It’s always unsettling when a disappearance occurs, but when that person’s disappearance is unexplainable, one starts to speculate. How can someone just disappear with no explanation? One can’t just vanish into thin air… can they? Well no, at least not to our knowledge, that is. Nevertheless, there have been countless unexplained disappearances throughout time. Now, obviously when someone up and vanished back in the day, before much needed advances in science and technology, it was pretty safe to assume that said person was just killed by a stealthy advisory. However, some stories beg to differ, leaving no room for logical explanation.
This list will go over ten extremely bizarre and thought provoking disappearances. Each story has its own lineup of far-fetched theories, spanning from alien abduction to sea monsters. See what theories you come up with, if you come up with any at all. In the end, each case will surely leave you scratching your head.
10. The Springfield Three
In the year off 1992, the Missouri police department proved just how useless they could be. Not one, not two, but three women went missing without any explanation. The three women, Sherrill Levitt, Suzie Streeter and Stacy McCall, were last seen leaving an overcrowded party. They had stated that they were going to a friend’s house which proved to be true, as their clothes, purses, keys and cars were found at said residence. Surprisingly there were no witnesses and on top of that, the police claimed that all evidence had been deemed futile due to the amount of party-goers.
9. Joseph Force Crater – Runaway Judge
Back in the 1930s, the phrase “pulling a Crater” was a common jest. Joseph Force Carter was a well-respected New York City judge, until his abrupt disappearance on August 6th, 1930. Although authority’s claimed there was no concrete proof pointing to Carter planning his own disappearance, we beg to differ. Not only was Carter’s safety deposit box emptied, but thousands of dollars from his bank account had been taken out. If that’s not enough, an Atlantic City showgirl named Sally Lou Ritz, who was more than friendly with Carter, suspiciously disappeared. The two have never been seen since.
8. Harold Holt – Lost At Sea
Harold Holt was Australia’s Prime Minister in 1967, although his time spent in office was rather short lived. Just 22 months after being elected, Holt disappeared after going for a swim at Cheviot Beach. Even though Holt was said to be a very strong swimmer, many believe the strong current to be the culprit here. Yet his body was never found which led to many conspiracy theories including shark attacks, Soviet assassination, kidnapping by the Chinese and of course alien abduction. Even though the strong current seems like the most probable cause here, Holt’s disappearance still remains a mystery today.
7. The Stonehenge Disappearance
There’s a lot of mystery surrounding Stonehenge, but one of the more interesting occurrences involving this landmark took place in August of 1971. Before Stonehenge was off limits to the public, you could literally walk right up and touch the giant rocks if you wanted to. Because of this freedom, a group of hippies decided camping out in the middle of Stonehenge would be a groovy time – which it was, until a severe thunderstorm halted their buzz at 2:00 am. This is where things get a little weird. Two witnesses, a farmer and a policeman, claimed that a lightning bolt struck one of the stones which resulted in the entire monument giving off a blinding blue light, during which they both heard screams from the hippie campers. When they ran over to help the campers, there was no one to be found. All that was left were the smoldering pegs used to put up their tents.
6. Martha Wright – The Lincoln Tunnel
This disappearance leaves the husband in the spotlight as the prime suspect, yet much more extravagant theories have emerged. The story begins with Martha and her husband Jackson entering the Lincoln Tunnel, in New York City. Shortly after entering the said tunnel, the couple allegedly pulled over to the side of the road to wipe condensation from the front and back windshield. Now, this is where things get a little questionable. Jackson claims that after the few seconds it took him to clean the windshield, he looked back only to find his wife had vanished. Jackson stated that he never heard nor saw anything, and that it would have been impossible for Martha to run away in the short time it took him to wipe down the windshield. Since police were unable to find any evidence of Martha’s disappearance, many theories -including time travel and alien abduction- have been thrown around.
5. MV Joyita – Ghost Ship
This story sounds like something straight out of a horror movie. In 1955, a ship named the MV Joyita was sighted 600 miles off course, coasting towards the Fiji islands. The thing is, the ship was partially submerged, and not a single crew member was left aboard. This abandoned ship became even creepier once it was searched. All that was found was a radio set to the international distress channel, a flooded engine and a doctor’s bag riddled with bloody dressings. All the life boats were missing, yet none were ever found despite being designed to be easily spotted for rescue. This eerie ghost ship disappearance has led to many theories involving sea monsters – although this seems a little unlikely, none of the crew or their life boats were ever found.
4. Frederick Valentich – UFO Encounter
This disappearance would be perfect for an X-Files intro. In 1978, Australian pilot Frederick Valentich had an unexpected encounter during a training flight. Valentich noticed what looked like a peculiar looking aircraft following him at around 4500 feet. Naturally he radioed in this doubtful sighting, and was told no other air traffic was in his location. The situation then quickly escalated when Valentich claimed four bright lights approached his plane and began to orbit him. Shortly after this, Valentich said he was experiencing engine problems. When he was asked to identify the other aircraft, his response was rather haunting: “it isn’t an aircraft”. That was then followed by a metallic scraping noise; he was never seen again. Obviously everything points to alien abduction, but who knows… He could have just crashed, right?
3. D.B. Cooper – The Perfect Heist
This elusive criminal remains one of the most infamous robbers of all time. D.B. Cooper hijacked a Boeing 727 in November of 1971. He boarded the plane along with a bomb which he revealed to a hostess shortly after takeoff. This threat led to a calm and collective hijacking in which Cooper demanded $200,000, which he was granted by authorities after landing the plane at Seattle-Tacoma airport. During this pit stop, all of the passengers except for a few flight attendants and the pilot left the plane. The 727 then took off for a second time; this is when Cooper asked the remaining flight attendants to wait in the cockpit. Within the next hour, the crew noticed that the plane’s air stair apparatus had been activated, which could only mean one thing: Cooper had jumped out of the plane. When the plane landed in Reno, a thorough search was done, but Cooper was nowhere to be found, nor has he ever been.
2. Jimmy Hoffa – Mafia Cover-up
Hoffa was no stranger when it came to working with organized crime families. He was President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which had fallen into corruption during the 1950s. Hoffa was supposed to have a meeting with some of his friends in the mafia on July 30th, 1975. However, he never made it to the meeting. Now, Hoffa’s disappearance isn’t much of a mystery, most believe he was murdered. What people don’t know is where his body ended up. Many theories have been passed around, some of which include being mixed into the concrete used to build the New York Giants football stadium, the classic cement shoes “swimming with the fishes” and the more brutal of the three – crushed in a car compactor. All in all, Hoffa’s disappearance is one of the more famous cases on the list.
1. Flight 307
This devastating mass disappearance took place just two years ago. The Boeing 777-200ER took off on March 8th, 2014, and everything seemed to be going smoothly. Yet just an hour after takeoff, when the plane was going over the South China Sea, it disappeared from the air traffic controllers’ radar screens. Malaysian military radar was still able to track the plane, though it was headed off course. Eventually the plane disappeared from radar (and reality), taking with it 12 Malaysian crew members and 227 passengers. This mysterious disappearance has puzzled the world for the last two years. Countless searches have been carried out yet virtually nothing has been found, except for a few scarce amounts of debris said to be possibly connected to flight 307. Besides that, the plane just seemed to vanish in mid-flight.