30 Celebrities Who Went Missing and Their Disappearances Remains a Mystery

This article appeared in Pinkpossible and has been published here with permission.

30 Celebrities Who Went Missing and Their Disappearances Remains a Mystery

It’s rather unfortunate that so many people end up missing each year. Some even disappear without a trace. But when a celebrity disappears, people notice it. However, some of those who have gone missing simply never come back. No one knows what had happened to them. They disappeared as though they never existed in the first place. We have created a list of celebrities who went missing, and no one knows what happened to them to this day.

Richey Edwards

Musician Richey Edwards occasionally pulled stunts to show that he was the real deal. In an interview, in 1991, when asked if his grim characteristics were real, he carved the words “4 REAL” with a razor on his arm during the interview.

Richey Edwards

So, when he disappeared in 1995, people assumed it was also a publicity stunt. However, he never came back so people really believed he was no more. Even though his family constantly iterated that he would never take his own life, his car had been abandoned close to a bridge known for such incidents. To this day, though, we don’t know what really happened.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Surely, you may have heard about Le Petit Prince’s author Antoine de Saint-Exupery. He was also an aviator who enjoyed performing extreme aerial stunts.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

This was not exactly good news for his fellow pilots considering the many mistakes he made. However, the worst one of them was when he crashed during takeoff at the Mediterranean. The crash site was discovered only in 2000 but the body was never found.

Connie Converse

Back in the ‘50s, few people knew Connie Converse as a musician. Today, the world knows her as the true singer-songwriter. In 1961, she quit music because she felt like a total failure and chose to have a much quieter life.

Connie Converse

Then in 1974, she decided to do something about the regret she still had. She packed her bags, got into her car and informed her friends that she needed a new start, and disappeared. No one ever saw her again.

Jim Sullivan

Jim Sullivan had the connections and a string of gigs lined up but just when he was about to get his big break, he disappeared. His car had been found abandoned by the road in New Mexico. His belongings were found at a motel, nearby.

Jim Sullivan

Among his things was also his guitar. However, he was never found. Theories say that he chose a different life and just disappeared. But his friends said that even if he did, he would never leave his guitar behind.

Barbara Newhall Follett

Barbara Follett, the Jazz era’s writing prodigy, was already a published novelist by age 13. Everyone was sure that she would be huge but after her father ran away with a much younger woman, things only got worse. She became a typist to support herself at 16 and never wrote again.

Barbara Newhall Follett

In 1939, after a heated argument Follett had with her husband, she left her house and was never seen again. The husband didn’t bother looking for her. In fact, it wasn’t until 1966 that the press and police found out about her disappearance.

Jim Thompson

Thompson was a businessman known for turning Thai silk into a worldwide commodity. Before he was an agent for the OSS (an investigative agency before the CIA became a thing), he shifted to Thailand to begin one of the most successful and famous business ventures ever.

Jim Thompson

By 1967, he became a really rich socialite. That very year, he went to Malaysia on a biking trip but never returned. Many theories revolved around his disappearance, but nothing is certain.

Rico Harris

Harris was a basketball player and also part of the popular Harlem Globetrotters, in 2000. However, things got worse due to his alcoholism. He hit rock bottom when was a security guard and he was fired from the job for drinking on the job, in LA. Then he simply decided to drive to his girlfriend’s place in Seattle.

Rico Harris

Unfortunately, he never made it there. His car, which was abandoned just outside Sacramento, still had all his things in it. There were reports of a tall person wandering by the highway but nothing more.

John Bingham

In 1974, Bingham or Lord Lucan (who was once considered for the role of James Bond) was fed up with fighting the custody battle with his wife over his three kids. He had been spying on them and had bugged their phones. He decided to do something more drastic like taking his wife’s life.

John Bingham

However, the room was dark and he ended up bludgeoning the kids’ nanny instead. After this incident, he vanished from the face of the earth. No one knows where he went.

Amelia Earhart

Everyone knows about the amazing aviator Amelia Earhart, who, in the attempt of circling the globe, vanished in 1937. However, there was more to this story. U.S. Navy was getting radio transmissions for days once her plane had landed a small, lonely island somewhere in the Pacific. Apparently, she ran out of fuel.

Amelia Earhart

Planes were sent to the island but they found nothing there so no one went down to look for her. Her transmissions were also dismissed as fake.

Glenn Miller

Glenn Miller was in the Army in WWII and was much older than others who were drafted. He joined a band and performed in order to boost morale. However, in 1944, while Miller was flying to France for another performance, his plane simply disappeared over the English Channel.

Glenn Miller

People thought that his plane was probably bombed accidentally by the Allied forces. But upon further digging, it was discovered that the fuel in his plane probably froze, and his plane engine stopped working. His plane probably plummeted into the water.

Dorothy Arnold

One of the greatest unsolved mysteries was Dorothy Arnold’s disappearance in 1910. She was a budding writer and an incredibly wealthy socialite. One day, she told her mother that she was going out to purchase a gown and never came back. No one saw her again.

Dorothy Arnold

The Arnold family hired some private investigators to help look for the girl and to avoid bad publicity. When they did inform the police, a few months later, there were no leads to follow.

Bison Dele

NBA player Brian Williams left sports to live a life of a wealthy nomad, under a  new name: Bison Dele.  He purchased a boat in 2007, named it Hakuna Matata, and charted a route from Tahiti to Hawaii.

Bison Dele

His girlfriend, his brother, and the captain were the only other people on the boat. The boat never reached its destination. Miles Dabord, Dele’s brother, was then arrested two months later in Phoenix for buying gold with his brother’s checks. People guessed what happened but there was no proof.

Joe Pichler

Joe Pichler was a child actor known for acting in the Beethoven movies. He took time off from his acting career to concentrate on his studies. And when he just got rid of his braces and planned to pursue acting in LA in 2006, he disappeared.

Joe Pichler

His friend said he was in good spirits in the evening but around four in the morning, he called and was inconsolable. That was the last anyone heard about him. He left a note in his car, which was found empty near a bridge. However, nobody was found and his parents said he would never do anything to harm himself.

Ylenia Maria Sole Carrisi

Ylenia Maria Sole Carrisi had famous actors as parents in Italy. In 1994, she went backpacking in America. She disappeared near the city of New Orleans. During the investigation, a witness claimed to have seen someone resembling her jumping into the Mississippi River while screaming “I belong in the water.”

Ylenia Maria Sole Carrisi

However, no one knows for sure if it was her. Some 20 years later, Carrisi’s mother hired detectives, who told her that she is probably still alive. But, no one knows.

Daniel Lind Lagerlöf

Swedish producer, director, and screenwriter Daniel Lagerlöf was scouting for a location for a new film, in 2011. He was staying at Tjurpannan’s nature reserve.

Daniel Lind Lagerlöf

The version that most people hold to be true is that huge waves knocked Lagerlöf off his feet on a shoreline that he was scouting. Slippery rocks probably did not let him find a proper footing and the sea took him with it. With no witnesses around, people assumed he was no more.

Scott Smith

Loverboy was a Canadian rock band in the’80s. They were famous for hard-charging hits such as “Hot Girls in Love” as well as “Working for the Weekend.” These songs were well-known and well-received all over the world. The band was a huge deal back then.

Scott Smith

Scott Smith was one of its founding members. He was always part of the band until he disappeared all of a sudden, in the year 2000. It was strange but, to this date, no one knows what happened.

Oscar Zeta Acosta

Mexican lawyer and activist Oscar Zeta Acosta had quite a life. Some might even call it crazy. If you want to know what it looked like, watch the movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Benicio Del Toro played the lawyer in the film.

Oscar Zeta Acosta

Acosta simply disappeared in 1974. This was when he was traveling in Mexico. He was only 39. No one saw him again.

Azaria Chamberlain

The nine-week-old Azaria Chamberlain disappeared back in 1980, while on a camping trip with her mother and father. The little girl’s mother Linda was distraught and said that her baby was eaten by a dingo.

Azaria Chamberlain

Yes, that is where the famous phrase comes from. However, the cops claimed that the parents killed her and had them arrested. However, a few years later, when a child’s clothes were seen in a ding dean, very close to the campsite, the Chamberlains were released.

Zahir Raihan

In the ‘60s and early ‘70s, Raihan was considered to be an eminent Bangladeshi writer, political activist, and filmmaker. He made many hard-hitting movies and spoke openly about the problems Pakistan caused the people of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh).

Zahir Raihan

In 1972, he went searching for Shahidullah Kaiser, his brother, who went missing. But instead of finding his brother, he disappeared too and was never seen again. Theories suggested that the Pakistani army had a hand in his disappearance but there is no proof of anything.

Weldon Kees

Many famous artists have disappeared when they were just on the verge of entering their superstardom. Weldon Kees is one of them. He was one of the finest American poets of the early ‘50s.

Weldon Kees

His car was abandoned close to Golden Gate Bridge. Many believe he jumped but his body was never found. Others suggested that he fled to Mexico because his wallet, savings account book, and sleeping bag were also missing.

Phillip Taylor Kramer

1960’s Iron Butterfly band member Phillip Taylor Kramer gave up music to pursue science. By 1995, as an aerospace engineer, he allegedly discovered something that probably led to his disappearance. It was transmissions that were faster than light.

Phillip Taylor Kramer

After that, there was a brief call to his wife and one to 911 during which he said he was going to take his own life. His skeletal remains were then found four year after the fated calls. While police claimed the incident as a suicide, his family suspected that this was an assassination.

Ambrose Bierce

Bierce was a very successful American short story writer, in the late 1800s. He was also a Civil War veteran. The Devil’s Dictionary, his book was considered to be of the 100 greatest masterpieces of American literature.

Ambrose Bierce

In 1914, the 71-year-old author went on a tour of Civil War battlefields before disappearing somewhere in the American southwest. Many suggested that he was caught up in the Mexican Revolution, while others claim he gave up his life near the Grand Canyon, however, no proof has been found of either.

Hale Boggs

Hale Boggs was a prominent Democratic politician in the ‘60s and ‘70s. The congressman from Louisiana was the Majority Leader, and also set on the Warren Commission, which was tasked with investigating JFK’s assassination.

Hale Boggs

In 1972, Hale and Nick Begich, the Alaska congressman, were in Alaska for a fundraising event. Their airplane disappeared when they were on the way to Juneau. However, no one found the wreckage. So many questions and no answers!

Heinrich Muller

Muller was one the closest people to a famous totalitarian German leader during WWII. He was involved in some serious crimes that he committed on behalf of his role in the secret police.

Heinrich Muller

So, it came as no surprise that he disappeared after Germany surrendered. There are many theories as to what may have happened to him but there is nothing concrete.

Jimmy Hoffa

Jimmy Hoffa was a union leader and his disappearance was probably the most famous in America’s history. His friends from the union always held him in high regard despite allegations pertaining to his alleged involvement in illicit activities.

James Hoffa

In fact, in 1975, when the man had just gone out of jail, he had already made plans to meet more mobsters to get back his leadership. He was last seen waiting at a restaurant’s parking lot for those men.

Rockefeller Jr.

The then New York governor Nelson Rockefeller was also the vice president during Gerald Ford term. His son disappeared under weird circumstances. Rockefeller Jr. had been collecting artifacts back in New Guinea. The boat he was on was discovered 12 miles away from the shore.

Rockefeller Jr.

As there was no evidence of what had happened, the incident was reported as drowning. However, no one knows, to this date, where he disappeared, like the other celebs mentioned here.

Sean Flynn

Hollywood star Errol Flynn’s son Sean always lived in his father’s shadow. When acting did not take him far he tried his hand at photojournalism. He tasted success when he decided to go to Vietnam as a photojournalist.

Sean Flynn

The pictures he sent were bone-chilling and laid the foundation for anti-war movements. Unfortunately, in April 1970, Sean and Dana Stone, a fellow journalist, were on their way to one of the Viet Cong checkpoints. They were never to be seen again.

Jean Spangler

The ’40 actress Jean Spangler was on her way to becoming a star. But, one evening she informed her sister-in-law about going to see her ex-husband, and then to the film sets. That was the last time anyone saw of her. During the investigation, they found her purse at a park with a note in it, to a certain Kirk.

Jean Spangler

It said she could not wait any longer and she was going to see a certain Dr. Scott. Actor Kirk Douglas informed the police that he had nothing to do with it. No one knows what happened to her.

“Sweet Jimmy” Robinson

Jimmy Robinson was someone who had fought the great Muhammad Ali in 1961. The match was held in Miami Beach. After the match, reporters looked for him, but he was nowhere to be found.

“Sweet Jimmy” Robinson

“Sweet Jimmy” RobinsonThey were not able to gather any information about him, not his name, date of birth, family, or any other record. It was as though he did not exist in the first place.

Theodosia Burr Alston

The daughter of Vice President  Aaron Burr, Theodosia had a grim future ahead of her, as there were rumors about her supposed incestuous relationship with her father.

Theodosia Burr Alston

However, it was the loss of her son that sent her over the edge. She simply took a boat at Georgetown port, in 1813, and vanished. There were many theories about her but no one really knows what happened to her.