7 Unusual Missing Persons Cases From History

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7 Unusual Missing Persons Cases From History

7 Unusual Missing Persons Cases From History

Missing persons cases are troublesome because they don’t give friends and family members any closure. You’ve probably heard of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance, but what about these unusual cases?

Ambrose Bierce

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Ambrose Bierce was an American journalist and short story writer. When he was 71, he traveled to Mexico to cover the Mexican Revolution, where he reportedly joined the army of Pancho Villa. His last known sighting was in Chihuahua, where he disappeared and was never seen again. Even his travels to Mexico are disputed, but despite this, his final moments are unknown.

Béla Kiss

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A Hungarian serial killer named Béla Kiss was thought to have murdered at least 24 women before he joined the Austro-Hungarian Army during the First World War. When large drums on his property were found to contain the remains of the young women, police attempted to apprehend him where he was recovering in a hospital. By the time they arrived, however, it was too late. He had fled, and was never apprehended.

Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe

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Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe, two Alcatraz inmates who were both convicted bank robbers, escaped from the “inescapable” prison in 1937. While authorities claimed they perished in the attempt, their bodies were never located.

Glenn Miller

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Glenn Miller was a famous American big band musician, composer, and bandleader in the late 1930s and early 1940s. He joined the Army to help boost morale as a leader of a military band. His plane disappeared in 1944 as he attempted to travel to Paris to play for troops there, and no trace has ever been found.

Paula Jean Welden

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In 1946, Paula Jean Welden was a sophomore at Bennington College, located in Vermont, when she disappeared while walking a hiking trail. While a man was questioned, there was no evidence linking him to any crime, and in fact, her body was never found despite intense investigation.

Merchant Vessel Joyita

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A ship called Joyita mysteriously disappeared in the South Pacific in 1955. She departed on October 3rd with 25 people on board — a total of 16 crew members and nine passengers. When the boat failed to arrive on time, a message was sent that she was missing, but no distress signals had been received. Five weeks later, the vessel was found, listing heavily to one side and without a single passenger on board. Nobody has ever been found.

D. B. Cooper

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A man who was dubbed D. B. Cooper by the media hijacked an airplane in 1971, demanded $200,000 in ransom and popped out with a parachute. He was never located or identified, and this remains the only unsolved air piracy case in American flight history. Dale Cooper, a character from the cult TV show, Twin Peaks, got his name from D. B. Cooper.

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