People disappear all the time. Indeed, according to the charity Missing People, over a quarter of a million people disappear each year in the UK alone. This is despite the fact that over 13 million CCTV cameras are following our daily movements. May return, but’s an agonising wait for the friends and families of those who don’t return. Here, we look at some of the most incredible missing persons incidents.
1- The Disappearance of Michele “Shelly” Miscavige
When the wife of the leader of the church of Scientology vanishes, questions will always be asked. She has not appeared in public since 2007. The alarm bells started ringing with friends when she didn’t appear at Tom Cruise’s wedding. She was always at her husband’s side and for her not to be at the wedding of one of Scientology’s most famous figures, was a surprise to say the least.
Actress Leah Remini filed a missing persons report in 2013 which was dismissed by the Los Angeles Police Department. They claimed they had “made contact” with Michele in person. Conspiracy theorists believed the police had been paid off my the church. Leah says she has no idea where her close friend is or if she’s even still alive. The Church of Scientology issued the following statement on their official website, “Leah Remini has repeatedly disparaged and exploited her former faith for profit and attention through a series of failed publicity stunts, culminating in her reality TV show featuring a cast of admitted liars who to make a buck have been telling differing versions of the same false tales of abuse for years.” Even so, there is still no statement from them on here official whereabouts.
2- The Disappearance of Kelly Dove
In 1982, 20-year-old Kelly Dove disappeared. She had been working at the local petrol station in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She called police as she was concerned about a man who was “dressed improperly” and in addition to this, she’d been receiving strange phone calls. In her third phone call, at 2.30am, she told police to “Please hurry, he’s back”. Despite arriving just two minutes later, they found no sign of her. She was never seen again.
3- The Missing Roanoke Colony
One of the oldest missing persons tales goes back to 1584 when Sir Walter Raleigh ventured to North America. He journeyed to Roanoke Island and was introduced to the Secotans and Croatoans- two native tribes. Raleigh started his own colony, known as New World but there were territorial disputes. He sent for reinforcements but by the time they got there, the original settlers had disappeared. All that was left was the word “Croatoan” carved into a fence post. It’s still a mystery to this day.
4- The Disappearance of the Sodder Children
In 1945, one of the greatest disappearance mysteries of all time occurred. George and Jennie Sodder had allowed their nine children to stay up later than usual on Christmas eve. Not long after midnight, there was a phone call. All that could be heard was a weird laugh and shortly afterwards they went to bed. At around 1am, there was a loud bang on the roof. Shortly afterwards, they began to smell smoke. Flames quickly spread through the house and whilst the fire service arrived, they were late and understaffed. The parents managed to save four of the children, but the remaining five could not be located. There were no remains in the house and they were assumed “missing”.
5- The Disappearance of Dorothy Arnold
In 1910, aged 25-years-old, Dorothy vanished from the busy streets of New York City and was never seen again. She was a wealthy heiress and a aspiring writer. On the day of her disappearance, not one person claimed to have seen her. The police, however, found it a little strange that before her parents reported her missing, they contacted a lawyer. In fact, it was a full SIX WEEKS before they called them and filed a missing persons report. There were theories concerning her parents who didn’t like the idea of her being a writer and having her murdered. Her parents believe she was killed whilst walking through Central Park. One things for sure, we’ll never truly know.
6- The Disappearance of Tara Calico
Tara Calico was on the way to meet her boyfriend to play tennis, when she disappeared. She apparently, jokingly told her mother, “If I’m not back by noon, come look for me”. She was reported missing that night when she didn’t return. The urgency was increased when they found fragments of her walkman at the side of the road. Other than that, the police found nothing.
A year later, a poloroid was found in a car park in Florida, some 1,600 miles away from where Tara went missing. It featured a boy and girl tied togther with duct tape on their mouths. The girl was identified as Tara, though the boy’s identity is still a mystery.