It’s always a tragedy whenever a person goes missing. Thousands of people go missing around the world every single day. Sadly, not all of them are found. Despite modern technology that has made it easier to locate missing people with social media awareness, some cases still remain a mystery to this day. Here are 10 unsettling and mysterious cases of 10 people who have vanished into thin air.
1. Madeleine McCann
The case of Madeleine McCann has touched the hearts of so many people across the world. Madeleine Beth McCann was born in 2003 and was 3 years old when she was last seen. Her parents, Kate and Gerald McCann, are both physicians who had McCann in 2003 and her twin siblings in 2005.
The McCanns went on a family vacation with a group of friends in 2007 in Praia da Luz and booked a two bedroom apartment. The McCanns and the group of friends would leave their children alone in their apartment and dine together at a restaurant called Tapas. They would check on their children every half an hour while the children were asleep.
While Kate was checking on her children at around 22:00, she found the bedroom door of the children’s open. She didn’t find her daughter in her bed. There was a sighting of a man carrying a small child, which became an important part of the investigation later on. At first, the disappearance was seen as a burglary or abduction that Madeleine McCann had disturbed. But in 2017, this theory was dismissed. Madeleine McCann has been missing ever since, and no one knows where she disappeared or whether she’s still alive.
2. Susan Powell
Susan Powell was an American woman, wife, and mom. She married Josh Powell in 2001 in Portland Oregon. They soon moved to Utah to get away from Josh’s father who had a sexual obsession with Susan. In 2010, they seized about 4,500 images of Susan Powell from his computer.
In 2009, Susan and her two sons attended church on the 6th of December. The whole family was reported missing on the 7th by Powell’s family after being informed that the sons weren’t dropped off at the daycare. The police broke into their home but did not find them. Susan didn’t show up at her job as well, and her belongings were found at home. On the same day, Josh Powell returned with his two sons without his wife. He claimed that he had taken his sons camping when taken for questioning.
Josh Powell killed himself and his two sons in a double murder-suicide in 2012.
3. The Schulze Family
The Schulze Family, which consisted of Marco, aged 41, his wife Sylvia aged 43, and their daughter Miriam aged 12 years old. The family visited a horse farm on July 21st, 2015, and that was the last time they were seen together.
The next day, the daughter was sick and was not able to meet her friends one last time before the holidays. Marco took care of her while Sylvia worked at a nearby supermarket. On July 24th, Sylvia was reported missing by her boss after not going to work.
The police broke into their house and found their family cat, their wallets but Miriam’s stuffed animals were missing. On July 31st, police found the body of Marco Schulze attached to a 25 kg concrete block drowned in river Elbe. They searched for the mother and daughter but to no avail. There are conspiracy theories circulating the disappearance of the mother and daughter, but nothing has been confirmed to be true.
4. Jodi Huisentruit
Jodi Huisentruit was a 27 years old television news anchor in the United States. In 1995, Jodi disappeared on her way to work and there was a sign of a struggle in the parking lot near her car. On July 27th, she had failed to report to work and when the producer called her, Jodi said that she had overslept and was getting ready to leave for the station. Her personal items were found scattered around the area where it’s believed she had been abducted from.
As of August 2017, she has not been found but has been declared dead.
5. William Tyrrell
Born in 2011, William Tyrrell was an Australian boy who disappeared on September 11th of 2014. He was with his five years old sister and foster parents visiting his foster grandmother. He was playing with his sister while the mother and grandmother were sitting watching the kids play. The mother went to get a cup of tea for herself, and when she returned, she didn’t find him and began searching the house. He was wearing a Spiderman suit.
Hundreds of people volunteered to search for him but were unable to find him. The case was treated as an abduction case. There is a $1 million reward for information about his whereabouts.
6. Natalee Holloway
Natalee Holloway was an American teenager who was scheduled to attend the University of Alabama on a full scholarship. She was a member of the National Honor Society.
She was in Aruba for a five-day vacation as a graduation trip with other friends. On May 30th, 2005 she was seen leaving a nightclub and to the car of 17 years old Joran van der Sloot, a Dutch student living in Aruba with two of his friends. She was supposed to fly home the same day but didn’t show up. In 2005, Van der Sloot was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping Holloway but was released later. He is currently serving 28 years for the unrelated murder of another girl.
7. Roanoke Colony
This case of missing people is one of the oldest unsolved mysteries. A group of 115 English settlers arrived on Roanoke Island in August of 1587. They were led by John White, the governor of the new colony who was also an artist. After a war started between England and Spain, Queen Elizabeth l called every ship to fight Spain.
In 1590, John White finally returned to Roanoke, where he had left his wife, daughter, and infant granddaughter. He found absolutely no trace of the colony or the people who were there. There were 90 men, 17 women and 11 children. There was no evidence of battle or struggle. Over the centuries, investigators have looked into the fate of the Roanoke Colony. The only clue that was left was the word ‘Croatoan’ carved into a wooden post. Croatoan was a name of an island south of Roanoke, home to a tribe from America. Some people believe that the Native American tribe had found and killed or kidnapped the colonists. Others believe that the colonists might have tried to sail back to England but got lost at sea and eventually died.
8. The Sodder Family
On the Christmas Eve of 1945, a fire broke out in the house of the Sodder family in West Virginia, United States. Jennie, one of the 10 children of the Sodder family, woke up to the smell of smoke after 1 AM. Four of the children and the parents managed to escape the house fire and yelled for the other kids to wake up an escape the fire.
They watched the house collapse over the course of the next 45 minutes unable to help the children stuck inside. They searched the house and nor the remains or the bones of the 5 children were found. The parents believed that the fire might have been a cover-up for their children’s abduction and hired private detectives to investigate more into it. A billboard sign was put up near the family’s home in hopes of finding the missing children. The remaining children and grandchildren of the Sodder Family concluded that the local mafia was involved in the disappearance of the children. The youngest living child of the Sodder family, Sylvia, believes that her siblings didn’t die in the fire.
9. Bryce Laspisa
Bryce Laspisa was a young 19 years old gentleman from Illinois who has completely vanished on August 30 of 2013. He was a Caucasian male with distinct red hair and a bright smile. He attended Sierra College in Northern California and was eager to start his second year after spending the summer with his parents. According to Bryce’s friends, they reported that he drank heavily during his first 2 weeks of the semester and used prescription drugs.
With the intention of driving to his parents’ house in Laguna Niguel, Bryce left the Sierra College campus in his 2003 Toyota Highlander. Whilst the drive should have taken a couple of hours, Bryce was on the road for over twenty hours, and never made it home. During the road trip, he called his mother on the phone and expressed the need to discuss an important matter with them. According to his parents, he was lucid and didn’t appear to be disoriented or under the influence when he spoke to them.
Bryce’s car was found overturned near Castaic Lake with his wallet and laptop still inside. It appeared that the back window was broken from the inside and there were traces of blood on the seats and near the back window. After numerous search parties, Bryce’s body was never located or found. Investigators believe that Bryce might have sustained a trauma to his head due to the accident. There is a $5,000 reward for any information that might lead to Bryce’s discovery.
10. Kenny Veach
Kenny Veach was an avid hiker who frequently hiked in the Nevada Desert. His Youtube channel, called Snakebitmgee, is still up to this day. He commented on one of his YouTube videos that he had found an odd cave entrance with the shape of the Letter M and that he was going to explore it. The M cave, which is located within the Desert National Wildlife Refuge near the Nellis Air Force Base, had drawn the adventurous 47 years old explorer. When he walked closer, he felt vibrations and pulsations shaking his body that got stronger as he neared the cave. He feared for his life and left without exploring it.
Skeptics began to comment, demanding more proof and a follow up about the M cave. On November 10th, 2014, he returned to the cave despite some people warning him against it. This time, however, he was equipped with a gun, in case things didn’t go right. He never returned from his adventure, and his body has never been found. Volunteers began scouring the area after concerns were expressed by his family and friends, and they found his cellphone on the ground. It’s still unknown as to what happened to Kenny Veach.