Here is a List of people who disappeared mysteriously

1960’s Till 2012

 This is a list of people who disappeared mysteriously, and whose current whereabouts are unknown or whose deaths are not substantiated, as well as a few cases of people whose disappearance was notable and remained mysterious for a long time, but was eventually explained.

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  • 1961 – Michael Rockefeller, son of Nelson Rockefeller, disappeared during an expedition in the Asmat region of southwestern New Guinea.
  • 1961 – David Kenyon Webster (39), a journalist for the Los Angeles Daily News, and The Saturday Evening Post, and a World War II veteran with “Easy” Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (made famous in the book and miniseries Band of Brothers), went out on a boat near the coast of Santa Monica and disappeared; he is presumed drowned, though no body was ever recovered.
  • 1961 – Lucy Ann Johnson disappeared but was not reported missing until 1965. She was found alive with a new family in 2013.[64]
  • 1962 – Frank Morris (35) and brothers Clarence (31) and John Anglin (32) escaped from Alcatraz prison in the U.S. state of California and disappeared. Authorities presumed that they drowned but no bodies were ever found.
  • 1964 – Charles Clifford Ogle (41) took off from Oakland International Airport, California, in his Cessna 210, a single-engine aircraft, and was never seen again.[citation needed]
  • 1965 – Mehdi Ben Barka (45), a Moroccan politician, disappeared while in exile in Paris.
  • 1966 – The Beaumont children, Jane Nartare (9), Arnna Kathleen (7), and Grant Ellis (4), were three siblings who disappeared from a beach near Adelaide, South Australia.
  • 1967 – John Lake (37) was the sports editor of Newsweek until his mysterious disappearance in December 1967.
  • 1967 – Jim Thompson (61), former U.S. military intelligence officer who once worked for the Office of Strategic Services (and later known as the “Thai Silk King” for his revival of the Thai silk industry), failed to return from an afternoon walk in the Cameron Highlands in Pahang, Malaysia, quickly prompting a massive manhunt. Many have since investigated his disappearance and attempted to explain it, but no trace of him has ever been found.[65]
  • 1967 – James P. Brady (59), Canadian Metis leader, and a Cree friend, Abraham Halkett (40), disappeared while on a prospecting trip in northern Saskatchewan. An extensive land, air, and water search located their camp but failed to find any trace of either man.[66]
  • 1967 – Harold Holt (59), then Prime Minister of Australia, disappeared while swimming in heavy surf at a beach notorious for strong and dangerous rip currents. Despite one of the largest search-and-rescue operations ever mounted in Australia, his body was never found.[67][68]
  • 1969 – April Fabb (13) went missing in mysterious circumstances from Metton, Norfolk, United Kingdom.
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    • Hale Boggs (58), US House Majority Leader (D-LA), and Nick Begich (40), U.S. Representative from Alaska, disappeared with their Cessna 310 in Alaska, along with Begich’s aide Russell Brown and pilot Don Jonz, presumably on October 16.
    • Zahir Raihan (36), Bangladeshi filmmaker, went looking for his brother Shahidullah Kaiser and never returned.




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    • Donald Mackay (43), Australian anti-drugs campaigner, was possibly murdered after providing information to police which resulted in what was then the biggest drugs bust in Australian history.[75][76]
    • Helen Brach (65), was an American multi-millionairess widow who disappeared on February 17, 1977 and was declared legally dead in May 1984.



    • Etan Patz (6), disappeared while on his way to school in lower Manhattan. He is considered legally dead as of 2001. He was the first missing child featured on a milk carton.[81] In May 2012, authorities re-opened the case.[82] Pedro Hernandez, 51, was charged with second-degree murder in the 1979 death of Etan Patz, based largely on a signed confession he gave after he spoke voluntarily to detectives for hours, according to police. However, Patz’s body, which Hernandez said he put in the trash, has not been recovered.
    • Ian Mackintosh, creator and writer of The Sandbaggers British television series, was flying with two others over the Gulf of Alaska in a light aircraft in July 1979. The plane sent out a distress signal, which was picked up by the United States Coast Guard. The plane’s last-known position was searched, but no wreckage of the plane was ever found, and its passengers have not been heard from since.[83]
    • Martin Allen, 15-year-old British boy disappeared while travelling home on the London Underground. Despite a large-scale police operation at the time of his disappearance and a renewed appeal in 2009, no trace of Allen was ever found and his fate remains unknown.



    • Azaria Chamberlain, nine-week-old Australian baby girl. Her remains have never been found. Azaria’s mother Lindy Chamberlain insisted that a dingo took her baby from her camping tent near Uluru. In a trial sensationalised by the media, Lindy was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life. 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, concurred that a dingo had taken and killed her.[84] Azaria’s disappearance and the subsequent police investigation were the basis for the 1988 motion picture Evil Angels (released as A Cry in the Dark outside of Australia and New Zealand[85]).
    • Louise and Charmian Faulkner, mother (43) and daughter (2), disappeared from outside their home in St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia.


    • Johnny Gosch (12) was reported missing to West Des Moines Police Department[86] by his parents after he disappeared while delivering newspapers. At that time, there was a customary three-day waiting period before police responded to missing persons reports. Gosch was never heard from again, but his case prompted new laws for Iowa and other states, resulting in missing persons reports involving children being given immediate attention.[87]



    • Kevin Andrew Collins (10) disappeared while returning home alone from basketball practice at his school in the Haight district of San Francisco. His was one of the first of the “Have you seen me?” milk carton photos.
    • Edward L. Montoro (52) motion picture producer/distributor, disappeared after taking more than $1 million from his own company, Film Ventures International. It was speculated that he fled to Mexico, but his whereabouts to this day have been undetermined.


    • Boris Weisfeiler (43), U.S. mathematician, disappeared in the Biobío Region of Chile during a solo hiking trip.[89] Chilean authorities originally concluded that he drowned, but documents released by the United States Department of State in 2000 included a 1986 memo suggesting he may be a captive “somewhere in Chile (probably Colonia Dignidad)”, and a 1987 account by a CIA source claiming that Weisfeiler had been interrogated and fatally beaten by a Chilean army patrol.[90]
    • Vladimir Alexandrov, Russian physicist, disappeared while attending a nuclear winter conference in Madrid.[91]
    • Christopher Dale Flannery, a famous figure of the Australian underworld and an alleged hitman who was responsible for numerous murders, exited his apartment in May 1985 to meet with his employer and was never seen again.
    • Cherrie Mahan (8), disappeared on February 22, 1985 after getting off a school bus along a road in rural Winfield Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania
    • Diane Suzuki (19), dancer and student at the University of HawaiÊ»i at Mānoa on July 6, 1985
    • Andrew Fluegelman (41), was a publisher, photographer, programmer and attorney best known as a pioneer of what is now known as the “shareware” business model for software marketing. On the afternoon of July 6, 1985, he left his office in Tiburon, California. A week later, his abandoned car was found at the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge near San Francisco. His family held a memorial service for Fluegelman, and he is presumed dead, though his body has never been found.


    • Suzy Lamplugh (25), British estate agent, disappeared from Fulham, west London. In 1994, she was declared dead, presumed murdered. Despite further police investigations in 1998 and 2000, no trace of her has ever been found.
    • Philip Cairns (13), Irish schoolboy, disappeared in October 1986 on his way back to school after going home for lunch. His schoolbag was found abandoned in a previously searched lane near his house a few days later, but there has been no trace of Philip, and no arrests have ever been made in connection with the case.


    • Federico Caffè (73), Italian economist, suddenly disappeared on the dawn of April 15, shortly after quitting university teaching. He was declared dead on October 30, 1998. The mystery of his disappearance has not been solved.


    • Ron Arad (30), Israeli jet-fighter navigator, was under Israeli intelligence sight from October 16, 1986 (the day he was captured by Amal Shiite forces in southern Lebanon), and until the early hours of May 4, 1988 (coincidentally his 30th birthday), when he abruptly vanished from the house he was held in, at the village of Nebbi Shiit. Several speculations regarding his fate and whereabouts have been made since, involving both Iran and Syria, but no hard piece of evidence to support these claims has been found to date.
    • Lee Boxell (15), disappeared near his home in Cheam, Surrey on 10 September 1988. He was on his way to a football match at Selhurst Park and has not been seen since.
    • Tara Calico (19), disappeared near her home in Belen, New Mexico on September 20, 1988. A Polaroid photo of a boy and girl, bound and gagged, surfaced on June 15, 1989. The girl has been identified by some as Tara Calico.
    • Michaela Garecht (9), Abducted by an unidentified white male at a grocery store in Hayward, California on November 19, 1988.


    • Jacob Wetterling (11) was abducted by a masked gunman while cycling home in the dark with his brother Trevor (10) and friend Aaron (11) after going to rent a video from a convenience store a 10-minute ride away from his home in St. Joseph, Minnesota.[92]
    • Melissa Brannen (5) disappeared from the Woodside Apartments in Lorton, Virginia, while attending a party held at the complex for its residents.




    • Ben Needham, a 21-month-old boy, disappeared from the island of Kos in Greece on July 24. He has never been found. It was believed Ben was abducted, and several suspects in Kos and Veria were suggested as being responsible, but no one was ever charged with abduction.
    • Michael Dunahee (4) disappeared from a school playground in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. His parents were nearby, but no witnesses to his presumed abduction have ever been identified, and there have been no subsequent confirmed sightings of him.[93]


    • The Springfield Three, Sherrill Levitt (47), her daughter Suzie Streeter (19), and Suzie’s friend Stacy McCall (18), disappeared from Levitt’s home in Springfield, Missouri. Suzie and Stacy had graduated from Kickapoo High School the day before, and had arrived at Levitt’s home at around 2:00 am after a graduation party. It is being investigated as an apparent triple disappearance.[94]




    • Kristin Smart (19), a student at California Polytechnic State University, disappeared after leaving a party. As a result of her disappearance, Cal Poly received criticism for not treating Smart’s disappearance as a potential crime, and possibly pertinent evidence was destroyed when the university allowed students’ rooms to be cleaned before police investigated.
    • Sarah Spiers (18) disappeared after leaving a nightclub in Claremont, Western Australia, in January, 1996. Her body has never been found. Almost six months later, Jane Rimmer, 23, disappeared from the same part of Claremont. Her remains were found in a southern Perth suburb in August, 1996. A third victim, Ciara Glennon (27), also disappeared from Claremont in March, 1997, with her remains being found three weeks later in a northern Perth suburb. The cases became known as the Claremont serial murders.





    • Bruno Manser (45), a Swiss-born activist who fervently campaigned for the preservation of rainforests in Sarawak, was last seen in May, 2000, in the isolated village of Bareo in Sarawak, near the border with Indonesia. He was declared legally dead in March, 2005.
    • Rilya Wilson (4) was a foster child of the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) who was last seen in 2000. Because she was not discovered missing until 2002, she became the centerpoint of an investigation into neglect and mismanagement in the organization.


    • Jason Jolkowski (19), a resident of Omaha, Nebraska, disappeared on June 13. His parents subsequently founded Project Jason, a nonprofit organization that assists families of missing persons.
    • Sneha Anne Philip (31) was an Indian-American physician last seen on September 10, 2001, on surveillance camera footage from a store near her Lower Manhattan apartment. Due to the proximity of the World Trade Center and her medical training, her family believes she perished trying to help victims of the next day’s terrorist attack. A court has agreed and she is officially considered to have died that way. The ruling was not unanimous, and no proof of her death has ever been found.[106]



    • Ben Charles Padilla (50), a licensed aircraft mechanic, flight engineer, and pilot of small airplanes, was on board Boeing 727-223 designation N844AA when it was stolen from Luanda, Angola, on 25 May and has not been heard from since.[107]
    • Felipe Santos (24) Last seen being taken to jail after a traffic accident early on October 1 outside Naples, Florida. Jail records show he was never booked. The arresting sheriff’s deputy claims to have changed his mind and left Santos at a nearby convenience store.[108]


    • Terrance Williams (27) Left his home in Naples, Florida on the night of January 11 to go to a party; he did not return. Records show that Collier County sheriff’s deputy Steve Calkins, in whose custody Felipe Santos had last been seen three months earlier, pulled over Williams’ car near a local cemetery about noon the next day, according to workers there. Williams has not been seen since Calkins drove away with him afterwards (again claiming he left him at the same nearby convenience store), and inconsistencies in the deputy’s handling of the incident led to an investigation which cost him his job when he refused to cooperate.[108] [108]
    • Maura Murray (21) of Hanson, Massachusetts, a nursing student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, was last seen February 9 at the scene of a minor one-vehicle accident in which her car was immobilised after having crashed into a roadside snowbank on New Hampshire Route 112. Earlier on the day of her disappearance, she had lied to professors about a death in her family, saying she would be absent from class for a week.[109][110]
    • Somchai Neelapaijit (52), a Thai Muslim lawyer and human rights activist representing South Thailand insurgency terrorism suspects, was last seen in Bangkok. It may be a case of forced disappearance.[111][112]
    • Iraena Asher (25), a New Zealand model, allegedly suffering from bipolar disorder, disappeared in controversial circumstances at Piha, west of Auckland, on October 11th, 2004. The night of her disappearance, she called the New Zealand Police expressing concerns for her safety as she was being pressured to have non-consensual sex. The police called a taxi to pick her up instead, but took a wrong direction thus failing to reach her. She was later seen wandering the streets by a couple who assisted her and brought her to their house, but Iraena Asher left a few hours later to be seen behaving in a strange manner in the street by another couple, finally heading towards the beach. She was never seen or heard of again, and is presumed to have drowned.[113][114]


    • Natalee Holloway (18), an American student from Alabama, was last seen leaving a nightclub in Aruba with three men, including Joran van der Sloot.[104] She was declared dead in 2012.
    • Ray Gricar (59) was district attorney of Centre County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. He was last heard from on April 15, when he called his girlfriend from his car, stating he was in the vicinity of Centre Hall. He was reported missing that evening when he failed to return home. His car was found the next day and his damaged laptop was found in a nearby river. His family had him declared legally dead in 2011.[115]
    • George Allen Smith (26) of Greenwich, Connecticut, in the United States, went missing in the eastern Mediterranean from the Royal Caribbean International cruise ship Brilliance of the Seas ten days after his wedding.
    • Rahma el-Dennaoui (1) disappeared from her home in Lurnea, Sydney, in the early hours of November 10. Despite a police search and appeals to the general public, no trace of her was found.
    • Tara Grinstead (30), a high school history teacher from Ocilla, Georgia, USA, has been missing since October 22, 2005. No suspects have been identified.



    • Jim Gray (63), database pioneer, Microsoft Research scientist, and Turing Award winner, left San Francisco Bay in his 12 m (39 ft) sailboat Tenacious to scatter his mother’s ashes at the Farallon Islands, a wildlife refuge 43 km (27 mi) away, and was reported missing when he failed to return later the same day. No Mayday call was heard, his distress radiobeacon was not activated, and, despite one of the most ambitious search and rescue missions of all time, no trace of Gray or his yacht has ever been found.[117] In 2012 he was declared legally dead.[118]
    • Kaz II, a 9.8 m (32 ft) catamaran, was found adrift with its three-man crew, owner Derek Batten (56) and brothers Peter Tunstead (69) and James Tunstead (63), missing. The yacht’s sails were up and its engine running, and the global positioning system showed the yacht had been drifting since around the time of their last known radio contact, about 11 hours after they departed Shute Harbour for Townsville, Queensland, five days earlier.[119]
    • Madeleine McCann (3) disappeared after being left asleep in the unlocked ground-floor bedroom of her family’s rented holiday apartment in the Algarve (Portugal) while her parents dined with friends at a local restaurant. There have been no confirmed sightings of her since then.[120]
    • Aeryn M. J. Gillern (34), an American research assistant at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna, disappeared under mysterious circumstances after a night out on the town.


    • Amy Fitzpatrick (15), an Irish-born teenager, was last seen in Mijas Costa in Málaga, Spain. She had been babysitting with a friend on New Year’s Eve. Amy left at about 10:10pm that night and never arrived home, only a short distance away. She has not been seen or heard from since. Investigators are working on her case.
    • Leonid Rozhetskin (41), a Russian-born British media magnate, disappeared from his house in JÅ«rmala, Latvia, in what Latvian police described as “extremely worrying circumstances”. He may have been the victim of a political murder plot.[121]


    • Jure Å terk (72) regularly communicated with radio amateurs while sailing around the world, but all communications ceased around January 1, 2009, as reported by an Australian ham radio operator.[122] His sailboat Lunatic was spotted on January 26 by a merchant vessel, the Aida, and it appeared abandoned. It was found adrift and abandoned on April 30, 2009, by the crew of science vessel RV Roger Revelle.[123]
    • Claudia Lawrence (35) was last seen on March 18, 2009, near Heworth in York, England.
    • Susan Powell (28) disappeared from her home in Utah in the United States under suspicious circumstances in December, 2009.
    • Jim Robinson (84), a former professional boxer notable for his bout with Muhammad Ali in 1961, disappeared from the Overtown district of Miami. ESPN and autograph collectors have failed to locate him.



    • Kyron Horman (7), an American schoolboy, disappeared from his school in northwestern Portland, Oregon. Searches beginning June 4, 2010, uncovered no evidence of his fate.


    • Alessia and Livia Schepp (6) from St. Sulpice, a suburb of Lausanne, Switzerland, were twin sisters picked up for the weekend from their mother’s home by their father, Mathias Kaspar Schepp, on January 28, 2011. Schepp was found dead a few days later, having apparently committed suicide.
    • Rebecca Coriam (24), a crewmember aboard the cruise ship Disney Wonder, was last seen on March 22, 2011, when a security camera in the crew lounge recorded her having an upsetting telephone conversation. Some reports suggest she went overboard, but there is other evidence that she may have been alive as of the following May.
    • Lauren Spierer (20), a student at Indiana University disappeared in Bloomington, Indiana, on June 3, after a night of partying at a local bar. Her disappearance generated national press coverage.
    • Lisa Irwin (2) was reported missing from her home in Kansas City, Missouri, on October 4, 2011.
    • Daniel Lind Lagerlöf (42), a Swedish director and screenwriter, disappeared at Tjurpannans Nature Reserve outside Tanumshede in Sweden during preparations for the filming of Camilla Läckberg‘s Fjällbackamorden – Strandriddaren. The search for him was suspended after two days without result.[124]