The strange fate of 10 lost ones who were never found.
Incredibly, though, adults are always telling us to stay together so we do not get lost in the crowd. Sometimes we even fall asleep so we can have as much fun as possible. Although this can be very exciting, the thought of getting lost is scary. Below is a list of 10 people who mysteriously disappeared and were never found again.
The Australian pilot disappeared 40 years ago and was never found after reporting a sighting of a UFO. The 20-year-old trained pilot had completed about 150 hours of flight time and an instrument calibration that allowed him to fly at night in the right weather conditions. On one of his training flights at 7:06 p.m. on Oct. 21, 1978, he reported to air traffic control in Melbourne that an unidentified aircraft was following him at an altitude of 4,500 feet, but he was told that no aircraft existed at that altitude.
“This large aircraft is illuminated by four landing lights but I cannot determine its type. It has flown over my head at an altitude of about 1,000 feet and is moving at a high rate of speed,” he said. The unidentified plane has “a shiny metal surface with a green light on it and above my head it’s spinning.” He had said that it was not a plane before his connection was cut off due to an anonymous noise and all contacts were lost. Although there have been many theories about this incident, none have been proven and his disappearance remains a mystery.
The doctor was named the 2571st victim of 9/11 because he was believed to have died trying to help the victims of the terrorist attacks. But no one ever saw him there and his body was never found anywhere. He disappeared on September 10 in a very strange way. It was assumed that the American doctor had spent the night at a friend’s house, but when he returned home the next day, September 11, 2001, suspicions arose. His wife, Ron Lieberman, found after an investigation that she had last been seen in a department store. The store’s surveillance camera and credit card records confirmed it.
Because the World Trade Center and medical school were nearby, the family believed that Philip had died during the September 11, 2001 attacks and requested that Philip be declared a victim of the attacks, but because his remains were never found and there was no physical evidence of his presence, the request was denied. Investigators believed he may have been killed or used the terrorist attacks to start a new life. His disappearance remains a mystery, but his family sued and he was eventually identified as the 2751st victim of 9/11.
John David Gosh
John David Gosh, a 12-year-old boy, disappeared without a trace in the early morning hours of September 5, 1982. Everyone thought he had been kidnapped, but no ransom was demanded. John was selling a newspaper in West De Maine, Iowa, and when the townspeople did not receive their paper that morning, they doubted what had happened to him. His bicycle was found some distance from his house where all the newspapers were stacked.
Two witnesses said the boy had been talking to a man driving a blue Ford Fairmont with Nebraska license plates. The boy’s disappearance was reported to police, but under guidelines at the time, it could not be added to the missing persons list for 72 hours. The boy’s mother believed her son was gone forever because of this police policy. Fifteen years after the boy’s disappearance, the mother said that the boy had visited her one evening with an unknown man and that she appeared to be under the man’s command and had given no information about his whereabouts.
Sodder house fire
When Sodder’s house burned down in 1945, the parents and four surviving children believed that five other children were trapped in the fire and had lost their lives, but their remains were never found in the fire. On Christmas Eve 1945, Jenny Sadr awoke several times during the night, once to a phone call, once to a noise upstairs, and finally to the smell of smoke in the house.
When George and Jenny found out the house was on fire, they fled with their four children. George tried to reach his five other children through a window to rescue them, who he assumed were trapped upstairs by the fire. The ladder that normally stood in front of the house was missing, and both trucks were out of commission. George and Ginny thought they had lost their five children in the fire, but there was no sign of them.
In 2014, 28-year-old tourist Lars Mitank quickly let his luggage out of the airport terminal and jumped a barbed wire fence, despite being followed. The incident was recorded by the airport’s CCTV camera and this was the last time he was seen. On June 30, he travelled with a group of friends to the Golden Sands beach resort in Bulgaria. While there, he got into a fight with four other men over an argument about football. The brawl resulted in a rupture of his eardrum. The doctor advised Mitank not to fly with his injury and prescribed antibiotics.
A day after his friends left, he began acting strange and paranoid. He called his mother and said that four men had come to kill him and that he should have his credit cards cancelled. Mitank was last seen at Varna airport, where he suddenly dropped his suitcase and fled the building. The airport’s surveillance camera recorded him running outside the airport, jumping the fence and disappearing onto a farm. Since then, several theories have been advanced about his disappearance.
On May 14, 2008, Brandon Swanson crashed his car into a ditch and asked his parents for help, but he could not say exactly where he was and was not seen again. Brandon was a 19-year-old student from Marshall, Minnesota. He attended the College of Western Minnesota and Cannes College of Technology and had just finished his spring semester. After celebrating the end of his semester, he fell into a ditch on his way home but was fortunately uninjured and contacted his parents.
He had told them he might be near Lind. However, when their parents arrived in Lind, they could not find them. Police found his car in Taunton, about 40 miles (40 km) from where Swanson said, but there was no sign of him. He is believed to have drowned in a nearby river, but his body was never found.
In April 2006, Brian Schaefer traveled to Ohio to visit his friends, but disappeared a few hours later. Schaefer, a 27-year-old medical student at Ohio State College, met his friend William Florence near the South Ugly Tuna Saloona campus at 9 p.m. on March 31, 2006.
Around 1:55 a.m., Schaefer was seen with two women. His two female companions tried unsuccessfully to contact him and left shortly thereafter, thinking he might have gone to his apartment unnoticed. The front door was the only way in and out.
On March 14, 1998, Lenny Dirixon was having breakfast with his son when a man interrupted the conversation to buy his horse. Lenny went with the man but never returned home. It later turned out that Lenny had not posted an ad for the sale of the horse at all.
He had told his son that he planned to travel to Alec Oklahoma and Mobitas, Texas to look at the horses. Little did Jared know that this would be the last time he would see his father. Police determined that Lenny had not advertised the sale of his horse, so the stranger probably already knew Lenny.
On January 12, 2018, 15-year-old Michael Dillard of West Virginia went to the back of the house after helping his mother get some items out of the car and did not return. Her sister, Brittany Craft, said she’s usually too squirmy. Michael and his parents lived in Calvin, West Virginia, and visited his sister occasionally and talked to her almost daily.
His worried mother reported him to authorities. That night, it was storming and temperatures in the area dropped to minus 22 degrees Fahrenheit. Family and authorities searched for him all night but could not find him. They found his jacket about 300 yards from the house and after a week of searching.
Anne Elizabeth Hagen
The wife of a Norwegian billionaire has been missing since October 31, 2018. It was suspected that he was kidnapped because there was a letter demanding 9 million euros in digital currency. He has not been heard from since and there is no indication that he is still alive. Elizabeth Hagen was a 68-year-old woman and wife of Tom Hagen, whose net worth was $2 billion in 2018. The kidnappers also hinted in the letter what they would do if police intervened with Elizabeth, but Hagen still got police involved in the case.
The police investigated the case thoroughly but found no suspects. The course of the case changed abruptly this year when police arrested and detained Tom Hagen, a suspect. They believe the ransom note was written only to mislead investigators. But Hagen has denied the allegations. There is no information on her whereabouts or evidence that she is alive or dead, and the case is still open.