You hear about people going missing all of the time. A woman goes on her break while working at Starbucks and never comes back. People vanish from cruise ships, seemingly without a trace. A man and his dog disappear in the desert while driving across the country. These stories pepper the news so often that maybe you barely even register them because you never think it’s going to happen to someone you know. But life isn’t a bed of roses, Is it? So many people went missing in the early 1800’s without leaving a clue behind. Here are few people that mysteriously disappeared in nowhere.
Jennifer Joyce Kesse (born May 20, 1981) is an American woman who lived in Orlando, Florida and has been missing since January 24, 2006. Her disappearance puzzled investigators and an aggressive search for her was conducted in the area surrounding her home. Shortly after her disappearance, her car was discovered a little over a mile from her home at a nearby apartment complex. No evidence was ever made known with regards to her, like finger prints, DNA or cellphone location info pinging off nearby towers. Captured footage from a nearby security camera showed a person parking her car and walking away. However, this person was never identified. The case received state and national press attention at the time of her disappearance.
Kesse was last seen on January 23, 2006, at approximately 6 p.m., leaving her place of employment, Westgate Resorts, in Ocoee, Florida. That evening she made several calls to family and friends; the last call around 10 p.m. was to her boyfriend. Typically, Kesse would call or text her boyfriend every morning on her drive to work to talk and wish him a good day. On the morning of January 24, Kesse never called or sent a text message. Any call to Kesse’s phone went directly to voice-mail. When Kesse failed to arrive at work that morning, her employer contacted her parents, who immediately made a two-hour drive from their home to her residence. Her parents noticed that her car was missing, but upon entering her condo, they saw nothing that looked out of the ordinary. Evidence at her residence, including a wet towel and clothes laid out, indicated that Kesse was at home the morning of January 24 and had showered and dressed for work. Friends and family began passing out fliers of her that evening, and the Orlando Police Department began organizing search parties to scout the surrounding area on foot, horseback, boat, helicopter, and ATV.
Amelia Earhart disappeared in 1937 during an attempt at a circumnavigation flight around the world. After becoming the first female to complete a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932, Earhart toured the US on a lecture circuit, seeking to empower other females to pursue aviation as she had.
In 1937, the renowned aviator embarked twice on an attempt to complete a 29,000 mile flight around the world. The West to East route, which started in Oakland, CA, would see Earhart traverse 22,000 miles to Lae, New Guinea. On the flight’s final stretch across the Pacific, Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan lost communication and were never seen again.
(born 12 May 2003) disappeared on the evening of 3 May 2007 from her bed in a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, resort in the Algarve region of Portugal, sparking what one newspaper called “the most heavily reported missing-person case in modern history”. The girl had been in a hotel room with her younger siblings just 160 feet away from a restaurant where her parents were dining when her mother discovered she was missing. The family fell under intense scrutiny when Portuguese police falsely concluded the girl had been murdered in the room. Madeleine remains missing to this day.
Carolina during the early morning hours of Valentine’s Day in 2000. According to the Charlotte Observer, Degree’s family last saw her in her bed at 2:30 a.m., and drivers reported seeing her walk along N.C. 18 in Shelby, N.C., 90 minutes later.
One year after her disappearance the child’s backpack was found buried on the same road. Stephanie Faris noted on the Mystery Monday series on her blog that the backpack “contained several sets of clothes, including her basketball uniform, as well as some photos of her family. It is believed that she packed the bag herself and snuck out of the house in the rain that morning … but why?”
In 2016, police released a new detail. According to the Charlotte Observer a witness reported seeing Degree get into an early-1970s Lincoln Mark IV or Ford Thunderbird, dark green, with rust around the wheel wells.
Degree’s story is also detailed in the Thinking Sideways Podcast. Additionally,the Charley Project noted that Degree’s class was reading the book The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman about two children who run away, but return safely. It’s not know whether the book is a factor in the disappearance.
Maria Des Los Angeles Martinez went to a babysitting job on Oct. 13, 1990 in Phoenix, Ariz., and never came back. According to the Charley Project, Martinez called a local radio station to advertise her babysitting services on Oct. 12. A man reportedly responded to the ad, and agreed to pick up the teen the next morning at her home at 10 a.m. for a babysitting gig.
It was reported that Martinez called her parents shortly after she left home and asked them to pick her up. Before she could give them the address the line was disconnected, and Martinez was never seen or heard from again. Police were never able to identify the man who called the station.
Rounding out the list: the strange end of Ambrose Bierce, author of the seminal short story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.” A Civil War vet, he saddled up and rode to Mexico in 1913; he was 71, and in search of excitement. He found it in the form of Pancho Villa’s revolution … or did he? Theories behind his vanishing include: he was shot by Mexican revolutionaries; he went underground or was placed in a mental hospital; or he committed suicide (the latter strongly suggested by a letter sent to his sister, excerpted below). Decades later, reports of his demise continue to inspire stories and speculation.
“Good-bye — if you hear of my being stood up against a Mexican stone wall and shot to rags please know that I think that a pretty good way to depart this life. It beats old age, disease, or falling down the cellar stars. To be a Gringo in Mexico — ah, that is euthanasia!”
On the afternoon of Monday, February 9, before she left the university campus, she emailed her professors and work supervisor, writing that she was taking a week off due to a death in the family; this claim could not be corroborated by her family. At 7:27 pm, a local woman reported a car accident on a sharp corner of Route 112 adjacent to her home. A passing motorist who also lived nearby stopped at the scene, and asked the woman driving the car if she needed assistance; she declined, claiming to have called roadside assistance. Upon arriving home several minutes later, the motorist reported the accident to emergency services. At 7:46 pm, law enforcement arrived at the scene, but the woman had disappeared. Police traced the vehicle to Murray, and initially her case was treated as a missing-person investigation, as investigators believed that she may have wanted to disappear voluntarily. This speculation was due to her travel preparations (of which she had not confided to friends or family) and no obvious evidence of foul play. In 2009, Murray’s case was given to the New Hampshire cold case division, and authorities are handling it as a “suspicious” missing persons case.