While thousands of people go missing every day worldwide, most of them are usually found alive, injured, or even dead in extreme cases. Their loved ones often get to have some sort of closure. On the other hand, there have been cases where people just vanished from the face of the earth. No one knows where they are or what happened to them. Whether they were running away from the law/financial problems, abducted, or left willingly, this article highlights some of the world’s most high-profile disappearances yet to be solved.

1. Jim Sullivan

Jim Anthony Sullivan was a famous songwriter and guitarist whose disappearance has strongly been linked with alien abduction. On March 4, 1975, Sullivan left Los Angeles for New Mexico, driving his Volkswagen Beetle. The following day, he was pulled over by police for suspicion of driving under the influence but was released after passing a sobriety test.

He then checked into a hotel in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, before leaving the town on March 6, 1975. The songwriter was last seen 26 miles (42km) south of Santa Rosa, close to Puerto de Luna. His abandoned car was later found with his belongings, including money, clothes, unsold records, and a guitar.

Although Sullivan or his body has never been found, his wife, Barbara Sullivan, along with many of his fans, found comfort in the theory that aliens had abducted him. The fact that he had released two albums on extraterrestrials made the theory more believable to those who were for it.

2. Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart, a famous pilot in the early 1930s, was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic alone. In 1932, however, Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, departed from New Guinea in a Lockheed Model 10 to break another aviation record.

However, mid-flight, Earhart and Noonan lost contact with the ground and disappeared mysteriously. It is believed that they might have run out of gas while flying across the Pacific and crashed into the ocean. Rescue teams were sent to retrieve the two, but nothing was found, not even pieces of her aircraft.

3. Jimmy Hoffa

Jimmy Hoffa was an American labor union leader who also ran the International Brotherhood of Teamsters from 1957 to 1951. Unfortunately, he was also involved in organized crime. In his lifetime, he was convicted of jury tampering, wire fraud, and bribery – a lifestyle that many are convinced played a role in his disappearance.

On July 30, 1975, Jimmy Hoffa was scheduled to meet mob bosses Anthony Giacalone and Anthony Provenzano. The two never showed up, and Jimmy Hoffa went missing from that day. He was declared legally dead in 1982.

4. Zoe McLellan

Zoe McLellan was the first female agent for the hit TV series NCIS. She has also been featured in Designated Survivor, Dirty Sexy Money, and JAG. Her case is different, though. Zoe McLellan got into a custody battle with her husband over her son Sebastian.

In April 2019, Zoe McLellan went missing with her son, and her husband or the authorities haven’t been able to track them since. The actress is wanted for kidnapping, which probably explains her disappearance. She hasn’t featured in any other film since.

5. Glen Miller

Glen Miller was a very popular singer in the late 1930s. His band is behind the hit song Chattanooga Choo Choo, which got a gold record. Despite his music career, Glen joined the army in World War II as a pilot.

On December 15, 1944, Glen Miller and other people attempted to fly over the English Channel but didn’t make it. Everyone on board that plane disappeared and was never found. He was declared dead a year and a day after the disappearance. His name on the Tablets of the Missing at England’s Cambridge American Cemetery is the only thing left of him.

6. Richey Edwards

Richey Edwards was the rhythm guitarist and lyricist of the Manic Street Preachers rock band. Before disappearing in 1955, Edwards was acting strangely. Reports claim that he withdrew almost £3,000 and started handing out gifts.

One morning, Richey Edwards left his hotel room and was never seen again. His car was found at a rest stop near the Severn Bridge, a known jumping spot. Based on his behavior and where his car was found, most people believe that the musician committed suicide.

7. Michael Rockefeller

Michael Rockefeller, the grandson of the legendary business magnate and philanthropist John Rockefeller, was an avid historian. One of his biggest goals was to study the Asmat tribe in the Netherlands. So, on November 19, 1961, Michael Rockefeller set sail to the European country.

The only fact that we know is that his canoe sank a few miles from the shore. From there, people have created several theories surrounding his death. Some claim that Michael Rockefeller drowned due to fatigue while he was swimming. Others say he arrived at the island and was killed. His body has never been found, and without a postmortem, the cause of death remains unknown.

8. Rico Harris

Famous basketballer Rico Harris disappeared one night in 2014 while driving to see his family. He called his girlfriend and told her he would be resting because he was tired of driving. After that phone call, Rico Harris went missing, and the only things found were his car, cell phone, and backpack. Investigations were done, but the basketball star was never found. Before that, Rico had been dealing with substance abuse after incurring a head injury while playing for Cal State Northridge.

9. Belle Gunness

Belle Gunness is one of the most infamous female serial killers of all time. Like most criminals, Belle started with small scams, such as burning her house and claiming insurance money. Her husband then passed away under mysterious circumstances, and she was paid his life insurance.

From there, people around Belle, including her suitors and children, died mysteriously. As soon as people started drawing attention to the deaths that surrounded Belle Gunness, her farmhouse burned down, and four skulls were discovered, which the authorities believe belonged to the serial killer and her three kids.

However, in a surprising turn of events, when her slayer, Ray Lamphere, was arrested, he testified that Belle Gunness had faked her death to avoid dealing with the law. Even though she was pronounced dead, the doctor who performed a postmortem on the body believed to be hers admitted that the headless body was five inches shorter and about 50 pounds lighter than Gunness, giving validity to Lamphere’s statement. Whether the serial killer died in the fire or escaped remains unknown.

10. D.B. Cooper

No one knows what happened to D.B. Cooper after he jumped from that plane with the $200,000 ransom. For 50 years, detectives and other intelligence organizations have tried to solve D.B. Cooper’s case but have been unsuccessful.

The most intriguing part is that no one even knew who D.B. Cooper was before he boarded that plane. To date, it’s unknown whether Cooper is alive or dead. Some of the money he stole washed up the shore of the Columbia River, but D.B. Cooper has never been identified, let alone being found.

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Last Update: May 17, 2024