If you love true crime as much as I do, then you know that some of the most fascinating, most vexing, and most heartbreaking stories in the true crime world are the people who disappear without a trace and are never found.
I imagine it’s one of the hardest things for the people left behind – the not knowing.
These 9 Wikipedia entries about people who are still missing are totally heartbreaking and make it seem like my interpretation isn’t wrong.
9. The Jamison Family Deaths.
“The Jamison family has always been interesting to me. There are theories that range from meth use to witchcraft, and their case is still unsolved.” In October 2009, the Jamison family — Bobby, Sherilynn, and their daughter, Madyson — mysteriously disappeared.
The family’s pickup truck had been found only a few days after their disappearance, with their dog (barely still alive) inside.
However, the family’s bodies were never found — only ID cards, wallets, phones, a GPS system, and $32,000 stuffed in a bank bag under the driver’s seat.
8. The Disappearance of Danielle Imbo and Richard Petrone Jr.
“The craziest one I know of is from Philly. Richard Petrone and Danielle Imbo were seen leaving the Abilene bar on South Street, and driving in Petrone’s Dodge Dakota heading back to Imbo’s house, and then not them or the truck were ever seen again.
The rumor was a drug debt had something to do with it, and the lone person of interest killed himself in prison.”
7. The Disappearance of Susan Powell.
“There is a podcast titled Cold that goes into further detail about her story, but man, this one tore me up.
She goes missing, husband acts like he doesn’t really care, her father-in-law had admitted to being in love with her (although she wasn’t), cops finally start gaining some evidence to prove husband did it, and he kills himself and their two boys a few days before a polygraph test.
Been missing 10-plus years and her body has never been found because they think he dumped her in a Utah mine. Broke my heart.”
6. The Disappearance of Cherrie Mahan.
“In 1985, she got off the school bus and was never seen again. She was the first child listed on the ‘Have you seen me?’ search cards but was never found and declared legally dead in 1998.
It’s sad because I went to the same school she went to, and some of the teachers there were friends with her and remember her, but it’s just a mystery what happened to her.”
5. The Disappearance of Lars Mittank.
“Lars Mittank was a German backpacker who went missing in Bulgaria. He was acting increasingly erratic in the days leading up to his disappearance.
Then on the day he was due to fly home, he was caught on airport security cameras running from the airport, climbing a fence, and fleeing into the woods. The video alone is terrifying.”
4. The Disappearance of Amy Fitzpatrick.
“Amy Fitzpatrick was 15 years old. Her mother and stepfather moved her to Spain from Ireland, but she was deeply unhappy and wanted to return home.
On New years Eve 2008, she was walking home from a friend’s house in Spain and disappeared. Her stepdad later went on to fatally stab her brother…very fishy stuff.”
3. The Disappearance of Jennifer Kesse.
“She’s been missing since 2006, and not long after she disappeared, her car was discovered about a mile from her home.
This one always haunts me, especially how the surveillance video picture captured the face of the person who mysteriously parked her car at just the right moment so he would still be hidden.”
2. The Disappearance of Kyron Horman.
If y’all want something sad, just look up Kyron Horman from Portland, Oregon. He’s been missing for nine years, and there have been very little leads.
On June 4, 2010, 7-year-old Kyron was taken to school by his stepmother, Terri. When he didn’t arrive home from school later that day, Terri called the school. The secretary said he’d not been in school and had been marked absent.
The secretary, realizing he was missing, called 9-1-1. A large-scale search effort was launched and rewards posted up to $50,000 by July. A number of legal proceedings have taken place in the time since — including one by Kyron’s mother against Terri. However, Kyron has still never been found.
1. The Disappearance of Asha Degree.
“She went missing almost 20 years ago. She was only 9 years old and allegedly left her family’s home all alone in the very early hours of the morning with a backpack she’d packed herself the night before. It was raining really heavily, and a driver saw her walking down a road and tried to talk to her when they realized it was a little girl all alone.
They were going to help, but she ran into the woods. Police found candy wrappers in a shed and also found her backpack a year later, still packed, near a construction site, but no trace of Asha. To this day no one really has a clue what happened to her.
Police looked in to whether or not she was being abused at home, but there was no evidence whatsoever of that.”
I cannot even imagine going through something like this from any side.
If you have any personal experience in dealing with this situation and would like to share, our comments are open.