List of solved missing person cases: post-2000

This is a list of solved missing person cases of people who went missing in unknown locations or unknown circumstances that were eventually explained by their reappearance or the recovery of their bodies, or the conviction of the perpetrator(s) responsible for their disappearances.

2000sEdit

Date Person(s) Age Circumstances Found alive / cause of death Time spent missing or unconfirmed
2000 Tom Hart Dyke 24 English horticulturalist who was kidnapped along with travel companion Paul Winder by FARC guerillas on the border between Panama and Colombia in the Darién Gap. Both were held captive for nine months, before being released.[1] Yes 9 months
2000 Urairat Soimee 32–36 Thai woman who was forced into prostitution in Yokkaichi, Japan by human traffickers in 2000. With the help of another trafficking victim and a friend, she escaped and killed one of her abductors, but the trio were detained for murder. From prison, she became an activist and fought against her conviction, but died before the case could be settled.[2] Yes 5 years
2000 Chester Poage 19 Lured into a house in Spearfish, South Dakota on March 13, 2000, by three men he had recently befriended, who then proceeded to rob, torture and ultimately kill him. Poage's remains were found on April 22. Two of the killers, Elijah Page and Briley Piper, were sentenced to death and the former executed, while the third man, Darrell Hoadley, was sentenced to life imprisonment.[3] No / Murdered 1 month
2000 Céline Saison 18 18-year-old student Céline Saison failed to return home from school in Charleville-Mézières on May 16, 2000. On July 22 that year, her remains were found in a forest in Vresse-sur-Semois. In 2004, Michel Fourniret admitted to kidnapping and killing her.[4] No / Murdered 2 months
2000 Lena Sløgedal Paulsen and Stine Sofie Sørstrønen 10 (Paulsen)
8 (Sørstrønen)
Norwegian girls who were abducted, raped and murdered in the Baneheia forest by two men on May 19, 2000. Their bodies were found two days later near the river Otra. The murderers, Jan Helge Andersen and Viggo Kristiansen, were convicted and sentenced to 19 and 21 years, respectively.[5] No / Murdered 2 days
2000 Keith Allan 53–54 Allan, an Australian solicitor, was murdered on May 28, 2000, in a contract killing.[6] The whereabouts of his body is unknown.[7] Three men were charged with killing him and three trials took place. The second trial in 2006 resulted in a hung jury. In 2007, all three were again found guilty and were sentenced to terms ranging from 23 and a half years to 19 years.[8] No / Murdered Not found
2000 Molly Bish 16 Bish disappeared while working as a lifeguard in her hometown of Warren, Massachusetts, on June 27, 2000. Her remains were found around five miles from her home in neighboring Hampden County on June 9, 2003. No / Murdered 3 years
2000 Jaswinder Kaur Sidhu 24 Sidhu, a Canadian-Indian beautician, was murdered in Punjab, by Indian hitmen who violently beat Sidhu's husband, then drove her to a nearby farmhouse and killed her there. Her body was found dumped in an irrigation canal the next day. Years later, it was revealed that the men had been hired by her mother and uncle, who were angered by the fact that she married secretly and against their wishes.[9] No / Murdered One day
2000 Sarah Payne 8 Payne disappeared while playing with her two brothers in a cornfield just yards from her grandparents home in Ferring, Littlehampton, England.[10] Her brother had spotted a white van driving down the lane next to the field seconds after she was last seen.[10] On July 17, Payne's body was discovered near Pulborough, and local sex offender Roy Whiting, who owned a white van, was convicted of the murder in 2001 and told he must serve a minimum of 40 years' imprisonment.[11] No / Murdered 16 days
2000 Rajkumar 70 Film actor and playback singer prominent in Kannada cinema who was kidnapped by domestic terrorist Veerappan. He was later released without incident.[12] Yes 108 days
2000 Óscar Tulio Lizcano 53 Colombian politician, member of the Conservative Party and congressman in Caldas Department who was kidnapped by FARC guerillas in Risucio on August 5, 2000. Lizcano was held in captivity until 2008, when he and a FARC defector escaped.[13] Yes 8 years
2000 Georgiy Gongadze 31 A Georgian politician and Ukrainian journalist and film director who disappeared on September 16, 2000, and was found dead on November 3, 2000, in a forest in the Taraschanskyi Raion.[14] No / Murdered 2 months
2000 Salvador "Bubby" Dacer and Emmanuel Corbito 65 and unknown On November 24, 2000, publicist Salvador "Bubby" Dacer and his driver Emmanuel Corbito were stopped and abducted by armed assailants while driving on the corner of Osmeña Highway and Zobel Roxas Street on the Manila-Makati boundary. Their charred remains were found on November 26, 2000, in a deep ravine in Barangay Buna Lejos, Indang, Cavite. They were allegedly kidnapped and murdered by police intelligence officers headed by Michael Ray Aquino, Cesar Mancao and Glenn Dumlao, upon orders from then Philippine National Police chief Panfilo Lacson and then Philippine President Joseph Estrada, who was facing impeachment for his role in the BW Resources scandal as well as other corrupt practices, of which Dacer had some knowledge of and was preparing to reveal to the public at the time of his abduction and murder.[15][16] No / Murdered 2 days
2000 Leanne Tiernan 16 A 16-year-old schoolgirl who was last seen by her friend on November 26, 2000, walking home along an unlit path in Bramley, Leeds, less than a mile away from her home.[17] When she failed to return home her mother rang her phone, only for it to be repeatedly cut off.[18] Tiernan's body was found in woodland at Lindley Woods, North Yorkshire on August 20, 2001.[19] Local man John Taylor was found to have abducted and subsequently murdered Tiernan.[20] The missing person enquiry was one of the largest in the history of the West Yorkshire Police.[21] No / Murdered 9 months
2000 Fernando Araújo Perdomo 45 Former Colombian Minister of Development who was abducted by FARC guerillas on December 4, 2000, while he was under investigation for corruption relating to the Chambacú land scandal. After being held in captivity at the Montes de María mountain range for more than six years, Araújo managed to escape on December 31, 2006, and was rescued by the National Army of Colombia several days later.[22] Yes 6 years
2000 Jerry Michael Williams 31 Williams, a successful property appraiser from Tallahassee, Florida, was last seen leaving his house to go duck hunting early in the morning of December 16, 2000. It was assumed he had drowned accidentally after his car and abandoned boat were found at nearby Lake Seminole later in the weekend; however, a lengthy search failed to find his body, the only time a drowning victim's body has never been found in the lake. Investigators initially concluded his remains had been eaten by alligators in the lake; Williams was declared legally dead six months later. In 2004, a reopening of the case prompted by pressure from Williams' mother discredited the alligator theory and found other suspicious aspects of the case suggesting the accident at the lake might have been staged and evidence planted; it was later investigated as a possible insurance fraud.[23] In 2017 police announced his remains had been found, and that he was the victim of a homicide, but gave no details.[24] On May 8, 2018, police arrested Williams' former wife, who had remarried. After a four-day trial in December 2018, she was convicted of murder, conspiracy, and accessory after the fact.[25] No / Murdered 17 years
2001 Miroslav Mišković 56 Serbian business magnate who was kidnapped and held for ransom by a criminal group whose members would later be held responsible for the murder of Prime Minister Zoran Đinđić in 2003. The ransom was paid after 18 hours, and he was released without incident. Yes 1 day
2001 Gloria Polanco unknown Wife of the then-Governor of Colombia's Huila Department, Jaime Lozada Perdomo, who was kidnapped along with her sons by FARC guerillas in 2001. She was kept as a political hostage, possibly due to the fact that her husband owned FARC money, but was later released as part of a prisoner exchange.[26] Yes 7 years
2001 Hannah Williams 14 Williams was an English schoolgirl who vanished while going window shopping in Dartford on April 21, 2001. She was presumed as a runaway until her body was found on March 15, 2002. Irish sex offender Robert Howard, who is suspected in other murders, was convicted in her murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.[27] No / Murdered 11 months
2001 Erica Green 3 Three-year-old Erica Green was a murder victim whose decapitated body was discovered on April 28, 2001, in Kansas City, Missouri, 12 to 48 hours after death. Her head was found in a trash bag nearby on May 1, 2001.[28] The victim remained unidentified until May 5, 2005. No / Murdered 1–2 days
2001 Chandra Levy 24 An American intern at the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Washington, D.C., who disappeared in May 2001. Her skeletal remains were found in Rock Creek Park on May 22, 2002.[29] No / Murdered 1 Year
2001 Mananya Thumpong 13 Mananya Thumpong failed to return home from her local library in Sedan on May 5, 2001. On March 1, 2002, her skeletal remains were found in a forest in Paliseul. In 2004, Michel Fourniret confessed to kidnapping and killing her.[30] No / Murdered 10 months
2001 Danielle Jones 15 Last seen at a bus stop near her home in East Tilbury, Essex, Jones's uncle Stuart Campbell was found guilty of her murder in December 2002 (despite her body not being found) after he was found to have used her phone in the period after her disappearance.[31] No / Murdered Not found
2001 Peter Falconio 28 A British tourist from Hepworth, West Yorkshire, who disappeared in the Australian outback in July 2001, while traveling with girlfriend Joanne Lees. Bradley Murdoch was convicted of Falconio's murder, and sentenced to life in prison.[32] No / Murdered Not Found
2001 Partha Pratim Roy Burman unknown Managing director of a shoe store who was kidnapped from a rural road in Tiljala, India on July 25, 2001, but was released a little over a week later after the ransom was paid. Some of the ransom was allegedly used to fund the September 11 attacks and the 2001 Indian Parliament attack.[33] Yes 8 days
2001 Jason Martin-Smith 28 Martin-Smith was murdered and his body dismembered by four acquaintances, who were involved in the drug trade, who believed he was a police informant. His case went unsolved until 2015, when two of his original killers, Mark Searle and Steve McNicol, were charged, convicted and imprisoned. The remaining two, Jimmy Millen and Frank Torpey, were unable to be charged, as Millen had been killed by the others while Torpey died before he could be arrested.[34] No / Murdered Not found
2001 Bill Biggart 54 American freelance journalist who was struck by falling debris while shooting photos of the collapsing towers of the September 11 attacks. His body and camera were recovered four days later.[35] No / Killed by debris 4 days
2001 Consuelo Araújo 61 Colombian politician, writer and self-taught journalist best known for creating the Vallenato Legend Festival. On September 24, 2001, she was kidnapped and later killed by FARC guerillas, in an effort to prevent her rescue by the Colombian Army.[36] No / Murdered 6 days
2001 Yvonne Ridley 43 British journalist who was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan and held as a suspected spy. She was released after 11 days, later converting to Islam and becoming an activist.[37] Yes 11 days
2001 Don Craig Wiley 57 An American structural biologist, who disappeared on November 15, 2001. His body was found in the Mississippi River a month later and his death was ruled to be an accident.[38][39][40] No / Accident 1 month
2001 Stuart Adamson 43 Scottish musician best known as the frontman for the rock group Big Country, disappeared on November 26, 2001, and was found dead on December 16, 2001, in a hotel room through an act of suicide.[41] No / Suicide 20 days
2002 Alicia Kozakiewicz 13 Abducted from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on January 1, 2002, by 38-year-old Scott Tyree, with whom she had chatted online, believing he was a boy of her own age. Kozakiewicz was rescued four days later.[42] She went on to become a television personality and internet safety and missing persons advocate, and the founder of the Alicia Project.[43] Yes 4 days
2002 Danielle van Dam 7 A seven-year-old child from Sabre Springs, San Diego, California, who was abducted from her bedroom during the night of February 1–2, 2002. Her body was found on February 27 in a remote area. Her murderer, David Alan Westerfield, was arrested on February 22—five days before van Dam's body was discovered. He was later convicted of the child's kidnap and first-degree murder.[44] No / Murdered 25 days
2002 Daniel Pearl 38 An American journalist who was kidnapped and murdered[45][46] on February 1, 2002, in Karachi, Sindh and was found dead on May 16, 2002. Pearl's murder remains unsolved. No / Murdered Less than three months
2002 Clara Rojas and Íngrid Betancourt 38 (Rojas)
41 (Betancourt)
Colombian presidential candidate and her campaign manager who were kidnapped by FARC guerillas on February 23, 2002. Both of them were freed during separate actions of Operation Emmanuel.[47] Yes 6 years
2002 Hocine Soltani 29 Algerian boxer who mysteriously disappeared after meeting a man with whom he wanted to export two cars from Marseille, France. His fate remained unclear until DNA tests conducted two years later confirmed that a body found in the country was his. The man was later arrested, convicted and sentenced to 8 years' imprisonment for the crime.[48] No / Murdered 2 years
2002 Milly Dowler 13 Dowler, known as Milly, disappeared in Walton-on-Thames while on her way home from school on March 21, 2002. On September 18 that year, mushroom pickers found her remains in a Hampshire forest.[49] No / Murdered 6 months
2002 John Darwin 51 John Darwin was a former British teacher and prison officer who faked his own death in March 2002 so that this wife could collect a £250,000 life insurance sum. For five years, Darwin lived secretly in the family home and a home immediately adjacent, living under an alias. He was arrested in London on December 1, 2007.[50] His wife, Anne, was also arrested and charged with helping Darwin to collect this policy sum and concealing the truth about his disappearance.[51] Yes 5 years
2002 Ancízar López López 76 Colombian politician who helped create the Quindío Department, of which he later became the first governor. On April 11, 2002, he was kidnapped by members of the National Liberation Army, and is said to have died from kidney failure while in detention.[52] No Unknown
2002 Gilberto Echeverri Mejía 65 Colombian businessmen and Liberal Party politicians who were kidnapped by FARC guerillas on April 22, 2002. They were held in captivity in the country's mountainous regions until they and eight other hostages were killed by their kidnappers in a botched rescue operation.[53] No / Murdered 1 year
Guillermo Gaviria Correa 41
2002 Elizabeth Smart 14 Smart was kidnapped from her bedroom on June 5, 2002, and was found to be alive when police officers rescued her nine months later on March 12, 2003, in Sandy, Utah, about 18 miles from her home.[54] Yes 9 months
2002 Logan Tucker 6 Tucker was a 6-year-old American boy[55] who disappeared on June 23, 2002, and became the victim of a murder where no body was found.[56] His mother, Katherine Rutan, was convicted of first-degree murder in September 2007, and the jury recommended a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.[57] Rutan was formally sentenced to life without parole in October 2007.[58] No / Murdered Not Found
2002 Andreas Hinz 37 Hinz was a 37-year-old trainee rabbi who was last seen in the early hours of 3 July leaving The Black Cap gay bar in Camden, London after being seen chatting to another man. A few days later, dismembered body parts were found in bin bags near St Pancras Way, and on 12 July the remains were identified as belonging to Hinz. He had been murdered by Thomas McDowell.[59] No / Murdered 9 days
2002 Tina Baker 41 British woman Tina Baker was last seen on 8 July 2002 after saying she was going to feed the animals on her and her husband's farm in Chobham. Her pet dog was later found abandoned nearby. Police soon became suspicious of her husband and he was convicted of her murder in 2006. His first wife testified at his trial that he had previously threatened to kill her and feed her to the pigs when they were getting divorced, and evidence put him close to the farm on the day. The motive for the murder appeared to be that he feared he was going to lose the £100,000 14-acre farm.[60] No / Murdered Not Found
2002 Samantha Runnion 5 Runnion was abducted from her family's front yard after a man approached her, ostensibly asking for help to find his lost dog. A day later, her nude body was found in the Cleveland National Forest. Not long after, her killer, Alejandro Avila, was captured, convicted of the murder and sentenced to death.[61] No / Murdered 1 day
2002 Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells 10 On August 4, 2002, two 10-year-old girls, Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells, disappeared after they left Wells' home to buy sweets. Both of the girls' bodies were found in a ditch by RAF Lakenheath airbase on August 17.[62] Local man Ian Huntley was found to have lured the girls into his house and murdered the girls—likely via asphyxiation—and was sentenced to a minimum of 40 years' imprisonment on December 17, 2003, while his girlfriend Maxine Carr was given a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence for perverting the course of justice (she had provided Huntley a false alibi).[62][63] The 13-day search for the two girls has been described as one of the most intense and extensive in British criminal history.[64][65] No / Murdered 13 days
2002 Jon-Niece Jones 9 An American girl who disappeared on August 15, 2002, and whose skeletal remains were found on March 18, 2005, near the gated forest of New Jersey's Six Flags Great Adventure theme park, by a deer hunter.[66][67] No / Murdered 2+12 years
2002 Laura Zapata 46 Mexican telenovela actress who was kidnapped along with her sister in September 2002, allegedly to elicit a large ransom from her half-sister's husband, multi-millionaire Tommy Mottola. Both were eventually released without incident.[68] Yes 18 days
2002 Jakob von Metzler 11 Metzler was abducted for ransom in Frankfurt, Germany by law student Magnus Gäfgen on September 27, 2002. Gäfgen demanded one million euro in ransom to release the boy, but was later arrested while trying to escape, with authorities uncovering Metzler had already been killed. Gäfgen was later sentenced to life imprisonment for the crime.[69] No / Murdered Same day
2002 Amanda Zhao 21 An international student in Vancouver, British Columbia, who disappeared on October 9, 2002, and her body was found in a suitcase by hikers near Stave Lake on October 20, 2002.[70] No / Murdered 11 days
2002 Laci Peterson 27 Laci Peterson disappeared from California while 8 months pregnant with her first child on December 24, 2002. On April 13, 2003, a couple walking their dog discovered her body. Peterson's husband was found guilty of murdering her. No / Murdered 5 months
2003 Becky Godden-Edwards 20 20-year-old Becky Godden-Edwards was last seen alive on January 1, 2003, getting into a taxi outside a nightclub in Swindon, England, after a night out with friends.[71] She was only formally reported missing in 2007.[72] Her body was discovered in March 2011 after a suspect who was arrested for the murder of Sian O'Callaghan in Swindon led police to both O'Callaghan's and Godden-Edwards's bodies.[73] Although the suspect, local taxi driver Christopher Haliwell, confessed to the murder, he was not charged and convicted for it until 2016.[73] No / Murdered 8 years
2003 Marc Gonsalves 31 American employees of Northrop Grumman who were abducted by FARC guerillas in the Colombian jungles on February 13, 2003. They and one other man were kept in detention until their release on July 2, 2008.[74] Yes 5 years
Keith Stansell unknown
2003 Craig Sorger 13 Autistic teenager who was killed by two friends in a park in Ephrata, Washington on February 15, 2003. He was initially reported missing, but the two boys later revealed the body location, were convicted of his death and given long sentences.[75] No / Murdered Same day
2003 Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr 40 Egyptian Islamic cleric who was kidnapped in Italy by CIA agents, then brought back to Egypt, where he was kept in detention and tortured for four years. His abduction caused the spark of the Abu Omar case.[76] Yes 4 years
2003 Ahmed Siddiqui 5 Siddiqui was kidnapped along with his two younger siblings by their mother, Aafia Siddiqui, in March 2003, when they were on vacation in Karachi, Pakistan. Since Ahmed was an American citizen, his case was investigated by the FBI, which had also suspected his mother of being related to extremist groups like Al-Qaeda. In the summer of 2008, both Aafia and Ahmed were detained by police in Afghanistan, with Ahmed later returned safely to New York, but the whereabouts of his other siblings remain unknown.[77] Yes 5 years
2003 Hannah Foster 17 Foster disappeared while walking home from a night out in Southampton on March 14, 2003.[78] Two days later her body was found in Allington Lane in the city.[78] Foster had made a 999 call but could not be heard on the call.[78] She had been abducted and murdered by Maninder Pal Singh Kohli, who was arrested after 16 months on the run in India and finally extradited and convicted in 2008.[78] No / Murdered 2 days
2003 Amanda Berry 16 Berry disappeared on April 21, 2003, the day before her 17th birthday.[79] She was walking home from her job at Burger King. During captivity, Berry gave birth to a daughter. Just over 10 years later, on May 6, 2013, Berry escaped along with Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus and Berry's daughter.[80] They were in reasonable health and within 3 miles of the site of their disappearances. They were kidnapped, and held in captivity by Ariel Castro, who was convicted to life imprisonment, and committed suicide in prison. Yes 10 years
2003 Romona Moore 21 Moore was a Guyanese immigrant who was kidnapped from her apartment in Brooklyn on April 24, 2003. Her abductors, Troy Hendrix and Kayson Pearson, later tortured, raped and murdered her at an abandoned house, with her body found only two months later. Both men were arrested and convicted on all charges in 2006, both receiving life imprisonment without parole for the crime.[81] No / Murdered 2 months
2003 Holly Jones 10 Holly Maria Jones, 10, was abducted while returning from her friend's house in Toronto, Canada on May 12, 2003. Her kidnapper, Michael Briere, sexually assaulted and strangled her the very next day, dismembering her remains and placing them in two garbage bags, which he then dumped into the Toronto Harbour. The bags were found the following day. Briere was arrested a month later after refusing to provide a DNA sample, and subsequently convicted to life imprisonment with a chance of parole.[82] No / Murdered 1 day
2003 Canny Ong 28 A Malaysian and IT analyst who was married and employed in the United States. She returned to Malaysia on June 1, 2003, due to worry over her ailing father's cancer. After he slowly recovered, Ong was set to return to USA on June 14, 2003. However, the night before the date of her flight, at the shopping centre, she went missing and was abducted by 27-year-old MAS airplane cleaner Ahmad Najib bin Aris. Ahmad Najib later raped and murdered Ong, whose body was found four days after her reported disappearance. The killer was eventually caught on June 20, 2003, and he was found guilty of murder and rape in a highly reported trial in February 2005. Ahmad Najib was sentenced to death for murder, and was also sentenced to 20 years' jail and 10 strokes of the cane for rape. More than 11 years after his trial, and after the loss of his appeals and after the Sultan of Selangor's rejection of his plea for pardon, 40-year-old Ahmad Najib bin Aris was hanged at Kajang Prison on the morning of September 23, 2016. No / Murdered 4 days
2003 Shafilea Ahmed 17 British schoolgirl Shafilea Ahmed disappeared from her house in Warrington, Cheshire on 11 September 2003, and a week later one of her teachers contacted the police.[83] After several police appeals, her body was found in the River Kent in Cumbria in February 2004.[83] She had been suffocated with a plastic bag by her parents in a suspected "honour killing", due to their belief that she had become too Westernised, and they were convicted of her murder in 2012.[83] No / Murdered 5 months
2003 Cecilia Zhang 9 Canadian schoolgirl who was kidnapped for ransom by Chinese international student Min Chen in Toronto on October 20, 2003. She accidentally died during her detention, and her body was discovered on March 27, 2004. He was later sentenced to life imprisonment.[84] No / Murdered 6 months
2003 Dru Sjodin 22 Sjodin was an American woman who was abducted from the Columbia Mall on November 22, 2003, in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Her body was recovered on April 17, 2004, near Crookston, Minnesota.[85] No / Murdered 5 months
2003 Daniel Morcombe 13 Morcombe disappeared from the roadside near his Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia, home on December 7, 2003. His remains were found in 2011 as forensic testing confirmed that the bones were Morcombe's.[86] Brett Peter Cowan was convicted of murder in the case. No / Murdered 8 years
2004 Lamduan Armitage 36 Armitage was a Thai-born Englishwoman who vanished without a trace sometime in 2004, only for her body to be discovered on the Pen-y-ghent mountain on September 20, 2004. She was initially unidentified until 2019, when DNA testing confirmed her identity, but her manner of death remains undetermined.[87] No 14 years
2004 Meredith Emerson 24 Hiker who went missing in Chattahoochee–Oconee National Forest while walking her dog. Her body was found days later in Cumming, Georgia, and investigations later determined that she had been killed by Gary Hilton, a serial killer with at least three previous murders. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for Emerson's murder.[88] No / Murdered 3 days
2004 Spalding Gray 62 Gray, an actor, writer and monologist, was declared missing on January 11, 2004. On March 7, 2004, the Office of Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York reported that Gray's body had been discovered by two men and pulled from the East River.[89] He is said to have committed suicide by drowning himself. No / Suicide 2 months
2004 Perry Saturn 37 American professional wrestler who was involved in an April 2004 altercation with two men when he came to the aid of a woman who they were in the process of raping. He fought the men and was shot with a .25 caliber handgun in the back of the neck and in the right shoulder, to which he originally thought he had received a punch, as a result of the scuffle.[90] After being shot, Saturn became addicted to methamphetamine and was homeless for two and a half years.[91][92] Saturn disappeared from public view and was not seen for several years, with his family and friends unaware of his whereabouts.[93] He reemerged in 2010, having resolved his addiction.[92] Yes Unclear
2004 Nick Berg 26 Berg was an American freelance radiotower repairman who owned a company based in Mosul, Iraq. In April 2004, during one of his frequent visits to Baghdad, he disappeared mysteriously. About a month later, his decapitated body was found by an overpass, and three days after a discovery, a video surfaced showing an Islamist jihadist group, Muntada al-Ansar, had kidnapped Berg. After forcing him to read a lengthy statement, one of his captors proceeded to decapitate him with a knife.[94] No / Murdered One month
2004 Stephen Farrell 42 British–Irish journalist who was kidnapped by Sunni extremists in April 2004, while on a work assignment for The Times in Fallujah, Iraq. He was later released without incident.[95] Yes 8 hours
2004 Jonathan Coulom 9–10 French schoolboy who was abducted from a school summer camp in Saint-Brevin-les-Pins on April 6, 2004. His naked body, which was bound to a cinderblock, was found in a pond in Guérande on May 19. German serial killer and prolific child rapist Martin Ney has been charged in his murder.[96] No / Murdered 1 month
2004 Brooke Wilberger 19 Wilberger was abducted from Corvallis, Oregon, on the morning of May 24, 2004.[97] Her remains were found on September 21, 2009. No / Murdered 5 years 4 months
2004 Kim Sun-il 33 Kim Sun-il was a South Korean Christian missionary and interpreter working for a company contracted by the American government to work in Iraq. On May 30, 2004, he was kidnapped near Fallujah by the Islamist militant group Jama'at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad and held as a hostage. About a month after his abduction, the group sent a tape to Al Jazeera, which depicted Sun-il being decapitated by one of his captors.[98] No / Murdered One month
2004 Zhang Hongjie 25 Chinese University of Canberra communications student said to have disappeared in June 2004, she was found murdered in her flat in Belconnen in January 2005.[99] No / Murdered 7 months
2004 Paul Marshall Johnson Jr. 49 Johnson, an American helicopter engineer stationed at a Lockheed Martin factory in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, was kidnapped by members of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula on June 12, 2004, at a fake checkpoint near Riyadh. Despite calls from both the Saudi and American governments for his release, his kidnappers beheaded him in a recorded video, with his head later recovered from a refrigerator in a villa near Riyadh.[100] No / Murdered 6 days
2004 William Burgess Powell 56 Discovered naked and beaten and with severe amnesia on August 31, 2004, at a Burger King in Richmond Hill, Georgia;[101] after efforts from genetic genealogists, his true identity was finally discovered on September 16, 2015.[102] Powell had forgotten his identity and had been living under the name "Benjaman Kyle". Yes Unclear
2004 Jin Gyeong-suk 23 North Korean defector who was abducted in Jilin, China while filming a documentary about the regime's involvement in the drug trade. She was deported back to North Korea, where she was tortured and later killed at the Chongjin concentration camp.[103] No / Murdered 5 months
2004 Cecilia Cubas 30 Daughter of former Paraguayan president Raúl Cubas Grau who was kidnapped by armed gunmen from her home in Asunción on September 21, 2004. Her naked body was later found in an underground chamber, having been buried alive by her captors, who were trained by Colombian terrorist group FARC.[104] No / Murdered 5 months
2004 Kenneth Bigley 62 Kenneth Bigley was a British civil engineer, who together with his American colleagues Jack Hensley and Eugene Armstrong, was kidnapped by Islamist militants from Jama'at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad in Baghdad, Iraq. Two days after his kidnapping, a video surfaced showcasing the masked militants threatening to execute their captives unless their demands for Iraqi women prisoners were not met. Despite intervention from the British government and the Muslim Council of Britain, Bigley was killed two weeks later, with his decapitation being recorded and posted on the internet. His body was not recovered. [105] No / Murdered 2 days
2004 Huang Na 8 On October 10, 2004, 8-year-old Huang Na, who came from China to Singapore to study as an international student, went missing from Pasir Panjang. There was a three-week long search for the girl, which extends from Singapore to Malaysia, with many news reports covering the search and flyers distributed. There were also some monetary rewards offered for any information on the girl's whereabouts. On October 30, 2004, 23-year-old Malaysian Chinese Took Leng How confessed that he killed Huang Na in a storeroom during a game of hide-and-seek. The body was found stuffed in an abandoned box at Telok Blangah the next day, and Took, who was a close acquaintance of Huang Na and her family, was charged with murder. An autopsy result showed that there was possibly some form of sexual assault on the girl, but it was not conclusively proven due to the corpse's high state of decomposition. There were some suggestions that Took was mentally ill, and that the girl could have died of other causes instead of murder, but nevertheless, Took was found guilty and sentenced to death. Took's appeal was later dismissed by the three-judge Court of Appeal on a rare split decision of 2 to 1 (two judges upheld the murder conviction and one disagreed with the verdict). Took's clemency appeal was also turned down, and subsequently, he was executed on November 3, 2006, by hanging in Changi Prison.[106] No / Murdered 21 days
2004 Margaret Hassan 59 Hassan was an Irish-Iraqi aid worker associated with Care International, providing many locals with medicine and food. On October 19, 2004, she was kidnapped by an unidentified Islamist militant group in Baghdad, who recorded her execution in a hostage video two weeks after her kidnapping. Her remains have never been recovered, and her killer, architect Ali Lutfi Jassar al-Rawi, escaped from prison in 2010, with his whereabouts still unclear.[107] No / Murdered 2 weeks
2004 Roy Hallums 56 American contractor who, together with several other men, was kidnapped by twenty masked gunmen from his home in Baghdad, Iraq on November 1, 2004. He and an Iraqi captive were liberated by Delta Force on September 7, 2005.[108] Yes 1 year
2005 Benedict Cumberbatch 29 Cumberbatch, an award-winning English actor, was kidnapped together with Denise Black and a mutual friend near Lake St. Lucia in South Africa by a gang of six men. By nightfall, he managed to persuade his abductors that they could get in trouble if they harmed him or his friends, the trio was let go.[109] Yes Same day
2005 Margie Profet 46 An evolutionary biologist who had ceased contact with her family in 2002 and had last been seen in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 2005. In May 2012 she was told by a friend about her "disappearance" and contacted her family. She had been living in an isolated location, suffering from a physical ailment that caused her severe pain, and had not realized she was considered "missing".[110][111] Yes 7 years out of contact
2005 Giuliana Sgrena 57 Italian journalist who was kidnapped by insurgent while working in Baghdad, Iraq on February 4, 2005. She was later safely released, but the subsequent incident involving her caused turmoil between the American and Italian governments.[112] Yes 1 month
2005 Jessica Lunsford 9 Lunsford was an American girl who was abducted from her home in Homosassa, Florida, in the early morning of February 24, 2005, by John Couey; her body was found three weeks later, buried at the home of Couey's half-sister, who lived within sight of the Lunsford home.[113] No / Murdered 3 weeks
2005 Douglas Wood 64 Australian construction engineer who was held hostage while working for an American company in Baghdad, Iraq in May 2005. He was eventually rescued on June 20 by Iraqi security forces.[114] Yes 6 weeks
2005 Mary-Ann Leneghan 16 On May 6, 2005, Leneghan and a friend were kidnapped from Prospect Park by a group of six men who drugged, tortured and raped both of them. Leneghan was killed and her body found the next day, while her friend survived despite being shot in the head.[115] No / Murdered 1 day
2005 Jetseta Gage 10 Gage was abducted from her home in Johnson County, Iowa by family friend and convicted sex offender Roger Bentley, who raped and then killed at his trailer. He was arrested the following day and later convicted of the crime, receiving two life sentences. The case prompted major changes in Iowa's sentencing laws regarding child sex crimes in the state.[116] No / Murdered 1 day
2005 Jenny Nicholl 19 Nicholl disappeared from North Yorkshire at the end of June 2005. David Hodgson, a 45-year-old married father of two, who had been having an affair with her for five years, was convicted of her murder. She was also seeing Hodgson's older brother, which police say, was the reason for her murder as David Hodgson became obsessively jealous about her relationship with his brother. He was convicted in February 2008 and sentenced to life with a minimum of 18 years, yet Nicholl's body has never been found.[117] No / Murdered Not Found
2005 Jacques Roche 44 Haitian journalist and Group of 184 affiliate who was kidnapped and murdered in Port-au-Prince, allegedly by members of the Fanmi Lavalas party, which he opposed.[118] No / Murdered 4 days
2005 Ihab el-Sherif 51 Egyptian ambassador to Iraq who was abducted by Islamist militants on July 3, 2005, while he was buying a newspaper in Baghdad. Four days later, a video was posted on the internet in which el-Sherif's captors claimed that he had been killed for having ties with Israel, and his death was later confirmed by the Egyptian government.[119] No / Murdered 4 days
2005 Rubén Omar Romano 47 Argentinian–Mexican football player who was kidnapped and held hostage near Xochimilco on July 19, 2005. He was rescued on September 21, 2005, by federal agents, and his kidnapper Omar Sandoval Orihuela was sentenced to 26 years' imprisonment.[120] Yes 65 days
2005 Scout Taylor-Compton 16 American actress who went missing on August 12, 2005, in southern California and was found two weeks later. She had run away from home.[121] Yes 2 weeks
2005 Alicia Ross 25 Canadian woman who mysteriously disappeared from her home in Markham, Ontario on August 17, 2005. Her body was found on September 21 in a wooded area near Cresswell. Her neighbor, Daniel Sylvester, was later convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for her murder.[122] No / Murdered 1 month
2005 Peter Tobin 59 Peter Tobin, a man who had previously been jailed in 1994 for a sex attack on two girls in Portsmouth, was declared to have breached the terms of his licensed release in November 2005 when police found they could not trace his location.[123] A warrant was issued for his arrest, and he was on the run for almost a year.[123] He was not discovered until he murdered Angelika Kluk in Glasgow in September 2006.[123] Yes 10 months
2005 Taylor Behl 17 VCU student who disappeared on September 5, 2006, while going on a meet-up with a man she had previously dated. That same man, Benjamin Fawley, would later be convicted of her murder and sentenced to 30 years imprisonment, after her body was found dumped in a ravine a month after she disappeared.[124] No / Murdered 1 month
2005 Jennifer Teague 18 Teenager who disappeared while returning home from a late-night shift at her workplace in Barrhaven, Canada on September 8, 2005. Her body was found ten days later, and a pizza worker named Kevin Davis was later convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for her murder.[125] No / Murdered 10 days
2005 Harmeet Singh Sooden 32 Members of the Christian Peacemaker Teams who were abducted along with two others on November 26, 2005, by the Swords of Righteousness Brigade while in Baghdad, Iraq. While Fox was executed and his body found in a garbage dump on March 10, 2006, Sooden and the two others were rescued in a military operation on March 23.[126] Yes 4 months
Tom Fox 54 No / Murdered
Norman Kember 74 Yes
James Loney 41 Yes
2005 Susanne Osthoff 43 German archaeologist who was kidnapped, together with her driver, while en route to Baghdad on November 25, 2005. She was eventually freed on December 18, but her kidnappers have never been positively identified.[127] Yes Less than 1 month
2005 Naomi Miller 34 A woman from Texas, who was reported missing in December 2005, and was found buried underneath the old San Angelo speedway[128] on March 8, 2017.[129] Her ex-husband Robert had faced charges in her death,[130] and both he and his current wife pleaded guilty and were sentenced to 38 years in prison.[131] No / Murdered 12 years
2005 Adre-Anna Jackson 10 Jackson disappeared while walking to her school in Lakewood, Washington, in an area reportedly populated by registered sex offenders. Her skeletonized body was later found in a thicket. While the exact cause of death hasn't been determined, it was deemed suspicious, and the unsolved killing is currently under investigation by the FBI.[132] No / Murdered 4 months
2006 Philip Morris unknown English oil rig worker who was kidnapped by Nigerian kidnappers while working on the Aban Pearl. He and several others were held in the jungle for days, before the Nigerian government managed to negotiate their release for $200,000 ransom.[133] Yes 4 days
2006 Jill Carroll 29 American journalist for The Wall Street Journal who was kidnapped by Iraqi militants on January 7, 2006. She was held hostage by her captors for two months, but was freed without harm. She later retired from journalism and became a firefighter.[134] Yes 2 months
2006 Bobby Äikiä 10 Äikiä, a Swedish boy with Fragile X syndrome from Nässjö, Jönköping County, who on January 14, 2006, was tortured and killed by his mother and stepfather.[135] and his body was then hidden by them. In February 2006 Äikiä's body was found and mother and stepfather were charged with the crime.[136] No / Murdered Over 2 weeks
2006 Banaz Mahmod 20 Mahmod, an Iraqi-Kurdish immigrant living in London, was killed by her family members when she refused to engage with a man in a forced marriage. After being raped and tortured for hours, she was strangled and her body stuffed in a suitcase, which the perpetrators buried in a garden in Handsworth, West Midlands. The killers were arrested a month after her murder, and police used phone and vehicle tracking to locate Mahmod's remains.[137] No / Murdered Over 3 months
2006 Ilan Halimi 23 Halimi, a French mobile phone salesman working in Paris, was kidnapped by a gang of criminals who believed that, since he was Jewish and thus wealthy. The "Gang of Barbarians", led by Youssouf Fofana, sent threatening messages and ransom letters to the family members, demanding that they be paid in exchange for his release. Halimi, who had been tortured during the process, died as a result of his injuries. His captors would later be arrested and sentenced to varying terms of imprisonment.[138] No / Murdered Over 2 weeks
2006 Nurasyura binte Mohamed Fauzi 2 Nurasyra binte Mohamed Fauzi, affectionately known by her nickname "Nonoi" went missing in Singapore on March 1, 2006. She was said to be last seen in her step-grandparents' ground floor flat in Circuit Road, Singapore. Over the next three days, there was a highly publicised search for the girl, with all her family members, friends, and strangers (including the police) participated in the search and distributing flyers. Then, on the third day after her disappearance, Nonoi's stepfather Mohammed Ali bin Johari, aged 29, confessed to his wife and mother-in-law that he had accidentally drowned her in water, and led the police to where he disposed the little girl's body. Mohammed Ali was then charged with murder. Autopsy results showed that the girl was sexually assaulted before her death, to which Mohammed Ali repeatedly denied raping the girl. In August 2007, in a widely reported trial, the High Court of Singapore found 31-year-old Mohammed Ali guilty of murder and sentenced him to death. Mohammed Ali later lost his appeal, and he was eventually hanged on December 19, 2008.[139] No / Murdered 3 days
2006 Dana Lowrey 23 Dana Lowrey last contacted her estranged husband in Minden, Louisiana, in May 2006. She had traveled the United States selling magazines and at the time she last spoke to him, she was in Ohio. Lowrey is believed to be the first victim of serial killer Shawn Grate, who confessed to murdering the victim in 2016. Her remains were found in March 2007 but not identified. Lowrey was identified by the DNA Doe Project in June 2019.[140] No / Murdered 10 months
2006 Gilad Shalit 20 IDF soldier who was captured by Hamas militants during the 2006 Gaza cross-border raid. He was later released as part of a prisoner exchange.[141] Yes 5 years
2006 Nathalie Mahy and Stacy Lemmens 11 and 7 Nathalie Mahy and Stacy Lemmens were two Belgian stepsisters who disappeared in the city of Liège on June 10, 2006, and were found murdered on June 28, 2006.[142] On June 10, 2008, Abdallah Ait Oud was found guilty by a jury of kidnapping, rape and murder of the children, and sentenced to life imprisonment (which, under the Belgian law, is most of the time not fully served in prison, but later on changed into a suspended sentence).[143][144][145] No / Murdered 18 days
2006 Chanel Petro-Nixon 16 or 17 Petro-Nixon was an American teenager from Brooklyn, New York, who went missing on June 18, 2006. Her body was discovered on June 22, 2006, in a trash bag in front of 212 Kingston Avenue. It was determined that Petro-Nixon had been strangled.[146] No / Murdered 4 days
2006 Frauke Liebs 21 Liebs was a student nurse who disappeared on June 20, 2006, after last being seen at a pub in Paderborn's city center.[147] Her skeletonized body was found by a hunter on October 4, 2006, in a forested area next to a Landesstraße ("state road") near Lichtenau.[148] No / Murdered 14 weeks
2006 Eliyahu Asheri 18 Asheri was an Israeli student who was kidnapped and later killed by PRC militants on June 25, 2006, while on his way to Neveh Tzuf. His body, buried in an open field near a village, was recovered by IDF forces.[149] No / Murdered 4 days
2006 Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño Age unknown and 22 Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño, both alumni of the University of the Philippines Diliman, disappeared on June 26, 2006. According to eyewitness Raymond Manalo, the two were abducted by suspected military men in Hagonoy, Bulacan and were accused of being members of the Communist Party of the Philippines. The incident took place at the time of a fierce conflict in Central Luzon between the Philippine government and the communist rebel group New People's Army. According to Manalo, the two died after being tortured using waterboarding, electrocution and sexual assault to force their confession of being members of the NPA. Their bodies were never found. On September 17, 2018, retired Major General and former congressman Jovito Palparan and two other former military officials were convicted of kidnapping and serious illegal detention of Cadapan and Empeño and were sentenced to life imprisonment.[150][151] No / Murdered Missing for 15 years, 10 months and 23 days
2006 Eldad Regev 25 Israeli soldiers abducted by Hezbollah militants near the Lebanese border, sparking the 2006 Lebanon War. Their bodies were repatriated to Israel in 2008, as part of a prisoner exchange, with the authorities claiming that they had died by friendly fire.[152] No / Murdered 2 years
Ehud Goldwasser 31
2006 Destiny Norton 5 Norton had disappeared on July 16, 2006, from Salt Lake City, Utah. Her body was found on July 24, 2006, less than 100 feet from her home in the basement of her neighbor, Craig Roger Gregerson.[153] No / Murdered 8 days
2006 Marcus Fiesel 3 Inadvertently killed by his foster parents on August 4–6, 2006, who had kept him locked in the closet. His incinerated remains were found 24 days later in Brown County, Ohio.[154] No / Murdered 24 days
2006 Steven Centanni 60 A reporter for Fox News kidnapped alongside colleague Olaf Wiig in the Gaza Strip by Palestinian militants. Their kidnappers demanded that all Muslim prisoners in the United States be freed from custody. Although this demand was not met, both were freed after thirteen days of captivity after claiming to have converted to Islam. (Both later stated they had falsely claimed to have converted at gunpoint.)[155] Yes 13 days
2006 Jamshid Karimov 39 Uzbekistani investigative journalist who was forcefully interned in a psychiatric hospital on September 12, 2006, for "psychiatric treatment", but the true reason for his detainment is believed to be criticism of the administration of then-President Islam Karimov. He was released in October 2011, but has since been detained again and is currently imprisoned in another psychiatric facility.[156] Yes 5 years
2006 Angelika Kluk 23 Twenty-three-year-old Angelika Kluk, a student from Poland, was last seen alive in the company of a church handyman at St. Patrick's Church in Glasgow.[157] Kluk's body was discovered hidden under the floorboards of the church on September 29.[158] After a nationwide search, the church's handyman, who turned out to be the missing sex offender Peter Tobin, was found and convicted of Kluk's murder.[157] During investigations Tobin was found to have also murdered Vicky Hamilton and Dinah McNicol, two girls who had disappeared in 1991.[157] No / Murdered 5 days
2006 Chelvy Thiyagarajah Unknown Sri Lankan feminist poet and activist abducted by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a militant rebel group. Six years after her abduction, LTTE sources confirmed that Thiyagarajah and another activist had been executed at one of their camps. No / Killed Never found
2006 Peter Tobin/"Patrick McLaughlin" 60 On September 28, 2006, police in Glasgow announced that they wanted to speak to Patrick McLaughlin, a church handyman at St. Patrick's Church in Glasgow, as he was the last person to see missing student Angelika Kluk.[158] "McLaughlin" is later confirmed as being the missing sex offender Peter Tobin, and a nationwide search for him ensues after Kluk's body is found buried in the church.[158] Tobin is found on October 1 when a nurse at a hospital in London recognises his picture in the media.[158][157] Yes 3 days
2006 Michelle Gardner-Quinn 21 Gardner-Quinn was an undergraduate at the University of Vermont, who was kidnapped on October 7, 2006. Her body was found along a road in the neighboring town of Richmond on October 13, 2006.[159] No / Murdered 6 days
2006 Ahmed Kousay al-Taie 40 Al-Taie, an Iraqi-born American soldier serving in Baghdad during the Iraq War, was captured by a group of armed militants who held him as a hostage. His fate remained unclear until 2012, when the Iraqi government confirmed that he had been killed in 2008.[160] No / Murdered 6 years
2006 Tania Nicol 19 19-year-old Tania Nicol, who discreetly worked as a prostitute to fund a drug addiction, disappeared from Ipswich on the night of October 30, 2006.[161] Her body was found in a river on the outskirts of Ipswich on December 8; she had been killed by the serial killer Steve Wright.[161] No / Murdered 38 days
2006 Douglas Al-Bazi 34 Iraqi Chaldean Catholic Church priest who was kidnapped by an Islamist militant group while serving in Baghdad. He was viciously tortured, but eventually released after a ransom of $170,000 was paid to the kidnappers. Since then, Al-Bazi has moved to New Zealand and has become the parish priest of the St. Addai Chaldean Catholic Church in Papatoetoe, doing political activism on behalf of Christians in the Middle East.[162] Yes 9 days
2006 Gemma Adams 25 25-year-old Gemma Adams, who had turned to prostitution to fund a drug addiction, disappeared from Ipswich on the night of November 15, 2006.[161] Her body was found in a river on the outskirts of Ipswich on December 2, six days before the body of fellow missing Ipswich woman Tania Nichol was found in the same river.[161] Both had been killed by the serial killer Steve Wright.[161] No / Murdered 17 days
2006 Anneli Alderton 24 Three-months-pregnant Anneli Alderton, who worked as a prostitute, disappeared from Ipswich on the evening of December 3, 2006.[161] She was found in woodland on the outskirts of Ipswich on December 10 when a passing motorist reported seeing her body, three days after another motorist mistook it for a manequin and failed to report it.[161] She had been killed by the serial killer Steve Wright.[161] No / Murdered 7 days
2006 James Kim 35 The American TV personality and this family were travelling back to their home in San Francisco, California, but encountered heavy snow while passing through Oregon, forcing them to change their route. Their vehicle was eventually immobilized, and James later attempted to get help by reaching the nearest town. While his family were later rescued, he died from hypothermia at Big Windy Creek, where his body was found two days later.[163] No / Death from hypothermia 2 days
2006 Annette Nicholls 29 29-year-old Annette Nicholls, who worked as a prostitute, disappeared from Ipswich on December 8, 2006.[161] Her body was found alongside fellow missing Ipswich prostitute Paula Clennell in woodland by a road on December 12; both had been killed by the serial killer Steve Wright.[161] No / Murdered 4 days
2006 Paula Clennell 24 24-year-old Paula Clennell, who discreetly worked as a prostitute, disappeared from Ipswich on the morning of December 10, 2006.[161] Her body was found in woodland by a road on the outskirts of Ipswich on December 12, after a police helicopter spotted her and the body of the missing Ipswich woman Annette Nicholls.[161] Both had been killed by the serial killer Steve Wright.[161] No / Murdered 2 days
2007 Anne Hendricks Bass 66 Bass was an American investor, art collector and documentary filmmaker who was held hostage at her estate by her butler. She was later rescued, and after a 5-year-long trial, he was sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment for the crime.[164] Yes unknown
2007 Tara Lynn Grant 34 Grant was from Washington Township, Macomb County, Michigan, and was a business consultant, wife, and mother. On February 14, 2007, Grant's husband Stephen had reported that she had been missing for five days, indicating that he did not report it right away, as she had left home before. He claimed that she coordinated over the phone to be picked up by another person from their driveway, and had thus driven off. Grant made numerous media appearances, with the local police holding daily press conferences during her disappearance. Stephen then started accusing the local police of harassing him. On March 2, they obtained a search warrant of the family home, and discovered Tara's dismembered torso stored in plastic bags in the garage. They obtained a warrant to arrest Stephen, who had fled to Michigan's Wilderness State Park, apparently intent on committing suicide. He was arrested, and confessed to the murder while in custody, citing an argument with Tara that led to him strangling, then dismembering her. He received a sentence of 50–80 years in prison, with no less than 50 years to be served.[165][166] No / Murdered 21 days
2007 Erika Hill 15 Erika was an American 15-year-old girl who was murdered in Fitchburg, Wisconsin, in February 2007. Hill's damaged body was found in Gary, Indiana, on February 26, and her identity was not discovered until 2015. Taylin Hill, her adoptive mother, was charged with reckless homicide after Hill's identification, and later pleaded guilty to reduced charges for which she was sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment. Her body was first taken to Chicago and burned, then five days later it was moved to Gary, Indiana.[167] Her identity was not revealed until 2015.[168] No / Murdered 5 days
2007 Alan Johnston Unknown A British journalist for the BBC stationed in Gaza City, Johnston was kidnapped by Army of Islam militants and held in captivity. Despite several false reports of him being executed, he was eventually freed on July 4 and returned to the UK a few days later.[169] Yes More than 3 months
2007 Edward Chikombo 65–66 Zimbabwean journalist for the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation who was killed after sending footage depicting police brutality towards Movement for Democratic Change members to foreign media. Despite the outrage over his death, his killers were never caught.[170] No / Murdered Several days
2007 Daniele Mastrogiacomo 53 Italian–Swiss journalist and war correspondent for la Repubblica who was kidnapped while working in Afghanistan on March 7, 2007, by Taliban militants led by Dadullah. He was held as a hostage, with his abductors demanding that Italy withdraw its troops, and was eventually released in exchange for five Taliban prisoners.[171] Yes 15 days
2007 Christopher Barrios Jr. 6 Schoolboy who was abducted from his home in Brunswick, Georgia by a group of four kidnappers on March 8, 2007, who then raped and killed him. His body was found on March 15. The main killer, David Edenfield, was sentenced to death.[172] No / Murdered 17 days
2007 Ruby Rose Barrameda-Jimenez 26 Barrameda-Jimenez was the sister of Filipino actress and beauty queen Rochelle Barrameda. She disappeared on March 14, 2007, after visiting her children at the house of her estranged husband, Manuel Jimenez III's family in Navotas, Metro Manila. Her body was found more than two years later on June 10, 2009, inside a cemented metal drum on the bottom of Manila Bay near the Navotas Fish Port based on a tip from Manuel Montero, one of the alleged suspects in her murder. Montero confessed that she murdered Barrameda-Jimenez upon the orders of Manuel Jimenez III, his father Manuel Jimenez Jr. and his uncle Lope Jimenez. A driver named Eric Fernandez and a security officer named Lennard Descalso were also named as accomplices. On September 30, 2019, the Malabon Regional Trial Court dismissed the parricide case against Jimenez III and the murder case against his father, his uncle and several other accomplices after Montero recanted his testimony and went missing in 2013.[173][174][175][176] No / Murdered 2 years, 2 months, 28 days
2007 Kelsey Smith 18 Smith, an Overland Park, Kansas, teenager, disappeared on June 2, 2007, and was murdered that evening. Smith's body was found in Longview Lake, Missouri, on June 6, 2007. The Kelsey Smith Act was later created in her name. No / Murdered 4 days
2007 Riley Ann Sawyers 2 Sawyers had disappeared from Spring, Texas, on July 24, 2007. Her body was found in Galveston Bay, Texas, on October 29, 2007.[177] No / Murdered 3 months
2007 Cédrika Provencher 9 Provencher was a girl from Trois-Rivières, Quebec, who disappeared on July 31, 2007.[178] The Quebec media believed that she was kidnapped.[179][180] On December 12, 2015, Quebec police announced that her remains had been found in Mauricie, Quebec.[181][182] No / Unknown 8 years 5 months
2007 Corryn Rayney 43 or 44 Rayney disappeared from Australia about August 7, 2007; her body was found a week later in a clandestine grave in Kings Park, Perth, with no clear cause of death.[183] No / Unknown 1 week
2007 Nurin Jazlin 8 Jazlin was a Malaysian girl who disappeared in Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur, on the night of August 20, 2007. She was found brutally tortured in front of a shop on September 17, 2007, her body stuffed inside a gym bag.[184] Her killer(s) was never caught and thus her murder remains unsolved till today. No / Murdered 1 month
2007 Steve Fossett 63 Fossett was a famous businessman and record breaking aviator who went missing on September 3, 2007, while flying over the Great Basin Desert. Exactly one year later, in September 2008, a hiker found Fossett's identification cards in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, leading shortly after to the discovery of the plane's wreckage. The remains of Fossett were two large bones, that were found half a mile from the crash site, probably scattered by wild animals.[185][186] No / Plane crash 1 Year
2008 Brianna Denison 19 Denison was a college student from Santa Barbara, California, who was abducted on January 20, 2008, from a friend's house in Reno, Nevada. Her body was discovered on February 15, 2008, in a field near a Reno business park after being raped and murdered.[187] No / Murdered 26 days
2008 Diane Chenery-Wickens 48 British award-winning make-up artist who was reported missing from her home in Duddleswell, East Sussex on 24 January 2008. A woman walking her dog found her body in Little Horsted, Uckfield, on 15 May 2008. The husband had murdered her after she had found a phone bill that showed calls to a mistress and a gay chatline.[188] No / Murdered 4 months
2008 Tariq Azizuddin unknown Pakistani ambassador to Turkey and Afghanistan who was abducted by Tehrik-i-Taliban terrorists while en route to Kabul on February 11, 2008. He and another hostage were released a few months later, after the government and the terrorists negotiated a deal.[189] Yes 3 months
2008 Shannon Matthews 9 Matthews is an English girl who was kidnapped in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, on February 19, 2008.[190] She was found alive and well on March 14, 2008, and it turned out that the "kidnapping" had been a scam by her mother and an uncle of the mother's boyfriend to fraudulently claim a reward for her return.[191] A drama was made about the case showing the extent of the community involvement in trying to locate Shannon. Yes 23 days
2008 Leonid Rozhetskin 41 Rozhetskin was a Russian financier and lawyer, who went missing from his village in Jūrmala, Latvia, on March 16, 2008, under suspicious circumstances, and his body was found in 2013.[192] No / Unknown 5 years
2008 Mark Speight 42 English television presenter who was arrested on suspicion of murder relating to the death of his wife, model Natasha Collins. While her death was later determined to be a drug overdose, Speight disappeared on April 7, 2008, and was later found hanged near Paddington station. Two suicide notes indicated that he had killed himself as he couldn't bear living without his wife.[193] No / Suicide by hanging 6 days
2008 Tonderai Ndira 33–34 Zimbabwean MDC–T activist who was abducted by a group of armed men on May 13, 2008, while campaigning for the 2008 general election. His body was found later that same month, and it has been proposed that he had been killed by a death squad.[194] No / Murdered 1 month
2008 Amanda Lindhout 27 Lindhout, a Canadian freelance journalist, and Brennan, an Australian author and photojournalist, were sent to report on events in Mogadishu, Somalia. On August 23, 2008, two days after their arrival, the pair, along with their translator Abdifatah Mohammed Elmi and driver Mahad Isse, were all kidnapped by Islamist militants and held hostage. After 15 months, during which they were repeatedly tortured and Lindhout raped, all captives were released.[195] Yes 15 months
Nigel Brennan 36
2008 Amy Yeary 18 A former victim of human trafficking, Yeary disappeared sometime in the summer of 2008, after her mother was unable to drive her back home. On November 23, 2008, Yeary's body was found in Campbellsport, Wisconsin, but went unidentified until 2021. Her killer(s) have not been located thus far.[196] No / Murdered unknown
2008 Sean Langan 43 British journalist and documentary film-maker. Langan was kidnapped along with his translator while filming in the Afghanistan–Pakistan border region. Both were held captive by the Taliban for twelve weeks before their release on 21 June 2008.[197] Yes ~84 days
2008 Caylee Anthony 2 Caylee was reported missing on July 15, 2008, in Orlando, Florida. On December 11, 2008, her skeletal remains were found with a blanket inside a trash bag in a wooded area near the family home.[66][198] Her mother was accused but acquitted of her murder. No / Unknown 5 months
2008 Karlie Pearce-Stevenson and Khandalyce Pearce Pearce-Stevenson (20)
Pearce (2)
Mother and daughter whose remains were found in the Belanglo State Forest, Australia five years apart, and were initially treated as unrelated. Daniel Holdom was later charged and convicted for both of their death, and sentenced to two life terms.[199] No / Murdered 2 years (Pearce-Stevenson)
7 years (Pearce)
2008 David S. Rohde 41 Journalist for The New York Times who, together with two associates, was kidnapped by Taliban militants on November 10, 2008, while doing research for a book in Afghanistan. His colleagues urged other newspapers not to write anything on the kidnapping in order to maximize his chances of survival, and months later, Rohde and one of the men managed to successfully escape.[200] Yes 8 months
2008 Robert Fowler 64 Fowler was a Canadian diplomat and special envoy of the UN who was kidnapped while on a peace mission in Niger. After extensive negotiations, he and several other Western hostages were released.[201] Yes 4 months
2009 Pericles Panagopoulos 73 Panagopoulos, a successful Greek shipping magnate who owned multiple companies engaged in the trade, was kidnapped by a group of armed men in Athens in 2009. Orchestrated by crime boss Panagiotis Vlastos, the group demanded €30 million in ransom, and after a week, they released Panagopoulos after the sum was paid. It is reportedly the highest ransom ever paid.[202] Yes More than 1 week
2009 Michael Gilbert 26 After getting acquainted with James Watt in a children's home, Gilbert was invited to live with him at his parents' house, where all family members, including Watt, abused, extorted and made him work in slavish conditions. Gilbert was eventually killed, his body dismembered and the remains thrown into a lagoon, with the various parts found between May 2009 and February 2010. All six Watt family members were eventually convicted of the killing and received various sentences.[203] No / Murdered 1 year
2009 John Solecki unknown Head of the UNHCR, based in Quetta, Pakistan, who was tasked with aiding Afghan refugees in Balochistan. On February 2, 2009, he was kidnapped by BLUF militants and held for two months, before being released.[204] Yes 2 months
2009 Gerry Rafferty 61 Scottish singer-songwriter, who was reported as having been missing for seven months in February 2009, having disappeared from St Thomas' Hospital in London, where he was being treated for liver failure.[205] Later that month, The Guardian reported that Rafferty had been found, and was described as living "in hiding" in the south of England.[206] Yes 7 months
2009 Jeffrey Howe 49 British businessman Jeffrey Howe was last seen on March 8, 2009, in Southgate, London. Between March and April 2009 various body parts were found scattered around Hertfordshire and Leicestershire by members of the public, which were later identified as belonging to Howe, leading to him being referred to in the press as the "Jigsaw man". Howe had been killed by his friend Stephen Marshall, who intended to steal his identity and steal from him. At trial he claimed to have dismembered four other bodies between 1995 and 1998 in gangland killings.[207] No / Murdered 46 days
2009 Sandra Cantu 8 Cantu was an American girl from Tracy, California, who attracted national attention after she went missing on March 27, 2009. Her body was discovered two weeks later inside a suitcase in a nearby irrigation pond.[208] No / Murdered 2 weeks
2009 Tori Stafford 8 Tori Stafford was a Canadian girl from Woodstock, Ontario who on April 8, 2009, was kidnapped, raped and killed. On July 21, 2009, Stafford's body was found in Mount Forest, Ontario.[209] No / Murdered Less than two months
2009 Brittanee Drexel 17 Brittanee Drexel was an American girl from Chili, New York, who was kidnapped, raped, and murdered between April 25-26, 2009, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. On May 11, 2022, remains were located in Georgetown, South Carolina, and were positively identified as Brittanee's on May 15. A registered sex offender seen as a person of interest in the case was arrested and charged with the crime.[210] No/Murdered 13 years, 16 days
2009 Mark Sanford 49 The Republican South Carolina Governor disappeared on June 18, 2009, and reappeared on June 24 six days later.[211][212] Yes 6 days
2009 Typhaine Taton 5 French child who was repeatedly abused by her stepfather and mother, Nicolas Willot and Anne-Sophie Faucheur, at their home in Maubeuge. Taton was reported missing on June 18, 2009, by Faucheur, who later confessed that she and Willot killed her and dumped her body in Loverval, Belgium. The body was discovered on December 9, with Willot and Faucheur being convicted and sentenced to 30 years each for the murder.[213] No / Murdered 6 months
2009 Susan Rushworth 43 Bradford sex worker Rushworth was last seen near her flat in the city on June 22, 2009. Her family made repeated public appeals for her return. In 2010, it was discovered that she had become a victim of serial killer Stephen Griffiths, who had gone on to kill two other sex workers in 2010. Griffiths told police he had killed Rushworth and her blood was later found in his flat, but her body was never found. On December 21, 2010, Griffiths was convicted of Rushworth's murder alongside the two other women.[214][215] No / Murdered Not found
2009 Paula Hounslea 37 Hounslea was a 37-year-old British woman who disappeared from her home in West Derby on 22 August 2009. On 5 May 2012, her burnt remains were found on a disused railway line in Liverpool. Her murder remains unsolved.[216] No / Murdered 3 years
2009 Annie Le 24 American doctoral student at the Yale School of Medicine's Department of Pharmacology, who disappeared on September 8, 2009, and was found dead on September 13, 2009, in the building where she worked.[217][218] No / Murdered 5 days
2009 Mitrice Richardson 24 Richardson was an American woman from Calabasas, California, who disappeared on September 17, 2009, after being released from police custody; her body was found on August 9, 2010.[219] No / Unknown 11 months
2009 Morgan Dana Harrington 20 American Virginia Tech student, who disappeared from the John Paul Jones Arena on October 17, 2009, while attending a Metallica concert at the University of Virginia (UVA) in Charlottesville.[220] Her body was discovered on January 26, 2010.[221] No / Murdered 3 months

2010sEdit

Date Person(s) Age Country of Disappearance Circumstances Found alive / cause of death Time spent missing or unconfirmed
2010 Isabella Ruth Miller-Jenkins 7 United States / Nicaragua Isabella's non-custodial mother, Lisa Miller, abducted her and took her to Nicaragua in 2010. Lisa returned to the United States in early 2021 and turned herself in. 18-year-old Isabella filed an affidavit in Nicaragua stating that she was happy and wished to stay there until she was ready to return to the United States.[222] Yes 11 years
2010 McStay family[223] Various United States Joseph McStay (40), his wife Summer (43), and their sons Gianni (4), and Joseph Jr. (3), abruptly disappeared from their Fallbrook, California, home under suspicious circumstances on February 4, 2010.[224][225] Their bodies were found by a biker in the desert near Victorville, California, on November 13, 2013. One year later, on November 7, 2014, police arrested Charles "Chase" Merritt, Joseph McStay's business partner, and charged him with the murders.[226] No / Murdered 3 years 9 months
2010 Faiza Ashraf 26 Norway Faiza Ashraf was Pakistani-Norwegian woman who disappeared in at Haslum in Bærum on February 3, 2010, after being kidnapped. After February 10, 2010, Ashraf's body was found in Asker after the police were told the location of it.[227] No / Murdered 7 days
2010 Mackenzie Cowell 17 United States Mackenzie Cowell was a high school student who went missing after last being seen leaving the beauty school she attended in Wenatchee, Washington on February 9, 2010. She had told classmates she would be back in 15 minutes. Her body was found four days later on a river bank. A beauty school classmate was charged in her death and pleaded guilty to manslaughter.[228] No / Murdered 4 days
2010 Khalid Khawaja 58–59 Pakistan Pakistan Air Force and Inter-Services Intelligence officer who was kidnapped by the Asian Tigers militant group on March 30, 2010, while making a documentary on Colonel Imam. His body was later found in Mir Ali.[229] No / Murdered 1 month
2010 Andrew Koenig 41 Canada Andrew Koenig was an American actor who went missing after last being seen in Vancouver, British Columbia on February 14, 2010, and using his cellphone on February 16. On February 25, 2010, a group of 11 of his friends and family members found his body hanging from a tree in Stanley Park in downtown Vancouver through an act of suicide.[230][231][232] No / Suicide 11 days
2010 Shelley Armitage 31 United Kingdom Bradford sex worker Shelley Armitage was last seen in Rebecca Street in the city centre on April 26, 2010. Two days later she was reported missing to police. On June 2 police announced that some of her remains had been found in the River Aire. She had been murdered by serial killer Stephen Griffiths.[214][233][215] No / Murdered 37 days
2010 Zoe Nelson 17 United Kingdom Nelson was a Scottish college student who disappeared while in the company of her boyfriend, Robert Bayne, on May 22, 2010. The next day, her burned remains were found in a wooded area outside Wishaw. Bayne was later convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.[234] No / Murdered 1 day
2010 Suzanne Pilley 38 United Kingdom Suzanne Pilley was a woman who disappeared on May 4, 2010, in Scotland. On June 23, 2010, David Gilroy, her former boyfriend, was detained by Lothian and Borders Police under section 14 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 in connection with her disappearance. Later that day he was arrested and charged with her murder,[235] and on March 15, 2012, he was found guilty, revealing that she had been murdered.[236] No / Murdered Not Found
2010 Suzanne Blamires 36 United Kingdom Bradford sex worker Suzanne Blamires disappeared on May 21, 2010. Three days later the police arrested a man after CCTV footage showing him murdering Blamires in his block of flats was seen by the caretaker. The next day human remains were found by a member of the public in the River Aire in Shipley, West Yorkshire, and they were confirmed as being Blamires's on May 28. She had been murdered by serial killer Stephen Griffiths.[214][215] No / Murdered 1 week
2010 Diego Fernández de Cevallos 69 Mexico Mexican politician and member of the National Action Party who was abducted on his property in Pedro Escobedo on May 14, 2010. His kidnappers demanded $100 million for his release, but later decreased the amount, and De Cevallos was released on December 25, 2010.[237] Yes 7 months
2010 Lyle and Marie McCann 78 (Lyle)
77 (Marie)
Canada The McCann couple, from St. Albert, Alberta, Canada, went missing after going on a road trip on July 3, 2010. Their bodies were never found. In January 2017, Travis Vader was sentenced to life imprisonment for their manslaughter.[238] No / Manslaughter Not Found
2010 Lorenzen Wright 34 United States An American professional basketball player, who disappeared on July 19, 2010, and was found dead on July 28 in Memphis, Tennessee, in a wooded area. The case was ruled a homicide.[239] On November 9, 2017, Lorenzen Wright's ex-wife, Sherra Wright Robinson was arrested in connection with the Lorenzen Wright murder, days after Billy R. Turner, a landscaper, was indicted on first-degree murder charges.[citation needed] No / Murdered 9 days
2010 Amber Tuccaro 20 Canada Tuccaro was a Canadian First Nations woman who vanished from Fort McMurray while travelling towards Edmonton for a vacation. Her remains were found on September 1, 2012, but her killer has not been apprehended.[240] No / Murdered 2 years
2010 Zahra Baker 10 United States Baker was an Australian schoolgirl who was killed by her American stepmother in Hickory, North Carolina on September 24, 2010. Her body was later dismembered and the remains scattered, with Baker's skull found in April 2012 and identified in February 2013.[241] No / Murdered 2 years
2010 Linda Norgrove 35-36 Afghanistan Norgrove was a Scottish aid worker who was kidnapped by Taliban militants in Afghanistan's Kunar Province on September 26, 2010. She was moved to a mountain hideout, where she remained for a little over a week before being located, but died from injuries sustained during the rescue attempt.[242] No 10 days
2010 Yara Gambirasio 13 Italy Gambirasio disappeared after visiting the sports centre in Brembate di Sopra on November 24, 2010, with her body, showing a wound to the head and many small cuts, was found on February 26, 2011. DNA found on her body led to the arrest and conviction of bricklayer Massimo Bossetti, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for her murder.[243] No / Murdered 4 months
2010 Joanna Yeates 25 United Kingdom A landscape architect from Hampshire, England, who disappeared on December 17, 2010, in Bristol.[244] Her body was discovered on December 25, 2010, in Failand, North Somerset.[245] No / Murdered 8 days
2011 Laila Khan 33 India Khan was a Bollywood actress best known for her role in Wafa: A Deadly Love Story, and being allegedly married to a member of the banned Islamist organization Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami. She disappeared together with several family members on January 30, 2011. A year later, they were all found shot to death at a bungalow in Maharashtra.[246] No / Murdered More than 1 year
2011 Nubia Barahona 10 United States Barahona was an American girl who, along with her twin brother Victor, was physically abused by her adoptive father and birth mother in West Palm Beach, Florida, leading to her death on February 11, 2011. Her body was later found in her adoptive father's truck, with both him and her mother being put on trial for the murder.[247] No / Murdered 3 days
2011 Muzafar Bhutto 41 Pakistan A Sindhi nationalist politician, who went missing on February 24, 2011, and was found dead on May 22, 2012, at a roadside near Hatri bypass.[248] No / Murdered 1 Year 3 months
2011 Sian O'Callaghan 22 United Kingdom O'Callaghan was last seen on CCTV leaving the Suju nightclub in Swindon alone at 2:52 am on March 19, 2011, intending to walk the half-mile distance to her home.[249] Her boyfriend sent a text message to her at 03.24, at which time, it was later discovered, O'Callaghan's phone was in the Savernake Forest 12 miles away.[249] On March 24, an arrested suspect led police to her body in a shallow grave near Uffington, Oxfordshire, and the suspect, Christopher Halliwell, was later convicted for her murder.[249] No / Murdered 5 days
2011 Holly Bobo 20 United States Bobo disappeared from her home in Darden, Tennessee on April 13, 2011. Her remains were found in September 2014 in northern Decatur County, Tennessee, and her death was ruled a homicide.[250] No / Murdered 3 years 5 months
2011 Unidentified Swiss couple unknown Pakistan Swiss tourist couple who were kidnapped by Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan gunmen in Pakistan's Loralai District, while travelling by car to Iran. The pair escaped captivity in March 2012, safely returning to their native country afterwards.[251] Yes 8 months
2011 Jenna Lepomäki 18 Spain Finnish woman who was killed in Fuengirola, Spain in June 2011, by two men who had approached her to become a drug courier. Her mummified body was found on October 6, and the two men were later convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.[252] No / Murdered 5 months
2011 Moussa Ibrahim 36 Libya A Libyan political figure, who disappeared in August 2011.[253] In October 2014, he was discovered in, and later deported from, Egypt.[254] Yes 3 years 2 months
2011 Warren Weinstein 70 Pakistan American contractor who was kidnapped by Al-Qaeda militants in Pakistan on August 13, 2011. He was kept in detention for four years, until he was accidentally killed by a drone strike on January 15, 2015, in Waziristan.[255] No / Killed by a drone strike 4 years
2011 Jessica Buchanan and Poul Hagen Thisted unknown Somalia Aid workers, of American and Danish nationality, respectively, who were kidnapped by pirates in Galkayo, Somalia in October 2011. Both hostages were rescued in an operation a few months later, and safely returned to their home countries.[256] Yes 3 months
2011 José and Ruth Bretón Ortiz 6 and 2 (respectively) Spain Spanish siblings who were drugged and murdered by their father, José Bretón Gomez, whose bodies he burned in a pyre on October 7, 2011. After the remaining bones were identified as human, Bretón Gomez was arrested, convicted and sentenced to 40 years imprisonment for their murders, later reduced to 25 on appeal.[257] No / Murdered 1 day
2011 Erica Parsons 13 United States Parsons was last seen in North Carolina by persons outside her family on November 17, 2011. In 2016, her remains were found in a shallow grave near her adoptive grandmother's house in an adjacent portion of South Carolina. Her own adoptive parents, who allegedly abused her, were later convicted for her murder.[258] No / Murdered 4 years 10 months
2011 Wilson Ramos 24 Venezuela Known as "The Buffalo", Ramos is a Venezuelan professional baseball catcher who has played in several prominent American teams. While visiting his mother's home in Valencia on November 9, 2011, Ramos was abducted by several gunmen who held him captive in the mountain regions near Montalbán. He later rescued in a police operation and eight men were arrested for the kidnapping.[259] Yes More than 2 days
2011 Stephen Corrigan 48 Ireland Corrigan, an Irish man who disappeared on November 22, 2011,[260] and on April 9, 2020, some remains of his skeleton remains were found in Rathmines, Dublin.[261][262] No 9 years
2011 Stephen McGown, Johan Gustafsson and Sjaak Rijke unknown Mali Tourists who were kidnapped by AQIM militants from a restaurant in Timbuktu, Mali. Rijke, a Dutch national, was rescued by French special forces in 2015, while McGown and Gustafsson were released as part of undisclosed negotiations between their respective countries.[263] Yes 4 years (Rijke)
6 years (McGown and Rijke)
2012 Trayvon Martin 17 United States High school student who was shot and killed in an altercation with neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012. As his body was not identified two days after his death, his mother filed a missing persons report, after which police brought photographs of her son to conclusively identify him.[264] No 2 days
2012 Gemma McCluskie 29 United Kingdom A British television actress who disappeared from her home in East London on March 1, 2012. Her dismembered body was discovered on March 6, 2012, in the Regent's Canal. Her brother, Tony McCluskie was charged and found guilty of her murder.[265] No / Murdered 5 days
2012 Allison Baden-Clay 43 Australia Baden-Clay was an Australian woman who disappeared on April 20, 2012, and whose body was discovered on April 30, 2012, after she was reported missing by her husband, who was found guilty of murdering her.[266] No / Murdered 10 days
2012 Gavin Smith 57 United States An executive with 20th Century Fox who was last seen leaving a friend's house in Oak Park, California, on May 1, 2012.[267] In 2014 he was declared legally dead from the night of his disappearance.[268] His body was found in a shallow grave later that year by hikers in a rural area near Angeles National Forest.[269] In early 2015 police arrested John Lenzie Creech, the husband of one of Smith's extramarital acquaintances, and charged him with Smith's murder.[270] Creech, who is currently serving an eight-year sentence on an unrelated drug dealing conviction, admitted killing Smith, but claimed he did so in self-defense. No / Murdered 2 years
2012 Jeroen Oerlemans 42 Syria Oerlemans was a Dutch photographer and war correspondent who was kidnapped in Syria in July 2012, together with British journalist John Cantlie. Both were freed a week later by the Free Syrian Army. Oerlemans continued to work in the Near East and Afghanistan until his death in 2016, when he was killed by an ISIL sniper in Sirte, Libya.[271] Yes 1 week
2012 Skylar Neese 16 United States Neese was an American girl who disappeared from her home in Star City, West Virginia around midnight on July 6, 2012. Her remains were found on January 16, 2013, in Greene County, Pennsylvania.[272] No / Murdered 6 months
2012 Ramona Moore 35 United States Moore disappeared from her apartment in the Bronx, and her body was found three years later in South Blooming Grove. Her building superintendent, Nasean Bonie, a long-time suspect in the case, was later convicted of manslaughter in the case and sentenced to 25 years' imprisonment.[273] No / Murdered 3 years
2012 Tia Sharp 12 United Kingdom Sharp was a British girl who went missing on August 3, 2012. Her body was found 7 days later in her grandmother's loft.[274][275] Her grandmother's partner, who Tia regarded as her grandfather, was convicted of Tia's murder. No / Murdered 7 days
2012 Hüseyin Aygün 42 Turkey Turkish lawyer and politician who was kidnapped by PKK militants on August 12, 2012, together with a reporter and his aide. Aygün was released unharmed two days later, and his comments on the amiable treatment from his kidnappers caused controversy within his party.[276] Yes 2 days
2012 Elaine O'Hara 36 Ireland O'Hara was an Irish childcare worker who was last seen on August 22, 2012, in Shanganagh, Dublin by a jogger.[277] Her body was found on August 21, 2013. On March 27, 2015, Graham Dwyer, with whom she had participated in BDSM sessions, was convicted and sentenced to a term of life imprisonment.[278] No / Murdered 1 Year
2012 April Jones 5 United Kingdom Jones was a 5-year-old Welsh girl from Machynlleth, Powys, who disappeared after she was sighted willingly getting into a vehicle near her home on October 1, 2012.[279] On May 30, 2013, Mark Bridger was convicted of Jones's abduction and murder,[280] after forensic evidence was found in his car and home, but her body has never been found. No / Murdered Not Found
2012 James Foley 38 Syria Foley was an American journalist and video reporter, known for predominantly writing in military newspapers centering around events related to the Middle East. While working as a freelance correspondent in northwestern Syria, he was abducted by ISIL militants on November 22, 2012. He was kept as a hostage until August 2014, when he was beheaded on video by militants in response to the intervention in Iraq.[281] No / Murdered 2 years
2012 Joshua Boyle Unknown Afghanistan Boyle and Coleman are a Canadian-American couple who were kidnapped on October 8, 2012, in Afghanistan, while on a trip through Central and South Asia. They were held in captivity by militants until 2017, when they were rescued by security forces in Pakistan.[282] Yes 5 years
Caitlan Coleman Unknown
2012 Tokbergen Abiyev Unknown Kazakhstan A Kazakh journalist who went missing on December 20, 2012, just hours after he announced to the Kazakh media that he had a sensational news report about to be published.[283] Abiyev reappeared on January 4, 2013.[284] Yes 2 weeks
2013 In Amenas crisis hostages Various Algeria The In Amenas hostage crisis, lasting from January 16 to 19, 2013, was an attack by Al-Mourabitoun jihadists directed at the Tigantourine gas facility in In Amenas, Algeria. During the process, the militants killed at least 37 foreign tourists and one security guard, and kept hundreds of others in captivity until the eventually rescue operation by Algerian security forces.[285] Various 3 days
2013 Ethan Gilman 5 United States Gilman was kidnapped by Jimmy Lee Dykes, a retired Vietnam veteran, from his schoolbus, after killing the vehicle's driver. He then kept Gilman as his hostage in his bunker in Midland City, Alabama, until a week later, when police raided the facility, killing Dykes and rescuing Gilman.[286] Yes 1 week
2013 Elisa Lam 21 United States Lam was a Canadian university student who disappeared from the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles on January 31, 2013. Hotel elevator surveillance video taken on the day of her disappearance showed Lam repeatedly entering and exiting the (apparently malfunctioning) elevator while intermittently talking outside the elevator and appearing to hide within the elevator.[287] Maintenance workers found her body in a water tank atop the hotel on February 19, 2013, while responding to guest complaints about low water pressure. Her death was ruled accidental but questions still remained concerning why and how she entered the water tank.[288][289] No / Drowning 3 weeks
2013 David Haines 43 Syria Haines was a British-Canadian aid worker providing humanitarian aid in various conflicts, most notably for people from former Yugoslavia, the African countries and the Middle East. In March 2013, he was kidnapped by an unidentified armed group in Atme, Syria, along with Italian aid worker Federico Motka. His status as a hostage was confirmed when he surfaced in the video showing the beheading of Steven Sotloff, prompting an attempted rescue. The attempt was unsuccessful, and Haines was executed a few months later.[290] No / Murdered 19 months
2013 Kevin Lee 48 United Kingdom Peterborough man Kevin Lee was reported missing after his car was found burned out near a farm in Yaxley, Cambridgeshire. Two days later his body was found in a ditch in Newborough, Cambridgeshire. He had been stabbed in the chest. He had been murdered by female serial killer Joanna Dennehy, whom he was infatuated with.[291] No / Murdered 2 days
2013 Glory Chau Wing-ki and Moon Siu Yuet-yee 63 and 65 China Glory Chau Wing-ki and Moon Siu Yuet-yee were an elderly couple murdered in Hong Kong, presumably on March 1, 2013. Their youngest son, Henry Chau Hoi-leung, and his friend Angus Tse Chun-kei were indicted for the murder, which they initially denied being involved in.[292] During Chau and Tse's interviews with the police, they admitted that after the murder, they chopped up the parents' dead bodies and cooked the remains with salt to make them look "like barbecue pork."[293] They kept part of the remains in lunch boxes, which they stored in the refrigerator. The gruesome details of the murder sparked a huge amount of media coverage in Hong Kong. On March 20, 2015, High Court deputy judge Michael Stuart-Moore found Chau guilty of double murder while finding his accomplice Tse not guilty on both counts of murder.[294] No / Murdered Unclear
2013 Sunil Tripathi 22 United States Sunil Tripathi was an American student who disappeared from Providence, Rhode Island on March 16, 2013. Tripathi was later found dead on April 23, 2013[295] after having died by suicide after drowning himself. No / Suicide by drowning Over 1 month
2013 Jessica Heeringa 25 United States Heeringa disappeared from her job at a gas station in Norton Shores, Michigan on April 26, 2013. Although her remains have not been found, in 2016, Jeffrey Willis, a frequent customer of hers, was charged with her kidnapping and murder due to forensic evidence and eyewitness testimony, while his cousin Kevin Bluhm was charged with accessory after he confessed to helping him bury her body.[296][297] Willis was found guilty of Heeringa's kidnapping and murder on May 16, 2018.[298] He received a life sentence without parole a month later.[299] On November 27, 2017, Bluhm pleaded no contest to being an accessory for helping Willis dispose of Heeringa's body and was sentenced on January 9, 2018, to time served, plus five years probation and to wear a GPS tether for at least a year.[300] No / Murdered Not Found
2013 Ingrid Visser and Lodewijk Severein 35 and 35 Spain Visser and her boyfriend Lodewijk Severein disappeared on May 13, 2013, shortly after checking into a hotel in the city of Murcia, Spain. Visser was a member of the Netherlands women's national volleyball team. Their bodies were found in a shallow grave in a lemon grove on May 27. The pair had been abducted, tortured and killed.[301] In November 2016 three men known to the couple were sentenced to 35 years in prison for the murders.[302] No / Murdered 2 weeks
2013 Cullen Finnerty 30 United States An American football quarterback, who disappeared on May 26, 2013, after he went fishing on the Baldwin River in Michigan,[303] and was found dead on May 28 two days later in the woods.[304] No / Pneumonia 2 days
2013 Rania Alayed 25 United Kingdom British mother Alayed was never seen again after June 17, 2013, the same day that she had gone to her brother-in-laws house at the instigation of her husband. The husband, Ahmed Al-Khatib, was convicted of her murder a year later in what was a suspected "honour killing", carried out as Al-Khatib believed she had become too Westernized. Al-Khatib said at his trial that he had become unhappy when his wife started college and started wearing make-up. He confessed to killing her, although her body was not found.[305] No / Murdered Never found
2013 Fariba Ahmadi Kakar 48 Afghanistan Acting representative of the Communications Committee in Afghanistan's House of the People who was kidnapped by Taliban militants in August 2013, while she was travelling with her children in Gazni. She and her children were later released without harm as part of a prison exchange between the Afghan government and the Taliban.[306] Yes 1 month
2013 Hannah Anderson 16 United States Hannah Marie Anderson, a 16-year-old high school student from Lakeside, California, was abducted on the afternoon of August 3, 2013. Her abductor, 40-year-old James DiMaggio, had murdered Anderson's mother, Christina, and younger brother, Ethan, whose bodies were found in his incinerated home the following day. An AMBER alert was issued for Anderson, who was found alive at a campsite in Cascade, Idaho on August 10 immediately after her abductor—who had fled to this location with her—was killed by police after firing upon officers.[307] Yes 7 days
2013 Alexis Murphy 17 United States Alexis Murphy was a female teenager who went missing on August 3, 2013[308][309] in Nelson County, Virginia. The remains of Murphy were found in Lovingston on December 3, 2020. No / Murdered More than 6 years
2013 Steven Sotloff 30 Syria Sotloff was an American-Israeli journalist, known for covering current events in Egypt, Turkey, Libya, Bahrain and, most notably, Syria. On August 4, 2013, he was kidnapped in Aleppo, Syria with several other people while crossing the border with Turkey. His kidnappers remained unknown until September 2, 2014, when ISIL released a video beheading him.[310] No / Murdered 13 months
2013 Asunta Basterra 12 Spain Chinese-born Spanish girl who was repeatedly drugged and ultimately murdered by her adoptive parents, Alfonso Basterra and Rosario Porto, in her hometown of Teo, Spain on September 21, 2013. Her body was found a day later near a country house. Both Basterra and Porto were later convicted and sentenced to 18 years each for the murder.[311] No / Murdered 1 day
2014 David Bird 55 United States Bird, a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, left his Millington, New Jersey, home for a short walk on January 11, 2014, and never returned. His body was found in a nearby river 14 months later. A subsequent investigation determined that the cause of death was accidental drowning.[312] No / Drowning 14 months
2014 Dmytro Bulatov 36 Ukraine Civic activist and leader of AutoMaidan, an anti-government political movement. On January 22, 2014, he was kidnapped by a group of armed men, but when it was learned that he had gotten in contact with his friends, he was released eight days later. During his detention, Bulatov alleged that his kidnappers spoke Russian accents. He had to undergo treatment for his injuries as well, as he had been tortured.[313] Yes 8 days
2014 Loretta Saunders 26 Canada Canadian Inuk student at Saint Mary's University who went missing from Halifax on February 13, 2014. Originally thought to be a missing person, it was determined that she had been killed after her body was found 13 days later. Her roommates were later convicted of her murder.[314] No / Murdered 13 days
2014 Dave Walker 59 Cambodia Walker was a Canadian filmmaker and photojournalist who vanished from his guest house in Cambodia on February 14, 2014. His body was later located near the Gates of Death, but an autopsy determined that he had died months prior from an undetermined cause.[315] No 3 months
2014 Hailey Owens 10 United States Owens was abducted in Springfield, Missouri while walking home from school on February 18, 2014, by Craig Michael Wood, who proceeded to rape the girl before fatally shooting her in the head. Her body was found in a dumpster near Wood's house the next day. He was later arrested, convicted and sentenced to death, with the case serving as a precedent for Hailey's Law, which allows law enforcement to issue Amber alerts more quickly.[316] No / Murdered 1 day
2014 Kris Kremers and Lisanne Froon 21 and 22 Panama Two Dutch students who disappeared on April 1, 2014, while hiking in Panama. Their remains were found on June 22, 2014.[317] There are unanswered questions about their deaths and it has not been possible to rule out accident or murder. No / Death by misadventure 9 weeks
2014 Amina Ali unknown Nigeria One of the schoolgirls kidnappings in Chibok by Boko Haram on April 14–15, 2014. Ali was the first to escape captivity, and was found by Nigerian security forces on May 17, 2016.[318] Yes 2 years
2014 Charles Bothuell V 12 United States An American boy from Detroit, Michigan, reported missing by his father in June 2014.[319] When a search was conducted to find him, he was found alive eleven days later locked in his parents' basement.[320] Yes 11 days
2014 Nadiya Savchenko 33 Ukraine A first lieutenant in the Ukrainian Ground Forces. Savchenko was captured by pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine during the War in Donbas. She was later exchanged in a prisoner swap for two Russian GRU officers captured by Ukraine.[321] Yes 23 months
2014 Eyal Yifrach 19 West Bank The three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped while hitchhiking home by two members of Hamas on June 12, 2014, and their bodies found 18 days later. The two principal suspects in the case, Marwan Qawasmeh and Amar Abu-Isa Aysha, were later killed by security forces during the so-called "Operating Brother's Keeper".[322] No / Murdered 18 days
Gilad Shaar 16
Naftali Fraenkel
2014 Mohammed Abu Khdeir 16 Israel The Palestinian teenager was kidnapped from an East Jerusalem street by three Israeli nationals, who subsequently murdered him and dumped his body in the Jerusalem Forest. His body was found hours later, with the three perpetrators being captured and sentenced to life imprisonment for the crime.[323] No / Murdered Same day
2014 Lynn Messer 52 United States Messer was not in bed next to her husband when he awoke on the morning of July 8, 2014, at their farm in Bloomsdale, Missouri. All her personal effects, including a walking boot she had been wearing to protect her broken toe, were in the house.[324] In November 2016, remains found near the farm were identified as hers.[325] No 2 years 4 months
2014 James Argent 27 United Kingdom Argent is an English television personality best known for being a regular cast member of The Only Way Is Essex, who is known to have a history of substance abuse. In August 2014, he was reported missing from his home after failing to attend a scheduled flight, but was found only a day later. He was later assigned to rehab, and returned to the show in 2015.[326] Yes 1 day
2014 Tina Fontaine 15 Canada Fontaine was a teenage First Nations girl who went missing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, on August 8, 2014. She was found dead on August 17, 2014, after being found wrapped in plastic and covered with rocks in the Red River.[327] No / Murdered 9 days
2014 Nadia Murad 19 Iraq Murad, a Yazidi student who lived in Kocho, was kidnapped from her native village by ISIL on August 15, 2014. Along with numerous other girls and women, she became a sex slave and was repeatedly tortured by her captors in Mosul. She managed to escape her confinement and convinced a neighboring family to smuggle her out to a refugee camp out of the militant-controlled territories in either September or November 2014. Since her escape, she moved to Germany, and has become a human rights activist and founder of Nadia's Initiative, an organization dedicated to combating genocide, human trafficking and recovering communities affected by mass atrocities.[328] Yes One to three months
2014 Alice Gross 14 United Kingdom Gross went missing after leaving her home in Hanwell on August 28, 2014.[329] The search for her was the largest deployment of Metropolitan Police officers in a search operation since the 7 July 2005 London bombings.[330] It involved 600 officers from eight forces.[331] Gross's body was found in the River Brent five weeks later, on September 30. No / Murdered 5 weeks
2014 Hanna Lalango 16 Ethiopia Ethiopian schoolgirl who was abducted by a group of men in a share taxi on October 1, 2014. She was found lying unconscious by a road near Qeranyo ten days later, and succumbed to her injuries a month later.[332] No / Succumbed to injuries from a gang rape 10 days
2014 Hannah Graham 18 United States Graham was reported missing after last being seen at the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, Virginia on September 13, 2014, and her remains were found on October 18, 2014.[333] No / Murdered 5 weeks
2014 Shao Tong 20 United States Shao was a Chinese undergraduate at Iowa State University who disappeared in Nevada, Iowa and her body later found in Iowa City. Her boyfriend, Li Xiangnan was arrested, charged and subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder under Chinese law, which allows prosecution of killings that have occurred abroad.[334] No / Murdered 20 days
2014 Atsumi Yoshikubo 45 Canada Yoshikubo, a Japanese psychiatrist, was last seen on the morning of October 22, 2014, walking along the Ingraham Trail (NT 4) in a wooded area on the northern outskirts of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. Her disappearance was not noted until three days later, when she had failed to check out of her hotel and the staff found her luggage, all packed, in her room. An intense search both by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and concerned local residents over the next few days was called off after a week when the RCMP announced that their investigation had led them to conclude that she came to Yellowknife with the intent to disappear into the wilderness (although she had bought a return ticket to Japan and souvenirs).[335] Ten months later a hunter discovered some of her personal effects along with human remains in the bush off the highway; on April 14, 2016, those remains were positively identified as Yoshikubo's.[336] No 10 months
2014 13 AQAP hostages Various Yemen People of various nationalities held as hostages by AQAP militants, whose rescue was the target of a joint American–Yemeni operation between November 26 and December 6, 2014. While most were rescued, two men, English–American journalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korkie, were killed before they could be rescued.[337] Various 10 days
2014 172 to 185 villagers in Gumsuri Various Nigeria On December 3, 2014, the Nigerian village of Gumsuri was stormed by suspected Boko Haram militants who proceeded to either kill or kidnap any person they came across, predominantly women and children. Between 32 and 35 were killed in the process, and the rest were taken hostage. The Nigerian military was dispatched to rescue them, succeeding in the recovery of an indeterminate amount of hostages; according to survivors, others were either killed during the offensive or had died previously from starvation.[338] Various 4 months
2015 Ambrose Ball 30 United Kingdom Ambrose "Jay" Ball, a 30-year-old father from London, disappeared on January 24, 2015, after he was involved in a bad car accident. Even though the police conducted an extensive search, absolutely no trace of him was found at all. A body found in the River Lea in Tottenham, London was identified as being his.[339] No / Drowned More than 2 months
2015 Özgecan Aslan 19 Turkey Turkish university student who was killed while resisting an attempted rape in Mersin on February 11, 2015. Her killer, minibus driver Ahmet Suphi Altındöken, together with his two accomplices, burned her body, which was discovered two days later. All were sentenced to life imprisonment without parole, and the case sparked protests to combat violence against women in the country.[340] No / Murdered 2 days
2015 Becky Watts 16 United Kingdom Watts, from Crown Hill in the St George area of Bristol, England, went missing on February 19, 2015. Her dismembered body was found on March 3, 2015, in Barton Court, Bristol.[341] Her 33-year-old stepbrother, Nathan Matthews, was convicted of murdering her in November that year. No / Murdered 12 days
2015 Junpei Yasuda 41 Syria Japanese freelance journalist who was kidnapped by Tahrir al-Sham militants on June 20–23, 2015, while reporting on events in Syria. He was kept in detention for the next three years, sporadically appearing in hostage videos, until he was released in Antakya, Turkey on October 23, 2018.[342] Yes 3 years
2015 Bella Bond 2 United States A child who was found dead in a plastic bag on the shore of Deer Island in Winthrop, Massachusetts, on June 25, 2015.[343] Authorities pursued investigation into discovering who the child was until her identification in September 2015.[344][345] No / Murdered Unclear
2015 Amanda Peterson 43 United States On July 3, 2015, American actress Amanda Peterson was reported missing.[346] Two days later Peterson was found dead at her home in Greeley, Colorado, five days before her birthday.[347] Her body was discovered by police when her family became concerned after Peterson missed a scheduled family dinner. An autopsy to determine the cause of Peterson's death was scheduled by the Weld County coroner for July 6 and the results of the autopsy and toxicology tests were released on September 2, 2015. The medical examiner determined that Peterson died of an accidental drug overdose.[348] No / Drug overdose 2 days
2015 Tomislav Salopek 31 Egypt Croatian topographer who was kidnapped while working in Egypt on July 22, 2015, by the ISIL-affiliated militant group Sinai Province. He was held in hostage until August 12, when his kidnappers killed him and showcased his decapitated corpse in a video.[349] No / Murdered Less than 1 month
2015 DJ Derek 74 United Kingdom Pioneering British disc jockey, last seen leaving a pub in the St Pauls neighbourhood of his native Bristol on July 11, 2015; his body was found in March 2016 near The Mall, Cribbs Causeway.[350][351] Avon and Somerset Police spokesmen said that investigators were satisfied that there was nothing to suggest that the death was suspicious.[352] No 8 months
2015 Ese Oruru 13 Nigeria Oruru was a Nigerian youth who was kidnapped from her home village in Bayelsa State, whereupon she was repeatedly raped, forcibly Islamized and married to her kidnapper. She was rescued by State Police on February 29, 2016, and her kidnapper, Yunusa Dahiru, was eventually sentenced to 26 years' imprisonment.[353] Yes 6 months
2015 Ebby Steppach 18 United States Steppach was an American woman who disappeared on October 25, 2015[354] from Little Rock, Arkansas.[355] Steppach's body was discovered in a drainage pipe in Chalamont Park on May 14, 2018.[356] No / Murdered Less than 3 years
2015 Yuliya Balykina 31 Belarus Belarusian sprinter who competed at the Women's 100 metres at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She was reported missing on October 28, 2015, and her body found in Minsk on November 16. Her boyfriend later confessed to her murder.[357] No / Murdered 19 days
2015 Tiahleigh Palmer 12 Australia An Australian girl from Logan City, Queensland, who disappeared on October 30, 2015. Her remains were found on November 5, 2015, on the banks of the Pimpama River.[358] In 2016 her foster father was charged with murdering her;[359] several other members of the family pleaded guilty to charges related to their attempts to cover up in the case.[360] No / Murdered 6 days
2015 Yim Fung 52 China A Chinese joint chairman and chief executive of Guotai Junan International Holdings Limited, a subsidiary of Guotai Junan Securities,[361] who disappeared on November 18, 2015, but returned to work on December 22, 2015.[362] Yes 5 weeks
2015 David Lytton 67 United Kingdom An unidentified body was found close to Dovestone Reservoir on Saddleworth Moor, in the South Pennines of Northern England on December 12, 2015. He had died via a lethal dosage of strychnine in an act of suicide. His remains were identified in 2017.[363] No / Suicide 13 months
2015 Sian Blake 43 United Kingdom Blake, a British actress and her two children were reported missing on December 16, 2015. Three weeks later their bodies were found at Blake's home in Erith, London.[364] Her partner, Arthur Simpson-Kent, pleaded guilty to the murders and was given a whole life sentence in October 2016.[365] No / Murdered 3 weeks
2015 Gui Minhai 51 Thailand The Chinese-born Swedish scholar and book publisher went missing in Thailand on October 17, 2015. He was the second of five book publishers to go missing around the same time. He had been abducted by Chinese authorities and taken to China, ostensibly in relation to a fatal hit and run car accident in 2003 when authorities claimed he had been driving while intoxicated. He later appeared on Chinese television and made an apparent confession a few months after disappearing, which observers believed to have been forced. Complaints about alleged Chinese abduction reached high political levels in Britain and the United States.[366] Later, Gui was charged in China with "illegal business operations", without reference to the earlier allegations. Yes Several months
2015 Kayleigh Haywood 15 United Kingdom Haywood was an English schoolgirl who was lured into the house of an older man, Luke Harlow, in Ibstock on November 13, 2015. Harlow later invited his neighbor, Stephen Beadman, who proceeded to rape and eventually kill her before dumping her body in the lakeside. Both men were later arrested and convicted in relation to her murder.[367] No / Murdered 5 days
2015 Jihadi John 27 Syria Mohammed Emwazi, better known by his moniker "Jihadi John", was a Kuwaiti-British man of Iraqi descent who was a member of The Beatles, an ISIL terrorist cell named after the famous English band due to the members' distinct accents. He was responsible or took part in numerous beheadings, among them being American-Israeli journalist Steven Sotloff, Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, several Syrian soldiers and numerous others. On November 12, 2015, American officials reported that he had been killed in a drone strike in Raqqa, Syria, with his death officially confirmed three months later by ISIL representatives.[368] No / Killed by a drone strike 3 months
2016 Béatrice Stöckli unknown Mali Swiss Christian missionary who was captured by JNIM militants in Mali. She was kept as a hostage for the next four years, until she was executed in October 2020. Her remains were recovered in March 2021.[369] No / Murdered 5 years
2016 28 miners working at the Atenas mine Various Venezuala The miners were allegedly attacked by an armed group named Banda del Topo on March 8, 2016, and all of them were abducted at gunpoint. By the end of the next, most of the miners' bodies were found in a mass grave, but a few of them remain missing.[370] No / Murdered 1 week
2016 Paige Doherty 15 United Kingdom Doherty was a British schoolgirl who was last seen entering a delicatessen in Clydebank on 19 March 2016. Two days later her body was found on a roadside nearby. She had been stabbed 61 times by the owner of the deli, who claimed that Doherty threatened to tell people that he had "touched her" inappropriately if he refused to give her a job.[371] No / Murdered 2 days
2016 Helen Bailey 51 United Kingdom The British writer of children's and teenage fiction was reported missing after allegedly taking her dog for a walk in Royston, Hertfordshire, England, in April 2016. No trace of her was found initially, but in July 2016 her remains (and the dog's) were found in a cesspit under the garage of her home and her partner was charged with her murder.[372] No / Murdered 3 months
2016 Claude Callegari 53 United Kingdom English football fan and contributor to the AFTV YouTube channel who went missing from his home in Essex on July 1, 2016, but returned home soon after. He later said that the disappearance was a result of mental health issues.[373] Yes 2 days
2016 Cui Yajie 31 Singapore Cui Yajie is a 31-year-old engineer born and raised in Tianjin, China before she came to Singapore in 2012 to look for work. Cui went missing since 12 July 2016, and her 48-year-old boyfriend Leslie Khoo Kwee Hock was the last person to see her. Khoo was interrogated as a suspect, and he eventually confessed that he killed Cui during a heated argument in their car. Khoo also admitted that he burned the body for three consecutive days inside a forest at Lim Chu Kang, and led the police to where he burned the body. Khoo was thus arrested on 20 July 2016 and charged with murder. Three years later, the High Court of Singapore found 51-year-old Leslie Khoo guilty of murder and sentenced him to life imprisonment.[374] No / Murdered 8 days
2016 Sierah Joughin 20 United States Joughin was an American woman who was abducted in Delta, Ohio on July 19, 2016. Her remains were found three days later in a shallow grave, and a nearby resident was charged with her abduction and murder.[375] No / Murdered 3 days
2016 Philip Finnegan 24 Ireland Finnegan was an Irish criminal who was murdered on August 10, 2016, for supposedly owing money to the Dublin mafia. His body was found on September 2, and his killer, Stephen Penrose, was subsequently convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.[376] No / Murdered 27 days
2016 Chad Robinson 36 Australia Australian professional rugby league footballer who was reported missing on November 26, 2016. His fate remained unclear until December 22, when his body was found inside a crashed car in Kenthurst.[377] No / Died in automobile accident 26 days
2017 Genesis Cornejo-Alvarado 15 United States Cornejo-Alvarado was an American schoolgirl who was kidnapped, raped, drugged, and ultimately killed by two Salvadoran MS-13 gang members in January 2017 in Houston, Texas. Her body was found on a street, and positively identified a month later. The killers were later sentenced to 40 years imprisonment for her murder.[378] No / Murdered 1 month
2017 Birna Brjánsdóttir 20 Iceland Vanished while going to a club in Reykjavik with her friends on January 14, 2017. Her body was later found in the ocean, with indications that she had been killed. Subsequently, fisherman and drug smuggler Thomas Møller Olsen was convicted and sentenced to 19 years imprisonment for her murder.[379] No / Murdered 8 days
2017 Randy Potter 53 United States Potter was last seen leaving his Lenexa, Kansas, home on the morning of January 17, 2017. On September 12, his decomposed body was found in his truck, parked at Kansas City International Airport, where he had apparently gone to take his own life the morning of his disappearance.[380] No / Suicide 8 months
2017 Alianna DeFreeze 14 United States American schoolgirl who was kidnapped, raped, tortured and subsequently killed in Cleveland, Ohio on January 26, 2017, with her body found three days later. Her killer, a hardened criminal named Christopher Whittaker, was later found guilty and sentenced to death for the murder. DeFreeze's case served as an inspiration to introduce laws concerning child safety.[381] No / Murdered 3 days
2017 Zaida Catalán 36 Democratic Republic of the Congo Swedish politician and activist who was abducted on March 12, 2017 while on a UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, together with her American colleague Michael Sharp. Their decapitated bodies were found in shallow graves not long after. More than 50 people were arrested and later convicted of the case, with sentences ranging from death to 10 years imprisonment.[382] No / Murdered More than 2 weeks
2017 Akbar Salubiro 25 Indonesia Akbar Salubiro was a man who went missing on March 25, 2017, in Mamuju, Indonesia. His remains were found two days later inside the body of a reticulated python.[383] No / Killed and eaten by a reticulated python 2 days
2017 Bruno Borges 24 Brazil Bruno de Melo Silva Borges is a Brazilian student who disappeared after leaving his home in Rio Branco, Acre on March 27, 2017. In his bedroom, Bruno left several encrypted messages, 14 handwritten books, and a statue of the philosopher Giordano Bruno.[384] The Civil Police of Acre investigated the case and Interpol was called.[385][386] Borges' disappearance got wide coverage on the Internet, generating memes.[387] At dawn on August 11 the same year, Borges returned to his house.[388] During the investigation, it was revealed Borges had the help of two friends and a cousin to carry out the "project", and that he had signed a contract allocating part of the proceeds of the sale of his books to his three helpers.[389] Since then, there have been several accusations the case was a scheme to promote Borges' books.[390][391] Borges disagrees, stating that the accusations were made by sensationalist media.[392] Yes 5 months
2017 Yingying Zhang 26 United States Zhang was kidnapped on June 9, 2017, when visiting Chinese scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. She was abducted by Brendt Allen Christensen,[393] a Champaign resident and former physics graduate student at the university. Christensen lured Zhang into his car at a bus stop on campus with the promise of a ride after she missed a bus, but then took her to his apartment where he raped her while his wife was out of town for the weekend. On June 30, 2017, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested and charged Christensen in federal court. Christensen was convicted of one count of kidnapping resulting in death and two counts of making false statements to agents of the FBI, for which he received a sentence of life imprisonment.[394] No / Death resulted from kidnapping. Not found
2017 Derk Bolt 62 Colombia Dutch TV presenter who was kidnapped together with a colleague on June 17, 2017, from the Colombian town of El Tarra, by ELN militants. The pair were released without harm a few days after their abduction.[395] Yes 4 days
2017 Santiago Maldonado 27 Argentina Maldonado was an Argentine craftsman and tattoo artist from the town of Veinticinco de Mayo, province of Buenos Aires, who was reported missing after a demonstration in Chubut on August 1, 2017.[396] His body was found three months after, drowned at Chubut River. On October 21, 2017, after a 12-hour autopsy involving 55 experts, Judge Gustavo Lleral confirmed that Maldonado's body did not have any signs of violence and the cause of death was established as death by drowning.[397] No / Drowning 10 weeks
2017 Ali Zeidan 67 Libya Former Prime Minister of Libya and liberal politician twice kidnapped by armed militants, in 2013 and 2017, but was released without incident both times.[398] Yes 10 days
2017 Maëlys de Araujo 8 France Maëlys de Araujo disappeared during a wedding party in Le Pont-de-Beauvoisin, Isère, on the night of August 26–27, 2017. In February 2018, Nordahl Lelandais, who had been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping her, told police he had accidentally killed her and led them where he had hidden her body.[399] No / Murdered 6 months
2017 Sherin Mathews 3 United States Mathews was an Indian American toddler from Richardson, Texas.[400] who disappeared on October 7, 2017. Her body was found on October 22, 2017, in a culvert under a road near her home.[401] No / murdered 15 days
2017 Tala and Rotana Farea unknown United States Saudi Arabian sisters whose bodies were found floating in the Hudson River. Coroners determined that they died in a suicide pact, allegedly to escape the abuse they had suffered while living in a facility.[402] No / Suicide by drowning More than 1 year
2017 Ko Joon-hee 5 South Korea South Korean girl who disappeared from Jeonju on November 18, 2017, but was reported missing a month later. It was later discovered that she had died following horrific abuse by her biological father, and was later found buried on a hill.[403] No / Murdered 1 month
2017 M Maroof Zaman unknown Bangladesh Former Bangladeshi diplomat and ambassador to Vietnam who was abducted on December 4, 2017, by a group of unidentified men. His fate remained unknown until March 16, 2019, when he was allowed to safely return home.[404] Yes 1 year
2018 Zainab Ansari 7–8 Pakistan Zainab Ansari was kidnapped by serial killer Imran Ali on January 4, 2018, while on her way to Quran recitation classes at her home in Kasur, Pakistan. Her body, showing signs of brutal rape and torture pre-mortem, was later found at a garbage disposal site.[405] No / Murdered 5 days
2018 Vladimir Cvijan 41 Serbia Cvijan, a former member of the National Assembly of Serbia, disappeared under suspicious circumstances in January 2018. His death was confirmed by the Serbian government in March 2021.[406] No / Drowning 3 years
2018 Pamela Mastropietro 18 Italy Italian drug addict who was killed by a Nigerian drug dealer in Rome on January 30, 2018; her mutilated body, stuffed in two suitcases, was found the next month. The killer, Innocent Oseghale, was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment in the case.[407] No / Murdered Several days
2018 Timothy J. Cunningham 36 United States Epidemiologist working for the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention and author of 28 publications centering around sleep deprivation and various diseases, Cunningham vanished after leaving his workplace, complaining that he didn't feel well. His body was found in the Chattahoochee River after more than a month, having drowned in apparent suicide.[408] No / Suicide by drowning More than 1 month
2018 Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum 33 United Arab Emirates Member of Dubai's ruling family who was abducted on orders of her father in March 2018, after she attempted to escape from the country. As of 2021, she has allegedly been seen travelling freely across Europe, with several people campaigning for her release being personally contacted by her as well.[409] Yes 3 years
2018 Scott Hutchison 36 United Kingdom Hutchison, the lead singer for Scottish indie rock band Frightened Rabbit, disappeared on May 9, 2018, from a hotel in South Queensferry, Scotland.[410] Two days later, his body was found at the nearby Port Edgar marina.[411] No 2 days
2018 Ana Kriégel 14 Ireland Kriégel was a Russian–Irish girl who was abducted, sexually assaulted and murdered by a pair of underage boys in Lucan, Dublin. The two unnamed boys, the youngest to be charged with murder in Irish history, were subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment and 15 years, respectively.[412] No / Murdered 3 days
2018 Susanna Feldman 14 Germany German girl who was kidnapped, raped and killed in Wiesbaden on May 22, 2018, and her remains found in early June of that year. Her killer, Ali Bashar Ahmad Zebari, an Iraqi Kurdish refugee, was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder, which spawned anti-immigrant sentiments.[413] No / Murdered unknown
2018 Dennis Day 76 United States Day was a theatre director, and had previously been a cast member of The Mickey Mouse Club. He was last seen alive on July 17, 2018, and his body was discovered in April 2019. A live-in handyman, Daniel James Burda, was later charged with several counts regarding Day's death, including his manslaughter.[414] No 9 months
2018 Vance Rodriguez 42 United States Rodriguez, an American hiker who disappeared from New York City in July 2018, was found dead on July 23, 2018, in the Big Cypress National Preserve. Rodriguez was previously known as "Mostly Harmless", "Ben Bilemy" and "Denim",[415] before he was identified in 2021.[416] No / died from starvation 2–3 weeks
2018 Mollie Tibbetts 20 United States Tibbetts, a University of Iowa student, was last seen during an evening jog on July 18, 2018. She was later found and pronounced dead on August 21, 2018.[417] No / Murdered 3 days
2018 Chrysa Spiliotis 62 Greece Greek stage and television actress who perished during a wildfire in Mati on July 23, 2018. Her body was identified several days after her husband's.[418] No / Died in a wildfire 6 days
2018 Hasinur Rahman unknown Bangladesh Hasinur Rahman is an ex-Bangladesh Army soldier who was abducted by police on August 8, 2018, for an unclear reason. He was detained for two years, before being released on February 22, 2020.[419] Yes 2 years
2018 Meng Hongwei 64 China The president of Interpol visited his home country China in September 2018 and was reported missing by his wife on October 4, after he had no contact with her or anyone else since September 29. On October 8, Chinese authorities confirmed that he was arrested for alleged corruption and bribery.[420] Yes 9 days
2018 Jamal Khashoggi 59 Turkey The Saudi Arabian journalist was not seen since he had an appointment at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018. Saudi state television confirmed his death on October 20.[421] According to Turkish authorities, he was murdered by Saudi intelligence agents.[422] The murder is alleged to have been captured on listening equipment in the embassy. No / Murdered Not Found
2018 Jayme Closs 13 United States Closs disappeared on October 15, 2018, from her home in Barron, Wisconsin. Both of her parents were shot to death and she was abducted. Jake Thomas Patterson pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping. Closs was recovered alive after she escaped on January 9, 2019. On May 24, 2019, Patterson was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences in prison without the possibility of parole plus an additional 40 years.[423] Yes 3 months
2018 Tahir Dawar 49 Pakistan Tahir Dawar (Urdu: طاہر داوڑ; Pashto: طاهر داوړ) who went by his middle name of "Tahir" was kidnapped on October 26, 2018, from Islamabad[424] and murdered. Dawar was a Pashto poet and police officer from Pakistan. On November 13, 2018, Dawar's body was found in the Dur Baba District of Nangarhar Province.[425] No / Murdered 20 days
2018 Michael Spavor 42 China Canadian consultant who, together diplomat Michael Kovrig, were detained in Beijing, China in December 2018 on politically motivated charges relating to the recent arrest of Meng Wanzhou. The pair were held in detention and given prison sentences for supposed espionage, but were later released after the DOJ dropped charges against Wanzhou.[426] Yes 3 years
2018 Joy Morgan 20 United Kingdom British university student Morgan was last seen at a church celebration in Ilford on 26 December 2019. On 28 December her name was removed from a "church social media chat group". It was not until 7 February 2019 that concerned flatmates reported her missing. Two days later a man who attended the same church as Morgan was arrested and Morgan's keys were found in his car. It was later found that her phone had been detected in his car on 28 December, most likely as he attempted to dispose of her body. The man, Shohfah-El Israel, was convicted of her murder on 5 August 2019, but he refused to reveal the location of her body. Two months after the conviction her body was found in woodland near Stevenage.[427] No / Murdered 8 months
2019 Emiliano Sala 28 United Kingdom Emiliano Sala, a footballer, disappeared two days after signing with Cardiff City from FC Nantes in a suspected plane crash en route from Nantes to Cardiff, on January 21, 2019.[428] Guernsey Police announced that they had called off the search for the plane or survivors.[429] On February 3, it was announced that another underwater search for the aircraft had begun, using the AAIB's Geo Ocean III vessel which, together with a privately funded vessel, was conducting sonar surveys.[430] On February 4, investigators stated that there was one body visible inside the wreckage.[431] On February 7, the body was formally identified as that of Sala by Dorset Police.[432][433][434][435] No / Plane crash 17 days
2019 Libby Squire 22 United Kingdom University of Hull student who, while in a drunken state, was lured, raped and subsequently murdered by Pawel Relowicz on February 1, 2019, who dumped her body in the River Hull. Her body was found on March 20. Relowicz was later convicted and sentenced to life for her murder.[436] No / Murdered 1 month
2019 Lam Wing-kee 63 Taiwan Hong Kong businessman and owner of Causeway Bay Books in Taipei, Taiwan who imposed a self-exile in response to the Hong Kong extradition bill. He resurfaced a year later.[437] Yes 1 year
2019 Desmond "Etika" Amofah 29 United States Amofah, a YouTuber better known by his online alias Etika, posted a YouTube video titled "I'm sorry" to his personal YouTube channel TR1Iceman, alluding to his suicidal thoughts as he was walking down New York City streets; in the video he admitted to having mental health issues, struggled with the attention he had been getting from streaming, and apologized for pushing people away from him. Prior to the incident, Amofah had gotten fame for reacting to famous gaming, notably Nintendo Directs.[438] He was last heard from at 8 pm that night and was reported missing to the New York Police Department (NYPD) by June 20.[439] On the evening of June 24, NYPD and emergency medical services had recovered his body near Pier 16, approximately half a mile (0.8 km) down the East River[440] and confirmed that he was deceased by the point of recovery.[438] Two days later, the Office of Chief Medical Examiner determined that the cause of death was drowning, and the manner was suicide.[441] No / Suicide by drowning 4 days
2019 Caroline Mwatha 37 Kenya Mwatha was a Kenyan human rights activist who went missing on February 6, 2019.[442] Mwatha was later found dead just 6 days later on February 12 in Nairobi's City mortuary. No / Died due to exsanguination 6 days
2019 Mackenzie Lueck 23 United States University of Utah student who was reported missing after going to meet a date on June 17, 2019. Following the arrest of the man, Nigerian national Ayoola Ajayi, authorities located Lueck's body - she had been bound, strangled and her remains burned. Ajayi subsequently pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.[443] No / Murdered 11 days
2019 Rafael Acosta Arévalo 50 Venezuela Venezuelan military officer who was abducted, tortured and later killed by the DGCIM on June 22, 2019. It was carried out on orders from Nicolás Maduro, who claimed that Arévalo had planned a coup d'état.[444] No / Murdered 1 week
2019 Florijana Ismaili 24 Italy On June 29, 2019, Switzerland national team footballer Ismaili dived into the water from a boat diving platform while on holiday at Lake Como in Lombardy, but did not resurface. The next day, she was declared missing.[445][446][447] Local authorities conducted an investigation, including using remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV). On July 2, Ismaili's body was found at the bottom of Lake Como at a depth of 204 metres (669 feet).[448][449] An autopsy revealed that the cause of death was from "an acute episode of asphyxia".[450] No / Drowning 3 days
2019 Suzanne Eaton 59 Greece Eaton was an American scientist and professor of molecular biology at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany. She was last seen playing the piano within the hotel lobby where she was attending a works conference in Chania, Crete. Her body was discovered six days later. An autopsy determined she had died by asphyxiation. The following year, a 27-year-old named Giannis Paraskakis was convicted of her rape and murder. He was sentenced to life imprisonment.[451] No / Murdered 6 days
2019 Yasuhiro Takemoto 47 Fushimi, Japan Takemoto was a Japanese animator and television and film director. He was reported missing by his family following the 2019 Kyoto Animation arson attack. His death in the arson attack was confirmed by his family one week later.[452] No / Murdered 1 week
2019 Alexandra Măceșanu and Luiza Melencu 15 and 18 Romania Măceșanu and Melencu were two teenage girls who were kidnapped on July 25, 2019, in Olt County, Caracal, Romania. Though their bodies were not recovered it was later revealed that their kidnapper had killed them.[453] No / Murdered Bodies not recovered
2019 Yoshiji Kigami 61 Japan Japanese animation director at Kyoto Animation who was one of the 35 people to be killed during the Kyoto Animation arson attack. He was initially declared missing by his mother, until his death was confirmed on August 2, 2019.[454] No / Perished in a fire Body not recovered
2019 Tylee Ryan and J. J. Vallow 16 and 7, respectively United States Tylee Ryan and J. J. Vallow were two American siblings from Rexburg, Idaho who disappeared in September 2019 under circumstances involving their mother Lori Vallow Daybell and stepfather Chad Daybell. Their bodies were later discovered in June 2020 and Vallow and Daybell were charged with the murder of the children in June 2021.[455] No / Killed 9 months
2019 Kathleen Jo Henry 30 United States Sexually assaulted and murdered at a TownePlace Suites hotel in Anchorage, Alaska on September 4, 2019, but her body was found only on October 2. Her alleged killer, South African-born Brian Steven Smith, has been charged with her murder and that of another woman and is awaiting trial.[456] No / Murdered 1 month
2019 Chan Yin-lam 15 Hong Kong A 15-year-old student whose nude body was found floating in the sea near Yau Tong, Hong Kong on 22 September 2019. Although police asserted that her death was not a result of foul play, and a jury later returned an open verdict, speculation remains that Yin-lam was murdered by Hong Kong authorities in connection with her participation in the 2019 Hong Kong protests.[457] No / Undetermined 3 days
2019 Edmundo Rada unknown Spain Edmundo Angulo, who was nicknamed "Pipo",[458][459] was a Venezuelan politician in the Sucre Municipality who disappeared on October 16, 2019, and was murdered[460] and found dead on October 17, 2019,[461] just one day later in Caracas. No / Murdered 1 day
2019 Aniah Blanchard 19 United States Blanchard, the stepdaughter of UFC fighter Walt Harris, was kidnapped from a gas station in Auburn, Alabama on October 24, 2019. A month later, her body was found in Macon County, having been shot to death. Her suspected killer, Ibraheem Yazeed, was arrested in 2021 and is currently held without bond, awaiting his capital murder trial. In response to this case, a law dedicated to Aniah was created to reform the bail system in the state of Alabama.[462] No / Murdered 1 month

2020sEdit

Date Person(s) Age Circumstances Found alive / cause of death Time spent missing or unconfirmed
2020 Chen Qiushi 34 Qiushi, a lawyer and citizen journalist, was abducted by Chinese government officials on February 6, 2020, due to his coverage of the 2019–2020 Hong Kong protests and the mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. In September 2020, a government agency reported that he was under strict surveillance at his parents' home.[463] Yes 7 months
2020 Li Zehua 24–25 Chinese journalist and rapper who was detained by government officials while attempting to locate journalist Chen Qiushi. Two months later, he posted a video saying that he had been temporarily arrested by police and later released.[464] Yes 2 months
2020 Soumaïla Cissé 71 Malian Minister of Finance from 1993 to 2000 and president for the Union for the Republic and Democracy who was abducted by Jama'at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin jihadists on March 26, 2020. There was no news of his condition, until his release on October 6, 2020.[465] Yes 6 months
2020 Vanessa Guillén 20 Guillén was a 20-year-old woman who was serving in the United States Army at the time of her disappearance. She had told her family and close friends that she was being sexually harassed by a fellow soldier, but never made an official complaint to her chain of command. Guillén was last seen on April 22, 2020, at approximately 1:00 pm in the parking lot of her unit on Fort Hood, Texas. On June 30, 2020, authorities discovered human remains along the Leon River, in Belton, which after examination indicated that they were indeed Guillén's. The autopsy revealed the cause of death was due to bludgeoning.[466][467] No / Murdered 2 months 8 days
2020 Facundo Astudillo Castro 22–23 Castro was an Argentine man who disappeared on April 30, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic after he was stopped by the police[468][469] in Mayor Buratovich, Buenos Aires. Castro was found dead on August 15, 2020.[470] Castro's death was revealed to be caused by drowning. No / Drowning 107 days
2020 Louise Smith 16 British schoolgirl who went missing from Havant, Hampshire on 8 May 2020. 13 days later her burned body was found in nearby woods. She had been lured into the woods and murdered by her cousin-in-law in a sexually motivated killing.[471] No / Murdered 13 days
2020 Luis Espinoza 31 Espinoza was an Argentinian citizen who was shot and killed by police officers on May 15, 2020, who suspected that he participated in an illegal horse race. His body was then dumped in a ravine, and later located after his family members inquired about his disappearance. Several police officers have been charged with his murder.[472] No / Murdered 1 week
2020 Shad Gaspard 39 On May 17, 2020, former WWE wrestler Shad Gaspard and his 10-year-old son went swimming at the Marina Del Rey Beach in California. Both Gaspard and his son were caught in a rip current. Gaspard directed life guards to save his son first. His son was saved, but Gaspard had submerged underwater. Lifeguards at the beach, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Los Angeles Fire Department were searching for Gaspard until 7:30 pm that evening, when the search was called off. Three days later, on May 20, 2020, Gaspard's body was found on the beach and identified by the Los Angeles County coroner's office.[473][474] No / Drowning 3 days
2020 Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman 46 and 27 Two British women who disappeared while walking home from a party in north-west London on 6 June 2020. Although reported missing, the police allegedly showed little interest in searching for them, and the next day it was the family that found their bodies in Fryent Country Park. They had been murdered by a man as a result of a "satanic pact". The case gained notoriety after it emerged that the police officers who found the bodies took selfies with them.[475] No / Murdered 1 day
2020 Naya Rivera 33 Rivera, an American actress best known for her role on Glee, was declared missing after she went swimming with her 4-year-old son in Lake Piru, California, on July 8, 2020, and never returned. She was declared presumed dead in a drowning incident the next day[476] and her body was recovered on July 13, 2020.[477] It is suspected that she and her son got caught in a current; she pushed her son onto their boat, but could not get up herself.[478][479] No / Drowning 5 days
2020 Park Won-soon 64 Park was a South Korean politician, lawyer, and activist, and was the longest-serving mayor of Seoul.[480] Park disappeared on July 9, 2020, and was found dead a day later, and it was revealed that he died by suicide.[481][482] No / Suicide 1 day
2020 Esther Dingley 37 Dingley was an English hiker and blogger while going on a solo trip through the Pyrenees. Partial remains were found in July 2021, and later confirmed to be Dingley's following a DNA examination.[483] No / Unknown 8 months
2020 Melissa Caddick 49 Australian financial advisor who vanished on November 12, 2020, amid allegations that she was running a Ponzi scheme. Her partial human remains were found floating in the ocean in February 2021, but cause of death is yet to be established.[484] No / Unknown 4 months
2021 John Snorri Sigurjónsson 48 Icelandic mountaineer who went missing on February 5, 2021, while he and two others attempted to climb the K2 summit in Pakistan. All three men's bodies were found months later.[485] No 5 months
2021 Louis Nix 29 Louis Nix was an American professional football player who went missing on February 24, 2021, in Jacksonville, Florida and was found dead three days later on February 27.[486][487] No / Death by drowning 3 days
2021 Sarah Everard 33 On the evening of March 3, 2021, Everard, a marketing executive living in Brixton Hill, disappeared after leaving a friend's house. Everard spoke on the phone with her boyfriend for roughly 15 minutes and agreed to meet him the next day. Around 30 minutes after leaving, Everard was seen on doorbell camera footage. This is the last recorded sighting of her and it is unknown whether she reached home. Everard's boyfriend contacted police the next day to report her missing. Six days after her disappearance, 48-year-old Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping Everard and was later rearrested on March 10 on suspicion of her murder when human remains were found near Ashford, Kent.[488][489] The remains were confirmed to be Everard's on March 12 and Couzens was charged with her kidnap and murder later the same day.[490][491] On June 8, 2021, Couzens pleaded guilty to kidnapping and raping her.[492] On July 9, 2021, he pleaded guilty to murdering her.[493] No / Murdered 7 days
2021 Ahmadullah, Atifullah, Mohammad Rahim and Razamullah 13–17 The four boys were last seen hunting for wild hare in the area of Janikhel, Pakistan, in early February 2021. On March 21, 2021, their mutilated remains were found in a mass grave by a shepherd's dog: one had been beheaded, another shot and the final two stoned to death. Their deaths remain under investigation, and have sparked a nationwide protest from family, relatives and locals, who are demanding tighter security against militants operating in the area and the capture of the boys' killers.[494] No / Murdered and under investigation 3 weeks
2021 Olivia Gimeno Zimmermann 6 Kidnapped along with her sister, Anna, by their biological father Tomás Antonio Gimeno Casañas on the island of Tenerife, Spain on April 27, 2021. He allegedly murdered both girls at his house in Igueste de Candelaria, and then dumped both bodies in the ocean, where Olivia's was found off the coast of Santa Cruz de Tenerife on June 10. Her sister's body has still not been found.[495] No / Murdered 45 days
2021 James Dean 35 Dean, an English footballer who played as a forward for several teams since beginning his career in 2003, was reported missing on May 6, 2021, after he was last seen the day prior. Three days later, his body was located by police in Oswaldtwistle. His death was determined to be not suspicious.[496] No / Unknown 4 days
2021 Skilyr Hicks 23 American singer and songwriter best noted for her appearance on the eighth season of America's Got Talent. A repeat runaway with possible mental health issues, she went missing from her home in North Augusta, South Carolina on May 8, 2021, only to be found unharmed days later.[497] She died later the same year. Yes 5 days
2021 Ken Kadokura 47 Japanese professional baseball pitcher Ken Kadokura was reportedly missing since May 15, 2021. On June 6, 2021, his wife reported that he returned to his home.[498][499] Yes 22 days
2021 Esther Brown 67 Scottish pensioner who was reported missing from her flat in Glasgow on May 28, 2021, only to be found dead in the woods days later. A week after her body was discovered, paroled sex offender Jason Graham was arrested and subsequently confessed to her rape and murder. He has pleaded guilty, and awaits sentencing.[500] No / Murdered 3 days
2021 Julius Ssekitoleko 21 Ugandan Olympic weightlifer who went missing while attending the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan on July 18, 2021. He was located in Nagoya two days later, explaining that he wished to start a new life.[501] Yes 2 days
2021 Kylen Schulte 24 Married lesbian couple who were shot to death by an unidentified offender while camping in Moab, Utah on 13 August 2021 and were later declared missing. Their remains were found five days later, but their killer remains at large.[502] No / Murdered 5 days
Crystal Turner 38
2021 Gabby Petito 22 Gabby Petito was last seen with her fiancé Brian Laundrie on 27 August 2021, at a Tex-Mex-style restaurant in Jackson, Wyoming.[503] She had told her mother a few days earlier that they were in the vicinity of Grand Teton National Park. On September 11, Petito was declared missing, and on September 19, she was found dead in the Bridger–Teton National Forest.[504][505] An autopsy found that she had been killed by strangulation.[506] Laundrie was reported missing on September 17, a few days after he left his parents home in North Port, Florida. His remains were found on October 20 in Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, and it was later found that he had committed suicide.[507] No / Murdered 23 days
Brian Laundrie 23 No / Suicide 1 month
2021 Lauren Cho 30 Lauren Cho was last seen in the area between Morongo Valley and Yucca Valley, California walking away from her friend's converted bus after an argument on June 28, 2021. On October 9, 2021, investigators found unidentified human remains in the rugged terrain of the open desert of Yucca Valley, during their search for Cho. On October 28, 2021, investigators confirmed that the remains found on October 9 belonged to Cho.[508][509] No / Unknown 3 months, 11 days
2021 Tanya Fear 31 British actress and comedian who was reported missing from her Los Angeles apartment on September 9, 2021. She was later found unharmed, having received treatment at a local hospital for an undisclosed reason.[510] Yes 4 days
2021 Cleo Smith 4 Australian toddler who disappeared from a campsite in Gascoyne, Australia, whilst camping with her family.[511] She was found in a house in Carnarvon.[512] Yes 18 days
2021 Peng Shuai 35 Chinese professional tennis player who vanished off social media shortly after accusing a high-ranking CCP official of sexual assault. She reappeared two weeks, claiming that her post had been misunderstood and that she had never actually accused anyone.[513] Yes 2 weeks
2022 Charlise Mutten 9 Australian girl who disappeared while visiting the estate's her mother's fiancé, Justin Stein, in Mount Wilson. Her body was found a few days later, and Stein has subsequently been charged in her apparent murder.[514] No / Murdered 4 days

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