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Every now and then real life is just a little bit creepier than fiction, and more often than not it’s when we can’t explain something. That’s what makes these unsolved disappearances even scarier: we still have no idea what happened. But for the brave of heart, here are the most terrifying disappearances ever.
1. In 1953, Felix Moncla was a Lieutenant in the Air Force stationed in Michigan when a UFO showed up on the radar. Moncla took out a plane to check it out. He didn’t return. The radar operators at the time say that he reached the object, his plane merged into the UFO and disappeared. No one could find any debris, the plane was never found, and Moncla has never been seen again.
2. UFOs feature in many disappearances. In 1978, Frederick Valentich was flying and spotted a UFO. He said to ground, “That strange aircraft is hovering on top of me again. It is hovering and it’s not an aircraft.” His plane started to malfunction, then disappeared. His flight recording goes into weird metallic noises that no one understands, and 10 other people reported UFOs that same weekend. No one has any idea where he went or even if he’s still alive.
3. In a setup that should be in a horror film, the Sodder family was asleep in their beds on Christmas Eve. They were a large clan with 10 kids, all of whom we assume were looking forward to their Christmas morning. Instead, a fire started and five of the siblings were trapped and died. Or so the fire chief said. There are just a few things that don’t add up.
First, no bodies or bones were found in the burnt house. The family had tried to call the fire department to report the fire, but their phone lines had been cut. And a while before the incident two strangers visited them and made threats. Worst of all? The same stranger who made the threats ended up sitting on the jury for the coroner that deemed the fire an accident.
The weirdest part of all, and what turns this into a potential disappearance case, is that some witnesses claimed they saw the missing kids, and 20 years later the mother received a photo from one of her supposedly dead sons. It’s still unknown if the kids died or were abducted, and if so, why.
3. In another aircraft disappearance, 1942 found an entire blimp crew inexplicably missing. The blimp was going out to investigate an oil spill, but just a few hours after they radioed in their location, the blimp crashed with no one on board. Nothing was missing from the ship, nothing was broken or malfunctioning, there was no sign of a struggle, and the crew was never seen again.
4. In 2000, Zebb Quinn was 18 and in the midst of some young love drama. He was with his friend Robert Owens when he was suddenly called away, jumped in his car, rear-ended Owens’ truck, and drove off. No one ever saw him again. A few days later, someone claiming to be Quinn called in to work, but it turned out to just be Owens, who refused to cooperate with the police and had broken ribs and a head injury.
The clearest explanation seemed to be Quinn’s love interest, Misty Taylor, who had a jealous boyfriend. The call Quinn got came from his aunt, who was hanging out with Misty at the time. Just two weeks later, authorities found his car, marked with a pair of lips and two exclamation points in lipstick on the back window. Inside was a hotel room key and a labrador puppy, definitely not belonging to Quinn. That’s the last trace of evidence the police have had, and Quinn’s disappearance is still unsolved.
5. In 1971, a group of hippies decided that they wanted to camp at Stonehenge, which was at the time open to the public. After the hippies went camping, England decided to close down the campground. A thunderstorm hit the area at about 2 a.m., and lightning struck. Witnesses heard screams and saw a bright blue light. When they ran to see what had happened, nothing was there except some tent pegs and the campfire. That’s all anyone knows, except that the campers were gone.