In America, a child goes missing every 40 seconds in the United States. Up to 800,000 children a year disappear without a trace and every day, approximately 2000 people are reported missing. To the horror of family, friends and often the world, many of them are never found. Where they are and what happened to them often remains an unsolved mystery.
In most cases, criminal investigators can piece together a series of events that led to their disappearance and, with dedication and skill, can track the disappeared down. Even in the tragic cases when the missing people aren’t found alive, a sense of closure about why they disappeared and who was responsible is still possible. But what about the people who seem to disappear into thin air, leaving no traces as to where they went, leaving investigators and the public baffled?
Many of these people are adults who have no known enemies and who have never exhibited any signs that they would leave. They simply vanish with no signs of struggle or violence, as if they never existed. Here, we’ve compiled information on some of the most famous and mysterious cases of people vanishing, seemingly into thin air. Some of their stories leave chills down your spine while others simply perplexed the world. Where did they go? Where they ever found? And if not, will their long-standing cases ever be solved?
#1. Bettie Page
Bettie Page, the famous pin-up girl often credited for sparking the sexual revolution, suddenly disappeared from the public eye in the late 1950s, baffling thousands. She never told the public the events that surrounded her disappearance, nor did she ever offer any reasons. However, Page was not kidnapped, nor was she murdered. For three decades during her disappearance, she was never photographed. She led a life that included marriages, poverty and mental illness and died in 2008 at the age of 85.