List of solved missing person cases: pre-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.

Before 1900Edit

Date Person(s) Age Circumstances Found alive / cause of death Time spent missing or unconfirmed
1249 Elisabeth of Wrocław 17 Daughter of Henry II the Pious who was kidnapped by her brother Bolesław II the Horned from the Sanctuary of St. Jadwiga to be forcefully married to Przemysł I of Greater Poland. The couple went on to have five children, but little is known about her activities as a consort. She died at the family estate in 1265. Yes Unknown
1509 India Catalina 14 Indigenous Colombian girl who was kidnapped by Spanish conquistador Diego de Nicuesa and sent to Santo Domingo to learn the Spanish language. There, she was ordered to serve as an interpreter and intermediary for Pedro de Heredia, working for him until her death in 1538.[1] Yes Unknown
1578 Andronikos Kantakouzenos 45 Andronikos Kantakouzenos was an Ottoman Greek entrepreneur and political figure who was persecuted by the Ottoman Empire for anti-Ottoman rhetoric. He fled to Istanbul, where he was briefly detained as a galley slave before he was released. He then went on to rebuild his business and involve himself in Wallachian and Moldavian politics before his disappearance and likely execution in 1601.[2] Yes unknown
1630s Turhan Sultan unknown Russian girl kidnapped and later sold as a slave by the Tatars to the Ottoman Imperial Harem, later becoming a wife of Sultan Ibrahim. As a result, she became a prominent figure during the Sultanate of Women. Yes unknown
1658 Udriște Năsturel 59–63 Wallachian scholar, poet and statesman known for bringing on a cultural revival in the nation. He and several other consorts were later kidnapped and murdered, allegedly because they disagreed with a fellow boyar's plans for an anti-Ottoman uprising. No / Murdered unknown
1660 William Harrison 70 William Harrison disappeared on 16 August 1660 from the town of Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, and was thought to have been murdered. He resurfaced two years later and said that he had been kidnapped.[3] Yes 2 years
1700s Adriaan de Bruin unknown African boy enslaved to be servant to Dutch politician Adriaan van Bredehoff, best known for posing together with his master for a portrait by Nikolaas Verkolje, which today is on exhibit in the Westfries Museum. Yes 30 years
1703 Abram Petrovich Gannibal 7–8 Ethiopian son of a prince who was captured by Ottomans and later sold as a slave to the Russian Empire. However, Tsar Peter the Great took a liking to him for his intelligence and military potential, and thus, Abram was made his godson. Gannibal went on to have an illustrious career as a nobleman and military engineer until his death in 1785.[4] Yes 1 year
1704 Alexander Selkirk 28 Scottish privateer and Royal Navy officer who was presumed lost at sea, but was later found alive living on an uninhabited island, where he was stranded as a castaway after being marooned by his captain. His story later served as an inspiration for the novel Robinson Crusoe. Yes More than 4 years
1704 Stephen Williams 9 American boy who was kidnapped during a raid by French soldier and their Native American accomplices on February 29, 1704. He was held captive in Canada, where Jesuits attempted to convert him to Catholicism. He was released following a prisoner exchange and returned to Massachusetts, where he later became a Congregational minister.[5] Yes 1 year
1723 Philip Ashton 21 American castaway who lived on the uninhabited Roatán island for 16 months, where he went into hiding to avoid trouble with pirates. Yes More than 1 year
1725 Jacobus Capitein 8 Ghanaian boy who was enslaved and later brought to the Netherlands, where he ostensibly was to live as a servant to a Jacobus van Goch, a trader with the Dutch West India Company. Instead, Van Goch allowed Capitein to study theology and became a Christian minister and the first African to be ordained by the Dutch Reformed Church, who later spread the written word to his native Ghana.[6] Yes 3 years
1732 Rachel Chiesley, Lady Grange 53 The wife of Jacobite lawyer James Erskine, Lord Grange, Chiesley was kidnapped by her husband for allegedly writing anti-Hanoverian letters. She was detained in multiple locations across Scotland, and despite a rescue attempt by her lawyer Thomas Hope, she died in captivity. No / Died in captivity 13 years
1753 Elizabeth Canning 19 English maidservant who claimed to have been kidnapped and held hostage in a hayloft. Three people were later convicted of the alleged kidnapping, but later pardoned following an investigation by the Lord Mayor of London, Crisp Gascoyne. Canning was sentenced to one month imprisonment for perjury, but whether she was truly abducted remains a mystery to this day. Yes 1 month
1767 Little Ephraim Robin John unknown Nigerian Efiks from Calabar who were sold as slaves to British traders, who were sold to various buyers around the world as their intelligence, literacy and knowledge of the slave trade were considered valuable assets. In the 1790s, they successfully petitioned the British courts to be released and returned to Calabar, where they spread Christianity.[7] Yes More than 30 years
Ancona Robin John
1823 Quamina 45 Ghanaian Akan man, who as a child was enslaved on Guinea with his mother and later, together with his son Jack Gladstone, were main participants in the Demerara rebellion of 1823, one of the largest slave revolts in the British colonies' history. He was apprehended by colonial authorities on September 16, 1823, and subsequently executed.[8] No / Executed 1 month
1831 Collet Barker 46 An officer serving in the British military, Collet Barker was also noted as an early explorer of the Australian territories, recording his encounters with the natives in the process. On April 29, 1831, he and his party were sent out to explore whether the Murray River had other channels connecting to the sea, and that day Barker swam across the channel, but never returned. His party members later learned that he had been killed by a local indigenous tribe who had mistaken him for a whaler.[9] No / Murdered Never found
1836 Cynthia Ann Parker 10 Parker was abducted at age 10 by a Comanche war band which had attacked her family's settlement in the Fort Parker massacre. She remained with this tribe for 24 years, becoming integrated and later marrying a tribe member. She was recovered by Texas Rangers in December 1860.[10] Yes 24 years
1851 Olive Oatman 14 Oatman and her younger sister, Mary Ann, were both taken as slaves in 1851 by a Native American tribe following the massacre of their family close to Yuma, Arizona. Held captive for a year by this tribe, they were later traded to Mohaves, where they were treated less harshly, although in approximately 1855 Mary Ann died of starvation at the approximate age of 11. With a measure of threats, Olive was released by this tribe after five years of captivity in 1856, at the age of 19.[11] Yes 5 years
1851 Francis Jackson 36–41 African-American freedman who was kidnapped and sold as a slave in Virginia. During his repeated attempts to escape from slaveholders in Virginia and North Carolina, Jackson was eventually legally declared free and released in August 1858, later moving to Pennsylvania.[12] Yes 7 years
1856 George Cox 7 The two young brothers disappeared from their Pavia Township home on April 24, 1856, after straying off the beaten path. Their bodies were found several days later with the help of a local farmer, who claimed to have seen the location in his dreams.[13] No / Unknown 8 days
Joseph Cox 5 8 days
1857 Abbie Gardner-Sharp 14 Abducted in the aftermath of the Spirit Lake Massacre on March 8, 1857, and kept as a hostage by her Santee Sioux abductors until her ransom was paid off in May of that year.[14] Yes 2 months
1860 Redoshi 12 West African woman who was illegally brought as a slave to Alabama, sold to the Washington Smith family. She is supposed to be the last known living victim of the Transatlantic slave trade.[15] Yes unknown
1863 Harrison Carroll Hobart 48 Union Army officer who was captured during the Battle of Chickamauga, but escaped captivity in Virginia together with his regiment only a year later. He later returned to serving the Union, later serving as a politician in Wisconsin until his death.[16] Yes 4 years
1864 Samuel J. Reader 28 Diarist who served in the army during the Bleeding Kansas, recording events on the battlefields. In October 1864, during the Battle of Little Blue River, he was captured by enemy forces for three days, but later escaped.[17] Yes 3 days
1865 William John Charles Möens 32 English writer and antiquarian who was kidnapped by brigands on May 15, 1865, while on vacation near Battipaglia, Italy. He was released on August 26, after paying his kidnappers £5100 ransom.[18] Yes 4 months
1869 Onesimos Nesib 13–14 Ethiopian Oromo boy who was kidnapped by slavers to be sold in the Arabian Peninsula, but later rescued by Werner Munzinger, who brought him to the Johannelunds Teologiska Högskola to study theology. He later converted to Christianity and went on to translate the Bible into Oromo, in addition to public numerous works in the language.[19] Yes 3 years
1870 Truman C. Everts 54 Tax assessor for the Montana Territory who got lost during an expedition on September 9, 1870. He was found by two mountain men on October 16, suffering from frostbite and other ailments. He later published an account of his experience, titled "Thirty-Seven Days of Peril".[20] Yes 37 days
1871 Mary Winchester 6 Scottish girl who was kidnapped and held hostage by Mizo tribesman in Mizoram, India on January 23, 1871. She was held for over a year, before being rescued by the British army during the Lushai Expedition.[21] Yes 1 year
1877 Josephine Bakhita 7–8 Sudanese Daju girl who was kidnapped and repeatedly sold to Arab traders until slavery was outlawed by the British (who then controlled the country). Later on, she converted to Catholicism and served as a Canossian religious sister for 45 years.[22] Yes 12 years
1886 Aster Ganno 14 Ganno was an Ethiopian girl enslaved by the Limmu-Ennarea and later rescued by Italian missionaries while en route to be sold in the Arabian Peninsula. She was later taken to a Swedish Evangelical Mission, and later assigned to translate the Bible in Oromo.[23] Yes unknown
1892 Gottlieb Fluhmann c. 55 The Colorado rancher known as Gottlieb Fluhmann was last seen in 1892 before he disappeared under strange and largely unknown circumstances. His body was found in 1944 in a Park County cave, but the cause of death could not be determined.[24] No / Unknown 52 years
1895 Bridget Cleary 25–26 Irishwoman who vanished from her home in Ballyvadlea on March 16, 1895, with her husband claiming that she had been abducted by fairies. Cleary's body was found several days later, and her husband, among four others, was later convicted of her death.[25] No / Murdered 6 days
1896 Pearl Bryan 22 Pregnant woman who went missing on January 28, 1896, ostensibly to visit a friend in Indianapolis, but her decapitated corpse was later found in Fort Thomas, Kentucky. Her lover, dental student Scott Jackson, and his roommate, Alonzo Walling, were later arrested, convicted and executed for the murder.[26] No / Murdered 4 days


Date Person(s) Age Circumstances Found alive / cause of death Time spent missing or unconfirmed
1907 Shirley Davidson 32 Canadian ice hockey player for the Montreal Victorias who vanished while sailing near Varennes, Quebec on August 5, 1907. His body, along with that of his fiancée, was found five days later, with the most prominent theory suggesting that the pair died in a suicide pact.[27] No / Suspected suicide 5 days
1910 José María Grimaldos López 28 José María Grimaldos López, a shepherd from Tresjuncos, Spain, went missing on 20 August 1910. Two men were convicted of his killing after confessing under torture. Grimaldos resurfaced in 1926.[28] Yes 16 years
1911 Elsie Paroubek 5 Elsie Paroubek was a Czech American girl who disappeared in Chicago, Illinois, on 8 April 1911. On 9 May 1911, employees of the Lockport power plant near Joliet, thirty-five miles outside of Chicago, saw a body floating in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal that was identified as hers.[29] No / Suffocation 31 days
1913 Captain Robert Falcon Scott & his group 43 (Scott) Captain Scott and his party of explorers were found 13 months after their disappearance on their South Pole expedition.[30] No / Hypothermia & starvation 13 months
1913 Charles B. Stover 52 The New York City Parks Commissioner from 1910 to 1913, Stover disappeared one day in October 1913 after going out for lunch. Over the next few months, nation-wide searches were organized to locate him, only for him to mail a letter of resignation and eventually return safely from an apparent vacation on January 28, 1914.[31] Yes 3 months
1916 Willie Wiseman 20 Member of the Gordon Highlanders who was wounded during service on the Western Front, remaining missing for a week. He later returned and continued his service, and after leaving the army, became an amateur footballer playing for Queen's Park F.C.[32] Yes 1 week
1915–1918 Jack Cock 22–25 English footballer who was reported as "missing, presumed dead" at an uncertain point during WWI, but later turned up alive. After his service, he went on to have an illustrous career as a professional footballer, small-time actor and a pub owner until his death in 1966.[33] Yes unknown
1919 Mamie Stuart 26 English woman who vanished mysteriously in Caswell Bay, Wales sometime between November and December 1919, only for her body to be found more than four decades later by potholers in the Gower Peninsula. Her bigamist husband, George Everard Shotton, was posthumously convicted of her murder, as he had died in 1958.[34] No / Murdered 42 years
1920 Severin Dobrovolsky 39 Dobrovolsky was a White Russian political refugee who fled to Vyborg, which was then part of Finland. While living there, he became a prominent figure in anti-Bolshevik, pro-Fascist movements, publishing and writing anti-Soviet propaganda for various magazines in his native Russian. In 1945, he was turned over to the Soviet Union, and subsequently executed the following year.[35][36] Yes 25 years
1921 James Bernard, 4th Earl of Bandon 71 The British representative peer for Ireland during the Irish War of Independence, Lord Bandon was kidnapped by the IRA in retaliation against the British government's policy of torching homes of suspected Irish republicans. During his captivity, Lord Bandon was reportedly treated well, and later released without incident. Yes 3 weeks
1924 George Mallory 37 George Mallory was an English mountaineer who after taking part in the first three British expeditions to Mount Everest disappeared during the 1924 British Mount Everest expedition on either June 8 or 9, 1924.[37] along with his climbing partner Andrew Irvine. On May 1, 1999, Mallory's mummified body was found,[38] 75 years after he had disappeared. Irvine remains missing. No / Death cause unknown 75 years
1925 Madge Oberholtzer 28 Oberholtzer was lured by D. C. Stephenson, the Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan's Indiana branch, in March 1925, after she had agreed to go on a date with him. She was held captive in his private car, where he repeatedly raped and tortured her. After she attempted suicide, Stephenson's men returned her to her house, but she survived long enough to give a written statement on what had transpired, before passing away from her injuries the next month. This case led to the prosecution of Stephenson and the decline of the Klan's popularity in the state.[39] No / Died from injuries sustained during a rape Same day
1926 Aimee Semple McPherson 36 McPherson was a Canadian Pentecostal evangelist known for pioneering the use of media during church services. In May 1926, she disappeared from Santa Monica, California, causing a media frenzy surrounding her vanishing. Five weeks later, she resurfaced in Mexico, claiming that she had been abducted, but her claim hasn't been substantiated to this day.[40] Yes 5 weeks
1926 Agatha Christie 36 Agatha Christie, the British detective-story author, famously disappeared in December 1926, after her husband asked for a divorce. She was located alive 10 days later in a Yorkshire health spa, and always refused to give an explanation.[41] Yes 10 days
1928 Walter Collins 9 Collins disappeared from his home in Los Angeles, California, in 1928. He was later determined to have been murdered by Gordon Stewart Northcott in what was known as the Wineville Chicken Coop murders. His disappearance and the attempt by the Los Angeles police department to convince his mother that a different boy was her son formed the basis of the 2008 film Changeling.[42][43][44] No / Murdered 2 years
1929 Viljo Rosvall and Janne Voutilainen unknown Viljo Rosvall and Janne Voutilainen were two Finnish-Canadian unionists from Ontario and members of the Lumber Workers Industrial Union of Canada who on 18 November 1929 disappeared mysteriously and were found dead in April 1930.[45] No /Murdered 3–4 months
1930 Lauri Koskela 23 Greco-Roman wrestler kidnapped by the fascist Lapua Movement due to his political leanings, but was later released.[46] Yes unknown
1930 Onni Happonen 32 Happonen was a Finnish politician who was kidnapped and murdered by the fascist Lapua Movement on September 1, 1930.[47] Happonen was later found dead when he was found buried in an anthill on side of the Varkaus in July 1932. No / Murdered Less than 2 years
1930 Robert Elliott Burns 38 WWI veteran who escaped from a chain gang in Georgia on several occasions, where he was serving a prison sentence for robbery. He moved to New Jersey, where he survived on odd jobs while writing his memorial, I Am a Fugitive from a Georgia Chain Gang!, which criticized the harshness of the system. His sentence was commuted in 1945, and declared a free man.[48] Yes 15 years
1930 Adolphus Busch Orthwein 13 Orthwein, the son of American business executive Percy Orthwein and heir to the family business, was kidnapped on New Year's Eve in 1930 by realtor Charles Abernathy, who planned to demand a ransom from his family. The next day, on New Year's Day, Abernathy's father, Pearl, managed to return Adolphus back to his family.[49] Yes 1 day
1931 Avro Ten Southern Cloud crew Various The aircraft, a daily airline flying between Sydney and Melbourne, Australia, disappeared under initially unclear circumstances on March 21, 1931. The passengers and crew's fates remained a mystery until October 26, 1958, when an employee of an irrigation complex accidentally discovered the wreckage on the Snowy Mountains.[50] No / Perished in a plane crash 27 years
1931 John Cuffe 50 Australian-born English first-class cricketer mostly known for his long tenure for the Worcestershire County Cricket Club, for which he played more than 200 times between 1903 and 1914. On May 9, 1931, he was reported missing, but more than a week later, his body was found floating in Burton upon Trent.[51] No / Suicide by drowning 9 days
1931 Vera Page 10 On December 14, 1931, the 10-year-old student was reported missing after failing to return to her home in Notting Hill, London. Two days later, her body was found on Addison Road, showing signs that she had been raped and manually strangled. While a suspect was arrested in her murder, he was released due to insufficient evidence, and Page's murder remains unsolved.[52] No / Murdered 2 days
1932 Charles Augustus Lindbergh Jr. 1 On 1 March 1932, Charles Augustus Lindbergh Jr., 20-month-old son of aviator Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, was abducted from the crib in the upper floor of his home in Highfields in East Amwell, New Jersey, United States.[53] On May 12, the child's corpse was discovered by a truck driver by the side of a nearby road.[54][55] No / Murdered 72 days
1933 Charles F. Urschel 43 Urschel, a business tycoon, was kidnapped along with fellow oilman Walter R. Jarrett on 22 July 1933, from Oklahoma City by gangsters George "Machine Gun" Kelly and Albert L. Bates. While Jarrett was quickly released, Urschel was held for over a week while his kidnappers demanded a ransom. After his release, the information Urschel managed to provide about his kidnappers' hideout eventually led to their arrests and convictions, despite his having been blindfolded the entire time.[56] Yes 1 week
1934 Linda Agostini 28 Linda Agostini, a woman who emigrated from South East London to Australia, disappeared from Melbourne on 27 August 1934. A body, not identified as hers until 1944, was found in a culvert beside a rural road in Albury, New South Wales, Australia, in September 1934.[57] No / Manslaughter 10 years
1937 Mona Tinsley 10 English school student who vanished mysteriously while on her way home. Her fate remained unclear until six months later, when her body, showing signs of strangulation, was found in the River Idle. A lodger at her parents' house, Frederick Nodder, was later found guilty and hanged for her murder.[58] No / Murdered 6 months
1938 Clive Barry 16 At the time of his disappearance, Clive Barry was an underage youth who had falsified his date of birth so he could enlist in the Australian army.[59] While serving in the European front, he went missing, but it was later revealed that he had been held as a POW in Italy. Two years after his capture, he managed to escape into Switzerland, and then returned to Australia, where he became a famous novelist.[60] Yes 2 years
1938 James Bailey Cash Jr. 5 Five-year-old James Bailey Cash was kidnapped from his Princeton, Florida home by Franklin Pierce McCall, a former tenant at his family home. He was killed early on by McCall, who over the next week sent ransom letters to the family, demanding money in exchange for the boy's life. On 5 June McCall was brought in for questioning over the case and two days later confessed, indicating where he had buried the boy's body. He would later be convicted, sentenced to death, and subsequently executed for the crime.[61] No / Murdered One week
1938 Margaret Martin 19 Margaret Martin was a woman from Kingston, Pennsylvania, who went missing on 17 December 1938, and was found dead in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania, several days later.[62] No / Murdered Several days
1939 Dudley Wolfe 43 Wolfe was an American socialite who took part in the controversial 1939 American Karakoram expedition to K2, attempting to climb the mountain to impress his ex-wife. He became too weak to carry on climbing at 7,000ft, and his professional climber associates controversially left him behind in a tent in a failed attempt to reach the summit. A team of Sherpas were sent to rescue him but neither he nor the Sherpas were seen alive again. In 2002, melting snow on the mountain revealed his skeletonised body and indicated that he had died alone either in or near the tent.[63] No / Died climbing mountain 63 years
1939 Gerd Johansson 10 Swedish schoolgirl who went missing from her home in Stockholm on December 1, 1939. Her body was discovered in Lötsjön, showing signs of rape and strangulation. American-Swedish long-distance runner Olle Möller was later convicted of her murder, but the conviction is considered controversial.[64] No / Murdered 8 days
1940 Franciszek Gruszka 30 Polish soldier and flying officer for the RAF who mysteriously vanished during the Battle of Britain. Initially listed as missing in action, his remains were located in 1975, when a team of scientists examining marshes in the English countryside stumbled upon the plane's wreckage and his remains.[65] No / Killed in action 35 years
1940 Eric Charles Twelves Wilson 28 British Army officer and colonial administrator who was captured by Italian forces during the Invasion of British Somaliland. Presumed killed in action, he was released after the Italians surrendered the following year.[66] Yes Several months
1940 Nicolae Iorga 69 Romanian politician kidnapped on 27 November 1940 and later murdered by a squadron of the Iron Guard, a radical fascist organization operating in the country.[67] No / Murdered 1 day
1941 Vladimir Chebotaryov 20 Soviet commanding officer stationed in Kiev, who was declared missing in action after the territory was occupied by Nazi forces. Chebotaryov made multiple successful escapes from various prison camps, with his final one resulting in him being picked up by Soviet intelligence officers who dispatched him to a SMERSH unit. After the war, he started a successful career as a film director and writer.[68] Yes 4 years
1941 Raymond Donoghue 21 Australian infantryman who was captured by the Germans on April 28, 1941 and kept as a POW for four years. After his release, he recounted his experiences to the media, and was later awarded the George Cross for his conduct during the war.[69] Yes 4 years
1941 Fyodor Truhin 45 Soviet major general who was declared missing in action after being arrested by German forces on June 30, 1941. His fate was uncovered years later, when it was revealed that he had defected to Nazi Germany. Shortly thereafter, he was arrested, convicted of treason and executed.[70] Yes 4 years
1942 Harold Ball 21 Harold Ball was an Australian rules football player who on 9 February 1942[71] was captured by Japanese soldiers near Tengah Air Base, Tengah, British Malaya. He was found dead on 9 May 1942 after being murdered. No / Murdered 3 months
1942 Boyd Wagner 26 American USAAC aviator and fighter ace who disappeared in Florida under unclear circumstances. Partial remains and his plane's wreckage were found in January 1943, and he was reburied in Johnstown.[72] No 2 months
1942 Peter Chitty 30 Chitty was an Australian rules footballer who, while serving in the army during World War II, was captured and held as a POW during the Fall of Singapore. While in custody, he played for the prison football team, for which he won the "Changi Brownlow" award. After the war ended, he was repatriated to Australia.[73] Yes More than 3 years
1943 Hans Eller 32 Hans Eller was a German Olympic rower who was active in World War II. After being sent to Russia he disappeared on 23 January 1943 and it was later discovered that he had died on 4 April 1943 near Starobelsk in a camp.[74] No / Killed Body never found
1943 Charles Peter O'Sullivan 28 Charles Peter O'Sullivan was a veteran fighter pilot during World War II who on 20 September 1943 was shot down south of Wewak. He manged to avoid being captured by the enemy and returned after being missing for one month.[75] Yes 30 days
1944 Shoichi Yokoi 29 Shoichi Yokoi was a Japanese sergeant in the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) during the Second World War, who disappeared in July 1944 during the Second Battle of Guam,[76] and on the evening of January 24, 1972, Yokoi was discovered alive in the jungle.[77] Yes 28 years
1944 Hiroo Onoda 51 or 52 Hiroo Onoda was an Imperial Japanese Army intelligence officer who fought in World War II. He entered a jungle on Lubang Island in Occidental Mindoro, Philippines to continue fighting after the US invaded the island. Surrendered on March 11, 1974, after 29 years of guerrilla warfare.[78][79] Yes 29 years
1944 Miklós Horthy Jr. 37 Politician and son of Miklós Horthy, who was abducted by German agents on the orders of Otto Skorzeny. He was held under house arrest and then in concentration camps until he was rescued by the United States Army North on May 5, 1945.[80] Yes 7 months
1944 Bernard Gavrin 29 American army private who went missing during the Battle of Saipan sometime between June 15 and July 9, 1944. His fate remained unclear until his remains were recovered by a Japanese non-profit group searching for remains of Japanese soldiers. He was positively identified via DNA testing, but his exact cause of death was not determined.[81] No / Presumed killed in action 70 years
1944 William Carneal 24 An American serviceman killed fighting the Japanese on the island of Saipan. Initially declared missing in action, his remains were discovered by a Japanese nonprofit organization searching for the remains of fallen Japanese soldiers in 2013. His remains were identified via DNA testing in December 2013.[82] No / Killed in action 69 years
1944 George Varoff 30 American pole vaulter who, while doing his military service in China, had his plane shot down on December 7, 1944. Varoff and his crew managed to safely bail out, and eventually managed to safely reach their base.[83] Yes 6 weeks
1944 Lawrence Dickson 24 American pilot and member of the Tuskegee Airmen who flew in 68 missions during World War II. Dickson went missing while flying over Austria, and his remains were identified by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in 2018.[84] No / Killed in action 74 years
1944 Heinrich Bartels 26 Heinrich Bartels was an Austrian-born German fighter pilot during World War II who disappeared on 23 December 1944 after being shot down.[85] 23 years later, Bartel's fighter and his remains were found near Bad Godesberg, Germany, on 26 January 1968. No 23 years
1945 Spencer Walklate 27 Australian rugby footballer who later enlisted as a special operations serviceman in the Australian Army. After being sent to Japanese-occupied Papua New Guinea, Walklate was likely captured in mid-April, tortured and executed. His remains were recovered on Kairiru Island in 2013, and promptly reburied at a local war cemetery.[86] No / Killed in action 68 years
1945 Teruo Nakamura 26 Nakamura was a Taiwanese-Japanese soldier of the Imperial Japanese Army. He was stationed in Morotai Island in Indonesia shortly before the island was overrun by the Allies in September 1944. Declared legally dead in September 1945,[87] he was discovered alive in 1974, and formally surrendered that year. Nakamura was the last known Japanese holdout to surrender after the end of hostilities. Nakamura died of natural causes at age 59 on June 15, 1979.[88] Yes 29 years
1945 Thora Chamberlain 14 Chamberlain was a teenage female high school student from California who had disappeared and was later reported missing on 2 November 1945, and it later revealed that she had been murdered.[89] Chamberlain's body was never recovered.[90] No / Murdered Body never found
1947 Gay Gibson 21 British actress who disappeared while on board a voyage between England and South Africa on October 18, 1947. One of the ship's stewards, James Camb, was convicted of her murder and sentenced to death, but while he admitted to throwing her body overboard, he claimed that she had died while they had consexual sex. His sentence was later commuted and Camb was released.[91] No / Murdered Never found
1948 Placido Rizzotto 34 Rizzotto was a partisan,[92] socialist peasant and trade union leader from Corleone, who was assassinated by Sicilian Mafia boss Luciano Leggio on March 10, 1948. Over 60 years after his death, remains were found on July 7, 2009, on a cliff in Rocca Busambra near Corleone, and on March 9, 2012, a DNA test, compared with one extracted from his father Carmelo Rizzotto, long dead and exhumed for this purpose, confirmed the identity of remains as being that of Placido Rizzotto following a long and difficult investigation conducted by the State Police at the service of the PS Commissariat of Corleone.[93][94] No / Murdered 61 years
1948 Irwin Foster Hilliard 85 Irwin Foster Hilliard was an Ontario lawyer and political figure. Hilliard last left his home on a shopping trip on 23 November 1948. His body was found near Lambton on 22 December. No / Death cause unknown 29 days
1949 Eva Neander 28 Neander was a female Swedish journalist and author from the 1940s,[95] who disappeared on February 22, 1949, and was found dead, frozen in ice in Lake Unden in Tiveden, Vaasa, Gothenburg[96] exactly one year later. No / Drowned and froze to death 1 year


Date Person(s) Age Circumstances Found alive / cause of death Time spent missing or unconfirmed
1951 Bill Barilko 24 Bill Barilko, a player for the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team, disappeared in August 1951 while returning from a fishing trip at Seal River, Ontario. He was with his dentist, Henry Hudson, flying aboard Hudson's Fairchild 24 floatplane at the time of their disappearance. Barilko and Hudson remained missing for 11 years until the plane's wreckage was found 56 miles (90 km) off course north of Cochrane, Ontario, partially burned and submerged in a swamp with the men found still strapped in their seats.[97][98] No / Plane crash 11 years
Henry Hudson unknown 11 years
1951 Philip Mangano 53 A mafia underboss of Magano crime family (the future Gambino crime family), Philip Mangano disappeared on April 19, 1951. His body was found the same day. Also that same day, his brother Vincent Mangano disappeared; his body was never found. Both are believed to have been murdered on the orders of family underboss Albert Anastasia in Brooklyn in 1951 as part of a coup.[99][100][101][102] No / Murdered Less than a day
1953 Kyllikki Saari 17 Kyllikki Saari, a girl from Finland, was last seen alive on May 17, 1953, cycling home from a prayer meeting. Kyllikki's bicycle was recovered in a marsh that summer and her remains were found on October 11, 1953, in a bog.[103] No / Murdered 147 days
1953 Art Gilkey 26 Gilkey disappeared while climbing K2 mountain in 1953. He had developed thrombophlebitis (blood clots in his leg), followed by a pulmonary embolism, and his fellows climbers including Charlie Houston and Pete Schoening wrapped him in a sleeping bag to bring him down the mountain. However, while resting at camp, Gilkey was swept away by an avalanche and disappeared. His body was found at the base of the south side of K2 in 1993.[104] No / Died while climbing mountain 40 years
1954 Eugene Lindsey 45 Father and son Eugene and Richard Lindsey, and their friend Frederick Claar, were last seen on June 12, 1954, in the Gaspé region of Quebec, where they had driven to from Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania on a hunting trip. Eugene Lindsey's body was discovered in deep bush a month later (July 15) and those of the other two men on July 23, some 4 kilometres away. Their clothes had bullet holes in them. The discoveries led to the arrest of a prospector named Wilbert Coffin and his conviction based on circumstantial evidence. He was eventually hanged. The case is well known in Canada as the Coffin affair.[105] No / Murdered 33 days
Richard Lindsey 17 41 days
Frederick Claar 19 41 days
1955 Curtis Chillingworth 58 Curtis Chillingworth was a Florida attorney and state judge who disappeared from his Manalapan, Florida home in 1955. He was later discovered to have been murdered though his body was never recovered.[106] No / Murdered never found
1956 Donald B. Anderson 52 Anderson was a justice of the Idaho Supreme Court.[107] His body was found in his vehicle alongside U.S. Highway 30. His death was ruled a suicide. Yes / Suicide 1 day
1956 Barbara Grimes 15 Barbara and Patricia Grimes were sisters who disappeared from the Brighton Park, Chicago, Illinois area on December 28, 1956, while returning home from a movie. Their bodies were found on January 22, 1957, down an embankment off a roadway.[108] No / Murdered 25 days
Patricia Grimes 12[109] 25 days
1957 Mary Jane Barker 4 Mary Jane Barker, a girl from Bellmawr, New Jersey, went missing on February 25, 1957, along with her playmate's dog.[110] Barker was found dead in the closet of a vacant house near her home on March 3, 1957, after becoming trapped with the dog who survived, but was euthanized the following day.[111] No / Starvation 6 days
1957 Lawrence Joseph Bader 30 Lawrence Joseph Bader was a cookware salesman from Akron, Ohio who disappeared on a fishing trip on March 15, 1957, in Lake Erie. Eight years later he was found alive in Omaha, Nebraska working as a local TV personality named "Fritz" Johnson. He died from a brain tumor a year later leaving six children from two wives. It has been debated, but never determined whether he was an amnesiac, had multiple personalities, or was simply a hoaxer.[112][113] Yes 8 years
1957 Maria Ridulph 7 Maria Ridulph was an American girl who disappeared on December 3, 1957, from a street corner in her neighborhood in Sycamore, Illinois.[114] Her body was found in Woodbine, 100 miles from her home, on April 26, 1958.[115] No / Murdered 144 days
1957 Anne Noblett 17 Watford Technical College student who disappeared while travelling to her home in Marshalls Heath on December 30, 1957. Her fully clothed body was found in a wooded area near Whitwell on January 31, 1958. It was determined that she had been killed, but to this day, nobody has been arrested in her murder.[116] No / Murdered 1 month
1958 Ishinosuke Uwano 35 to 36 Ishinosuke Uwano was a former soldier in the Japanese Imperial Army who disappeared in 1958 and was found living in Ukraine in April 2006.[117] Yes 48 years
1958 Harry Baker 61 British credit draper who disappeared on June 6, 1958, while visiting customers in Bootle. More than two weeks later, Baker's body was found wrapped up in two sacks, showing signs that he had beaten and strangled.[118] No / Murdered 17 days
1960s António Alva Rosa Coutinho 30s Portuguese naval officer who was kidnapped by FNLA guerillas while patrolling the Zaire River in Angola. He was eventually released, and went on to participate in the Carnation Revolution.[119] Yes Several months
1960 Tang Choon Keng 59 Singaporean entrepreneur who founded the Tangs department store and later the Orchard Road, two of the country's principal retail stores. He was abducted by four armed gunmen in 1960, but released without incident three days later after the ransom demanded was paid. Yes 3 days
1960 Irene Garza 26 Schoolteacher and beauty queen who went missing on April 16, 1960, while going to confession at a church in McAllen, Texas. Her body, bearing signs of sexual assault and suffocation, was found in a canal five days later. John Feit, the priest who heard her confession, was the prime suspect in her death for decades, until he was arrested and convicted in her murder in 2017, receiving a life sentence.[120] No / Murdered 5 days
1960 Graeme Thorne 8 Australian schoolboy who was kidnapped on July 7, 1960 in Sydney, Australia, by a man who wished to extort his parents from their recent win from the lottery. His body was found on August 16, and a Hungarian immigrant was later convicted of his death.[121] No / Murdered 1 month
1960 Sharon Lee Gallegos 4 Abducted by unknown individuals from her home in Alamogordo, New Mexico, with her body found in Congress, Arizona. She could not be identified at the time, and was known as "Little Miss Nobody" until her identification in 2022. Her abductors have been never been apprehended.[122] No / Murdered 10 days
1961 Jacques Stephen Alexis 38 Alexis was a Haitian communist novelist, poet, and activist who was captured by a Tonton Macoute paramilitary force in April 1961 shortly after arriving at Môle-Saint-Nicolas. He was last seen alive being placed onto a boat at Port-au-Prince, and is believed to have died on or about April 22 that year, as his death was later confirmed.[123] No / Murdered c. two weeks
1961 Jacqueline Thomas 15 Biscuit factory worker who disappeared from her native Birmingham on August 18, 1961, only to be found raped and strangled a week later. Anthony Hall, who would later be convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for a similar murder in 1969, was considered a suspect from the beginning, but authorities were unable to charge him until he was identified via DNA technology in 2007. He never stood for the murder, and died behind bars in 2011.[124] No / Murdered 1 week
1961 Lucy Ann Johnson 25 Lucy Ann Johnson disappeared in 1961 from British Columbia, Canada, but was not reported missing by her family until 1965. In 2013 she was found alive in Yukon, Canada, having started a new family after her disappearance.[125] Yes 52 years
1962–1963 Steven Crawford 2 Toddler with Down syndrome whose body was found in a reservoir in Ashland, Oregon on July 11, 1963. He remained unidentified until October 2021, when his DNA was matched to a living half-brother.[126] No / Murdered 57 years
1963–1965 Pauline Reade, John Kilbride, Keith Bennett, Lesley Ann Downey and Edward Evans Various Victims of the so-called "Moors murderers" Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, who sexually assaulted, murdered and then buried their underage victims in shallow graves. Four of the victims' gravesites were eventually discovered, with the only exception being Bennett's, whose body still has not been found.[127][128] No / Murdered Various
1963–1976 Wallace C. Halsey and Harry Cleveland Ross, Jr. 43 and 48 On 27 March 1963, Wallace C. Halsey, founder of Christ Brotherhood (a UFO religious group) and his business associate Harry Cleveland Ross, Jr. (a former mayor of Seal Beach, California) were flying a small Piper Tri-Pacer aircraft from Utah to Nevada. Ross, the pilot, was the operator of the Meadowlark Airport in Huntington Beach, California, and a veteran aviator with an airline transport rating. The plane was lost and remained so for 13 years despite an extensive air search and attempts by Halsey's UFO coreligionists to locate him using the aid of extraterrestrial beings who indicated the key to the mystery involved the Egyptian pyramids and the number 14.[129] For example, one seeker claimed extraterrestrials informed him the "pyramids and the number 14 will solve the Halsey mystery."[129] At the time, Halsey was facing federal charges[130] and it was speculated by some that he had fled the country.[131] The wreckage was discovered by a lost deer hunter in rugged mountainous country on 30 October 1976 approximately 30 air miles north of St. George, Utah, some 10–15 miles off the filed flight course. The bodies and wallets of both men were found inside the fuselage, which was crumpled but unburned.[132] No / Plane crash 13 years
1965–1967 Margaret Reynolds, Diana Tift and Christine Darby Various Victims of the Cannock Chase murders, a series of murders against young schoolgirls committed in Staffordshire, England, from 1965 to 1967. Raymond Leslie Morris was convicted of one murder and considered the prime suspect in the other two.[133] No / Murdered Various
1965 Ajjamada B. Devaiah 32 or 33 Ajjamada B. Devaiah, an Indian Air Force pilot, was shot down in an aerial dogfight in 1965 over Pakistan. The Indian Air Force was unaware of what happened and declared him missing. It was revealed much later by Pakistan sources, based on a 1979 book by John Fricker, that Devayya's body was found almost intact by villagers not very far from Sargodha and buried. He was decorated posthumously in 1988.[134] No / Killed in action 14 years
1966 Brenda Sue Brown 11 Brown was an American girl from Shelby, North Carolina who was abducted on July 27, 1966, and found dead later on that day. It has been determined that Brown was murdered. No / Murdered Less than a day
1967 Bernard Oliver 17 Warehouse worker who vanished after spending the evening of January 6, 1967, with some friends in Muswell Hill, but was reported missing after he failed to arrive home. His dismembered remains were found in two suitcases, but despite intensive investigations into his death, nobody was ever charged.[135] No / Murdered 10 days
1967 Alvar Larsson 13 Alvar Larsson was a Swedish boy who disappeared on April 16, 1967, while going for a walk.[136][137] In November 1982 a human skull was found on a small island 6 km away that was identified as belonging to Larsson.[136] No 15 years
1967 Barbara Ann Hackmann Taylor 24 Barbara Ann Hackmann Taylor disappeared on December 6, 1967, and was found dead near Georgetown, Kentucky on May 17, 1968.[138] Her unidentified body found wrapped in canvas, similar to that used for a tent, and she was dubbed "Tent Girl". The son-in-law of the man who discovered her body had an interest in the case and contacted her relatives after seeing a missing persons report. Barbara Taylor's remains were positively identified in 1998 following DNA testing. No / Murdered 163 days
1968 Roy Tutill 14 English schoolboy who was kidnapped while en route from the Kingston Grammar School to his home in Brockham. His body, showing signs of rape, was found three days later near Cherkley Court. The remained unsolved until 2001, when the perpetrator's DNA was matched to Brian Lunn Field, a long-time suspect with a history of abusing little boys. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for the crime, which is currently the oldest solved cold case in the United Kingdom.[139] No / Murdered 3 days
1969 Theodore Conrad 20 On the 11th July 1969, Theodore Conrad surreptitiously robbed the bank were he was employed at and then vanished. He evaded capture for over 5 decades by moving around the country for several years before he finally settled down (under an assumed name) in Lynnfield, Massachusetts where he died on 18 May 2021 without ever having been caught. Several months after his death, US Marshals located his grave from a newspaper's obituary page.[140] No / Died of lung cancer 52 years
1969 Catherine Cesnik 27 American Catholic religious sister at the Archbishop Keough High School in Baltimore, Maryland who disappeared on November 7, 1969. Her body was found a few months later near a garbage dump in Lansdowne. Nobody was ever charged, although priest Joseph Maskell is considered a viable suspect.[141] No / Murdered 3 months
1969 Reet Jurvetson 19 Reet Jurvetson, a Canadian-American woman disappeared on November 14, 1969, and was found murdered on November 16, 1969, in a dense bushland off Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles, California. She had been stabbed over 150 times and her body was rolled down an embankment. Jurvetson remained unidentified for 46 years until an online mortuary photograph was recognised by her family and friends.[142] No / Murdered 46 years
1969 Reyna Marroquín 27 Reyna Marroquín, a pregnant Salvadoran woman, disappeared in 1969 from Nassau County, New York. Her remains were found on September 2, 1999, in the former Jericho, New York home of Howard B. Elkins, her former boss, sealed in a drum that was stored in a crawl space. Marroquin was having an affair with Elkins and DNA test showed that Elkins was the father of the fetus.[143][144][145] No / Murdered 30 years
1969 Muriel McKay 55 McKay was a housewife kidnapped from her Wimbledon home on 29 December 1969. Her kidnappers had mistaken her for the wife of Rupert Murdoch. McKay's precise cause and date of death is unknown, although she is believed to have been kept alive by her kidnappers for at least three days. Her body was never found.[146] No / Murdered Body never found


Date Person(s) Age Circumstances Found alive / cause of death Time spent missing or unconfirmed
1970 Jacques Vergès 44 Jacques Vergès, a French-Vietnamese lawyer, left his wife Djamila Bouhired and cut off all ties with friends and family. He was last seen on February 24, 1970, until he reappeared in 1978 and refused to explain his disappearance or whereabouts during that period.[147] It appeared in December 2017, in a Barbet Schroeder interview, that he was with extremist Palestinian militant Wadie Haddad in Palestine.[148] Yes 8 years
1970 Jacqueline Ansell-Lamb 18 English secretary who vanished after being hitchhiking along the M1 motorway on March 8, 1970. Her body was found days later in some woodlands, and detectives believe her murder is linked to that of fellow hitch-hiker Barbara Mayo, who was killed under similar circumstances in the same year. It is often reported that the two murders were linked by DNA in 1990, however, DNA was only ever extracted in Mayo's case, and not until 1997.[149][150] No / Murdered 6 days
1970 Susan Blatchford and Gary Hanlon 11 and 12 Two British children who disappeared from Enfield, North London, on the afternoon of 31 March 1970 while playing.[151] 78 days later their bodies were found in a copse in Sewardstone, Essex.[151] Erroneously thought for nearly 30 years to have possibly died from exposure, causing the murdered children to be called the "Babes in the Wood" in the press, pedophile Ronald Jebson confessed to their rape and murder from prison in 1998, and was convicted in 2000.[151] No / Murdered 78 days
1970 Pedro Eugenio Aramburu 67 Argentine army general who served as the acting president from 1955 to 1958, Aramburu was kidnapped and later killed by Montoneros terrorist Mario Firmenich. His body was found a month after his disappearance at an abandoned farmhouse in Timote.[152] No / Murdered 1 month
1970 Alberto Fuentes Mohr 43 Guatemalan economist, politician and founding member of the Social Democratic Party who served as Minister of Public Finance in the 1960s. He was briefly kidnapped by a FAR rebel on February 27, 1970, but released without harm shortly after.[153] Yes unknown
1970 Harvey Crewe 28 Harvey and Jeannette Crewe, a New Zealand farming couple, were reported missing from their bloodstained farmhouse at Pukekawa, Lower Waikato on June 22, 1970, where their unharmed 18-month-old daughter was found in her cot. Jeannette Crewe's body was found, wrapped in a duvet and bound with copper wire, in the Waikato River on August 16, 1970, and her husband's body was retrieved upriver on September 16, 1970.[154] The initial indications from the crime scene pointed to foul play, occurring between June 17 and 22, but it was not until the bodies were recovered that it was established that both had been shot to death.[155] No / Murdered 86 days
Jeannette Crewe 30 55 days
1970 Pierre Laporte 49 Laporte, a Canadian politician and deputy premier of Quebec, was kidnapped by members of the terrorist Front de libération du Québec group on October 10, 1970, and held for ransom. A week later, when the government refused the group's demands, they killed him, with Laporte's body later found in the trunk of Paul Rose's car.[156] No / Murdered 1 week
1970 Barbara Mayo 24 English schoolteacher who vanished while hitchhiking on the M1 motorway near Catterick, North Yorkshire on October 12, 1970. Days later, her partially clothed body was found in the woods, and was later linked to the murder of Jacqueline Ansell-Lamb committed months prior. It is often wrongly reported that the two murders were confirmed to be linked by DNA in 1990; DNA was only ever extracted in Mayo's case, and not until 1997.[149][150] No / Murdered 4 days
1970 Ronald Hughes 35 Ronald Hughes was an American attorney who represented Manson family member Leslie Van Houten and disappeared in November 1970 during a camping trip.[157][158] On March 29, 1971, his body was found by two fishermen in Ventura County wedged between two boulders in a gorge.[159] No 5 months
1971 Theo Albrecht 49 German entrepreneur who was the co-founder of the Aldi supermarket chain. In 1971, he was kidnapped by lawyer Heinz-Joachim Ollenburg and Paul Kron, who demanded seven million German marks in exchange for his return. He was later released and his kidnappers arrested, but as a result, the Albrechts became reclusive and avoid publicity.[160] Yes 17 days
1971 Shelagh McDonald 24 Shelagh McDonald, a Scottish folk singer and songwriter, who vanished in 1971. Following the reissue of two of her albums on CD in the mid-2000s, articles were written about her work and disappearance.[161] In 2005, McDonald read one of these articles and she contacted the press to explain that following an LSD trip, which had left her with long-term severe flashbacks and disorientation, she had returned to her family who kept her isolated while she recovered.[162][163] Yes 34 years
1971 Rubens Paiva 42 Brazilian civil engineer, politician and congressman for the Chamber of Deputies who was arrested by police on January 20, 1971 for opposing the military dictatorship. He was then tortured and killed, and his body was never located.[164] No / Murdered Never found
1971 Philip Kovolick 63 New York mobster and associate of Lepke Buchalter who disappeared on April 8, 1971 in Miami, while expecting extradition to his home state on various charges. His body was later found sealed in a steel drum at the bottom of a rock pit in Hallandale Beach. His killer, John Alvin Baxter, was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder, but it was later reduced to life imprisonment.[165] No / Murdered 21 days
1971 Rhonda Johnson and Sharon Shaw 13 and 14 Rhonda Renee Johnson and Sharon Lynn Shaw were two teenage girls who disappeared in Harris County, Texas, on the afternoon of August 4, 1971. In early 1972, skeletal remains of both girls were discovered in and around Clear Lake near Galveston Bay. A local man, Michael Lloyd Self, was charged with their murders in 1972 and convicted of Shaw's murder in 1975. Controversy arose in 1998 when serial killer Edward Harold Bell confessed to the murders. Bell's confession—and corroborating statements from both law enforcement and prosecutors that Self had been coerced into a false confession—led many to believe that Self had been wrongfully convicted.[166] Self died in prison of cancer in 2000. No / Murdered ~6 months
1972 Michael Blassie 24 Blassie was an American Air Force officer and pilot from the 8th Special Operations Squadron, who was dispatched to South Vietnam in 1972. During the Battle of An Lộc, his A-37B Dragonfly was shot down, killing him instantly. His remains were found, but could not be identified and were interred at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. He was finally identified via DNA testing in 1998.[167] No / Killed in action 26 years
1972 Oberdan Sallustro 56–57 Oberdan Sallustro was an an Italian-Paraguayan Director General of FIAT Concord in Argentina as well as an entrepreneur who was kidnapped by six people on March 21, 1972[168] and found dead on April 10, 1972 after being murdered. No / Murdered more than 20 days
1972 Dolores Della Penna 17 Dolores Della Penna was a school girl from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who went missing on July 11, 1972. Her limbs and torso were later found in different parts of New Jersey a week later, but her head was never found. She had allegedly been abducted by a gang of drug dealers who accused her of stealing from them.[169] No / Murdered 7 days
1972 Jeannette DePalma 16 Jeannette DePalma was a girl who disappeared on August 7, 1972, after telling her mother she was going to visit a friend. Her body was discovered on September 19, 1972, and it is believed she was killed some time around August 7 in Springfield Township, New Jersey.[170][171] No / Murdered 43 days
1972 Steven Stayner 7 Steven Stayner was abducted from the Central California city and county of Merced, California on December 4, 1972, by a man named Kenneth Parnell.[172] He escaped on March 1, 1980, with Timothy White who was also abducted by Parnell.[173] Yes 7 years
1973 Malika Oufkir 20 Daughter of General Mohamed Oufkir who was detained along with most of her family under arrest from 1973 to 1991, due to her father's actions against in the 1972 coup d'état attempt. A few years after her release, she emigrated to France and became a writer.[174] Yes 18 years
1973 Paul Martin Andrews 14 Andrews was kidnapped from his family home in Portsmouth, Virginia on January 11, 1973, by pedophile Richard Ausley, who stuffed him in a wooden box and only brought him out when he wanted to assault him. On the eight-day, Ausley left Andrews unattended, giving him enough time to call for help, drawing the attention of two hunters who rescued him. Ausley later turned himself in and was sentenced to 48 years imprisonment, while Andrews later became an advocate for rape survivors.[175] Yes 8 days
1973 Dawn Magyar 20 Dawn Magyar was abducted while she was grocery shopping in Owosso, Michigan in Shiawassee County on January 27, 1973, and her body was discovered in a wooded area in Saginaw County, Michigan on March 4, 1973.[176] The case was resolved 28 years after her body was found when a DNA match was made of her killer.[177] No / Murdered 36 days
1973 Lynda Gough 19 Gloucester woman who disappeared in April 1973. She had been a lodger of a couple called Fred and Rose West. Following her disappearance, Gough's mother travelled to the home of the Wests to enquire as to her daughter's whereabouts, only to find Rose wearing her daughter's clothes and slippers. In 1994, Gough's body was found buried at the home during investigations into the disappearance of the couple's daughter. Fred and Rose West were found to have murdered 12 young women between them and buried most at the home.[178] No / Murdered 21 years
1973 John Paul Getty III 16 A grandson of American oil tycoon J. Paul Getty. Getty was kidnapped within the Piazza Farnese in July 1973 in Rome and held captive for five months. A $17 million ransom was demanded for his safe release. When Getty's grandfather refused to pay this sum (stating his fear that if he did so all 13 of his grandchildren may become kidnapping targets),[179] his captors severed one of his ears, which they posted to a local newspaper. Following a $2.2 million ransom payment, Getty was released by his captors in December. He later suffered from drug- and alcohol-related issues caused in part by the trauma of his ordeal; becoming a partially blind quadriplegic by 1981. He died in 2011. Yes Five months
1973 Peter Wilson 21 Peter Wilson was an Irish man who was abducted on August 1, 1973, and killed by the Provisional Irish Republican Army. After receiving reliable information his remains were found on November 2, 2010, buried at a beach in Waterfoot, County Antrim.[180] No / Murdered 37 years
1973 Kim Dae-jung 49 South Korean dissident leader who was kidnapped by the KCIA on August 8, 1973, during a conference in Tokyo, Japan. Dae-jung was drugged and moved from Japan to South Korea, but was eventually rescued by the Japanese authorities.[181] Yes 5 days
1973 Brian McDermott 10 Young Northern Irish child who disappeared from Belfast on 2 September 1973. His body was found a week after he went missing in a sack in the River Lagan. His murder remains unsolved but his brother is the prime suspect in the case.[182] No / Murdered 7 days
1973 Carol Ann Cooper 15 Cooper was a child that was staying at a Worcester children's home. On 10 November 1973, she was allowed to travel to visit her grandmother but disappeared after boarding a bus back to the home. Extensive police enquiries failed to locate her. In 1994, her body was found in the cellar of notorious serial killers Fred and Rose West. She had been abducted by them during her journey and murdered.[178] No / Murdered 21 years
1973 Thomas Niedermayer 45 German industrialist and managing director of a Grundig factory in Belfast, Northern Ireland who was kidnapped and subsequently killed by the Provisional IRA on December 27, 1973. His body was located by the Royal Ulster Constabulary in March 1980.[183] No / Murdered 7 years
1973 Lisa Ann French 9 Kidnapped, sexually assaulted and ultimately murdered by her neighbor, Gerald Miles Turner Jr., while out trick-or-treating on Halloween. French's body was later found stuffed in a garbage bag in a field near Taycheedah, Wisconsin.[184] No / Murdered 4 days
1973 Svante Grände 26 Swedish aid worker who disappeared in Southern Chile following the 1973 Chilean coup d'état. He later resurfaced in Argentina, as part of a guerilla group fighting against the regime of Augusto Pinochet.[185] Yes unknown
1973 Maurício Grabois 61 Brazilian politician and founder of the Communist Party of Brazil who later started recruiting guerilla fighters to fight against the government. According to military reports, he was killed in Tocantins on December 25, 1973, but his body was never recovered.[186] No / Murdered Never found
1973 Lucy Partington 21 21-year-old Exeter University student Lucy Partington, cousin of writer Martin Amis, disappeared from a bus stop on the night of December 27, 1973.[187] At 9am on March 6, 1994, her remains were found buried under the cellar at 25 Cromwell Street Gloucester, the home of notorious serial killers Fred and Rose West. It is believed she had been tortured, sexually abused and then murdered around January 2, 1974, as Fred West checked himself into Gloucester Hospital with a serious wound to his right hand that needed several stitches at 12.25am on January 3, 1974[188][189] that was probably received while he dismembered her body. Seventy-two of her bones had been removed by West.[190][191] No / Murdered 20 years
1974 Hernán Valdés 40 Hernán Valdés was a Chilean writer kidnapped by civilian agents in a case of mistaken identity following Augusto Pinochet's coup d'état in February 1974. After spending more than a month in prison, where he was tortured by the guards, he was released and fled to Europe, where he would later write a book on the Chilean dictatorship.[192] Yes 1 month
1974 Carla Walker 17 Student who was kidnapped from her boyfriend's car in Fort Worth on February 17, 1974. Her body, showing signs of rape, torture and strangulation, was found in a drainage ditch three days later. Her killer, Glen Samuel McCurley, was identified via DNA in 2020 and sentenced to life imprisonment.[193] No / Murdered 3 days
1974 Therese Siegenthaler 21 Woman who disappeared while hitchhiking from London to Ireland during Easter 1974. A police investigation that lasted a number of years failed to find her. In 1994 her body was found in the Gloucester home of serial killers Fred and Rose West. They had abducted and murdered her, along with 11 other women.[178] No / Murdered 20 years
1974 John Hely-Hutchinson, 7th Earl of Donoughmore 71 Lord Donoughmore was a former Member of Parliament (MP). He and his wife were kidnapped from Knocklofty House, Clonmel in the Republic of Ireland in June 1974 by the IRA. The objective behind their kidnapping was to add pressure on both the British and Irish Governments to address the demands of IRA prisoners on hunger strike in British prisons. Both were held captive for five days before being released unharmed by their captors.[194] Yes 5 days
1974 David Kraiselburd 62 Argentine journalist who condemned the actions of both right and left-wing paramilitary organizations during the Dirty War in 1974. On June 25, 1974, he was kidnapped the Montoneros, a left-wing paramilitary organization, and later killed by them when police raided their hideout.[195] No / Murdered Less than 1 month
1974 The Cowden family Various On September 1, 1974, the Cowden family mysteriously vanished from a campground in Copper, Oregon. Their bodies were found Carberry Creek, with the adults shot in the head, one of the children bludgeoned and the other dead from an unknown cause. Convicted murderer Dwain Little is the prime suspect in the murders, but has never been charged.[196] No / Murdered 7 months
1974 Martha Morrison 17 Martha Morrison disappeared some time in September 1974. On October 12, 1974, the remains of two women were found in Dole Valley near Vancouver, Washington. One victim was quickly identified as Carol Platt Valenzuela, who had been reported missing, but the other set remained unidentified. In 2015 Martha Morrison's remains were identified by means of DNA profiling after they were found to have been mislabeled by the police as Carol Platt Valenzuela.[197][198] No / Murdered 40 years
1974 Shirley Hubbard 15 Girl who disappeared from Worcester, England on 14 November 1974 while walking home from work. Police investigations failed to find any trace of her. In 1994 her body was found buried at the home of notorious Gloucester serial killers Fred and Rose West, who in total killed 12 women. Hubbard had been abducted by them in their car and murdered.[178] No / Murdered 20 years
1974 Betty Van Patter 45 Bookkeeper for the Black Panther Party who disappeared on December 13, 1974, and her body later found on a beach in the San Francisco Bay. It's believed she was murdered by party members when she threatened to reveal that they had major tax problems, but nobody has been charged in her murder to this day.[199] No / Murdered 5 weeks
1974 Lesley Stewart 15 British schoolgirl who went missing from Manchester on New Year's Eve, 1974. Two years later police found the dismembered body of a woman on waste ground in the Newton Heath area of the city, which was identified as Stewart's. She and two other women in Manchester had been killed by serial killer Trevor Hardy.[200] No / Murdered 2 years
1975 Lesley Whittle 17 British heiress who was kidnapped and held for ransom by at a drainage reservoir at Bathpool Park by serial killer Donald Neilson on January 14, 1975. She was killed on the same day, but her body was found months later. Neilson would later be convicted of her and another three murders, receiving four life sentences.[201] No / Murdered 2 months
1975 Marcia Trimble 9 Girl Scout who was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and finally strangled while delivering cookies in Nashville, Tennessee on February 25, 1975. Her body was found on Easter Sunday, but her murder remained unsolved until 2008, when Jerome Sidney Barrett was convicted and sentenced to 44 years imprisonment for her murder.[202] No / Murdered 33 days
1975 Katherine Lyon 10 Katherine and Sheila Lyon disappeared on March 25, 1975[203] while walking home from a nearby mall in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. In 2014 Lloyd Lee Welch, a criminal serving time in a Delaware prison for molesting a child in that state, became a person of interest after cold-case investigators in Montgomery County, Maryland followed up on an interview he gave to a detective at the time of the girls' disappearance. In 2015 Welch was formally indicted and in September 2017, he pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder "for the abduction and killing of Katherine and Shelia Lyon in 1975". Police said he had burned their bodies. No / Murdered 40 years
Sheila Lyon 12 40 years
1975 Helen Bailey 8 British child Helen Bailey disappeared while playing near her home in Great Barr, Birmingham, on 10 August 1975. The next day her body was found on a farm, her throat had been cut. An inquest in 1976 concluded she may have died as a result of an "accident or practical joke gone wrong", but it has since come to light that she was strangled before her throat was cut and her case has been reclassified as murder. No one has been convicted of her murder as of 2021, despite a prisoner making a plausible confession in 1979.[204] No / Murdered 1 day
1975 Margaret Fetterolf 16 Student and frequent runaway who vanished from her home in Alexandria, Virginia in the summer of 1975. Her body was found on September 11, 1976 in Woodlawn, Maryland, showing signs of sexual assault and strangulation, but her killer(s) have not been arrested. She was not immediately identified, and was known as "Woodlawn Jane Doe" until her positive identification in 2021.[205] No / Murdered 45 years
1975 Pat Lowther 40 Pat Lowther was a Canadian poet from Vancouver, British Columbia who disappeared on September 24, 1975. Her body was found three weeks later in a creek near Squamish, British Columbia and her husband was convicted in 1977 of killing her.[206] No / Murdered 3 weeks
1975 Tiede Herrema 54 Dutch businessman who ran a factory in Limerick, Ireland, who was abducted by the Provisional IRA near his home in Castletroy on October 3, 1975. He was held in a house in Monasterevin during a two-week standoff between his kidnappers and the police, but was eventually released without incident.[207] Yes 2 weeks
1975 Lesley Molseed 11 English girl who was kidnapped from her home in Rochdale, and subsequently sexually assaulted and murdered by her abductor. Molseed's body was found three days later, and a mentally-ill man was erroneously convicted of her murder but later exonerated in 1992. Molseed's actual killer, Ronald Castree, was identified via DNA evidence in 2006, and sentenced to life imprisonment.[208] No / Murdered 3 days
1975 Anna Mae Aquash 30 The body of Native American civil rights activist Anna Mae Aquash was found at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota on February 24, 1976. She had been missing for two months.[209] No / Murdered 2 months
1975 Stephen Menheniott 18 Menheniott, a British teenager with severe learning difficulties, disappeared from his home on the Isles of Scilly on Christmas Day 1975. His parents claimed he had gone to the mainland to visit a girlfriend, but his dentist had been troubled by the injuries he had seen on Menheniott and reported his concerns to the police. His body was found on 1 March 1977, crudely buried in the local graveyard. He had been murdered by his abusive parents, most likely in the first weeks of 1976. The case gained notoriety because it was a rare example of murder on the islands.[210] No / Murdered 2 years
1976 Franz Jalics 49 Hungarian Jesuit priest kidnapped by a death squad in Argentina during the Dirty War. He and another hostage, Orlando Yorio, were held captive for five months before being released by their captors.[211] Yes 5 months
1976 P. Rajan unknown Student at the National Institute of Technology Calicut who was abducted and tortured by Indian police on March 1, 1976, succumbing to his injuries. His remains were never retrieved, despite repeated inquiries from his family which brought the case to national attention.[212] No / Murdered Never found
1976 Guillermo Vargas Aignasse 33 Argentine Peronist politician who served as the Provincial Senator for the Tucumán Province until the 1976 Argentine coup d'état, when he was abducted by security forces. He has never been found, but two officers were later convicted of his suspected murder and sentenced to life imprisonment in 2008.[213] No / Murdered Never found
1976 John Roselli 71 A mobster in the Chicago Outfit, on April 23, 1976, Roselli was called before the committee to testify about a conspiracy to kill President John F. Kennedy.[214] Three months after his first round of testimony, the Committee wanted to recall Roselli, only to learn he had been missing since July 28, 1976. On August 3, Senator Howard Baker, a member of the new SSCIA, requested that the FBI investigate Roselli's disappearance.[214] On August 9, 1976, Roselli's decomposing body was found by a fisherman in a 55-gallon steel fuel drum floating in Dumfoundling Bay near Miami, Florida. No / Murdered 12 days
1976 Francis E. Meloy Jr. 59 Meloy was an American diplomat who served as a vice consul, among other positions, in various countries in Europe and the Middle East since the 1940s. In 1976, he was to be appointed as Ambassador to Lebanon, where he travelled to in May. A month later, on June 16, he was kidnapped along with Robert O. Waring and their driver Zuhair Mohammed Moghrabi by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, who executed all three on the same day.[215] No / Murdered 1 day
Robert O. Waring 57
1976 Margarita Trlin 21 Argentine architect who was kidnapped in August 1976 during the Dirty War and held in various detention centers, where she was physically and mentally tortured by military officers. She was later released following an Executive Decree.[216] Yes 7 months
1976 David Stack 18 Hitchhiker who was killed on June 9, 1976, by unknown assailants while travelling from Colorado to Utah, with his body found one day later in rural Tooele County. His body remained unidentified until 2015, and his killers remain unknown.[217] No / Murdered 1 day
1976 Dora Bloch 74–75 Israeli-British citizen who was held hostage during the hijacking of Air France Flight 139 on June 27, 1976. She suffered an illness during the process and the plane was landed in Kampala, Uganda for treatment, but an indeterminate amount of time later, Bloch's body was found in a sugar plantation. It was determined that she had been killed on orders of then-President Idi Amin.[218] No / Murdered unknown
1976 Carol Ann Park 30 British woman who went missing from her Cumbria home on 17 July 1976. Her husband, Gordon Park, did not report her disappearance for six weeks, claiming she had gone to live with another man. In 1997 amateur divers found her body in Coniston Water, where Park was known to sail, and her case became known as the "Lady in the Lake". Gordon Park was convicted of her murder.[219] No / Murdered 21 years
1976 Evelyn Colon 15 The dismembered remains of Colon, a pregnant teenager from New Jersey, were found stuffed in several suitcases in White Haven, Pennsylvania in 1976. She remained unidentified for over four decades, known only as "Beth Doe". In 2021, she was officially identified, and in response, authorities arrested her then-boyfriend, Luis Sierra, and charged him with the murder. He is now awaiting trial for the murder.[220] No / Murdered 45 years
1977 Dagmar Hagelin 17 Swedish-Argentine teenager who was kidnapped, tortured and later killed by Argentine military officers during the Dirty War on January 27, 1977. Her death is believed to be a result of mistaken identity.[221] No / Murdered Never found
1977 Adriana Calvo 30 Physicist, university professor and researcher who was kidnapped and detained by the Argentine military dictatorship on February 4, 1977. She was released together with her newborn daughter on April 28, and was the first witness to testify at the later Trial of the Juntas in 1985.[222] Yes 2 months
1977 Guido De Martino 34 Italian politician and member of the Socialist Party who was kidnapped and held hostage by the Camorra, but was released after the ransom of one billion lire was paid.[223] Yes 6 weeks
1977 Gordon Sanderson 26 Gordon Sanderson was a migrant worked whose body was found in a septic tank in Lindbrook, Canada on April 13, 1977. He had been shot to death, possibly up to a year before his body was found. Until his identification in 2021, he was referred to as "Septic Tank Sam".[224] No / Murdered 44 years
1977 Pilar Calveiro 24 Argentine political scientist by a member of the Air Force on May 7, 1977, and held in detention by the military dictatorship. After her release, she went into exile in Mexico, where she has continued work to this day.[225] Yes 1 year and a half
1977 Robert Nairac 28 Nairac was a British Army officer in 14 Intelligence Company who was abducted from a pub in Dromintee, County Armagh, during an undercover operation on May 15, 1977, during his fourth tour of duty in Northern Ireland as a Military Intelligence Liaison Officer. It was later revealed that Nairac was killed by the Provisional Irish Republican Army. Although several individuals were convicted of Nairac's murder, his body has never been found. He is one of three individuals murdered by the IRA whose graves have never been revealed.[226][227] No / Murdered 6 months
1977 Javier Ybarra Bergé 64 Spanish industrialist and writer who was kidnapped by ETA separatists from his home in Bilbao on May 20, 1977. While he was initially held for ransom, Ybarra was later killed by his captors and his body dumped in a farmhouse, where he was located by authorities. His killers have never been apprehended.[228] No / Murdered 1 month
1977 Hanns Martin Schleyer 62 German business executive and industry representative with SS ties who was kidnapped by RAF guerillas on September 5, 1977. His kidnappers demanded that the Germans free several of their members, but after learning that they had died in prison, they drove towards Brussels, executing Schleyer near Mulhouse, France, on October 18.[229] No / Murdered 1 month
1978 Doina Bumbea 28 Romanian painter who was kidnapped by North Korean agents while doing a supposed art exhibition in Pyongyang, North Korea. She was later forcefully married to American defector James Joseph Dresnok, with whom she had two children. She died of cancer in January 1997, having never returned to her homeland.[230] Detained until her death 19 years
1978 Nicholas Scibetta 22 Scibetta was a New York mobster who was killed by his brother-in-law, Sammy Gravano and disappeared on New Years Day 1978. Part of the motive for the murder was that Scibetta was suspected of being gay. Scibetta was dismembered and except for an arm, his body was never found.[231] No / Murdered Body not found
1978 Roberto Herrera Ibarguen 57 Guatemalan politician and member of the National Liberation Movement who was kidnapped and held hostage by a leftist militant group who accused him of organizing the murders of guerilla leaders and repressing teachers' strikes. He was released without incident after a ransom and a commander of theirs was released.[232] Yes 27 days
1978 Harry Domela 78 Latvian-German impostor who pretended to be a deposed crown prince, for which he would be put on trial, but later acquitted. After experiencing a short term burst of popularity, he disappeared from public view until 1933, when it was learned through Dutch author Jef Last that he was living in the Netherlands under the pseudonym "Victor Zsajka".[233] After Domela was last seen alive in 1978[234] it has now been clarified that according to research done by Jens Kirsten who is a Weimar-based scholar that Domela had died in Maracaibo on October 4, 1979.[233] No 1 year
1978 Shin Sang-ok 26 (both) Shin, a South Korean film director, and Choi, an actress and his wife, were both abducted six months apart by North Korean agents on orders from Kim Jong-il. After spending three years in prison, the pair were reunited and ordered to direct movies to boost the North Korean film industry, which they did until their escape in 1986.[235] Yes 8 years
Choi Eun-hee
1978 Manon Dubé 10 Canadian girl from Quebec who disappeared from her native village of Massawippi on January 27, 1978. Her body was found on March 24, but the cause of death was never ascertained. Some theories suggest that she had been kidnapped and murdered.[236] No / Murdered 2 months
1978 Édouard-Jean Empain 41 French-Belgian industrialist and the CEO of the Schneider-Empain industrial holding company, Empain was kidnapped and held captive by a group of men, who demanded ransom in exchange for his release. Empain would eventually be rescued and most of his abductors arrested, but would be left permanently traumatized by the event. Yes More than 2 months
1978 Giovanna Amati 18 Amati was kidnapped by a trio of French gangsters, led by Jean Daniel Nieto, and held for ransom, during which she was allegedly raped by the ringleader. She was released on April 27, 1978, after the ransom of 800 million lire was paid, but the kidnappers were all later caught, including Nieto, with whom Amati had fallen in love. She later became a professional racing driver and the most recent female driver to enter the Formula One World Championship.[237] Yes More than 2 months
1978 Marilee Bruszer 33 Marilee Bruszer went missing on August 22, 1978, from Long Beach, California. In August 2015, a body that had been discovered in Utah in September 1978 was identified as hers.[238][239] No / Murdered 37 years
1978 John Dawson Dewhirst 26 John Dawson Dewhirst was a British teacher and amateur yachtsman and disappeared after being captured and detained as a suspected spy by the Khmer Rouge August 13, 1978. It is known that he was killed some time after October 13, 1978. No remains were found, and it was speculated that the body may have been burned.[240] No / Executed body never found
1978 Theresa Allore 19 Theresa Allore was a Canadian college student who disappeared on November 3 from Champlain College Lennoxville in the Eastern Townships of Quebec and was found dead five months later.[241] No / Murdered 5 months
1978 Elena Holmberg 47 Argentine diplomat and official of the military dictatorship who vanished on December 20, 1978. Her decomposed body was found over a month later, and positively identified by her cousin. It's believed that she had been assassinated by military officers on orders from Emilio Eduardo Massera, who believed that she had information that would reveal his connections to the Montoneros.[242] No / Murdered 1 month
1979 Tammy Alexander 15 Tammy Alexander disappeared some time in early 1979 after it is believed she ran away from her home in Hernando County, Florida. She was found dead, shot to death in a field, in the town of Caledonia, New York on November 10, 1979. She was not identified until 2015, over 35 years later, by a DNA match after an old school friend tried to locate her and a missing persons report was filed.[243] No / Murdered 35 years
1978 Kerry Graham 15 Friends Kerry Graham and Francine Trimble disappeared on December 16, 1978, after leaving their homes in Forestville, California to visit a shopping mall in Santa Rosa. Their remains were discovered on July 8, 1979, approximately 80 miles north of Forestville, but they were not identified. In November 2015 their identities were confirmed via the use of DNA profiling.[244] No / Murdered 37 years
Francine Trimble 14 37 years
1979 Marcia Moore 50 Marcia Moore was an American writer, astrologer and yoga teacher who disappeared on January 14 in the winter of 1979. Her remains were found two years later in the woods near her Washington home.[245] No / Murdered 2 years
1979 Kenneth Kraus 22 Kraus was an American marine stationed in Tehran, Iran. When the Iranian Revolution began in February 1979, he was kidnapped from the American embassy by militants, whom tortured, falsely accused him of war crimes and sentenced him to death. His release was eventually arranged, and he was returned to the USA a week later. After his release, he served in the military for two more decades, then as a police detective in Roswell, Georgia before retiring in 2016.[246] Yes 1 week
1979 Gerard Evans 24 Gerard Evans disappeared in County Monaghan, Republic of Ireland in March 1979 and his remains were found in October 2010 in the townland of Carrickrobin, near Hackballscross, County Louth.[247] No / Murdered 31 years
1979 Etan Patz 6 Etan Patz disappeared while on his way to school in lower Manhattan on May 25, 1979, and by 2001 he was considered legally dead. He was the first missing child featured on a milk carton.[248] In May 2012, authorities re-opened the case.[249] Pedro Hernandez, a former bodega stock clerk, was convicted in February 2017 of kidnapping and murdering the boy, based solely on his own confession. Neither Patz's body, which Hernandez said he put in the trash, nor any other relevant physical evidence was ever identified.[250] No / Murdered body never found
1979 Dori Ghezzi 33 Italian singer and the country's representative for the Eurovision Song Contest of 1975 who was kidnapped and held for ransom together with fellow singer Fabrizio De André.[251] Both were held in the Supramonte mountains, but released after a ransom of 500 million lire was paid to the abductors. Yes 4 months
1979 Sally Ann McGrath 22 British woman last seen in Cathedral Square, Peterborough at 2.45pm on 11 July 1979, after telling friends that she was heading to the nearby unemployment office. Her body was found in a shallow grave in a forest at Castor Hanglands, Cambridgeshire, in March 1980. It would not be until 2012 that sex offender Paul Taylor would be convicted of her murder.[252] No / Murdered 8 months
1979 Alison Chambers 16 16-year-old British child that lived in a children's home in Gloucester. She was a frequent visitor to the home of Fred and Rose West who lived in the city. Her disappearance in August 1979 was reported to the Missing Persons Bureau and initially to the police as an absconder from care. Her body was found in the home of the Wests in 1994. Along with 11 other women, she had been murdered by the couple.[178] No / Murdered 15 years
1979 Jean Seberg 40 Jean Seberg was an American actress who lived in France, and disappeared on August 30, 1979. Her body was found on September 8, 1979, wrapped in a blanket in the back seat of her Renault which was parked near her Paris apartment.[253] No 9 days
1979 Bruce Laingen 57 American diplomats who were one of the 63 hostages detained on November 4, 1979 during the Iran hostage crisis. After diplomatic talks, they were released in January 1981.[254] Yes 2 years
Richard Morefield 50
Victor L. Tomseth 38
John Limbert 36
1979 Kenneth Ockenden 23 Kenneth Ockenden, a Canadian student on a tour of the UK, was last seen in London on December 3, 1979.[255] In 1983 it was discovered that he had become a victim of the serial killer Dennis Nilsen, who had invited him to his house and strangled him with a headphone cord.[255] Ockenden was one of the few victims of Nilsen who was widely reported as a missing person.[256] No / Murdered 4 years
1979 Michelle Busha 18 Michelle Busha left her home in December 1979 after an argument with her father in Bay City, Texas. Busha was murdered in May 1980 while hitchhiking in Blue Earth, Minnesota and remained unidentified until 2015.[257] No / Murdered 35 years


Date Person(s) Age Circumstances Found alive / cause of death Time spent missing or unconfirmed
1980 Marcia King 18 Marcia King left home in Little Rock, Arkansas, at an unknown date in 1980. She traveled across the United States and was murdered in Troy, Ohio, in April 1981 at the age of 21. King's body remained unidentified until 2018.[258] No / Murdered 37 years
1980 Bizzy Bone 4 American rapper who was abducted by his mother's boyfriend at an early age, together with his two sisters. For the next three years, the trio was moved around various homes across Oklahoma, with Bone being tortured and sexually assaulted. He was finally rescued after a babysitter realized that he was a missing person and contacted the authorities, who subsequently rescued him.[259] Yes 3 years
1980 Timothy White 5 Timothy White disappeared in California on February 13, 1980, and it was later revealed that he was abducted by a man named Kenneth Parnell. He escaped on March 1, 1980, with the help of Steven Stayner who had been abducted by Parnell almost eight years earlier (see above).[260] Yes 15 days
1980 Michael Rosenblum 25 Michael Rosenblum was last seen alive on February 14, 1980, angrily driving his girlfriend's car away from a West Homestead, Pennsylvania, gas station; it was found an hour later abandoned and severely damaged along a road in nearby Baldwin, whose police department did not make public that it had the car for over three months. That, and other circumstantial evidence suggesting that the Baldwin police knew more about Rosenblum's disappearance than they claimed, accumulated over the next several years and led to the police chief being fired and reinstated in 1987. A skull fragment found in 1992 in woods near where the car was found was matched to Rosenblum; how he died is still unknown.[261] No / Unknown 12 years 2 months
1980 Sherri Jarvis 14 Sherri Jarvis ran away from her juvenile detention hearing at the Washington County Courthouse shortly after her 14th birthday in March 1980. She traveled with 2 unidentified sisters to Green Bay, Wisconsin. The sisters decided to return home, but Sherri refused and walked away from them. In August 1980, Sherri wrote a letter to her family from Denver, Colorado stating that she was upset over being incarcerated and that they wouldn't hear from her until she was "at least 18 or 21". Sherri's body was discovered on the morning of November 1, 1980, in Huntsville, Texas, but remained unidentified until November 2021.[262] No / Murdered eight months, and remained unidentified for over 40 years
1980 Cynthia Gastelle 18 Cynthia Gastelle disappeared on April 3, 1980, while going to a job interview in Takoma Park, Maryland.[263] Her skeletal remains were found on February 12, 1982, in a secluded wooded area on Bull Run Mountain in Haymarket, Virginia but remained unidentified for 30 years.[264][265] No / Murdered 30 years
1980 Jessie Earl 22 Earl disappeared from Eastbourne in May 1980, with her body only discovered in 1989 near Beachy Head. As of November 2020, the investigation into her murder is ongoing.[266] Police have investigated links between Earl's murder and serial killer Peter Tobin, who lived in the area at the time of her murder.[267] No / Murdered 9 years
1980 Dorothy Jane Scott 32 Dorothy Jane Scott disappeared while getting her car on May 28, 1980, in Anaheim, California, after she had taken two co-workers to the hospital. On August 6, 1984, a construction worker discovered dog and human bones, side by side, about 30 feet (10 m) from Santa Ana Canyon Road.[268] The human bones were later identified as being Scott's. The identity and motive of her killer or killers remains unknown.[269] No / Murdered 4 years
1980 Patsy Morris 14 Schoolgirl who disappeared from her school in west London, England, during her lunch break on 16 June 1980. Police and members of the community spent two days searching for her until her fully-clothed body was found on Hounslow Heath, having been strangled. Her murder remains unsolved although in 2008 it was revealed that she was the childhood girlfriend of west London serial killer Levi Bellfield and that he had allegedly confessed to the crime in prison.[270] No / Murdered 2 days
1980 Brenda Gerow 20 Brenda Gerow was an American woman who disappeared on July 20, 1980, after leaving home with her boyfriend at the time. She was found dead in the desert at Pima County, Arizona, on April 8, 1981, but remained unidentified for 34 years. No / Murdered 34 years
1980 Azaria Chamberlain nine-weeks-old An Australian baby girl who disappeared on the night of August 17, 1980, during a family Camping trip in Uluru. Although her remains have never been found her mother insisted that a dingo had taken her from her camping tent. In a trial sensationalized by the media her mother was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Her sentence was overturned six years later when Azaria's jacket was found in a dingo lair. Azaria's disappearance was the subject of four inquests, the last of which in 2012, concluded that a dingo had taken and killed her.[271] No / Animal attack never found
1980 Tammy Terrell 17 American teenager who was last seen in the company of an unknown couple at the Roswell State Fair in Roswell, New Mexico on October 4, 1980. Her body was found in Henderson, Nevada on the following day, but remained unidentified until December 2021. Her murder remains unsolved.[272] No / Murdered 1 day
1980 Marlene Oakes 25 Marlene Oakes disappeared from her residence in Verona, Kentucky, after an argument with her husband. She had planned to divorce him after discovering he was sexually abusing the couple's son. Her skull was discovered in 1981, but remained unidentified until 2001. Her husband was sentenced to life in prison for her murder.[273] No / Murdered 20 years
1980 Carol Cole 17 Carol Cole disappeared from the San Antonio, Texas area in late December 1980. Her body was discovered on January 28, 1981, in Bossier Parish, Louisiana, but she remained unidentified until 2015 when DNA tests confirmed her identity.[274] No / Murdered 35 years
1981 Tina Louise Sharp (Keddie murders) 12 Sharp was one of four murder victims killed in the resort town of Keddie, California, in April 1981. The other three victims—her mother, 15-year-old brother and his 17-year-old friend—were discovered at the crime scene, whereas Sharp's body was discovered in Butte County three years later. All four murders remain unsolved.[275] No / Murdered 3 years
1981 Ciro Cirillo 60 Italian Christian Democratic politician who was kidnapped by members of the Red Brigades in Naples on April 27, 1981. He was held for ransom, but later released after a controversial deal was made with the Red Brigades, paying them one and a half million lire, which was provided with the help of Camorra crime boss Raffaele Cutolo.[276] Yes Almost 3 months
1981 Al Indelicato 50 On May 5, 1981, infighting within the Bonanno crime family, led to Dominic Trinchera, Philip Giaccone, and Al Indelicato, being murdered by a rival faction of the family in Brooklyn, New York. Their bodies were buried in a lot in Lindenwood, Queens. On May 28, authorities discovered Indelicato's body and removed it. More than two decades later, in October 2004, after some children reported finding a body in the lot, FBI agents excavated the property and discovered the bodies of Trinchera and Giaccone.[277] In December 2004, the bodies were positively identified as Giaccone and Trinchera.[278] No / Murdered 23 days
Philip Giaccone 48 24 years
Dominick Trinchera 44 24 years
1981 Karen Price 15 Karen Price was a girl from Wales who was last seen on July 2, 1981. Police later concluded that Price had run away from home, then turned to sex work. Her remains were found on December 7, 1989, when workmen unearthed a rolled carpet while installing a garden behind a house. She was identified by her DNA in what is cited as one of the first instances in which DNA technology was used in this way in the UK.[279] No / Murdered 8 years
1981 Suzanne Bombardier 14 Suzanne Bombardier was a teenager who disappeared on June 22, 1980[280] after being kidnapped, A fisherman discovered Bombardier's body in the San Joaquin River on June 27, 1980, just five days later as her body was seen floating.[281] No / Murdered 5 days
1981 Mary Louise Day 13 Teenage girl who ran away from her parents' home in Seaside, California on July 15, 1981. She remained missing until 2003, when a woman in the Phoenix area was identified via DNA as Day.[282] Yes 22 years
1981 Adam Walsh 6 Adam Walsh was an American boy who was abducted from the Hollywood Mall in Hollywood, Florida, on July 27, 1981. His severed head was found two weeks later in a drainage canal alongside Florida's Turnpike in rural St. Lucie County, Florida. Drifter Otis Toole confessed to Adam's murder, but due to poor handling by the Hollywood Police he was never convicted of the crime.[283] No / Murdered 2 weeks
1981 Vishal Mehrotra 8 Mehrotra was an 8-year-old boy who disappeared on July 29, 1981, from Putney, London.[284] On February 25, 1982, some of Mehrotra's remains were found in Sussex on an isolated Farm. No / Murdered 212 days
1981 Jennifer Cardy 9 9-year-old Cardy disappeared from Ballinderry, County Antrim on 12 August 1981. She had left her home to cycle a short distance away to meet a friend, but her bicycle was later found thrown over a hedge close to her home. 6 days later her body was found in Hillsborough. She had been abducted and murdered by paedophile Robert Black, although he wasn't convicted for it until 2011. Before he died, Black was about to be charged in relation to the very similar case of the disappearance of Genette Tate near Exeter in 1978. She disappeared while delivering newspapers on her bicycle and was never found.[285][286] No / Murdered 6 days
1981 Dominick Napolitano 51 Organized crime leaders ordered the murder of Dominick Napolitano. Responding to a summons, on August 17, 1981, he went to a meeting, knowing that he would be killed. On August 12, 1982, a body was found at South Avenue and Bridge Street in Arlington, Staten Island which proved to be Napolitano.[287] No / Murdered 11 years
1981 Ursula Herrmann 10 Ursula Herrmann was kidnapped in the Federal Republic of Germany on September 15, 1981, and held captive by an unidentified assailant who called her family to demand ransom. Despite the family gathering the sum, no further instructions were given, and Ursula's body was found two weeks later, buried in the woods. A neighbor of the Herrmanns, Werner Mazurek, was later found guilty of the crime and sentenced to life imprisonment.[288] No / Murdered 2 weeks
1981 Tina Harmon 12 Tina Harmon was a girl who was abducted, raped, and murdered on October 29, 1981, by Robert Anthony Buell. After being dropped off at a convenience store in Lodi, Ohio, by her father's girlfriend. Her body was found in a nearby town five days after her abduction.[289] No / Murdered 5 days
1981 Julio Iglesias Sr. 66 Spanish gynecologist and father of singer–songwriter Julio Iglesias who was kidnapped and held hostage by ETA separatists in December 1981. He was held for two weeks before being rescued by a police anti-terrorism unit.[290] Yes 2 weeks
1981 Dana Bradley 14 Bradley disappeared while hitchhiking along the Topsaid Road in St. John's, Newfoundland, with her body found four days later. Her skull had been crushed with a blunt instrument and she had been sexually assaulted. Despite extensive news coverage and rigorous investigation, the case remains unsolved.[291] No / Murdered 4 days
1982 Kathleen McCormack Durst 29 A medical student, Durst disappeared on 31 January 1982 after leaving the house of a friend to return to the South Salem, New York, residence that she shared with her husband. She has not been seen since and was declared legally dead in 2001. Since her marriage was deteriorating, police strongly suspected that her husband, Robert Durst, had murdered her, citing inconsistencies in statements he gave them. He is suspected in two other disappearances and served three years in prison for evidence-tampering in the death of a third person. On 17 September 2021, he was convicted of Kathleen's murder.[292][293][294] No / Murdered 39 years
1982 Tulasa Thapa 13 Nepali girl who was kidnapped and sold into prostitution in India, where she was systematically abused and raped by her abductors. She was eventually released, admitted to a hospital and saved, but suffered permanent psychological and health issues which led to her premature death in 1995.[295] Yes 10 months
1982 Nava Elimelech 11 Disappeared while going to a friend's house in Bat Yam, Israel on March 20, 1982. A search party later found her severed head wrapped in a plastic bag, along with the rest of her remains. Her murder is unsolved.[296] No / Murdered 10 days
1982 Michelle Garvey 14 Michelle Garvey was an American girl who ran away in Connecticut on June 3, 1982, and was found murdered in Texas almost one month later on July 1. The body was not identified as hers until more than three decades later, in 2014.[297] No / Murdered 28 days
1982 Christelle Bancourt 12 Abducted while going to an appointed meeting with her dentist in Marseille, France, on June 10, 1982. Her kidnapper, an acquaintance named Christian Marletta, later raped and strangled her before dismembering the body, which was found a month later.[298] No / Murdered 1 month
1982 Zechariah Baumel 22 IDF soldier who was declared missing action on June 11, 1982 during the Battle of Sultan Yacoub in the 1982 Lebanon War. In 2019, President of Russia Vladimir Putin announced that the Russian Army, in coordination with the Syrian military, had found Baumel's remains in the old Martyrs' Cemetery in the Yarmouk refugee camp south of Damascus, Syria.[299] No / Killed in action 37 years
1982 Hezi Shai 28 IDF tank commander who was declared missing action on June 11, 1982, during the 1982 Lebanon War. Shai, who had been captured by PFLP-GC militants, was later released as part of a prisoner exchange in 1985.[300] Yes 3 years
1982 Krista Harrison 11 Krista Harrison was murdered on July 17, 1982, in Marshallville, Ohio. Her body was found 6 days later. The case remained unsolved for two years, until Robert Anthony Buell was convicted of her murder.[301] No / Murdered 6 days
1982 Susan Maxwell 11 11-year-old Maxwell vanished after last being seen walking alone in the English village of Cornhill-on-Tweed on July 30, 1982. 13 days later her body was found 264 miles away in Staffordshire. She had been abducted and murdered by paedophile and serial killer Robert Black.[302] No / Murdered 13 days
1982 Rachael Runyan 3 Rachael Runyan was an American female child from Sunset, Utah who was kidnapped on 26 August 1982 and was found dead in a creek bed in nearby Morgan County three weeks later.[303] No / Murdered 3 weeks
1982 Carole Pappas 42 Carole Pappas, the wife of former Major League Baseball pitcher Milt Pappas disappeared after leaving the couple's home in Wheaton, Illinois. In 1987, workers drained a pond four blocks from the Pappas' house and found the car with Carole's body inside. It is theorized that she mistook a driveway near the pond for one leading to her neighborhood, and that she may have been drinking.[304] No / Drowned 5 years
1982 Don Kemp 34–35 New York advertising executive who disappeared under mysterious circumstances in Wyoming, where he had planned to begin a new life. His remains were discovered in 1986, but the circumstances surrounding his death, and whether it is homicidal in nature or not, remain unclear.[305] No 4 years
1982 Alisha Heinrich 1 Alisha Heinrich and her mother, Gwendolyn Clemons, were last seen around November 24, 1982, in Kansas City, Missouri. Heinrich's body was recovered in Moss Point, Mississippi after nearly two weeks; she was a victim of homicide. She remained an unidentified decedent until 2020. Clemons' remains have never been recovered.[306] No / Murdered 2 weeks
1983 Caroline Hogg 5 5-year-old child Caroline Hogg disappeared while playing outside her home in the Edinburgh suburb of Portobello on 8 July 1983. A boy later revealed he had seen her walking away with an unknown man. The case received widespread media coverage across the UK. Her body was found many miles away in Leicestershire 10 days later. She had been abducted and murdered by paedophile and serial killer Robert Black.[307] No / Murdered 10 days
1983 Andrea Scherpf 24 German tourists who vanished while hitchhiking near Chetwynd, Canada on October 3, 1983. Their bodies were found three days later, and both had been shot to death. A man was convicted of their murders in 1991, but later exonerated via DNA evidence in 2013.[308] No / Murdered 3 days
Bernd Göricke 27
1983 Colette Aram 16 British trainee hairdresser who was abducted while walking towards her boyfriend's home in Keyworth on October 30, 1983. Her body was found a day later, showing signs that she had been raped and strangled. Despite and extensive manhunt, her killer, Paul Stewart Hutchinson, was identified with the help of DNA evidence only in 2009. He was later sentenced to life imprisonment.[309] No / Murdered 1 day
1983 Freddy Heineken 60 The Dutch businessman and chairman of Heineken N.V. was kidnapped together with his driver and held for ransom by a group of men. After paying the ransom of 35 million Dutch guilders, Heineken and his driver were released, and all of the kidnappers were eventually captured and served prison sentences for the crime.[310] Yes 21 days
1983 Danny Katz 14 Israeli boy who was abducted by five Arab assailants while waking to a friend's house in Haifa on December 8, 1983. His body was found three days later, having been sexually assaulted, tortured and strangled. The five men were convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment, but there are allegations that they had been tortured into confessing.[311] No / Murdered 3 days
1984 Katsuhisa Ezaki unknown The president of the Ezaki Glico company was kidnapped by two masked men and then held for a ransom of 1 billion yen and 100 kg of gold bullion. However, Ezaki managed to escape three days later from the warehouse in Ibaraki.[312] Yes 3 days
1984 Kassim Ouma 6 Kidnapped as a child to serve in the National Resistance Army. After leaving the army, Ouma took up boxing and is now a professional boxer, holding the IBF light middleweight title from 2004 to 2005.[313] Yes 5 years
1984 Hassan Jangju 16–17 Iranian Basij operative who became the subject of a famous photograph taken by photographer Alfred Yaghobzadeh. He was killed during Operation Kheibar circa February 1984, and his remains were discovered and returned to Iran in 2017.[314] No / Killed in action 33 years
1984 Benjamin Weir 61 American Presbyterian missionary who was abducted by Islamic Jihad militants from his Beirut, Lebanon home in May 1984. He was later released during the Iran-Contra affair in exchange for anti-tank weapons.[315] Yes 16 months
1984 Mark Tildesley 7 Mark Tildesley disappeared while visiting a funfair in Wokingham, Berkshire, England, on the evening of June 1, 1984. He was lured away from the fair and his bicycle was found chained to railings nearby.[316] In 1990 it emerged that Tildesley had been abducted, drugged, tortured, raped and murdered by a London-based paedophile gang on the night he disappeared.[316][317] No / Murdered never found
1984 Luis de Lión 44 Guatemalan writer and leader of the Guatemalan Party of Labour who was abducted by Guatemalan Army soldiers from Guatemala City on May 15, 1984. His fate remained unknown until 1999, when his name and photograph appeared in an unsealed military document, indicating that he had been killed three weeks after his arrest.[318] No / Murdered Never found
1984 Jonathan Wright unknown British journalist for Reuters who was kidnapped by a Palestinian splinter group in the Beqaa Valley, Lebanon. His kidnappers planned to trade him in exchange for three members who attempted to assassinate Israeli diplomat Shlomo Argov, but Wright managed to escape on September 16 through a ventilation hole. He was later picked up by a militia patrol and returned to Beirut.[319] Yes More than 2 weeks
1984 Vicki Lynne Hoskinson 8 Vicki Lynne Hoskinson was a girl from Flowing Wells, Arizona, who disappeared on September 17, 1984, while riding her bike to mail a birthday card to her aunt. Her remains were found on April 12, 1985.[320] No / Murdered 7 months
1984 Jonelle Matthews 12 Jonelle Matthews disappeared from Greeley, Colorado on December 20, 1984. Her remains were discovered on July 23, 2019, located about 15 mi (24 km) southeast of Jonelle's home.[321][322] No / gunshot wound to the head 33 years
1984 Elizabeth Lamotte 17 Elizabeth Lamotte disappeared from Manchester, New Hampshire on April 6, 1984. Her body was discovered in Tennessee a year later, but was not identified until 2018. Lamotte was possibly a victim of an unidentified serial killer.[323] No / Murdered 34 years
1985 Lawrence Jenco 51 American Catholic priest who was kidnapped by Islamist extremists in Beirut, Lebanon while working as a director of the Catholic Relief Services. After numerous negotiations, he was released and repatriated back to the U.S.[324] Yes 18 months
1985 Terry A. Anderson 38 American journalist for the Associated Press who was abducted by Islamic Jihad militants on March 16, 1985 from a street in Beirut, Lebanon. He was held hostage during the Lebanon hostage crisis, but was eventually released without harm on December 4, 1991.[325] Yes 6 years
ca. 1985 Espy Pilgrim 33 Espy Pilgrim of North Carolina lost contact with her family sometime in the early to mid 1980s. Her body was discovered on April 1, 1985, in Kentucky, but her body remained unidentified until 2018.[326] No / Murdered 33 years
1985 Pebco Three Various South African anti-Apartheid activists who were, tortured and subsequenty killed by members of the Bureau of State Security on May 8, 1985. Their fate remained unclear until November 11, 1997, when former Police Col. Gideon Nieuwoudt confessed that he and several others were responsible for their deaths.[327] No / Murdered 12 years
1985 Thomas Sutherland 52 Scottish-American academic who was kidnapped by Islamic Jihad militants from his home in Beirut, Lebanon on June 9, 1985, who had mistaken him for Calvin Plimpton. He was released years later, together with English author Terry Waite.[328] Yes 6 years
1985 Michele Avila 17 On October 2, 1985, Avila left her Los Angeles home to meet with a friend from high school, Laura Doyle. She never returned, and three days later, her body was found along a stream in Angeles National Forest. The case went unsolved until July 1988, when her two friends, Karen Severson and Laura Doyle, were arrested and convicted for her murder. According to the prosecutors, the two girls suspected that Avila had slept with their boyfriends, and so, they lured her to the creek and drowned her there.[329] No / Murdered 3 days
1985 Alison Day 19 British woman Alison Day went missing on her way to visit her boyfriend who worked next to Hackney Wick station. She was last seen getting off at the station, using a telephone box and then walking towards the nearby canal. Three weeks later her body was found in the canal. She had been raped and murdered by "The Railway Killers" John Duffy and David Mulcahy, who would go on to murder two more women near stations in or around London in the following months.[330] No / Murdered 3 weeks
1986 Anita Cobby 26 Cobby, a registered nurse and beauty pageant contestant, was kidnapped from Blacktown railway station after dinner at Sydney Hospital in Surry Hills, Australia. Her body was found two days later on a rural farm in Prospect, showing signs of being sexually assaulted prior to her death. Five men would later be convicted of her murder, each sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.[331] No / Murdered 2 days
1986 Sarah Harper 10 10-year-old child Sarah Harper disappeared from the Leeds suburb of Morley while walking to a shop 100 yards from her home to buy bread. The owner of the shop confirmed she had bought the bread, just before a "balding man" had entered the shop. A white Ford Transit van was seen in the area where she disappeared from. 24 days later her body was found 71 miles away in the River Trent near Nottingham. She had been abducted and murdered by paedophile serial killer Robert Black.[332] No / Murdered 24 days
1986 Jennifer Guinness 49 Irish socialite and member of the Guinness family who was kidnapped and held for ransom in Dublin by career criminal John Cunningham, aided by his brother and two associates. She was later rescued, and her kidnappers were sentenced to various sentences.[333] Yes 8 days
1986 Brian Keenan 36 Northern Irish writer who was kidnapped by Islamic Jihad militants in Beirut, Lebanon on April 11, 1986. After being held in detention for 4 years, he was released following negotiations with the Irish government, and later wrote a book about his experience as a hostage.[334] Yes 4 years
1986 Wanda Jean Mays 26 Wanda Jean Mays disappeared after midnight on May 12, 1986, while staying with her aunt and uncle's home near Guntersville Lake, Alabama. In the morning, her aunt and uncle discovered her room empty and the window broken from the inside. In 2008, the FBI confirmed that remains found at the foot of a cliff 2 miles (3.2 km) from her relatives' home were Mays', and her death was ruled an accident.[335] No / Accident fall 32 years
1986 Anne Lock 29 29-year-old British woman Anne Lock caught the train home from work to Brookmans Park railway station and was never seen alive again. Lock was the third woman in 8 months to disappear near a railway station within a 25 mile radius of London. 9 weeks later her body was found on an embankment near Brookmans Park station. She and the other two women had been abducted and murdered by serial killers John Duffy and David Mulcahy, also known as "The Railway Killers".[336] No / Murdered 9 weeks
1986 Anthony "Tony the Ant" Spilotro and Michael Spilotro Anthony (48), Michael (41) American mobsters and brothers Anthony "Tony the Ant" Spilotro and Michael Spilotro had disappeared on June 14, 1986, from their Oak Park home.[337] On June 22, 1986, both their bodies were found[338] with only their undershorts on after being buried in a cornfield in the Willow Slough preserve near Enos, Indiana. No / Murdered 8 days
1986 Liliane and Maurice Barrard Liliane (aged 37–38), Maurice (44–45) Married French couple Lilian and Maurice Barrard were famous climbers. They successfully climbed K2 in June 1986, but disappeared during the descent. One month later Liliane's body was found in a snow field at 17,500ft, while Maurice's body was not on the mountain found until 1998.[339] No / Died accidently descending mountain Liliane 1 month, Maurice 12 years
1986 Tanya Moore and Tina Rodriguez Moore (31), Rodriguez (27) Moore and Rodriguez were two transgender friends working as prostitutes on Philadelphia's thirteenth street in 1986.[340] The pair disappeared on June 30, 1986, after getting into the car of a couple of clients. On July 3, 1986, their mutilated and dismembered bodies were found burning at a baseball diamond in Middletown.[341][342] Their murder remains unsolved. No/ Murdered by unknown persons 4 days
1986 Sherry Ann Duncan 16 Thai-American high school student who was abducted and killed after leaving her school in Bangkok on July 22, 1986, who was found a few days later in some wetlands. Four men were erroneously arrested and sentenced to death for her murder, but were acquitted in 1995, some of them posthumously. Duncan's real killer(s) has/have not been found.[343] No / Murdered A few days
1986 Dawn Ashworth 15 15-year-old Dawn Ashworth did not return home after visiting a friends house in Narborough, Leicestershire, on 31 July 1986. Two days later her body was found nearby on a footpath called Ten Pound Lane. Her murder was not solved until 1988, when Colin Pitchfork, who was also found to have killed another 15-year-old in the same village in 1983, was convicted of her murder in what was the first time someone was convicted as a result of DNA profiling in the UK.[344] No / Murdered 2 days
1986 Lori Erica Ruff 17 Ruff, whose real name was Kimberly Maria McLean, was an identity thief who ran away from her parents' home in the suburban area of Philadelphia in the fall of 1986. Over the following years of her life, she acquired a false identity and married into a wealthy family in Texas, but frequent quarrels over her secretive past led to her suicide in 2010. Her true identity went undiscovered until 2016, when she was identified following a DNA test.[345] Yes 30 years
1986 Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway 9 Two nine-year-old girls who were reported missing from Brighton, England, on 9 October 1986.[346] The next day they were found dead in Wild Park in what became known as the "Babes in the Wood" murders.[346] The girls' murderer, pædophile Russell Bishop, would only be convicted after 32 years and two trials in 2018, but not before he would abduct and attempt to kill another local girl in 1990.[346] No / Murdered 1 day
1986 Helle Crafts 39 Danish flight attendant who was murdered by her husband Richard at their home in Newtown, Connecticut on November 19, 1986. Her body was supposedly destroyed, but the overwhelming evidence eventually led to the state's first murder conviction without a body.[347] No / Murdered Never found
1987 Brahim Dahane 22 Sahrawi human rights activists who were detained by Moroccan security forces in 1987 for protesting against the MINURSO referendum. They were kept in various detention centers until their release in 1991, and have continued their activism since.[348] Yes 4 years
Aminatou Haidar 21
1987 Roger Auque 31 French journalist, diplomat and war correspondent who was arrested by Hezbollah militants in Lebanon in January 1987, for spying on behalf of Israel. He was detained together with another French journalist, until both men were released in November of that year.[349] Yes 10 months
1987 Terry Waite 47 English humanitarian who was kidnapped by the Islamic Jihad Organization on January 12, 1987, while he was working as a hostage negotiator in Beirut, Lebanon. He was held in solitary confinement until November 18, 1991, when he was released without incident.[350] Yes 4 years
1987 Cam Lyman 54–55 Lyman was a multimillionaire Dog breeder from Westwood, Massachusetts who disappeared in the summer of 1987. His body was found in a septic tank on his estate in Hopkinton, Rhode Island by the new owners of the house in December 1997.[351] No 11 years
1987 Heather West 16 16-year-old Gloucester girl Heather West was never seen again after 1987. Although she was never reported missing by her parents, police began to investigate her disappearance after rumours were heard of there being a "family joke" at her family's home that the couple's daughter was "under the patio". The police were given a search warrant in 1994 to search the family home and found her body, before finding many other bodies buried at the property. Heather, and the other victims, had been killed by her parents, the notorious serial killers Fred and Rose West.[352][353] No / Murdered 7 years
1987 Jermaine Allan Mann 1 Mann was a Canadian citizen kidnapped by his father, Allan Mann, on 24 June 1987, when he was 21 months old. He and his father lived under assumed identities in the United States. His true identity was revealed in 2018.[354] Yes 31 years
1987 Teresa Cormack 6 New Zealand schoolgirl who was abducted, raped and killed while wandering around Napier on June 19, 1987. Her body was found under a tree more than a week later. Her killer, teenage sex offender Jules Mikus, was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment decades after her death.[355] No / Murdered 8 days
1987 Gerrit Jan Heijn 56 Businessman and top manager of Ahold, Heijn was kidnapped from his villa in Bloemendaal and murdered only hours later. His killer, Ferdi Elsas, was later caught after spending several bank notes of the ransom he acquired, served a prison sentence and later released. He died in an accident in 2009.[356] No / Murdered Same day
1987 Shirley Banks 29 British woman Shirley Banks mysteriously disappeared while shopping in Bristol on 8 October 1987. Three weeks later her Mini car was discovered, painted blue, in the garage of known rapist John Cannan, and her body was found on 3 April 1988 in "Dead Woman's Ditch" in the Quantock Hills. Cannan was convicted of her murder and of various other abductions, attempted abductions and rapes. Cannan is also the prime suspect in the much wider-known case of the disappearance of Suzy Lamplugh from Fulham, 28 July 1986, three days after he was released from prison in the same area. When Bank's car was discovered in Cannan's garage, it had been fitted with the false number plate "SLP 986", believed to refer to Suzy Lamplugh and 1986, the year of her disappearance.[357] No / Murdered 6 months
1987 Deanna Criswell 16 Deanna Criswell disappeared on November 23, 1987, from Spokane, Washington. A body was found on November 25 two days later in Pima County, Arizona, but it was not identified as hers until February 11, 2015.[358] No / Murdered 27 years
1987 Sian Kingi 12 Sian Kingi, a New Zealand Australian born schoolgirl, was abducted on November 27, 1987, from Noosa, Australia, by married couple Barrie John Watts and Valmae Faye Beck, who subsequently raped and killed her. Kingi's body would later be discovered on December 3 near the Tinbeerweh Mountain State Forest. Both Watts and Beck were later convicted in a much-publicized trial – Watts was sentenced to life imprisonment, and Beck to 14.5 years imprisonment.[359] No / Murdered A week
1987 Isabelle Laville 17 Isabelle Laville did not return home from college on December 11, 1987. In 2004, Michel Fourniret and Monique Olivier of Saint-Cyr-les-Colons, France, confessed that they had kidnapped Laville as she walked in the direction of her Saint-Georges-sur-Baulche home and brought her to their house where she was raped and killed before her body was dumped in a well in Bussy-en-Othe. Her remains were recovered from the well in July 2006.[360] No / Murdered 18½ years
1988 Stompie Seipei 14–15 UDF activist kidnapped along with three other boys by a group of Winnie Mandela's bodyguards on December 29, 1988, after being accused of being a police informant. One of the men later killed him, slashing his throat.[361] No / Murdered 3 days
1988 Andrés Pastrana Arango 34 Colombian politician and then-Senator who was abducted on January 18, 1988, by the Medellín Cartel, who demanded that the government prevent the extradition of Pablo Escobar to the United States. Pastrana was rescued a week later, and continued with his political career.[362] Yes 1 week
1988 Helen McCourt 22 Insurance clerk who disappeared in Billinge, England, on February 9, 1988. While her body has never been recovered, local pub owner Ian Simms was convicted via DNA profiling, making it one of the few cases where a a conviction has occurred without a body.[363] No / Murdered Body not found
1988 William R. Higgins 43 American USMC corporal who was abducted by a Hezbollah-linked terrorist group on February 17, 1988, while on a peacekeeping mission in Lebanon. Higgins was supposedly executed a few months after his capture, but his remains went unrecovered until 1991.[364] No / Murdered 3 years
1988 Lisa Marie Kimmell 18 Kimmell disappeared while travelling to her parents home in Billings, Montana, with her body later found near the North Platte River in Casper, Wyoming. She had been bludgeoned and stabbed to death there. The case remained unsolved until 2002, when the perpetrator's DNA was matched to Dale Wayne Eaton. He was subsequently convicted of the murder and sentenced to death, but following a new trial is now awaiting resentencing.[365] No / Murdered 8 days
1988 Farida Hammiche 30 The wife of a bank robber, Farida Hammiche went missing from her home in Vitry-sur-Seine in April 1988. Michel Fourniret and Monique Olivier confessed to having kidnapped and killed Hammiche to steal loot that Fourniret had hidden in Hammiche's home. Hammiche's body has not been found. In 2018, Fourniret was convicted of the murder of Hammiche, while Olivier was convicted of complicity.[366] No / Murdered never found
1988 Marie Wilks 22 British woman who suddenly disappeared in sight of traffic while using an emergency phone on the hard shoulder of the M50 near Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. While on the line to the operator she mysteriously stopped speaking and the operator could then only hear the sound of passing cars. Later, police found the phone dangling on its cord next to her broken down car. Two days later her body was found at the bottom of the Eastbound carriageway embankment three miles from her car. Although a man was convicted of her murder, he was later released on appeal. Her murder remains unsolved.[367] No / Murdered 2 days
1988 Janine Balding 21 Balding was abducted near Sutherland railway station in Sydney, Australia on September 8, 1988, by a gang of five homeless people who hijacked her car and drove to the M4 Motorway near Michinbury, where three of them raped her at knifepoint. She was then bound, gagged and carried off to a nearby paddock, where the three main culprits drowned her. Her body was found the same day, and the culprits arrested and sentenced to long imprisonment terms.[368] No / Murdered Same day
1988 Jaclyn Dowaliby 7 Jaclyn Dowaliby was taken from her home in Midlothian, Illinois, on September 10, 1988, and found dead five days later. No / Murdered 5 days
1988 Brenda Schaefer 36 Schaefer was kidnapped on September 23, 1988, by her boyfriend Mel Ignatow and his ex-girlfriend Mary Ann Shore, who held her at the latter's house in Louisville, Kentucky. There, she was raped, tortured and finally killed by both abductors, who then buried her in Shore's backyard. More than a year later, the body was located, but Ignatow would be acquitted in a controversial trial.[369] No / Murdered 1 year
1988 Junko Furuta 17 Japanese high school student who was abducted by a gang of teenage boys while riding her bike home on November 25, 1988. Furuta was then repeatedly raped, tortured and finally murdered by her captors, who encased her body in concrete, with police finding it on March 29, 1989.[370] No / Murdered 4 months
1988 Venus Xtravaganza 23 The body of transgender performer Venus Xtravaganza was found under a bed in a New York hotel on December 25, 1988, after going missing four days earlier. Xtravaganza had been strangled.[371] No / Murdered 4 days
1989 Paul Vanden Boeynants 70 Belgian politician who served two separate terms as the country's prime minister. On January 14, 1989, he was kidnapped by members of Patrick Haemers's gang, who demanded a ransom in exchange for the safe return of Boeynants. The ransom was paid, but all the members were later captured.[372] Yes 1 month
1989 Avi Sasportas 20 Israeli soldier who was abducted and subsequently killed by the newly-founded Hamas on February 16, 1989. His murder, coupled with that of Ilan Sandon, caused a stir in Israel and subsequent manhunt and apprehension for the militants responsible.[373] No / Murdered More than 2 months
1989 Kelly Ann Tinyes 13 Tinyes was a thirteen-year-old Valley Stream, New York schoolgirl who was strangled, stabbed, and sexually mutilated in the home of a neighbor. Ner killer, 21-year-old neighbor Robert Golub, was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.[374] No / Murdered 1 day
1989 Aundria Bowman 14 Bowman disappeared under mysterious circumstances from her adoptive family's home in Hamilton, Michigan on March 11, 1989. Her adoptive father, Dennis Bowman, claimed that she had stolen money and then fled, and was thus classified as a runaway. More than three decades later, after Dennis was arrested for an unrelated murder in Virginia, he confessed that he had killed Aundria because she tried to escape being molested by him. He revealed the burial site in Monterey Township, near the family home, and Aundria's remains were subsequently recovered. The elder Bowman is due to stand trial for both murders he's accused of.[375] No / Murdered 31 years
1989 Helén Nilsson 10 Abducted while she was out to meet some friends in Hörby, Sweden on March 20, 1989. She was kept alive for a few days before her captor killed her and dumped her body in the woods. The killer, Ulf Olsson, was identified and convicted of her killing in the early 2000s after his DNA linked him to the crime scene.[376] No / Murdered 6 days
1989 Jeanne-Marie Desramault 21 Jeanne-Marie Desramault was dropped off at the gare de Charleville-Mézières on the morning of March 18, 1989, by a nun whose convent she was staying at, with plans to travel to Béthune to visit her parents. She never boarded the train and was not seen alive again. In 2004, Michel Fourniret and Monique Olivier confessed to kidnapping and killing Desramault, whose remains were found on July 3 that year, buried in the garden of a Donchery chateau formerly owned by the Fourniret couple.[377] No / Murdered 15 years
1989 Urban Höglin 23 Urban Höglin and Heidi Paakkonen disappeared while tramping on the Coromandel Peninsula of New Zealand in April 1989. Fugitive offender David Wayne Tamihere was convicted of their murders in December 1990. Höglin's body was discovered in October 1991, while Paakkonen's body has not been found.[378] No / Murdered 2½ years
Heidi Paakkonen 21 not found
1989 Ilan Saadon unknown Israeli soldier who vanished mysteriously while hitchhiking back home on May 3, 1989. Large searches were organized to locate his remains, which were found on August 11, 1996. It was determined that Saadon had been killed by the then-newly formed Hamas, and his murder, coupled with that of Avi Sasportas, caused a stir in Israel and subsequent manhunt and apprehension for the militants responsible.[379] No / Murdered 7 years
1989 Jackie Mann 75 British RAF fighter pilot who was abducted in Beirut, Lebanon on May 13, 1989, by a Hezbollah-linked insurgent cell. Mann was held in detention for two years, as his kidnappers demanded the release of Palestinian prisoners, until he was released without incident on September 24, 1991.[380] Yes 2 years
1989 Peter and Gwenda Dixon 51 and 52 Couple Peter and Gwenda Dixon failed to return home after going on one last walk on the Pembrokeshire coast on 29 June 1989 whilst on holiday. Ten days later their bodies were found in undergrowth next to the nearby cliff path. They had been robbed and then shot dead at point-blank range with a shotgun by psychopathic Pembrokeshire burglar and serial killer John Cooper.[381] No / Murdered 10 days
1989 Jacob Wetterling 11 Jacob Wetterling was abducted on October 22, 1989, by a masked gunman while cycling home in the dark with his brother and a friend after going to rent a video from a convenience store in St. Joseph, Minnesota. His remains were finally found on September 1, 2016, when Danny Heinrich, already serving time on child pornography charges, led police to them.[382] No / Murdered ~29 years
1989 Amy Mihaljevic 10 Amy Mihaljevic, an American elementary school student, was kidnapped and murdered in Bay Village, Ohio, on October 27, 1989. Her body was found on February 8, 1990, in a field off a rural road in Ashland County.[383] No / Murdered 3 months
1989 Elisabeth Brichet 12 Elisabeth Brichet left her friend's house in Namur, Belgium, on the evening of December 20, 1989, and did not arrive home. In 1996, her mother helped organise the White March in honour of Belgium's missing and murdered children following the arrest of Marc Dutroux. On July 3, 2004, the girl's remains were found buried in the garden of a Donchery chateau which formerly belonged to Michel Fourniret and Monique Olivier.[384] No / Murdered 14½ years


Date Person(s) Age Circumstances Found alive / cause of death Time spent missing or unconfirmed
1990 Susan Poupart 29 Susan Poupart, a Native-American woman from Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin, disappeared on May 20, 1990. Her body was found six months later in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.[385] No / Murdered 6 months
1990 Diana Turbay 39 Colombian journalist who was abducted on August 30, 1990 by members of the Los Priscos, who deceived her into believing that she was going to interview guerilla leader Manuel Pérez. She was detained in Copacabana, where she would later be killed during a botched rescue attempt.[386] No / Murdered 5 months
1991 Vicky Hamilton 15 15-year-old Vicky Hamilton was last seen waiting for a bus in Bathgate, West Lothian, in February 1991 as she travelled home after a night out.[387] The case became Scotland's biggest missing persons enquiry.[387] On November 14, 2007, the body of Hamilton was discovered buried at the Margate home of Peter Tobin, who was already being investigated for the murder of Angelika Kluk in Glasgow in 2006.[387] Tobin was convicted of Hamilton's murder, as well as the murder of Kluk and Dinah McNicol, and given a whole-life order.[388] No / Murdered 16 years
1991 Karmein Chan 13 Karmein Chan, an Australian girl who was abducted from her home at night on April 13, 1991, in the Melbourne suburb of Templestowe; her body was found on April 9, 1992, in Edgars Creek, Thomastown.[389] No / Murdered 1 year
1991 Rachel McLean 19 British student at the University of Oxford Rachel McLean disappeared on April 14, 1991. Her boyfriend John Tanner, known to be controlling and abusive, made public appeals for her return, but 17 days later police found her body hidden in a gap under the stairs at their home. Tanner was convicted of her murder and was released in 2003. In 2018 he was jailed again for assaulting his partner.[390] No / Murdered 17 days
1991 Jaycee Dugard 11 Dugard was abducted on June 10, 1991, and was found alive on August 26, 2009, when her abductor brought her to a Concord, California parole office.[391] Yes 18 years
1991 Timothy Wiltsey 5 Wiltsey went missing from South Amboy, New Jersey; his mother told the police that he went missing from a local carnival on May 25, 1991. Almost a year later, his remains were discovered miles away.[392] No / Murdered 1 year
1991 Leslie Mahaffy 14 Leslie Mahaffy was a female Canadian teenager who disappeared on June 16, 1991, from Burlington, Ontario. Mahaffy's body was discovered in Lake Gibson on June 29, 1991. No / Murdered Less than two weeks
1991 Margaret Perry 26 Margaret Perry was from Portadown, County Armagh, Northern Ireland; she disappeared on June 21, 1991. After a tip from the IRA, her body was found buried across the border in a field in Mullaghmore, County Sligo, Ireland, on June 30, 1992. She had been beaten to death. Her murder has never been solved.[393] No / Murdered 1 year
1991 Sheree Beasley 6 Beasley, an Australian schoolgirl from Rosebud was kidnapped, raped, and murdered by a man named Robert Lowe on June 29, 1991,[394] and her body was found weeks later on September 24 in a stormwater drain.[395] No / Murdered 3 months
1991 Anjelica Castillo 4 Castillo, an American girl from New York City who disappeared on July 18, 1991, and was found dead on July 23, 1991. Her body was not identified until 2013. After her identification, Castillo's paternal cousin, Conrado Juarez, confessed to murdering the girl.[396][397] No / Murdered 22 years
1991 Dinah McNicol 18 Dinah McNicol disappeared after she and a male friend accepted a lift from a man while hitchhiking after a music festival in Hampshire in August 1991.[398] Her friend was dropped off by the M25 motorway near Reigate, while she continued her journey alone with the man, but was never seen again.[398] A large amount of money was then suspiciously withdrawn from her bank account in Hampshire and Sussex.[398] In 2007, McNicol's body was found alongside Vicky Hamilton's, a girl who also vanished in 1991, in the Margate home of Peter Tobin, who was already being investigated for a murder.[388] Tobin was given a whole-life tariff in 2009.[388] No / Murdered 16 years
1991 Leanne Holland 12 Went missing under unclear circumstances from her home in Goodna, Australia, on September 23, 1991, and her mutilated body was found days later in Redbank Plains. Her sister's live-in-boyfriend, Graham Stafford, was erroneously convicted of her murder before his conviction was quashed in 2009.[399] No / Murdered 3 days
1992 John D'Amato unknown D'Amato was a New Jersey mobster who was suspected of homosexual activity. He disappeared in January 1992 after Anthony Capo and the other two hitmen entered D'Amato's car to drive to lunch. Sitting in the back seat, Capo shot D'Amato four times, killing him. Capo and Rotundo left the body at a safe house, where other mobsters disposed of it. D'Amato's body was never recovered.[400] In 2006, Abramo, Schifilliti and Vitabile were sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder. No / Murdered Never found
1992 Shanda Sharer 12 Sharer was abducted, tortured and then burned alive by a group of teenage girls in Madison, Indiana on January 11, 1992. The case gained notoriety due to the perpetrators' age, and has served as inspiration for several fictional true crime shows.[401] No / Murdered 1 day
1992 Kristen French 15 French, a Canadian school girl from Ontario who disappeared on April 16, 1992, was held captive for three days and then was killed and was found dead on April 30, 1992. She was murdered by Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo. No / Murdered 2 weeks
1992 Ebony Simpson 9 Ebony Simpson was an Australian girl who disappeared on August 19, 1992, in New South Wales. Simpson was later found dead just two days later on August 21, when Simpson's body was discovered by the police near her home at a wildlife sanctuary in a dam.[402] No / Murdered 2 days
1992 Miriam Iborra 14 The Alcasser Girls were three teenage girls from Alcasser, Spain, who disappeared on November 13, 1992,[403] and were found dead on January 27, 1993, and it was revealed that they had been kidnapped, raped, beaten, and tortured after they were abducted.[404][405] No / Murdered 24 days
Antonia Rodríguez 15
Desirée Folch 14
1992 Suzanne Capper 16 Kidnapped, tortured and ultimately killed by four people who lured her to their house in Greater Manchester on December 8, 1992. Capper later died at hospital from severe burns from being lit on fire. All four of the perpetrators were later given long prison sentences.[406] No / Murdered 6 days
1992 Gail Shollar 35 Shollar was a 35-year-old Piscataway, NJ carjacking victim who was raped and murdered after her vehicle was commandeered from the Middlesex Shopping Mall in South Plainfield, NJ. Shollar's body was discovered in a drainage ditch four days later. Her murderer, 23-year-old Scott Johnson, was found guilty of her rape and murder in 1995.[407] No / Murdered 4 days
1992 Eugenio Berríos 45 Berríos, a Chilean biochemist who worked for the DINA intelligence agency, was captured in 1992 while in hiding in Uruguay and disappeared. His corpse was found in 1995 near Montevideo and identified by dental records and DNA.[408] No / Murdered 3 years
1992 Katie Beers 10 Beers disappeared on December 28, 1992, during a shopping trip with neighbor John Esposito and was found in a secret room underneath Esposito's home on January 13, 1993. Esposito had been considered a family friend. Prior to the kidnapping she had been the subject of a lengthy custody battle between her mother and godmother and had suffered material deprivation, sexual abuse and hardship.[409][410] Yes 16 days
1993 James Bulger 2 2-year-old James Bulger disappeared on February 12, 1993, while shopping with his mother at the Strand Shopping Centre in Bootle, Liverpool.[411] Security camera footage showed that he had been led out of the shopping centre by two young boys.[411] His mutilated body was found on a railway track 2 miles away two days later.[411] The boys, later found to be Jon Venables and Robert Thompson and who were only 10 years old, had abducted, tortured and murdered Bulger.[412] No / Murdered 2 days
1993 Jayne Furlong 17 Furlong, a sex worker, was a New Zealander, who disappeared from a street in Auckland on May 26, 1993. Her remains were found at a beach in 2012 after being exposed by erosion of a sandbank. She had been abducted and murdered.[413] No / Murdered 19 years
1993 Jennifer Ertman 14 Two teenage girls who were abducted, raped and strangled to death by six gang members in Houston, Texas on June 24, 1993, with their bodies found four days later.[414] No / Murdered 4 days
Elizabeth Peña 16
1993 Chekannur Maulavi 57 Indian secular Islamist and founder of the Quran Sannath who was kidnapped and likely murdered by ultra-orthodox Muslim sectarians. While two men were arrested for his murder, they've never been brought to trial and the case is considered unsolved.[415] No / Murdered Body not found
1993 Holly Piirainen 10 Piirainen, an American girl from Grafton, Massachusetts, who disappeared on August 5, 1993. She and her brother had been visiting their grandparents in Sturbridge, Massachusetts when Holly was murdered.[416] Piirainen's remains were found by hunters in Brimfield on October 23, 1993.[417] No / Murdered 79 days
1993 Mansour Rashid El-Kikhia 62 Libyan politician and human rights activist known for his opposition to Muammar Gaddafi's regime. On December 10, 1993, he was kidnapped while on a diplomatic visit to Cairo, Egypt, allegedly by Mukhabarat operatives. His fate remained unclear until October 2012, when his body was found in a refrigerator in Tripoli, indicating that he had likely died while in custody.[418] No / Murdered 19 years
1993 Kori Lamaster 17 Lamaster, an American female murder victim who went missing in 1993,[419] was found on January 29, 1994, and was not identified until 2013.[420] No / Murdered 19 years
1994 Peggy Johnson 18 A homeless medical student from McHenry, Illinois, Johnson accepted work as a housekeeper for nurse Linda La Roche sometime in 1994. During her stay there, La Roche physically and sexually abused her for years before eventually killing her in 1999 and dumping her body in Raymond, Wisconsin. The body was unidentified until 2019, and La Roche was arrested and charged with the murder soon after.[421] No / Murdered 5 years
1994 Tina Susman unknown Susman was an American journalist who travelled around the world, covering the various current events with a primary focus on Africa. In 1994, while she was on another visit to Somalia, she was kidnapped in Mogadishu and held captive for 20 days. She later released without harm, and continued to cover stories for the Associated Press.[422] Yes 20 days
1994 Mohamed Hassaïne 49 Journalist for Alger républicain who was kidnapped and the murdered by armed militants after being abducted from his house in Larbatache on February 28, 1994. His beheaded body was later found in a neighboring area.[423] No / Murdered Several days
1994 Monyane Moleleki 43 Lesotho politician and then-Minister of Natural Resources, who was kidnapped together with three other ministers by soldiers on April 14, 1994. During this incident, Deputy Prime Minister Selometsi Baholo was killed. Moleleki was eventually released and returned to politics.[424] Yes More than 1 year
1994 Mehdi Dibaj 58–59 Mehdi Dibaj was an Iranian former Muslim who later became a Christian pastor who was kidnapped on June 24, 1994.[425] On July 5, 1994, Dibaj's was body was discovered west Tehran in a park.[426] after he had been murdered by unknown members of Iran's regime. No / Murdered Less than two weeks
1994 Rosie Palmer 3 British child Rosie Palmer disappeared after buying an ice cream from an ice cream van outside her home in Hartlepool on 30 June 1994. Her body was discovered after police searched the home of local man Shaun Armstrong on 3 July. Armstrong had abducted her after she had bought the ice cream and murdered her.[427] No / Murdered 3 days
1994 Lounès Matoub 38 Algerian Kabylian singer, poet and intellectual who was abducted by the Islamist militant group Armed Islamic Group of Algeria on September 25, 1994. He was held in a stronghold and threatened with execution, but eventually released after a large gathering of protestors warned that they would attack if Matoub was killed.[428] Yes 2 weeks
1994 Michael Anthony Hughes 6 Michael Hughes was abducted at gunpoint from school on September 12, 1994, by his step father, Franklin Delano Floyd. No trace of the boy has ever been found.[429] Floyd is considered a suspect in the hit-and-run death of his wife, whom he had abducted as a child and raised as his daughter. In a 2015 interview with the FBI, Floyd admitted to killing Hughes the same day of the kidnapping,[430] and is currently on death row for the murder of another woman and the abduction of Michael Hughes.[citation needed] No / Murdered 21 years
1994 Daniel Handley 9 Handley was a British child who went missing from a street in Beckton, London while fixing a chain on his bicycle.[431] Suspected to have been abducted by paedophiles, his case was solved in part due to appeals on the Crimewatch television programme.[431] His skull and then body were found buried in a field in Bristol 5 months later, and known paedophiles and homosexual couple Timothy Morss and Brett Taylor were found to have abducted Handley in their car before sexually assaulting and killing him in Hungerford.[431] No / Murdered 5 months
1994 Lindsay Rimer 13 A British schoolgirl who disappeared from Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire, on the evening of 7 November 1994 while returning home from buying cornflakes from a local shop.[432] Her body was discovered in the Rochdale Canal five months later.[432] In 2016 police announced they had a DNA profile of the murderer, but no one has yet been convicted of her murder.[432] No / Murdered 5 months
1994 Randi Boothe-Wilson 33 Randi Boothe-Wilson disappeared from New York when planning to meet family members. Her remains were discovered in December 1995 in North Carolina and were not identified until January 2019.[433][434] No / Murdered 23 years
1995 Henning Wehn 21 Henning Wehn was listed by Interpol as a missing person after disappearing while on holiday in Spain in 1995, while sending mysterious postcards to a friend in Germany. He reappeared in Spain after having traveled to Morocco for three weeks with a man he met on a train.[435] Yes 3 weeks
1995 Scott Sherrin 23 English child star who went missing in 1995, with his body found in the River Thames in March 1996. His death was determined to be the result of drowning, while he was under the influence of drugs.[436] No / Drowned 1 year
1995 Melanie Carpenter 23 The 23-year-old Carpenter was abducted from her workplace in Surrey, Canada on January 6, 1995. Her body was found on January 15 near the town of Hope, where it had been dumped in a crevice and covered with a blanket. On that same day, Fernand Auger, the prime suspect in the case as he had been observed withdrawing money from her bank account, committed suicide at his home.[437] No / Murdered 9 days
1995 Philip Taylor Kramer 42 Kramer, a computer engineer and former bass guitarist for the rock band Iron Butterfly, disappeared on February 12, 1995, before he was to meet a business partner at the airport; he changed his plans and asked his guest to meet him at a nearby hotel instead, but failed to appear.[438] During his travel to and from the airport, Kramer made a flurry of cell phone calls, including to his wife, his Iron Butterfly bandmate Ron Bushy and finally to the police. In the latter call, Kramer said, "I'm going to kill myself."[438] He was never heard from again, which led to an extensive search for his vehicle.[438] On May 29, 1999, Kramer's body was discovered by hikers inside his wrecked minivan at the bottom of a canyon in Malibu, California.[439] No / Suicide 4 years
1995 Tracie McBride 19 McBride was a woman who was United States Army soldier from Centerville, Minnesota[440] who disappeared on February 18, 1995[441] after being kidnapped, raped and murdered and was found dead on March 1, 1995. No / Murdered 2 weeks
1995 Carl Isaacs Jr. 20 Isaacs walked away from the Walworth County Jail in Elkhorn, Wisconsin in April 1995. His skeletal remains were discovered on November 26, 1995 alongside Turtle Creek in Bradford, near Clinton, Rock County, Wisconsin, but he remained unidentified until June 14, 2022. No/ Natural causes possibly hypothermia 27 years
1995 Kiplyn Davis 15 Davis, a high school student, was reported missing on May 2, 1995, in Spanish Fork, Utah. She is a featured child of the Polly Klaas Foundation. Several people have been arrested in connection with her murder, although her death has not been confirmed by the discovery of a body.[442] On February 11, 2011, Timmy Brent Olson pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. He claimed he saw another individual hit Davis in the head with a rock and helped him move her body, but declined to name the other individual.[443] No / Murdered Not found
1995 Julie Lejeune and Mélissa Russo 8 Eight-year-old friends Julie Lejeune and Mélissa Russo were reported missing by their families on June 24, 1995, after they left the Russo family home in Grâce-Hollogne, Belgium, and did not return. Their bodies were found buried in the garden of a house in Sars-la-Buissière on August 17, 1996. After being kidnapped, they had been held in Marc Dutroux's house in Marcinelle for between five and nine months. Locked in the basement, the girls starved to death, Dutroux's wife having neglected them while her husband was in police custody between December 1995 and March 1996.[444] No / Homicide caused by neglect 2 years
1995 Jason Callahan 19 Callahan made no contact with friends or family after June 1995. The body of a passenger that was found in the wreck of a car on June 26, 1995, was identified as his on December 9, 2015, after his mother formally reported him missing.[445][446][447][448] No / Accident 20 years
1995 Eefje Lambrecks and An Marchal 19 (Lambrecks)
17 (Marchal)
Eefje Lambrecks and An Marchal, from Hasselt, Belgium, were on holiday on the Flemish coast with a group of friends when they disappeared on the night of August 22–23, 1995. The pair took a tram to Blankenberge where they attended a hypnosis show, and did not return to their holiday home in Westende. On September 3, 1996, their bodies were found buried in the garden of a house in Jumet. Marc Dutroux and his accomplice Michel Lelièvre had kidnapped the teenagers and brought them to Dutroux's house in Marcinelle. After being kidnapped, Lambrecks and Marchal had been buried alive.[449] No / Murdered 1 year
1995 Madalyn Murray O'Hair 76 Madalyn Murray O'Hair, an American activist, founder of American Atheists, and the organization's president from 1963 to 1986, disappeared on August 27, 1995,[450] and was found dead in 2001.[451] No / Murdered 6 years
1995 Avdo Palić 37 Bosnian military officer who was detained by Bosnian Serb Army soldiers on September 5, 1995, and promptly disappeared. His remains were first located in a mass grave in November 2001, but were not positively identified until late July 2009.[452] No / Murdered 14 years
1995 Jaswant Singh Khalra 43 Khalra was an Indian Sikh human rights activist who received global acclaim for his research into approximately 27,000 illegal killings perpetrated by the Punjabi police during the 1990s. In response to his investigation, he was kidnapped by seven officials on September 6, 1995, and detained at the police station in Jhabal, where he was presumably killed.[453] No / Murdered Body never found
1995 Jimmy Ryce 9 Ryce, a child who was abducted on September 11, 1995, and was raped and killed by Juan Carlos Chavez in Redland, Florida, and his body was found three months later near Chavez's trailer.[454] No / Murdered 3 months
1995 Nicole van den Hurk 15 Nicole van den Hurk disappeared on her way to work in Eindhoven, in the Dutch province of North Brabant on October 6, 1995, and was found dead on November 22, 1995, in the woods between the towns of Mierlo and Lierop.[455] No / Manslaughter 7 weeks
1995 Bernard Weinstein 43 Weinstein, a Frenchman living in Belgium, was last seen alive in mid-November 1995. His body was found buried in the garden of a house in Sars-la-Buissière on August 17, 1996. Weinstein had been sought by police since he and Marc Dutroux kidnapped three people, one of whom had escaped and alerted the police. To stop Weinstein from informing on him, Dutroux kidnapped Weinstein and killed him by burying him alive.[456] No / Murdered 2 years
1995 Barbara Barnes 13 Barnes, an American schoolgirl, was kidnapped on December 7, 1995, while walking to school, and her body was found on February 22, 1996, in Pennsylvania.[457] People have speculated that her uncle may have been responsible for her death, but others believe that the crime was committed by someone local.[458] No / Murdered 3 months
1995 Céline Figard 19 Figard, a French woman who while visiting the United Kingdom disappeared on December 19, 1995, and was found dead on December 29, 1995.[459] No / Murdered 10 days
1995 Justina Morales 8 Morales, an American girl from the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York, who was killed by her mother's boyfriend, Luis Santiago, on December 31, 1995. Her disappearance went unnoticed for 15 months. In 1997, Santiago was convicted for the murder.[460] Morales' body has not been found. No / Murdered Body never recovered
1996 José Antonio Ortega Lara 38 Spanish prison officer who was kidnapped by ETA terrorists on January 17, 1996, while en route to his job. He was kept in detention and tortured in a dungeon up until he was rescued by the Spanish police forces. He later enrolled in politics, and now heads the Vox party.[461] Yes 1 year
1996 Sabine Dardenne 12 Dardenne was kidnapped in Tournai, Belgium, by Marc Dutroux and Michel Lelièvre as she cycled to school on May 28, 1996. When Dutroux and Lelièvre were arrested in August after kidnapping 14-year-old Laetitia Delhez, police raided Dutroux's home on August 15 and found both girls alive in the basement.[462] Yes 3 months
1996 Tanya Nicole Kach 14 Tanya Nicole Kach, a student at the Cornell Middle School in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, was kidnapped by school security guard Thomas Hose on February 10, 1996. In the time leading up to this event, Hose befriended Kach to earn her trust. Kach escaped on March 21, 2006, with the help of Joe Sparico, the owner of a grocery store in the neighborhood where Kach had been held captive. Yes 10 years
1996 Robert Wykel 65 Sheet metal worker who was supposedly killed by associate Myron Wynn on February 23, 1996, while the pair were on a trip to buy a car in Yelm, Washington. Wykel's body was never found, but Wynn has been convicted and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.[463] No / Murdered Never found
1996 Nadezhda Chaikova 33 Correspondent for the Russian weekly newspaper Obshchaya Gazeta who frequently travelled to Chechnya to record events in the region. On March 20, 1996, she was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in Sernovodskoye, and her body found later in the Urus-Martanovsky District. She had been shot to death.[464] No / Murdered 3 weeks
1996 Melanie Hall 25 Melanie Hall, a British hospital clerical officer from Bradford on Avon, who disappeared on June 9, 1996.[465][466] On October 5, 2009, her partial remains were discovered, after a plastic bin bag containing human bones was located by a workman on the M5 motorway near Thornbury, South Gloucestershire. The bones, which included a pelvis, thigh bone, and human skull, were analyzed and identified as belonging to Hall.[467] No / Murdered 13 years
1996 Ulrike Everts 13 German Ulrike Everts was last seen in a pony-drawn carriage on June 11, 1996. In July 1998, Ronny Rieken, arrested for the murder of 11-year-old Christina Nytsch, confessed to killing Everts and directed police to the location where he had hidden her body.[468] No / Murdered 2 years
1996 Kalpana Chakma unknown Bangladeshi feminist and human rights activist who was kidnapped together with her two brothers on June 12, 1996, allegedly by members of the Bangladesh Army. She was presumably murdered, but her body has never been located.[469] No / Murdered Never found
1996 Death Valley Germans 4–34 A family of 4 German tourists (two adults and two children) disappeared July 23, 1996, in a remote area of Death Valley in California after their rental van broke down. Their remains were discovered in November 2009 by two off-duty search-and-rescue hikers who had been looking for them as a cold case hobby. No / Death by misadventure 13 years
1996 Laetitia Delhez 14 Delhez was kidnapped by Marc Dutroux and Michel Lelièvre as she walked home from a swimming pool in Bertrix, Belgium, on August 9, 1996. An eyewitness who was present at the scene of the kidnapping was able to tell the police part of Dutroux's van's numberplate. After Dutroux and Lelièvre confessed to kidnapping Delhez, police raided Dutroux's home on August 15 and found Delhez and Sabine Dardenne alive in the basement.[462] Yes 6 days
1996 Janet March 33 American children's book illustrator who vanished under mysterious circumstances from her in Forest Hills, Tennessee on August 15, 1996. Her family reported her missing two weeks later, and in the ensuing investigation, her husband was arrested, convicted and sentenced to 56 years imprisonment for her murder. Despite this, March's body has never been found.[470] No / Murdered Never found
1996 Karyn Hearn Slover 23 Slover disappeared on September 27, 1996, in Decatur, Illinois, shortly after leaving her job at the Decatur Herald & Review, and her dismembered body was discovered wrapped in plastic bags sealed with duct tape in Lake Shelbyville on October 1, 1996.[471] No / Murdered 4 days
1996 Angela Atim Lakor 14 Ugandan students at the Saint Mary's College Aboke boarding school who was among those abducted by members of the Lord's Resistance Army in October 1996. She was kept as a sex slave and married off to a captor in Sudan, but would eventually be rescued in 2012. Lakor later became a community activist and founded an organization dedicated to helping fellow abductees.[472] Yes 16 years (Lakor)/8 years (Nyanjura)
Victoria Nyanjura 14
1996 Jakub Fiszman 39 Fiszman, a millionaire German businessman from Frankfurt am Main, who disappeared in Eschborn, Germany, on October 1, 1996, and his body was found on October 19, 1996, in the Taunus mountains, after a massive search operation involving some 500 police officers.[473] No / Murdered 18 days
1996 Heather Rich 16 High-school student who was sexually assaulted, raped and finally killed by a trio of students from her school on October 2, 1996. Her body was found on October 10, 1996. All three of them were later sentenced to life imprisonment.[474] No / Murdered 8 days
1996 April Lacy 14 Lacy, a girl from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, who disappeared on October 3, 1996, and was found dead on October 8, 1996, in Decatur, Texas.[475] Her body was not identified until 1998. No / Murdered 2 years
1996 Vera Holland 47 Mother-of-three Holland vanished after leaving her home in Reading, Berkshire, England, on the evening of 14 November 1996 to make the three-minute walk to the nearby KFC restaurant. There was no sign of her on CCTV reaching her destination and it's believed that she never made it to the restaurant. Her body was discovered two days later after a fire was reported by motorists on a roadside three miles south of her home. Her body was found burning in the fire. As of 2021, her murder remains unsolved.[476] No / Murdered 2 days
1996 St. Mary's College students Various The Aboke abductions refers to the abduction of 139 female students from a boarding school in Aboke, Uganda, perpetrated by the Lord's Resistance Army. While a number of the hostages died in captivity, the rest of them were released following negotiations, with the last one returning to her family in 2009.[477] Released/Died in captivity Various
1997 Amber Creek 14 Creek, a girl from Palatine, Illinois ran away from a youth shelter in January 1997, and was found dead on February 9, 1997, and was not identified until a year later.[478] No / Murdered 1 year
1997 Ebrahim Zalzadeh 47–48 Ebrahim Zalzadeh was an Iranian editor and author who mysteriously disappeared on February 22, 1997, and was found dead on March 29, 1997, in Tehran.[479] No / Murdered 35 days
1997 Judy Smith 50 Smith, a nurse, was last seen by her husband at a hotel in Philadelphia around April 10, 1997, but her bones were found nearly six months later in Pisgah National Forest. It's unclear how Smith reached North Carolina, and her killing remains unsolved.[480] No / Murdered Almost 6 months
1997 Pai Hsiao-yen 16 Japanese-Taiwanese school student abducted from her school in Taipei on April 14, 1997, by a gang of criminal who later demanded $5,000,000 in ransom. She was murdered a week after her abduction, with her mutilated body found two weeks later in an irrigation ditch.[481] No / Murdered 2 weeks
1997 Eva Blanco 16 Spanish high school student who disappeared while walking home on a detour from the town center in Algete on April 19, 1997. Her body, showing several stab wounds, was found by an elderly couple on the next day. The case remained unsolved 2015, when DNA linked Moroccan-Spanish deliveryman Ahmed Chelh Gerj was linked to the crime, who committed suicide in the middle of trial proceedings.[482] No / Murdered 1 day
1997 Zephany Nurse < 1 Nurse, a female South African, was abducted on April 30, 1997, from a hospital two days after she was born and raised by her abductor. At age 17 she was, by coincidence, attending the same school as her younger sister, and their physical resemblance was noticed. DNA testing confirmed her identity.[483] Yes 17 years
1997 Gary DeVore 55 DeVore, a Hollywood screenwriter best known for the movie Raw Deal, who disappeared on June 28, 1997, and a year later he and his car was discovered submerged in the California Aqueduct in Palmdale, California with his hands removed.[484] No / Murdered 1 year
1997 Marijoy and Jacqueline Chiong unknown Filipino sisters who were kidnapped, raped and ultimately murdered by a gang of seven men in Cebu City on July 16, 1997. Marijoy's body was supposedly found two days later, while Jacqueline's never been located. Their killers were all arrested and served a variety of sentences for their respective roles.[485] No / Murdered 2 days (Marijoy)
1997 Walter Kwok 47 Hong Kong real estate developer who was kidnapped by gangster Cheung Tze-keung on September 30, 1997. Held for ransom of HK$600 million, Kwok was blindfolded and kept in a wooden container for half of his detention, he was later released after his wife paid the ransom. Kwok would sustain psychological trauma from the event, while Tze-keung would later be captured and executed in China the following year.[486] Yes 1 week
1997 William Earl Moldt 40 William Moldt somehow drove his car unnoticed into the canal in the Grand Isles neighbourhood of Lake Worth, Florida on November 7, 1997. His car was spotted by a man looking at a Google Earth image in late August 2019 and his remains were recovered from the canal on August 28 of that year.[487] No / Presumably drowned 22 years
1997 Reena Virk 14 Virk went missing on November 14, 1997, and was found dead on November 22, 1997, Warren Glowatski and Kelly Ellard were charged with murdering Virk and were found guilty. No / Murdered 8 days
1997 Nicholas Wright 18 18-year-old sailor in the Royal Navy Nicholas Wright disappeared from Portsmouth on 12 December 1997. He had last been seen in a nightclub with fellow Royal Navy sailor Allan Grimson, who has previously been known to have made unwanted advances towards Wright. Grimson was later arrested and led police to the body of Wright and another of his victims in December 1999. Grimson, a homosexual, had murdered Wright after taking him back to his flat and attempting to advance on him sexually before being rebuked, which enraged him (Wright was not homosexual). Grimson is the prime suspect in the disappearance of Simon Parkes in Gibraltar in 1986, in part because his known victims were killed on 12 December, and Parkes was also killed on this date when Grimson was known to have been in Gibraltar with the Royal Navy. Grimson is now eligible for parole and is currently being held in an open prison.[488] No / Murdered 2 years
1998 Vincent Cochetel unknown French UNHCR official who was kidnapped by three armed men on January 29, 1998, out of the organization's office in Vladikavkaz, Russia. While in captivity, he was kept in a cave and was regularly abused, until he was rescued by security forces in December 1998.[489] Yes 10 months
1998 Natascha Kampusch 10 Natascha Kampusch, an Austrian girl, who was kidnapped on her way to school in March 1998, was locked in a cellar, and escaped on August 23, 2006.[490] Yes 8 years
1998 Patricia Lee Partin unknown Partin was among four women who left Los Angeles, California and disappeared alongside Florinda Donner in 1998; her remains were found in the desert sands of Death Valley in 2003.[491] No / Found dead from reasons unknown 5 years
1998 Lois Roberts 39 Roberts, a woman from Australia disappeared outside the Nimbin Police Station on July 31, 1998, and her dismembered remains were found in the Whian Whian Forest on the mid-NSW north coast in January 1999.[492][493] No / Murdered 5 months
1998 Natasha Ryan 14 Ryan, an Australian teenage girl who went missing in 1998, was found hiding in a wardrobe at her boyfriend's home in 2003.[494] Yes 5 years
1998 Ben Smart 21 Ben Smart and Olivia Hope, New Zealand party goers last seen in the early hours of January 1, 1998, who disappeared in mysterious circumstances in the Marlborough Sounds. Scott Watson was arrested for and convicted of their murder, but the verdict remains controversial and no trace of Smart or Hope has ever been discovered.[495] No / Murdered Never found
Olivia Hope 17
1998 Arlene Fraser 33 Fraser disappeared from her home in Elgin, Scotland in April 1998. Her husband was known to have previously attempted to murder her. He was convicted of her murder in 2000, despite her body having not been found.[496] No / Murdered Not found
1998 Dimitris Liantinis 55 Liantinis, a Greek philosopher and professor at the University of Athens who disappeared on June 1, 1998. In July 2005 human bones were found in the area of the mountain Taygetos; forensic examinations verified that it was the body of Liantinis.[497] No lethal substances were found to determine the cause of death. No / Suicide 7 years
1998 Christina Marie Williams 13 Schoolgirl who was kidnapped on June 12, 1998, while walking her dog in Fort Ord. Her body was found months later, with authorities determining that she had been killed. In 2016, longtime suspect Charles Holifield was arrested, later charged and sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for her murder.[498] No / Murdered 7 months
1998 Kamiyah Mobley < 1 Mobley was abducted on July 10, 1998, from a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida shortly after her birth and was recovered 18 years later after having been raised by her alleged abductor.[499] Yes 18 years
1998 Nicky Verstappen 11 On the morning of August 10, 1998, 11-year-old Nicky Verstappen disappeared from a summer camp he was attending in Brunssum, Limburg. His body was found on the evening of August 11, 1.2 kilometres (0.75 mi) away in Landgraaf, and a murder investigation was subsequently launched. Despite extensive investigation, the case remained unsolved for over twenty years. No / Murdered 1 day
1998 Jhon Frank Pinchao 28 Colombian policeman and Second Lieutenant who was one of the 60 people kidnapped and taken as hostage by FARC during their attack on Mitú on November 1, 1998. Pinchao managed to escape into the jungle on April 28, 2007, wandering for seventeen days until he was located by an indigenous tribe who escorted him to safety.[500] Yes 9 years
1998 Mohammad-Ja'far Pouyandeh 44 Mohammad-Ja'far Pouyandeh (44), was an Iranian, an activist, a writer, and also did translating.[501] Pouyandeh disappeared in Shahriar County, which is located in Tehran after leaving his house on December 8, 1998, and was found dead just three days later on December 11.[502] No / Murdered 3 days
1998 Katarzyna Zowada 28 Katarzyna Zowada was a female student at the Jagiellonian University who disappeared from Nowa Huta on November 12, 1998 and on January 6, 1999 some of her remains were found in a river in Vistula. Eight days later some more of her remains were found.[503] No / Murdered 1 month and 3 weeks
1998 Sion Jenkins 20 20-year-old Royal Navy sailor Sion Jenkins disappeared from the port of Portsmouth on 12 December 1998. He was last seen in a nightclub in the city. A suspect arrested by police, fellow Royal Navy sailor Allan Grimson, led officers to his body in December 1999. It emerged that Grimson, a homosexual, had taken the heavily intoxicated Jenkins back to his flat and forced him to have sex with him after threatening him (Jenkins was not a homosexual). The next morning Jenkins had asked to leave but Grimson beat him to death with a baseball bat. Grimson, described by his trial judge as "a serial killer in nature if not in number", had also killed another sailor in the city exactly one year earlier, and is the prime suspect in the disappearance of Simon Parkes from Gibraltar in 1986, as Grimson was known to be in the port with the navy at the time and Parkes also disappeared on 12 December. Grimson is now eligible for parole and is being held in open prison conditions with day release provisions.[488] No / Murdered 1 year
1998 Kirsty Bentley 15 Bentley, a teenage girl in Ashburton, New Zealand, disappeared on December 31, 1998, while walking her family dog in the afternoon. After an extensive search lasting two weeks, her body was found in dense scrub approximately 40 km away.[504] Police consider the case to be a homicide, and it remains one of the highest-profile cold cases in New Zealand. Her killer has never been identified. No / Murdered 2 weeks
1999 Tulay Goren 15 Turkish-born teenager who was killed by her father on January 7, 1999 in a honor killing at the family home in Woodford Green. While her body was never found, her father, who was convicted in 2009, admitted that he had dismembered the corpse and placed the remains in garbage bags which were thrown away.[505] No / Murdered Never found
1999 Hae Min Lee 18 Min Lee, a female Korean-American high school student who disappeared from Baltimore County, Maryland on January 13, 1999, and was found dead a month later in Leakin Park. It was revealed that she was strangled to death.[506] No / Murdered 1 month
1999 Marcella Davis 19 Sex worker and mother Marcella Davis disappeared from the red light district of Wolverhampton on 7 February 1999. At 9.11pm that night she rang her babysitter and said that she would return to her home at 11pm, but the call was suddenly disconnected. In April a suspect arrested by police confessed and led police to the location where he had burned her body, and the remains were identified as belonging to her. She had been killed by serial killer Paul Brumfitt, who had previously been released from prison for killing two men.[507][508] No / Murdered 2 months
1999 Ingrid Washinawatok 41 American Menominee human rights activist who was kidnapped together with two colleagues on February 25, 1999, while en route to help set up a school for the U'wa people in Arauca Department, Colombia. The trio's abductors, FARC guerillas, killed them and later dumped their bodies across the border in Venezuela.[509] No / Murdered 1 week
1999 Juan Manuel Corzo Román 38 Colombian politician and member of the Chamber of Representatives who was kidnapped along with 39 other passengers on a flight between Bucaramanga and Cúcuta by ELN militants on April 12, 1999. He was held in captivity until his eventual release in September 2000.[510] Yes 17 months
1999 Marianne Vaatstra 16 Vaatstra was kidnapped while cycling to her parents' house in Kollum, Netherlands on April 30, 1999. The next day, her body was found in a field close to Veenklooster, with signs of sexual aggression and her throat slit. For a long time, the killing was pinned on asylum seekers, but with the help of DNA profiling, police identified the killer as local farmer Jasper Steringa, who was charged and subsequently convicted for the killing.[511] No / Murdered 1 day
1999 Fehmi Agani 67 Kosovar sociologist, politician and leading strategist for the Democratic League of Kosovo who was abducted by Yugoslav security forces while attempting to escape into Macedonia on May 6, 1999. His body was found several days later in Lipljan several days later.[512] No / Murdered Several days
1999 Girly Chew Hossencofft 36 Girly Chew Hossencofft, a Malaysian-born woman who disappeared on September 9, 1999, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The investigation into the murder of Girly Chew revealed a conspiracy theory involving reptilian queens, UFOs and reports of cannibalism.[513][514] Girly Chew's husband Diazien Hossencofft and his girlfriend Linda Henning were convicted of her murder.[515] Girly's body has never been found.[514][516] No / Murdered Never found
1999 Jorge Velosa 50 Colombian singer-songwriter and veterinary physician credited for creating the carranga folk music genre. On September 25, 1999, he and his bandmates' transport car was intercepted by EPL guerillas, who kept Velosa hostage. Following numerous protests around the country, he was released without harm the following month.[517] Yes 19 days
1999 Rocío Wanninkhof 19 Spanish teenager who vanished while walking to a fair on October 9, 1999, with her nude body found three weeks later with nine stab wounds. Initially, her mother's girlfriend was wrongfully convicted for the murder, but was later exonerated after the DNA of convicted murderer Tony Alexander King was found on the body. King was convicted and sentenced to 19 years imprisonment for the murder.[518] No / Murdered 3 weeks
1999 Jorge Matute Johns (es) 23 Jorge Matute, a Chilean forestry student who disappeared on November 20, 1999, in a discotheque near Concepción. In February 2004 human bones were found in the road to Santa Juana; forensic examinations verified that it was the remains of Matute.[519] No / Murdered 4 years
1999 Lauria Jaylene Bible 16 Lauria Jaylene Bible (born April 18, 1983) and Ashley Renae Freeman (born December 29, 1983) were American teenagers who disappeared between the evening of December 29 and the early morning hours of December 30, 1999, from Freeman's home in Welch, Oklahoma The Freeman home was burned and Freeman's parents were found murdered; however, law enforcement was unable to find any trace of Bible or Freeman in the rubble of the home. On April 26, 2018, it was reported that Ronnie Dean Busick was being charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the killings of Bible and of the Freeman family. In 2020, Busick was convicted and sentenced.[520] No / Murdered Never found
Ashley Renae Freeman 16 No / Murdered


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.[521] 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.[522] 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.[523] 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.[524] 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.[525] No / Murdered 2 days
2000 Keith Allan 53–54 Allan, an Australian solicitor, was murdered on May 28, 2000, in a contract killing.[526] The whereabouts of his body is unknown.[527] 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.[528] 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.[529] 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.[530] Her brother had spotted a white van driving down the lane next to the field seconds after she was last seen.[530] 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.[531] 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.[532] 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.[533] 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.[534] 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.[535][536] 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.[537] When she failed to return home her mother rang her phone, only for it to be repeatedly cut off.[538] Tiernan's body was found in woodland at Lindley Woods, North Yorkshire on August 20, 2001.[539] Local man John Taylor was found to have abducted and subsequently murdered Tiernan.[540] The missing person enquiry was one of the largest in the history of the West Yorkshire Police.[541] 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.[542] 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.[543] In 2017 police announced his remains had been found, and that he was the victim of a homicide, but gave no details.[544] 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.[545] No / Murdered 17 years

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