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List of fugitives from justice who disappeared

This is a list of fugitives from justice, notable people who disappeared[further explanation needed] while being sought by law enforcement agencies in connection with a crime. Listing here does not imply guilt and may include persons who are or were wanted only for questioning.

Contents

Before 1900Edit

Date Person(s) Age Circumstances
1696 Henry Every (sometimes spelled 'Avery') 37 Every, an English pirate, vanished after perpetrating one of the most profitable pirate raids in history. Despite a worldwide manhunt and an enormous bounty on his head, Every was never heard from again.[1] In March, Every had led his ship, the Fancy, to the island of New Providence. He and his crew spent months living there and soon lost their ship. By June, Every and his crew were forced to flee the island. The crew then split up, with Every possibly setting sail toward Ireland. A manhunt for Every lasted for at least a decade. There were several unconfirmed sightings of him and contradictory reports of his death during the 18th century. Most of them are considered unreliable, however, and his fate is unknown.[2]
1873 William J. Sharkey ~26 Sharkey was a convicted murderer and minor New York City politician who earned national notoriety for escaping from a New York City prison disguised as a woman in 1873. He fled to Cuba, which had no extradition treaty with the United States. His ultimate fate is unknown.[3]
1888 Boston Corbett 56 Corbett, the Union Army soldier who fatally shot John Wilkes Booth, later went insane and was incarcerated in a mental asylum in 1887. He escaped from the facility a year later and was never seen again, though some historians suspect he may have perished in the Great Hinckley Fire of 1 September 1894.[4][5]

1900sEdit

Date Person(s) Age Circumstances
1908 Belle Gunness 48 Gunness the Norwegian-American serial killer vanished on 28 April 1908 after a house fire (suspected arson) and withdrawing huge amounts of money from her bank accounts.[6]
1908 Robert Leroy Parker
(aka Butch Cassidy)
42 After the two outlaws escaped from jail, "Wanted dead or alive" posters were posted throughout the country, with rewards of as much as $30,000 for information leading to their capture or deaths.[7] They were supposedly killed in a shootout with Bolivian police around 7–8 November, although authorities were unable to positively identify the bodies.
Harry Alonzo Longabaugh (aka The Sundance Kid) 40 or 41

1910sEdit

Date Person(s) Age Circumstances
1915 Frederick Mors 24 The Austrian-American serial killer Frederick Mors (born as Carl Menarik) murdered at least eight people in an Odd Fellows' home, where he was employed as a porter. Mors was declared to be criminally insane and was committed to an insane asylum. In May 1915 he escaped from the asylum grounds and was never seen again.[8]
1916 Béla Kiss 39 Kiss was a Hungarian serial killer and murderer of 24 young women before he was drafted in the Austro-Hungarian Army in the First World War. Upon the discovery of his crimes he was traced to a Serbian military hospital but escaped a few days before investigators arrived. Although there were several reported sightings of the killer (notably in New York in 1932), his true fate remains a mystery.[9]

1920sEdit

Date Person(s) Age Circumstances
1922 Edward F. Sands 27 Sands was a suspect in the murder of Hollywood director William Desmond Taylor on 1 February 1922, disappeared shortly after that, and was never seen again.[10]
1925 David Brown 29–30 Brown, a left-handed pitcher in Negro league baseball, disappeared in 1925[11] before he could be questioned about a man's murder.[12]

1940sEdit

Date Person(s) Age Circumstances
1940 Eleanor Jarman 35–36 In 1933, Jarman and two men robbed a clothing store in Chicago, Illinois, murdering the store owner in the process.[13] Jarman was jailed and served about six years of her sentence, but escaped in 1940. She eluded police while making intermittent contact with her family and son. She is thought to have died when contact ended in the 1990s.
1944 Mieczysław Kosmowski 33–34 Kosmowski, a Polish Nazi collaborator, Gestapo agent and war criminal[14][15] was last seen in 1944 in Bydgoszcz, when he evacuated with the German army.[16] In 1955, he was accused of denouncing several Poles to the Germans and a wanted poster was issued for him in 1957, and at the request of the court after a warrant was issued, which was valid from 1957 until 2009.
1945 Szilveszter Matuska 52–53 A convicted Hungarian mass murderer and mechanical engineer. Matuska had made two successful and at least two unsuccessful attempts to derail passenger trains in three European countries. His execution was commuted to life imprisonment under an extradition agreement. He escaped from jail in Vác in 1945 and his fate is unknown.

1960sEdit

Date Person(s) Age Circumstances
1960 James Squillante 41 Squillante, a caporegime in the Gambino crime family, disappeared after being indicted on extortion charges. He is believed to have been murdered and his body disposed of in a car crusher that was subsequently melted down in an open hearth furnace.[17][18] No physical evidence has ever been found to substantiate this claim and no one was ever charged in connection with the disappearance.
1962 Frank Morris 35 Morris and brothers Clarence and John Anglin escaped from Alcatraz prison in the U.S. state of California and disappeared. After extensive investigation, authorities presumed that they drowned in attempting to escape from the island prison, but no bodies were ever recovered. They may have survived, and the official investigation is still open nearly sixty years after their escape.[19]
Clarence Anglin 31
John Anglin 32
1965 Charles Rogers 43 Rogers, a reclusive unemployed seismologist in Houston, Texas, has remained at large since the "Icebox Murders" of his parents were discovered on 23 June, leading to a warrant for his detention as a material witness. He was declared legally dead in 1975.[20][21]
1969 Sharon Kinne 30 Kinne (known as La Pistolera) was an American woman convicted of homicide in Mexico and was awaiting trial for the murder of her husband James Kinne when she escaped Ixtapalapan prison on 7 December 1969. Despite extensive manhunts in Mexico and the United States her whereabouts are unknown.[22]

1970sEdit

Date Person(s) Age Circumstances
1970 Leo Burt 22 Burt allegedly participated in the bombing of Sterling Hall on the campus of the University of Wisconsin on 24 August 1970, and on 2 September was indicted federally in Madison, Wisconsin. He disappeared in 1970 and has not been seen since.[23][24]
1971 D. B. Cooper unknown Dan Cooper (also referred to as D. B. Cooper) was the name used by an unidentified man who hijacked a plane on 24 November, and parachuted from it during mid-flight with $200,000 he had extorted. No trace of him has ever been found.[25]
1974 Lord Lucan 39 Lucan went missing after the murder in London of his children's nanny, Sandra Rivett, for which he was the prime suspect.[26] It was speculated that the murder in the family home in Belgravia was a case of mistaken identity, and that Lucan had intended to kill his wife. He was declared legally deceased in 2016, thereby making his son George the 8th Earl of Lucan.
1976 Frank Blackhorse 28–29 Blackhorse, one of several aliases used by a member of the American Indian Movement, Frank Blackhorse (also sometimes known as Francis DeLuca) is believed to have disappeared in 1976.[27]
1976 Bradford Bishop 39 Bishop disappeared 2 March from Bethesda, Maryland, shortly after allegedly murdering his wife, mother, and children.[28] On 18 March, the Bishop family car was found abandoned at an isolated campground in Elkmont, Tennessee.[29] On 10 April 2014, the FBI named him the 502nd fugitive to be placed on its List of 10 Most Wanted Fugitives.[30]
1979 William Morales 29 American bomb maker for Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional Puertorriqueña who was convicted in February 1979 for possession of explosives, and possession and transportation of explosives and a shotgun. He escaped from Bellevue Hospital in May 1979 and subsequently fled to Mexico, where he was held by the authorities, before he emigrated to Cuba in 1988. He is currently on the FBI Most Wanted domestic terrorists list with a reward of $100,000 for information leading to his arrest.[31]

1980sEdit

Date Person(s) Age Circumstances
1984 Edward L. Montoro 52 Motion picture producer/distributor Edward L. Montoro disappeared in 1984 after taking more than $1 million from his own company, Film Ventures International. It was speculated that he fled to Mexico.[32]
1989 Arthur Lee Washington Jr. 39 Washington, a member of the Black Liberation Army, disappeared in 1989 after being involved in a shootout with a New Jersey state trooper. He was on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list from 1989 to 2000.[33]

1990sEdit

Date Person(s) Age Circumstances
1991 Glen Stewart Godwin 33 Godwin was sentenced to 26 years to life in prison for the 1980 murder and robbery of drug dealer Kim LeValley in Palm Springs, California.[34] Godwin escaped from Folsom State Prison in Folsom, California, in 1987.[35] He fled to Mexico, where he was arrested for drug trafficking and sentenced to seven years and six months in prison in 1991.[36] While American authorities were working on Godwin's extradition proceedings, one of his fellow inmates at Puente Grande prison who was a member of a Mexican drug cartel died, and Godwin's extradition was delayed as it was suspected that he killed the inmate. Godwin was last seen in September 1991 before he escaped from Puente Grande prison.[35] He was on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list from 1996 to 2016.[37]
1993 Matteo Messina Denaro 57 Messina Denaro, nicknamed 'U siccu ("the skinny man"), due to his physical constitution, or even Diabolik, is considered one of the most wanted and dangerous fugitives in the world [38]. Undisputed leader and representative of the Trapani mafia, he is currently the richest and most powerful boss of all Cosa Nostra.
1993 Adam Emery 31 Emery disappeared from the Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge with his wife after being convicted of second-degree murder in Rhode Island on 10 November.[39] He was released on bail the same day of his conviction, and the couple's car was found abandoned on the bridge. His wife's remains were found in 1994 in Narragansett Bay, and Emery was declared dead in absentia in 2004. Emery is currently on the FBI's most wanted list, however.[40][41]
1993 Aarni Neuvonen unknown Neuvonen, real name Vadim Rozenberg, also known under the aliases of Aarni Rozenberg and Vadim Petrov, is the largest ever perpetrator of employment fraud in Estonia. He is known for having collected money with promise of overseas jobs from thousands of people and disappearing after having caused over (estimated) 10 million of EEK of damages in 1993,[42] and has not been seen since.
1993 Antonio Anglés 27 Anglés, a Spanish criminal sought in connection with the Alcàsser Girls crime that took place in Valencia, Spain during the night of 13 November 1992. Anglés friend, Miquel Ricart, was convicted of raping and killing the three girls that night, and it was alleged that Anglés was also present and participated. In 1993, Anglés ran away from Spain. Some people saw him in various places such as Ireland, the United States, and his birth country, Brazil, but those alleged sightings have been proved wrong. Anglés' whereabouts remain a mystery.
1998 Gilbert Wynter 37 Wynter, a jeweler and enforcer for the Adams crime family, disappeared in London on 9 March 1998. His disappearance is believed to be related to the murder of Saul Nahome in December that year: both men were involved in a drug deal where £800,000 went missing.[43]
1998 John Ruffo 43 Ruffo, an American former business executive, white-collar criminal and confidence man, who in 1998 was convicted in a scheme to defraud many US and foreign banking institutions of over 350 million dollars. The swindle is considered one of the most significant cases of bank fraud in US history.[44] He disappeared on 9 November 1998 has been a fugitive from justice ever since, and is on the U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted Fugitives list.

2000sEdit

Date Person(s) Age Circumstances
2001 John Paul 62 Paul, an American racecar driver, who was last seen in Thailand,[45] disappeared on his boat in 2001 while being sought for questioning by officials regarding the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend, and has not been seen since.[46]
2001 Robert William Fisher 56 Fisher disappeared after 10 April, after his house in Scottsdale, Arizona blew up and caught fire. His family was found dead in the home and he is believed to be the person who murdered them and rigged the natural gas explosion.[47][48]
2005 Alexis Flores 29–30 Flores, a Honduran fugitive wanted for the kidnapping, rape and murder of five-year-old Iriana DeJesus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was last seen when he was incarcerated for 60 days and deported to Honduras after his release in June 2005.[49] Flores was added to the FBI's Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list on 2 June 2007.[50]
2005 Ye Zheyun 40 Zheyun, a Chinese businessman who was accused of being involved in a Belgian football corruption and betting scandals, was last seen in early November 2005 and hasn't been seen since.[51]
2006 Fawzi Mutlaq al-Rawi unknown Mutlaq al-Rawi the leader of the Syrian led Ba'athist movement in Iraq wanted by the Iraqi government was added to the Iraq Most Wanted List in 2006,[52] and has not been seen since.
2006 Mohammed Younis al-Ahmed unknown Younis al-Ahmed, a former senior member of the Ba'ath Party in Iraq. He disappeared in 2006, potentially into hiding, and a large bounty has been placed on him.[53]
2007 Omid Tahvili 37 Tahvili, an Iranian-Canadian gangster who is the kingpin of an organized crime family in Canada which is connected to various international crime organizations, escaped from jail in November 2007 dressed as a janitor. In April 2008, Forbes.com, after consulting with law enforcement agencies around the world, listed him as one of the world's ten most wanted fugitives.[54]
2008 Yaser Abdel Said unknown Abdel Said, an Egyptian resident of the United States, who is wanted for the murder of his two teenage daughters in Irving, Texas, on 1 January. Last seen in 2008, and was added to the FBI Ten Most Wanted List in 2014.[55]
2008 Jason Derek Brown 38 Brown, an American fugitive wanted for first degree murder and armed robbery in Phoenix, Arizona on 29 November 2004, and on 8 December 2007 was named by the FBI as the 489th fugitive to be placed on the Ten Most Wanted list.[56] Last confirmed sighting was in August 2008.

2010sEdit

Date Person(s) Age Circumstances
2010 Santiago Mederos 18 Mederos disappeared from Tacoma, Washington after committing two murders in early 2010. He murdered 20-year-old Camille Love in a case of mistaken identity and killed 25-year-old Saul Lucas-Alfonso as he fled the scene of a robbery. He is believed to be hiding in Mexico. He was added to the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list on 25 September 2017 and remains at large.[57]
2011 Xavier Dupont de Ligonnès 50 Dupont de Ligonnès disappeared from Nantes, France.[58] His wife, four children and two dogs had been shot and buried in the back garden of the family home. He was last seen leaving a hotel in south-eastern France a few days after his family was murdered. He is the prime suspect in the killings and the subject of an international arrest warrant, and the police have searched caves to find him.
2011 David Durham 43 Durham, a man who was pulled over in a routine traffic stop by a Lincoln City, Oregon, policeman on the night of 23 January and later shot the officer. He has not been seen since.[59][60] Law enforcement investigators have theorized that Durham attempted to swim across Alsea Bay and drowned.[61]
2013 Fausto Isidro Meza Flores 30 Mexican drug lord and high-ranking leader of the Beltrán Leyva Cartel. The FBI offered a USD $5 million bounty for information regarding his whereabouts.[62] His last known residence was in the state of Nuevo León, where he was reportedly seen with some of his family members at a youth basketball game in San Pedro Garza García on 19 January 2013.[63]
2013 Rafael Caro Quintero 61 Caro Quintero, a Mexican drug trafficker, was convicted in Mexico of murdering a US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent. He was freed from jail on 9 August 2013 after a court concluded that he had been tried improperly. Amid pressure from the Federal government of the United States to re-arrest him, a Mexican federal court issued an arrest warrant against Caro Quintero on 14 August 2013. He is a wanted fugitive in Mexico, the United States and several other countries. The United States is offering a $20 million bounty for his arrest.[64]
2015 Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes 48 Cervantes is a Mexican suspected drug lord and leader of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), a criminal group based in Jalisco. He is the most-wanted criminal in Mexico and one of the most-wanted in the U.S. Both governments are offering up to MXN$30 million and US$10 million, respectively, for information that leads to his arrest. On 1 May 2015, the Mexican government launched Operation Jalisco, a military-led campaign that intended to combat organized crime groups in Jalisco and capture their respective leaders. He is wanted for drug trafficking, organized crime involvement, and illegal possession of firearms. El Mencho is reportedly responsible for coordinating drug trafficking operations in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Oceania. Under his command, the CJNG became one of Mexico's leading criminal organizations.[65]
2015 Bhadreshkumar Chetanbhai Patel 24 Patel is an Indian fugitive wanted for murdering his wife at a Dunkin' Donuts store in Hanover, Maryland on 12 April 2015. He was last seen at Newark Penn Station. He was added to the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list on 18 April 2017.[66]
2016 Alejandro Castillo 17 Castillo is wanted for his involvement in the murder of 23-year-old Truc Quan "Sandy" Ly Le in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was last seen on surveillance video crossing the border into Mexico from Nogales, Arizona. He was added to the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list on 24 October 2017.[67]
2016 Jorge Luis Mendoza Cárdenas Unknown Mexican suspected drug lord known as "La Garra" and high-ranking leader of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG).[68] In August 2008, he was arrested for his alleged participation in the murder of a family of six in Jalisco, but he was later released from prison without a public explanation and his name was not mentioned in the legal proceedings.[69] He has been wanted by the Drug Enforcement Administration since November 2016.[70]
2017 Shunsuke Takasugi 69 Takasugi is wanted for cheating his fans of over 50 Million Yen (about US$450,000) from 2003–2012. He used the influence of his role as Kazuya Oki/Kamen Rider Super-1 in the seventh installment of the Kamen Rider Series, Kamen Rider Super-1 to cheat his fans by saying that "Super-1's henshin belt was taken by the Yakuza (gangsters) and I need money to get it back." Since then, he has refused to return the money and was supposed to report to court, but disappeared sometime in 2017.[71]

Fugitives who are no longer soughtEdit

Date Person(s) Age Circumstances
1881 Billy the Kid 21 Billy the Kid, who was born Henry McCarty and also known as William H. Bonney was an American Old West outlaw and gunfighter who killed eight men before he was shot and killed.[72][73] He took part in New Mexico's Lincoln County War, during which he allegedly committed three murders. After being jailed he escaped from the jailhouse in Lincoln, New Mexico on 28 April 1881.[74] He avoided capture until 14 July 1881, when he was ambushed and killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett at a ranch house.
1977 Ted Bundy 28 Bundy was an American serial killer, kidnapper, rapist, burglar, and necrophile who assaulted and murdered numerous young women and girls during the 1970s and possibly earlier. In 1975, Bundy was jailed for the first time when he was incarcerated in Utah for aggravated kidnapping and attempted criminal assault. He then became a suspect in a progressively longer list of unsolved homicides in multiple states. Facing murder charges in Colorado, he engineered two dramatic escapes and committed further assaults,[75] including three murders, before his ultimate recapture in Florida in 1978. For the Florida homicides, he received three death sentences in two separate trials. Bundy was executed in the electric chair at Florida State Prison on 24 January 1989.[76]
1978 Jerry Balisok 22–23 Balisok was an American professional wrestler who used the name Mr. X. He was indicted on multiple counts of check forgery in 1977, but skipped bail, stole the identification documents of his girlfriend's cousin Ricky Allen Wetta, assumed his identity and fled with her via Florida to the Caribbean. After he failed to appear for his trial in 1978, FBI investigators were misled into believing that they had died in the Jonestown mass suicides that year. He returned to the United States and in 1989 was arrested for attempted murder. Fingerprinting revealed his identity. He was found guilty and served 13 years in prison.[77] Balisok died in prison in 2013 of a heart attack that was caused by a heat stroke.
1980 Donald Eugene Webb 50 Donald Eugene Webb was an American career criminal and fugitive wanted for attempted burglary and the murder of police chief Gregory Adams in the small community of Saxonburg, Pennsylvania on 4 December 1980.[78] The last confirmed sighting of him was in July 1981, reported by an anonymous tipster.[79] On 4 May 1981, Webb was named as the 375th fugitive to be placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list.[80] On 14 July 2017, remains found at the Dartmouth home of Webb's wife were identified as belonging to Webb. Investigators stated that Webb had died in 1999 after suffering multiple strokes.[81]
2001 Osama bin Laden 44 Bin Laden, also rendered Usama bin Ladin, was a founder of the pan-Islamic militant organization al-Qaeda. He was a Saudi Arabian until 1994 (stateless thereafter), a member of the wealthy bin Laden family, and an ethnic Yemeni Kindite.[82] From 2001 to 2011, bin Laden was a major target of the United States, as the FBI offered a $25 million bounty in their search for him.[83] He had gone into hiding after the 11 September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.[84] On 2 May 2011, bin Laden was shot and killed[85] by United States Navy SEALs inside a private residential compound in Abbottabad, where he lived with a local family from Waziristan, during a covert operation conducted by members of the United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group and Central Intelligence Agency SAD/SOG operators on the orders of U.S. President Barack Obama.[86]
2002 Velupillai Prabhakaran 48 The founder and leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a militant organization that sought to create an independent Tamil state in the north and east of Sri Lanka.[87] Wanted by the Sri Lankan government in 2002, and is known to have been killed on 18 May 2009.[88]
2003 Saddam Hussein 69 Hussein was President of Iraq from 16 July 1979 until 9 April 2003.[89] A leading member of the revolutionary Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party, and later, the Baghdad-based Ba'ath Party and its regional organization the Iraqi Ba'ath Party—which espoused Ba'athism, a mix of Arab nationalism and socialism—Saddam played a key role in the 1968 coup (later referred to as the 17 July Revolution) that brought the party to power in Iraq. He went into hiding, was captured and on 5 November 2006 was found guilty of the Dujail massacre and sentenced to death by hanging. He was executed on 30 December 2006.[90]
2008 Eduardo Ravelo 41 Ravelo, leader of the Barrio Azteca gang, and also a fugitive wanted on several charges related to drugs and organized crime, was last seen in 2008.[91] On 20 October 2009, he was named by the FBI as the 493rd fugitive to be placed on the Ten Most-Wanted list.[92] On 26 June 2018, the FBI announced that Ravelo and several other Barrio Azteca gang members had been arrested during a police raid in Mexico.[93]
2015 Luis Macedo 27 Macedo, an American fugitive wanted for questioning in connection with the 1 May 2009 murder of 15-year-old Alex Arellano in Chicago, Illinois. He is thought to have fled the Chicago area soon after the murder, and was last seen on 24 Nov 2015.[94] In 2016, Macedo was added to the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. He was captured on 27 August 2017 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico without incident.[95]
2016 Fidel Urbina 40 Urbina, Mexican national former fugitive who was added to the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list in June 2012.[96] Urbina had been the subject of a manhunt since 1999 despite reported sightings in Mexico. A $100,000 reward was offered for information leading to Urbina's arrest. Urbina was captured on 22 September 2016 in Chihuahua, Mexico after 17 years on the run.[97][98][99]
2019 Lamont Stephenson 42 Stephenson was added to the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list on 11 October 2018. He was wanted for the murder of his fiancée, Olga DeJesus, on 17 October 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. Stephenson was the 521st fugitive to be placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. Police say that he was also wanted in a second homicide committed 6 March 2019.[100] He was captured in Maryland on 7 March 2019, as authorities were investigating a suspicious vehicle.

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