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11 Famous People Who Mysteriously Vanished Without A Trace

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People go missing every day, all over the world. It’s a sad fact, but it’s true. Some are abducted. Some are lost at sea or by airplanes that disappear. Some are criminals on the run. Others leave everything they know on purpose. Sometimes we just don’t know what happens to them.

Though everyday people make up the majority of these missing persons, they aren’t often heard about beyond the area where they live. Celebrities and famous people are a different story. When they disappear, it’s internationally known.

When it’s a well known person that is missing, they make movies and tv specials about them. There are many books written about them. And now, here is an article about some of them. Some are actors, some children of famous people, and some became well known after their disappearance. I’m any event, they went missing and no evidence of where they are has been found.

1. Amelia Earhart

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Back in the 1930s, air flight was still in its infancy, and dominated by men. The one shining female star in the industry was the amazing Amelia Earhart. She paved the way for females to follow behind her, but was lost m the process. Literally lost.

She had already completed a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean, among many other flights, when she set her sights on flying around the entire globe.

She set off with a navigator on that fateful day in 1937 to attempt the very first solo flight around the world.

She was set to refuel at a tiny island in the Pacific Ocean, Howland Island. Though they received radio calls from her close to the time she was expected, she never showed up. She and her plane just vanished without a trace.

Of course, there was a monumental effort to find her, one of the largest search efforts in history. To no avail. No trace has ever been found of her, the navigator or her aircraft.

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2. Bambi Woods

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The next person on the list is one whom you might not know, it you’ve probably heard the name of her most famous work. It is actually the highest selling pornography film of all time, with 50,000 units sold on VHS tape. Whether you are into adult entertainment films or not, you have likely heard of the famous movie ‘Debbie Does Dallas.’

In the 70’s, the porn industry was not well regulated, so her legal name isn’t known publicly, but Bambi Woods was the screen name she went by. She never imagined that the movie would make her so famous, and when the news that she was an adult actress got to her parents, she was so embarrassed that she took off and has never been heard from again.

There are theories that she assumed a normal persona and is living in Iowa, or that she died from an overdose in the mid 80’s.

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3. Richey Edwards

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Guitarist and songwriter Richey Edwards was a member of the band ‘Manic Street Preachers.’ He was a classic tortured musician who had many issues with drugs and self harming. He was known to cut himself with razors and burn himself with cigarettes. He incurred a few hospital stays because of these habits. He did drugs like crazy and was anorexic.

Just a few months after the release of their most well received album, ‘The Holy Bible’, Richey vanished. His car was found near a bridge that was a common spot for people to jump.

He is presumed to have died by suicide, joining the tragic “27 club” of artists who have died at the age of 27, such as Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse.

His body has never been found, so it’s not 100% that he’s dead. His band mates have continued to have success since his disappearance, and they put aside his part of the earnings just in case he someday returns.

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4. Patrick McDermott

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In 2005, cameraman Patrick McDermott went missing during an overnight fishing trip.

He had been in a relationship with singer and actress Olivia Newton John for nine years when the vanishing took place. Most believe he fell overboard and drowned, while others think he faked his own death to avoid paying child support.

Either way, he’s never been heard from again.

An episode of Dateline, which aired in 2010 claimed he was still alive and living in Mexico. Since then, there have been many reported sightings of him in Mexico, as well. There isn’t any proof of these sightings, however, so who knows if he’s really there or not? The latest one was in November 2017.

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5. Michael Rockefeller

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Micheal Rockefeller was the son of Nelson Rockefeller, who served as the 41st Vice President of the United States.

The family is considered to be one of the most powerful in the world. They are even rumored to be members of the Illuminati.

Michael set out on a trip in 1961 to photograph a tribe, the Asmats, in Netherlands, New Guinea. He and René Wassing, an anthropologist went together, but the trip didn’t go quite as planned.

Their boat overturned at one point and Michael decided he could make it to shore, which was about 12 miles away. He never made it.

There are many things that could have happened, including drowning. Other possibilities are that he was eaten by a shark or a crocodile. There is one tale going around that he did make it to shore and was eaten by some members of the tribe, as they practiced cannibalism. Supposedly, they have confirmed they ate him.

Without a body or any proof, though, we will never know what really happened to this young man.

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6. Bison Dele

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Bison Dele was an American professional basketball player, and a part of the NBA championship team in 1997, the Chicago Bulls. He later moved on to the Detroit Pistons.

In 1999, he quit playing, much to the surprise of his peers and fans. Nobody understood how he could give up his career like that.

A few years later, in 2002, he set off on a voyage aboard his boat, called Hakuna Matata, with his brother, his girlfriend, and a hired skipper.

His brother, Miles Dabord, was the only person from the group who was ever seen again. He arrived home from the voyage alone, with a story to tell.

No bodies were recovered, but the FBI suspected that Dabold had killed the others and threw the bodies overboard into the ocean.

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During the investigation, Dabold died by suicide when he took an overdose of insulin. He reportedly left a message for his mother that he couldn’t handle prison, and assured her that he would never have hurt his brother.

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7. Glenn Miller

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Glenn Miller was a well known band leader back in the 1930s-40s. Swing music was all the rage back then, and many still love it today. In his prime, he was the highest selling artist in the states. He had nearly 25 number one songs in four years at one point.

In 1942, he created a marching band for the purpose of entertaining troops overseas to keep morale up and thank them for their service.

After nearly a thousand performances, he was so popular with the military that they sent him to France, from England, to continue on with playing for the troops.

His plane never arrived.

Nobody knows if it was shot down, or if it ran out of fuel and crashed. It’s a true mystery to this day.

The Glenn Miller orchestra still exists, however, and they carry on his legacy.

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8. Jimmy Hoffa

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Perhaps one of the most famous missing persons cases of all time is that of Jimmy Hoffa.

He was the president of the Teamsters union and so corrupt that he was eventually imprisoned for his crimes.

In 1971, he was released on a pardon from President Nixon.

July 30, 1975 was the last time anyone ever saw him. He was in a parking lot outside of a restaurant the last time he was seen. His car was discovered there later, but no sign of the man could be found.

It’s pretty commonly held that he was murdered by members of the mob, but no proof of this exists.

His body has never turned up and he was officially declared dead in 1982.

To this day, there are still wild stories and reports of people claiming to know where his body is.

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9. Joe Pichler

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Joe Pichler starred in the Beethoven movies about a family and their lovable but mischievous Saint Bernard.

He won an award for best young artist for his role in the 1999 film Shiloh 2.

When he was 18 years old, he had been living back in his hometown of Bremerton, Washington, planning to go back to L.A. to continue his acting career. He had graduated from high school and was waiting until his braces were taken off to return.

On January 5, 2006, he disappeared. He spent time with some friends that evening and they reported him to be in good spirits. After his disappearance, cell phone records showed he made a phone call around 4am, and the friend he spoke to said he was upset and crying.

5 days later, his car was found, with nothing missing. His apartment was unlocked. He was nowhere to be found. His family made the official missing persons report on January 16, 2006.

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10. Jean Spangler

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A beautiful and talented actress went missing forever on October 7, 1949.

Jean Spangler was meeting her ex husband, then heading to work, according to her daughter and sister in law. She never made it to work that day.

A friend of the actress revealed that Jean was pregnant and was wanting to abort the baby.

Her purse was found, containing a note to Kirk, who many thought was Kirk Douglas. He denies this.

The note spoke about going to see Dr. Scott and not being able to wait any longer to do so. There was a comma at the end, which makes many believe she was interrupted before finishing it.

It still remains a mystery because no evidence has ever turned up. Many believe she was murdered by her ex husband.

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11. Ylenia Maria Sole Carris

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Ylenia Carris is the oldest daughter of the Italian musician couple Romina Power and Albano Carrisi. She is a writer and traveler. At some point of her life she decided to sell all of her personal belongings and travel the world with only a backpack.

After returning to the US in 1994 she disappeared under weird circumstances. According to a security guard testimony she went for a swim into the Mississippi River screaming “I belong in the water” and never came back.

Nobody is sure is the girl that went for a swim was Ylenia, but she matched the description. Her father accepted the security guard version and her death, but her mother never did. She hired a private investigator and she is still looking for her daughter. She states that in order to believe that her daughter is dead she needs a body and a DNA proof.

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Written by Amanda Johnson

Amanda Johnson is a former Army brat who resides in southern Alabama. She is married to her wonderful husband, Brian, and has four children; Justin, Nicolas, Molly, and Lucas. She loves reading, writing, cooking, and going to concerts. She also loves spending time at the beach and hopes to retire there someday.

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