I have a few cases which I would check every now and then to see if investigators have found a new lead. While checking I found some more and spent some hours reading and reading and I decided to make a list of 10 unsolved missing persons cases for you to read.
10. Bobby Dunbar
“The disappearance of Bobby Dunbar. In 1912 his parents took him fishing on a lake in Louisiana and he went missing. Police searched for him for 8 months, and finally found a man named William Cantwell Walters who was traveling with a boy that resembled Bobby Dunbar. Walter’s claimed the boy was the son of a friend who had given him custody, and that the child’s name was Bruce Anderson not Bobby Dunbar. Investigators and positive ID from the parents determined this was actually the Dunbar’s child and gave custody over to them. The town had a parade for Bobby Dunbar’s return.
Then, 9 years ago in 2008 one of ‘Bobby Dunbar’s’ granddaughters had a DNA test done. She compared her grandfather’s DNA to his owns brothers. They were not related.”
9. Tara Calico
On the 20th of September, 1988, in Belen New Mexico 19 year old Tara Leigh Calico set off on her daily bike ride at around 9.30am. She liked to listen to her Walkman during the ride and that day she was listening to a Boston cassette. She would never make it to her 12:30 Tennis date or her university class at 16:00, as she disappeared that same morning, never to be seen again. Tara and her pink mountain bike had completely disappeared and neither has been found ’til this day.
Fast-forward 9 months and 1,400 miles away in Florida. A woman finds a disturbing Polaroid picture in the car park of a convenience store in Port St. Joe, Florida. According to the woman it was found on the ground where a white windowless van was previously parked. The photograph shows a bare-legged young woman with her hands behind her back and a piece of black duct tape across her mouth. She’s lying on a pile of mismatched blankets and pillows with various patterns, and small boy lays next to her in the same predicament.
8. Heather Danyelle Teague
It was August 26th, 1995 that Heather Danyelle Teague disappeared from Newburgh Beach in Henderson County, Kentucky. According to an eyewitness, who happened to be peering through a telescope at the precise time of the abduction, Heather was dragged into the woods (on the Kentucky side), at gunpoint, by a tall, bearded, shirtless, white man. That eyewitness account led Kentucky State Police to the beach and into the nearby woods to look for Heather. They found part of her swimsuit and other “evidence” that suggested a crime had been committed. But the two missing components of the investigation were the two most important ones: the perpetrator and the victim. Twenty-two years later her family, and authorities, are still searching for answers.
7. Brianne Wolgram
Brianne Wolgram was 19 years old when she went missing from the small town of Revelstoke, BC, Canada. She was last seen between 11:00 and 11:30PM on September 5th, 1998, Labour Day Weekend. Five days later, her abandoned vehicle was found 30 km south of Revelstoke up Echo Lake Road, in the general direction of the Akolkolex Falls & River (near the dam). Her wallet, drivers license and $200 cash were found in the vehicle. Brianne was seen in the company of three young unidentified females at the 7-11 store who have never come forward about her disappearance and were never identified. She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a white t-shirt and black sandals. No body was ever found.
6. Lars Mittank
On June 30, 2014, 28-year-old Lars Mittank traveled to Golden Sands, Bulgaria, to spend a few days relaxing with a group of friends. On July 6, 2014, he got into a fight with four other men and suffered from a ruptured ear drum. At the end of his trip, due to a ruptured ear drum a doctor advised him not to fly and prescribed an antibiotic. His friends wanted to stay with him, but Mittank insisted he was all right.
He checked into a cheap hotel. However, a day after his friends left, Mittank began to act oddly. His erratic behavior was recorded by the hotel’s closed-circuit cameras. He spent only one night in the hotel but he was paranoid and frightened. Mittank sent a text message to his mother stating that he did not feel safe; that she should cancel his credit card; and that he was hiding from four men who were supposedly following him and asked him where the pills were.
Mittank was last seen in Varna Airport in Bulgaria. He was captured by airport security cameras running away. Once outside the airport, he was seen climbing a fence, running into a meadow, and disappearing into the woods. He has not been seen since.
5. Paula Welden
Paula Jean Welden, 18, disappeared about a year later on December 1, 1946. Welden was a sophomore at Bennington College. She had set out for a hike on the Long Trail. Many saw her go, including Ernest Whitman, a Bennington Banner employee who gave her directions. She was alleged to have been seen on the trail itself by an elderly couple who were about 100 yards (91 m) behind her. According to them, she turned a corner in the trail, and when they reached the same corner, she had disappeared. An extensive search was conducted when Welden didn’t return to the college campus, which included the posting of a $5,000 reward and help from the FBI. However, no evidence of her was ever found.
In the same general area where Welden disappeared, at least four other unexplained vanishings were reported to have taken place between 1945 and 1950. Due to the strangeness of these events, Vermont broadcaster and author Joseph A. Citro dubbed the wilderness area northeast of Bennington “the Bennington Triangle”
4. Jennifer Kesse
Jennifer Joyce Kesse (born May 20, 1981) is an American woman who lived in Orlando, Florida, and has been missing since January 24, 2006. Her disappearance puzzled investigators and an aggressive search for her was conducted in the area surrounding her home. Shortly after her disappearance, her car was discovered a little over a mile from her home at a nearby apartment complex. No evidence was ever made known with regards to her, like finger prints, DNA or cellphone location info pinging off nearby towers. Captured footage from a nearby security camera showed a person parking her car and walking away, however, this person was never identified.
3. Johnny Gosch
On Sunday, September 5, 1982, in the suburb of West Des Moines, Johnny Gosch left home before dawn to begin his paper route.Though it was customary for Johnny to awaken his father to help with the route, the boy took only the family’s dachshund, Gretchen, with him that morning.
A neighbor named Mike reported that he observed Gosch talking to a stocky man in a blue two-toned Ford Fairmont with Nebraska plates; Police came to believe that Gosch was kidnapped, but they were unable to establish a viable motive. They turned up little evidence and arrested no suspects in connection with the case. A few months after his September 1982 disappearance, Noreen Gosch has said her son was spotted in Oklahoma, when a boy yelled to a woman for help before being dragged off by two men.
According to Noreen Gosch’s account, she was awakened around 2:30 a.m. one morning in March 1997 by a knock at her apartment door. Waiting outside was Johnny Gosch, now 27, accompanied by a man she had never seen before. Gosch said she immediately recognized her son, who opened his shirt to reveal a birthmark on his chest. “We talked about an hour or an hour and a half. He was with another man, but I have no idea who the person was. Johnny would look over to the other person for approval to speak,” says Gosch. “He didn’t say where he is living or where he was going”.
2. Brian Shaffer
Brian is a 27 year old medical student who went missing on April 1, 2006, at the Ugly Tuna, a bar near campus. Brian is seen entering the Ugly Tuna on CCtv. But he is not seen leaving, and was never seen again. Since Columbus has the most security cameras of any city in Ohio, more than Cleveland, Cincinnati and Toledo combined, officers next looked to the footage from other bars to see if cameras there could explain how Brian had left the Ugly Tuna. However, footage from cameras at three other nearby bars showed no trace of Brian.
His fiancee called Brian’s phone every evening before going to bed for a long time after the disappearance. Usually it went to voicemail, but one night in September it actually rang three times. “I kept calling it to hear it purely because it was one of the best sounds I have ever heard, even if no one picked up”.
One of the original investigators, Andre Edwards, told Columbus Monthly that after extensive review of the camera footage at the Ugly Tuna from the night Brian disappeared, he could “say with 100-percent certainty” that Brian did not leave via the escalator. Police say they have three theories of the case but declined to discuss them even generally with the magazine.
- Brandon Lawson
Brandon Lawson was a 26 year old man from San Angelo, Texas. August 8, 2013 was the last time that Brandon was seen in San Angelo, Texas. He and his longtime girlfriend got into an argument which led to Brandon leaving the home at around 11:54 p.m., with the intentions of going to his father’s residence. Approximately 45 minutes later, Brandon called his brother Kyle to tell him that he had run out of gas. What is known is that following his phone call to his brother Kyle, something happened and Brandon phoned 911 — and advised the dispatcher that he was “in a field” and needed help and that he needed a cop. The dispatcher heard Brandon say “I ran into somebody” and responded to him , “Ahhh, ran into them? Ok.” Another call was made to 9-1-1, by a passer-by (Trucker) regarding Brandon’s truck parked crooked on side of the road, posing a hazard. Kyle and his Kyle’s girlfriend Audrey went out to bring Brandon their gas can.
The truck was located on U.S. 227 four and a half miles south of Bronte, Texas, and close to a rest stop, and parked haphazardly. By the time Kyle arrived, at 1:10 am, August 9, 2013, there was no sign of Brandon. There was also a Sheriff’s Deputy that arrived at the truck at about the same time as Kyle and Audrey. There was no visible damage to Brandon’s truck and his keys and his cell phone were missing.
While talking with the deputy, Kyle received a call from Brandon, in which Brandon’s cell was going in and out and he was hard to understand. Brandon claimed that he was “ten minutes up the road.” He also mentioned that he was bleeding. The phone went dead at this point. What Kyle understood was “I’m in the field.” Kyle, felt maybe Brandon was hiding in the field due to an outstanding warrant from 2 years ago (that Brandon himself just learned and was going to address it the following week) so Kyle made no mention to the deputy of Brandon being the phone call he was listening to. Had Kyle known Brandon phoned 9-1-1 he would never have assumed his brother was “hiding.”It was confirmed that the gas tank was in fact empty. His cell phone was a Motorola Droid Razr. There was an extensive search of the area which turned up no sign of him, however; he has never been heard from again.