People go missing more often than you think. In the United States alone as many as 900,000 people fall off the face of the Earth each year. As opposed to the 150,000 missing persons from 1980, the ascendant trend is a bit disconcerting. Besides these numbers, there are also 40,000 unidentified bodies and 6,000 unresolved murders. Thanks to the technology we have today and how quickly information can spread, we’re taking a lead on solving puzzling events. But there are still some mysteries that we will never crack, like the following mysterious unsolved deaths and disappearances of these people who seemed to have been swallowed by the Earth.
8. Ben McDaniel
In the summer of 2010 an amateur diver left his wallet in his truck and went for a dive in Vortex Springs park, Florida. No one saw him again. When the park’s employees noticed the abandoned pickup truck, they called the police and the searches for McDaniel started. Ben wanted to dive in a cave, so that’s where the rescuers started looking. They only found some of his equipment, but not his body.
7. Arnold Archembeau and Ruby Bruguier
20 year old Arnold, his girlfriend, Ruby, and her cousin, Tracy were leaving a party one December morning in 1992. They crashed the car and ended upside down in a ditch. Tracy was in the backseat and remembers that Arnold was no longer in the car when she looked around and a few seconds later her cousin Ruby also got out of the car, leaving her alone. No one knew what happened with the couple. Strangely enough, some months later, the bodies of Arnold and Ruby were found in the same ditch, 75 feet from the accident. It would’ve been impossible for the police to miss them in the first place, which made the investigators wondering what really happened with the young couple.
6. The Lead Mask Case
In 1966, a boy flying his kite in Brazil stumbled upon two bodies. The police found the corpses which wore identical suits, raincoats and had lead masks on. The two men were identified but the cause of death was never identified because the bodies were too decomposed. They also had a notebook with them which contained some sort of instructions.
5. A Boeing 727 Takes Off Out Of The Blue
A Boeing 727 disappeared in May 2003 into thin air. The two passengers were a mechanic and his assistant. They were supposed to restore the plane, and none of them could fly. The control tower said that the 727 took off from Luanda Airport in Angola, despite the flight controllers’ requests not to take off. The FBI and CIA immediately got involved, but they never tracked down the plane which was probably hijacked.
4. Rebecca Coriam Goes Missing
Rebecca Coriam was working for Disney when she disappeared from the cruise ship”Disney Wonder” in March 2009. She was last seen by a crew member after she ended a heated phone conversation. He asked her if she was alright, and she said she was fine. After missing a few shifts she was reported missing. Suicide was the first hunch, but her family and crew didn’t agree with the theory. Rebecca’s family later sued Disney for withholding information about her death.
3. Deborah Jeane Palfrey suicide
Lawyer and owner of an escort firm, Palfrey got caught up in a scandal when she was accused of prostitution and racketeering. She counterattacked by threatening to expose the phone numbers of 15,000 clients. Several senators and government officials had to resign. Two years later, Palfrey was publicly voicing her concerns on TV that the government wanted to kill her, stressing that she’d never kill herself. One month later, she was found hanged in a shed, in what investigators called a suicide.
2. The Jennings 8
For four years between 2005 and 2009, people living in Jennings, Louisiana were shocked when every few months a female body appeared in the swamps near the small town. All the victims knew each other somehow: they were either roommates, coworkers or went to the same bars. The police were not sure of the cause of death and they arrested four suspects but had to release them because of lack of evidence.
1. Dorothy Forstein
Forstein had a happy marriage and three children. In 1944, when she was heading home where no one waited for her, she was attacked by an unknown man. As soon as she stepped through the front door, the assailant jumped her and beat her unconscious, fleeing the scene without stealing anything. Five years later, Dorothy was home alone with her two youngest children. When her husband returned late at night he found the scared kids hiding in bed. Marcy, who was nine years old told her father a man entered their house and picked up her Dorothy from the floor, where she was lying unconscious. The unknown man calmed Marcy and told her to go to bed before walking out with Dorothy on his shoulder. Nothing had been stolen and there were no signs of forced entry. Forstein’s disappearance remains a mystery till today.