Annette Sagers: On the 4th of October, 1988, 11-year-old Annette Sagers was waiting for her school bus at Mount Holly Plantation in the morning. However, the bus arrived and Annette was nowhere to be found and has not been heard from since.
What makes this particularly unsettling is that the year before, in 1987, Annette’s mother Korrina had disappeared from the exact same location. When Annette’s stepfather, Stephen, went to look for her, all he found was a handwritten note which read “Dad, momma came back. Give the boys a hug.” Despite long-term police investigation into the incident, what exactly happened to both Annette and her mother is still, to this day, unknown.
Diane Augat: In April 1998, in Odessa, Florida, 40 year-old Diane Augat left her home in the morning and never returned. She suffered from bipolar disorder but failed to take her medication regularly and thus led her to commit several crimes, being arrested on multiple occasions. Two days after her mother received an answerphone recording from her daughter, saying “Help, Help, Let me out!”, yet just before the call ended she heard Diane say “Hey, give me that” and the call was hung up.
Two days after this, when the police discovered the severed tip of one of Diane’s fingers nearby where she was sighted on Route 19. Theories suggest that Gary Robert Evers, the manager of the Coral Sands Motel, who had been arrested and charged with murder of another person in 2001, may have been responsible for Diane’s disappearance, yet there is no concrete evidence.
Percy Fawcett : In 1925, legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett disappeared, alongside his eldest son, Jack. They were searching for what Fawcett called ‘Z’ – a lost city in the depths of the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil. However, he and his team disappeared in their search and were never to be found, despite the countless attempts.
Albert de Winton, a journalist, tried to search for Fawcett’s team, yet was also never to be seen again. In fact, 13 expeditions to try and find Fawcett took place, with over 100 more people to die or disappear in the depths of the rainforest. The most popular theory suggests that Fawcett and his team were killed by Kalapalo Indians who inhabited parts of the rainforest, for either speaking ill of their chief or the children in the village.
Amelia Earhart: Famous for being the first woman to fly the Atlantic solo, Amelia Earhart was a pioneering female aviator. However, her disappearance and death is still debated to this day, with theories suggesting she was either killed when her plane went down, captured by the Japanese, or shipwrecked on a desert island.
Louis Le Prince: Dubbed the ‘father of cinematography’, Louis Le Prince was one of the innovative pioneers in creating moving pictures. In September 1980, however, after he boarded to Dijon to Paris train, leaving his brother, the friends waiting for him at the other side were left waiting as Le Prince did not get off the train. He wasn’t on the train and nor was any of his luggage. Le Prince had simply disappeared without a trace and to this day, there is no record of what may have happened to the cinematographer.
Mary Shotwell Little: In 1965, Mary Shotwell Little, a secretary at a bank in Atlanta, disappeared without a trace. She had just been married to a bank examiner named Roy Little who was out of town of October the 14th. At 8 in the evening on that day, Mary disappeared and was never heard from again. There were traces of blood inside her car but only as little as would come from a nosebleed, and an unidentified fingerprint was found on the steering wheel.
Mary had supposedly been receiving unsettling phone calls and had a “secret admirer” who sent her flowers a couple of weeks before her disappearance. Additionally, the police file regarding Mary’s case disappeared just years after she first went missing, and to this date, the case remains active and unsolved.
Michael Rockefeller: Son of New York governor Nelson Rockefeller, Michael Rockefeller was a 23-year-old photographer and adventurer. When he set out for en expedition near New Guinea in 1961, he was marooned with expedition partner Rene Wessing. Rockefeller intended to swim to the nearest shore, which was an estimated ten hours away. It was the last time that Michael would be seen alive, with the official report stating that he had drowned. However, theories suggest that he was, in fact, killed and beheaded by a cannibal tribe named the Asmat.
Asha Degree: On the 14th of February, 2000, in Shelby, North Carolina, Asha Degree, a nine-year-old girl, disappeared from her home. She went to bed and when her mother went to check on her in the morning, she was gone. She was supposedly seen walking near Highway 18 at 4AM and many of her belongings, including her bag, were found in different locations. To this date, there is no record of what has happened to her and the case remains active and unsolved, with no ideas of what had happened to the girl.
Amy Lynn Bradley: In March 1998, while onboard the Rhapsody of the Seas, a Caribbean cruiseship, 23 year-old Amy Lynn Bradley disappeared without a trace. Despite extensive rescue missions and searches, there is no sign that Bradley had fallen overboard or committed suicide. However, there have been reports that a woman resembling Bradley was seen in Curacao. In 1999, a member of the Navy had come forward, saying a woman named Amy Bradley had approached him in a brothel in Curacao and begged for help.
Ambrose Bierce: In 1913, American writer Ambrose Bierce went missing whilst observing the revolution taking place in Mexico. There are no records whatsoever of what may have happened to Bierce, with his last known communication with the world being a letter addressed to Blanche Partington, a friend of his, just after Christmas 1913. Theories suggest that Bierce may have been executed by a firing squad, with others suggesting that he may have committed suicide.
Ray Gricar: By far one of the most unsettling entries on this list is the disappearance of Pennsylvania district attorney Ray Gricar. Gricar went missing in 2005 under very mysterious and suspicious circumstances. In April 2005, Gricar had rung his girlfriend to tell her that he was on his way home, yet he never returned. His car was found the next day in a parking lot in Lewisburg but the car contained just his county-issued phone and not his wallet, keys or his laptop.
His car was also located mysteriously close to where the car of Gricar’s elder brother Roy had been located before his body was found in Ohio in 1996. In July, fishermen discovered Gricar’s laptop in the Susquehanna River with it’s hard drive missing.
Investigations showed that on Gricar’s home computer, somebody had been searching how to destroy a computer hard-drive, yet it is unclear whom this was. The firm Kroll Ontrack, who had recovered data from a hard-drive after the Columbia space shuttle disaster, failed to retrieve any data from the hard drive. To this day, it is unknown as to exactly what happened to Gricar.
Cynthia Anderson : In August 1981, 20-year-old Cynthia Anderson disappeared from Toledo, Ohio. When her colleagues arrived at the office where Anderson worked, they discovered that the radio had been turned on, a book Anderson was reading was opened on her desk and desks had been prepared for the day ahead.
However, Anderson was missing and was never to be seen again. She had been receiving unsettling phone calls at work in the weeks before she disappeared, which reportedly had disturbed her and she also suffered from recurring nightmares where she was attacked by a man. Foul play is suspected as it is suspected that her disappearance was in connection with a convicted criminal who attempted to exact revenge on Anderson, who was a legal secretary.
Owen Parfitt: In one of the most strange cases on this list is that of Owen Parfitt, an Englishman whom could not walk who was left outside by his sister for 15 minutes. When she returned, he was gone and had vanished without a trace. To this day, there is no idea of what happened to Parfitt, with theories ranging from abduction by the devil, to murder.
Jean Spangler: She was an American actress and model who disappeared under suspicious circumstances back in 1949. Despite a massive police investigation into her disappearance, nothing was found that suggested she was dead, nor was anything found suggesting she was alive. To this day, she is still listed as a missing person and the case has not yet been closed by the Los Angeles Police Department.
Laureen Ann Rahn: Back in 1980, in New Hampshire, 14-year-old Laureen Ann Rahn disappeared without a trace. Her mother was with her boyfriend at a tennis tournament when she disappeared. Normally, Laureen would accompany them but on this day she had asked her mother if she could stay at home. Mysteriously, the lightbulbs in all three floors of the apartment building had been unscrewed and the Rahn’s apartment door was unlocked too.
In the year after Laureen’s disappearance, her mother received frequent phone calls from a caller at roughly quarter to four in the morning. The caller would not say anything but these calls would continue to occur near the Christmas holidays for several years to come. To this day, there is no record of what happened to Laureen and the case remains unsolved.
Benjamin Bathurst: In 1809, British diplomat Benjamin Bathurst disappeared whilst in Germany during the Napoleonic Wars. Another bizarre case, Bathurst and his courier Herr Krause, had stopped off at an inn so that they could rest and wait for their fresh horses to be brought from the nearby post house.
At 9pm, Bathurst and Krause were told that their horses were about to be harnessed to the carriage, at which point, Bathurst left his room, followed by Krause shortly afterwards. When Krause reached the carriage, Bathurst was nowhere to be seen and to this day, all that remains of the diplomat is his fur coat, found in a local outhouse. It is suspected that Bathurst was murdered, but the exact details of his disappearance and killing are unknown.
Teresa Butler : In 2006, mother-of-two Teresa Butler disappeared from her house in Risco, Missouri. The last she was heard of was on a phone call to a relative the previous evening, yet when her husband Gary came home from a night shift, he found their two sons alone without their mother. The family’s PlayStation, GameCube, digital camera and car stereo were missing too, as well as her purse and phone, yet her wedding rings and Jeep were left behind.
In the lead-up to her disappearance, Teresa had been receiving unsettling phone calls from Gary’s ex-wife, yet Gary claims that any dispute between the two was resolved prior to the disappearance. However, foul play is suspected, yet there is no solution yet as to what has happened to Teresa.
Ludwig Leichhardt: In 1848, Prussian explorer Ludwig Leichhardt disappeared whilst on an expedition in Australia. He was accompanied by four Europeans, seven horses, two Aboriginal guides, 20 mules and 50 bullocks, all of which disappeared alongside the explorer. Evidence suggests that they went missing in the Great Sandy Desert, presumably dead.
The only thing left behind from Leichhardt’s expedition was a nameplate marked “LUDWIG LEICHHARDT 1848”, attached to a burnt shotgun slung in a tree, engraved with the letter L – Leichhardt was well known for leaving his initials carved into nearby objects. Rumours suggest that the men had been killed by indigenous Australians yet there is no concrete evidence as to exactly what happened to the explorer.
Jim Thompson: In 1967, American businessman and pioneer of the modern silk industry, Jim Thompson, disappeared whilst on a walk in the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia. A mass search for Thompson took place, with over 500 people involved, yet they could not find any trace of the man. Rumours say that Thompson could have been kidnapped, murdered, or even that he left to voluntarily aide in solving conflict in Vietnam. Recent evidence suggests that Thompson may have been killed in a hit-and-run incident, with his body hidden underneath bushes in the area.
Leah Roberts: Back in March 2000, 23-year-old Leah Roberts disappeared from Bellingham, Washington. The wrecks of her Jeep were found near the Nooksack River, yet no evidence of Roberts’ body was ever found. It appears that her car was tampered with yet there is no way to establish exactly what happened to Roberts, nor who was guilty in her disappearance.
Tara Calico: One of the most chilling cases on this list is that of Tara Calico. Calico disappeared aged 19 in September 1988 in New Mexico. Calico had been on her daily bike ride on September 20, when she never returned home. Pieces of her Sony Walkman were found scattered alongside the road where Tara had been cycling, yet her bike was never found.
The most chilling aspect of this case comes from the photograph (above left), a polaroid of an unidentified boy and girl shown gagged and bound. It was apparently found in the parking space where a white windowless van had been parked at a convenience store in Florida. Police attempted to locate the van but to no avail.
The boy appears to be Michael Henley, another child who went missing from New Mexico in 1988. There is no evidence yet to suggest Calico or Henley are still out there, yet both cases remain open and in October 2013, a six person task force was assigned to reinvestigate the Calico case.