From hiding out in crack houses to being slain by family members, there have been some pretty strange stories of celebrities reported missing. Some reappeared the following day, while others are still yet to be found. While new evidence is emerging for cases that are decades old, there are so many others that will never be solved.
Hiding in a Crack House
After a week of no contact, Nick Stahl’s estranged wife reported him missing. The actor was a drug addict and his wife was worried he might’ve overdosed. He apparently was shacked up in a crack house in downtown LA, and a few days after the report was made, he reassured the media he was safe. He checked himself into rehab, but pretty quickly disappeared yet again. He reemerged, claiming that rehab just wasn’t for him. His wife has since stated that he has gotten clean on his own and is doing well.
They’re All Out to Get Me
When Margot Kidder of Superman fame missed a flight to Phoenix and went missing for a few days, her manager filed a missing person’s report. Three days later she was found crouching in bushes in an LA suburb, her clothes dirty and torn and her face covered in cuts and bruises from the bushes. She was terrified and very paranoid—she had cut her own hair off with a razor blade in order to change her appearance, and was missing two front teeth because her bridge fell out. She was taken in and held for psychiatric evaluation, during which she tested negative for drugs and alcohol.
Living in Despair
The parents of Canadian activist and actor Andrew Koenig (Boner from Growing Pains) contacted police when their son missed a fight and wasn’t heard from for a few days. Andrew was suffering from serious depression and they feared the worst. A few days later his body was found in a park in Vancouver, British Columbia; he had committed suicide. His father stated that Andrew stopped taking medication for his depression a year prior. He had received a letter from his son a week before his death in which Andrew had a sounded like was in a lot of pain and had a “despondent tone.”
Paris Jackson, Michael Jackson’s daughter, became alarmed when she couldn’t get in touch with her grandmother Katherine, who had cared for her after her father died. The 82 year old was unreachable for a week, and her family started to panic, so her nephew filed a missing person’s report. Her son Jermaine soon Tweeted that Katherine was fine and just resting in Arizona per doctor’s orders. The disappearance occurred during a string of messy disputes over family finances. Jermaine went on to say, “This is our mother and her health is paramount. We are not inventing or plotting anything. We are following doctor’s advice. Period.”
Hiking the Appalachian Trail
In 2009, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford’s wife said her husband had been missing for six days and she had no idea where he was. Apparently he’d taken a law enforcement vehicle and never came back. Sanford’s office, however, didn’t seem too concerned. They released a statement saying he needed to recharge and went to hike the Appalachian Trial. Sanford finally reappeared and held a press conference, admitting that he had actually been in Argentina, having an affair. He and his wife divorced not long after, and Sanford was impeached. He was briefly engaged to his mistress, but that relationship only lasted a few years.
Mysterious Evidence Emerges
In 1937, American aviator Amelia Earhart, who was one of the first female aviators, attempted to fly around the world. She was accompanied by navigator Frederick Noonan. Earhart had been in contact with the U.S. Coast Guard while in the Pacific near Howland Island, and reported that she was lost and low on fuel. That was the last anyone had ever heard from her, and no trace was ever found of the plane. In recent years, a photo emerged that depicts a barge towing a plane with two people aboard speculated to be Earhart and Noonan. The photo is believed to be taken after her disappearance. In March 2018, researchers announced that bones found on an island in 1940 were “99% likely” to be Earhart’s.
Jay’s Suddenly the Silent One
Best known as Jay from the Jay and Silent Bob duo in Kevin Smith’s films, actor Jason Mewes went missing for nearly two years after failing to appear in court in New Jersey for violating probation for a drug possession conviction. A warrant was issued for his arrest, but no one seemed to have any info on his whereabouts. Rumors started circulating that he was dead. After setting a couch on fire during a heroin induced nod-out, Mewes realized he needed help and turned himself in. He was ordered to spend six months in rehab.
Living in the Wild
When director Richard Stanely was fired just three days into the production of The Island of Dr. Moreau, he never boarded his flight back to Los Angeles. Some of the film’s extras later discovered that Stanley was living on in the wild on a fruit plantation in Australia, where the film was being shot, scavenging for yams, coconuts and other food in order to survive. He even sneaked back on set as an extra, dressed as a mutant dog. He stated that he did so because he was worried about some friends on set, and wanted to keep an eye on them.
22 Years Missing and Counting
Richard Edwards, the guitarist of Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers, was missing for 17 days before authorities found his car near Severn Bridge, a notorious spot for suicide. Edwards had recently been hospitalized for self harm, alcoholism and anorexia. He was supposed to leave for an American tour the day he went missing, though his passport and wallet were found at his home. The case was left open for 14 years, during which there were various sighting reports of Edwards, but none ever materialized into anything. While the family closed the case legally, they still refuse to accept that he is dead.
The Case of the Missing Corpse
Kerri Kasem, daughter of legendary radio host Casey Kasem reported her 82-year-old father, who suffered from Parkinson’s and dementia, missing from a care facility. Kerri was in a messy dispute with her stepmother, and initially believed the woman had relocated Kasem in the middle of the night to a to an Indian reservation in Canada or Washington State. Then word came out that Kasem was dead, yet his children didn’t know where the body was. Turns out she had him buried in Norway for some unknown reason, and apparently didn’t even embalm the body before shipping it around the globe.
Cheater in Hiding
In May of 2016, When Sharon Osbourne discovered her husband of 34 years, Ozzy Osbourne, was cheating on her with stylist Michelle Pugh, she gave him the boot. He retreated to the Beverly Hill Hotel for a few days, then disappeared. His kids tried desperately to track him down, worried he’d fall off the wagon and turn to alcohol and drugs. Rumors surfaced that he was going to flee to Europe. He soon resurfaced, looking disheveled as he carried his dog through the streets of LA. He claimed that he did not touch drugs or alcohol during his disappearance.
Runway Model Vanishes
When 22-year-old model AtauiAtari Deng went missing from Manhattan for 10 days, Twitter exploded with concerned tweets. Fellow models and celebrities, including Rihanna, were asking anyone who had any information to contact the NYPD. Deng, who came to America as a refugee from Sudan, had last been seen leaving a lounge in NYC. According to her boyfriend, Deng had left her phone in their apartment prior to her disappearance. She was found a few days later in a Manhattan hospital, though details on why she’d been hospitalized have not been released. One rumor was that the model was admitted to the psych unit for depression and suicidal thoughts.
Skipped Out on the Super Bowl
You’d think the playing in the Super Bowl would be the highlight of any football player’s career. So when Raiders center Barrett Robbins disappeared the day before he was supposed to play in the big game, his family and team were pretty distressed. Robbins had a history of mental instability, and his loved ones feared the worst. This was especially so because he’d left his wallet and phone behind. Robbins was then found in Tijuana, Mexico. He was quoted as saying, “In my mind we had already won the Super Bowl and we were already celebrating.”
Dead or Alive?
Cameraman Patrick Kim McDermott, better known as Olivia Newton-John’s boyfriend, completely vanished while on an overnight fishing trip a little over 10 yeas ago. The Coast Guard initially believed McDermott had drowned, though none of the other 22 other passengers witnessed him falling off the boat. After some investigation, it was speculated that McDermott faked his own death. At the time of his disappearance, he was $30k in debt. He also had just acquired a passport in his birth name of Patrick Kim, and emptied out his entire life savings. A mysterious letter then surfaced stating that Patrick was fine and just wanted to be left alone.
Betrayed By His Brother
Former NBA player Bison Dele went sailing with his girlfriend, a friend and brother Miles. When the ship docked, Miles was the only one to return; the others had disappeared mysteriously. Bison’s family suspected that Miles had murdered all the passengers. Miles fled, but was discovered when he used his brother’s passport and forged his signature to purchase $150k worth of gold. The boat they’d all sailed on was found in Tahiti, registered in another name, with patched up bullet holes. Miles admitted that he and Bison got into a fight and the girlfriend had accidentally been killed in the struggle, so he panicked and killed the other two. Miles overdosed on insulin and died during the investigation.
Mystery Writer’s Greatest Mystery
Mystery author Agatha Christie’s strangest mystery was her own disappearance. One evening, Christie kissed her sleeping daughter and drove off. The next day her car was found abandoned. She was found 11 days later in a spa hotel using an assumed name. The reason why is blurry, though some suspect she crashed her car and experienced short-term memory loss. Another theory was that she staged the whole thing to ruin her husband’s plans for a getaway with his mistress. A recent theory is that she suffered from a mental condition called ‘fugue state’, which meant she experienced out-of-body, stressed-induced amnesia, and was in a trance for a few days. The truth is a mystery.
Suicidal Facebook Posts
Irish songstress Sinéad O’Connor has had a history of mental illness and has openly admitted to having suicidal thoughts. She often used Facebook to express her turmoil, once even writing that she was going to overdose because “there is no other way to get respect.” So when she didn’t return home after an early morning bike ride in a Chicago suburb, loved ones feared something had happened to her. The police then issued a well-being check. She surfaced 24 hours later, alive and well, and immediately returned to posting strange and depressing messages on Facebook.
The Starlet and the Strange Note
Jean Spangler, a model, actress and dancer in the 1940s, became most famous for disappearing without a trace. In the midst of a messy custody battle with her ex, Jean went missing. Two days later, her purse was found in a park with a cryptic note addressed to “Kirk” (at one point thought to be Kirk Douglas) saying she needed to go see “Dr. Scotty.” A rumor circulated that she was pregnant and wanted to get an abortion, which was illegal at the time. Another rumor was that she was spotted years later with Davy Ogul, who was under investigation by the FBI and had disappeared two days after Jean, but this was never proven. Jean was never found.
Lost in Combat
Sean Flynn, son of actor Errol Flynn, found a career as a wartime photographer. After parachuting into combat zones with U.S. troops during the Vietnam War for an assignment for Time magazine, Flynn traveled to Cambodia as North Vietnamese troops were making advances into the country. While leaving Cambodia’s capital to head to a press conference in Saigon, Flynn and a fellow journalist, who were both riding motorcycles, vanished. According to reports by Time, Flynn and his companion were captured by Khmer Rouge, a Cambodian communist organization, and held prisoner for a year before they were executed.
Lost at Sea
Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt went swimming one afternoon at Cheviot Beach and never returned. According to companions, the tide had been higher than normal, but Holt, a strong swimmer, felt confident. Despite an intense undertow, Holt decided to swim far out from shore and suddenly disappeared. The Australian army, navy and coast guard conducted a massive search, yet Holt’s body was never found. Speculation circulated about foul play, as well as that Holt might’ve been in a poor mental state and committed suicide. One pretty intricate theory was that Holt was a spy for the Chinese government and was picked up by one of their submarines.