his toys. When she returned, the boy had vanished — and their fence gate was still locked from the outside.
Amy Lynn Bradley
Bradley was on a cruise with her family and was reported missing once the ship docked. Many believe that she fell overboard, but there are other, more-sinister theories to this case. Some believe she was sold into a human trafficking ring, while others think she made herself disappear. Her last known whereabouts were in her cabin on the ship.
Murray vanished on February 9, 2004, after a car crash near Woodsville, New Hampshire. A few strange occurrences surround her disappearance, including the car crash and the fact that she had emailed professors about a "death in the family," claiming she needed a week off. There had been no deaths, according to her family.
Amber Elizabeth Cates
Cates had left her mother's home in Tennessee on April 11, 2004, to go on spring break. Her friend James Gordon picked her up and claimed he left her with another friend named Ronald Inzurriaga. Authorities found Inzurriaga at a prison in Alabama. He stated he dropped Cates off at a garage.
Vicentini was a Brazilian exchange student who was reportedly unhappy with her living situation. She changed her job and moved out of the small hotel room she was living in. She was last seen at a bar at around 2 a.m. Witnesses claim she left the bar with a large man who was 200 pounds or heavier.
Morgan Nick went missing in June of 1995. Her mother had taken her to a baseball game in Alma, Arkansas, and later that night around 10:30 p.m., she and her friends went out to catch lightning bugs. The game ended, and Nick’s friends came back without her.
Jennifer Lynn Marcum
Marcum was last seen at Denver International Airport between 11 a.m. and noon in February of 2003. She didn’t take a flight out of the airport, and her cell phone was never used after that day.
Devonte Jordan Hart
In 2018, a car crash took the lives of a Washington couple and five of their six children. All were found dead near a highway in California after the car careened over a cliff and landed beside the water. Devonte Hart was not with his family after the crash and has never been found.