Amy Lynn Bradley
Amy Lynn Bradley disappeared in 1998, at the age of 23. She went a Caribbean cruise with her father and disappeared under mysterious circumstances right from her berth. At 5 a.m. her father saw her sleeping. At 6 a.m., when he got up, Amy disappeared. The ship was looked up and down, but the searches resulted in nothing. One of possible explanations was that she fell overboard for some reason, but it was very unlikely. The story could be forgotten, but it had legs. In a year or so, an American military officer during his visit to a brothel saw a young woman who named herself Amy Bradley and asked him for help. But she was promptly dragged away by someone. The officer appealed to police only in some months, but it was too late – the brothel was closed. In 2005, the girl’s parents accidentally saw a photo of a young woman resembling Amy. She was depicted in a bed almost naked and looked drunk or drugged. After that Amy’s parents decided that she was sold into a sexual slavery. They promise to pay $250,000 to the person who returns Amy home safe and sound.
Harold Holt from Australia was not just a man of mould, he was the Prime Minister of this country. Apart from this, he was known as a professional swimmer. He trained a lot, and water sports like swimming and diving were an integral part of his life. He disappeared in December 1967, during his holidays at Cheviot Beach, where he rested with his family and close friends. The best rescue teams of the country were involved in the search operation, but all their efforts were fruitless. Harold literally vanished into thin air. There were different hypotheses of his disappearance: some people even believed that it was a well-prepared performance. Others supposed that Harold was stroke by sudden heart attack or other bout. Finally, he was considered dead, and his wife became a widow. The Holts had three children. Curiously enough, one of swimming suits’ models was named after Harold. On the one hand, it is quite logical as Holt was really a devoted swimmer. On the other hand, it sounds like a cruel joke because he disappeared during swimming.
This nineteen-year-old girl one day left her home and went riding a bike. She never returned back. Her parents and the police spent many weeks for searching, but the girl disappeared without a trace. The only thing that they managed to find was the broken case of Tara’s Walkman thrown near the road. The few witnesses found said that they saw a big van that followed the girl, and that’s all. Finally, Tara was considered a missing person. One year later, a very strange photo was found not far from this place in the lot. It was a terrifying picture of two scared bound teenagers – a girl and a boy. Their mouths were covered with a black adhesive tape. The girl resembled the missing Tara so much that even her mother said it was she. What is even more mysterious is that near the girl in the photo there was Tara’s favourite book “My Sweet Audrina”. Does it mean that the kidnapper knew everything about her and was hunting her? We’’ hardly ever know about it as Tara hasn’t been found. But till she is not found, her relatives can hope that she is alive.
Louis disappeared one sunny summer day, June, 7th, 1984. At that time he was only 7 years old. The boy often visited his old friend, who was his neighbor. That fatal day he went to his friend, but didn’t reach his house. As it turned out later, he was followed up by elder boys, and he had to stop and hide away from them at a vendor kiosk. Of course, the police examined the boys first, but it turned out that they were innocent. Louis disappeared after they lost sight of him. Later on his parent admitted that Louis used to complain on a strange couple (a man and a woman), who had repeatedly harassed him. As it turned out, the boy also told about it to the school psychologist. However, his stories varied every time, and seemed far from being real, so adults didn’t take it seriously. The mystery of Louis’s disappearance hasn’t been revealed till now. Police as well as the boy’s relatives and volunteers were not able to find any traces.
A charming high school graduator Natalee Holloway disappeared in Aruba, where her class celebrated the graduation. They relaxed in the local club, after which Natalee got in to the car with three locals. Since that moment nobody has seen her. The next day she didn’t come to the airport. Of course, the girl’s parents arrived to Aruba as fast as they could, but they couldn’t find her. Natalee’s room in a hotel was empty; her personal things were packed and prepared for the trip home. Of course, police investigated the local that took Natalee from the club - Joran van der Sloot and Kalpoe brothers, but then the case was dismissed owing to lack of evidence. However, the girl’s parents believe that these men were implicated in a crime associated with Natalee’s disappearance. In five years, on the same day, on the May 30th, one of the men, Joran van der Sloot was arrested for a similar case. He killed another young girl right in a hotel room. As a result, he was sentenced to 28 years of prison. In 2012 Natalee was officially considered dead, but her body hasn’t been found.
Maria Des Los Angeles Martinez
Arizona radio station received an ordinary call from a woman named Maria Des Los Angeles Martinez on the October 12th, 1990. The woman offered services of a babysitter. Some later another call was accepted – a man called to Phoenix radio station and asked for Maria’s contacts – he said he had small babies and was looking for a babysitter. The next day Maria went with this unknown man by car (nobody saw the man and the car, as the meeting was appointed outside her home). Soon she called her parents and asked for help, but she didn’t managed to say where she was as the connection was lost. Since that nobody has seen Maria or heard about her. The mysterious man who called to the radio station was not identified also. Today it is still not known what happened to Maria that day, who that man was, and where they went. Maria Des Los Angeles Martinez is officially considered a missing person; her body has not been found as well as her belongings.
Paula Weldon was a daughter of a well-off respectable architect and a big fan of hiking and open air activities. One winter day the girl left her campus (she was a college student) and went for a walk. It was usual for her to walk several miles: that time her goal was the Long Trail in Vermont. She successfully reached the trial, as evidenced by several witnesses and then disappeared. Her absence was revealed only the next day, when she was missed at the classes. Search operation that was organized the same day resulted in nothing. At first, Paula’s father suspected kidnapping for ransom, but days passed on, and there were neither calls with ransom notes nor any other signals. Paula has never been found, and police still has no idea of the details of her disappearance. Some people suggested it was just a runaway, but this explanation seems unlikely, as all Paula’s belongings were untouched as well as her bank account. She just vanished in the air without any trace. The body of the girl has also not been found.
Seven year old Kyron disappeared right from his school. This charming boy lived with his father and a stepmother and visited Skyline Elementary School. That day in June 2010 he was at school together with his stepmother. Terry (this is the woman’s name) accompanied her stepson to the science fair, and even took a picture of him smiling. After the fair, Kyron was to come to his classroom, but he didn’t. No surprise that Terry was suspected of crime immediately. However she was not arrested owing to lack of evidence. Kyron’s father was shocked with the tragedy and filed for divorce immediately. His application was satisfied with the court. Some later a man who made landscaping for Hormon’s family said that Terry asked him to kill her husband and offered serious money for this. However, the guilt of Terry Hormone was not proved, and Kyron has not been found anywhere. This terrifying story became a real shock for everybody who used to know the family. As for Kyron’s birth mother, she is assured of Terry’s implication in a crime against her son.
The Springfield Three
A mysterious disappearance of three women on July, 1992 has still not been revealed. Suzie Streeter and her friend Stacy McCal were graduators, and they spent the night with a company of friends at a graduating party. They left the party at 2 a.m. and went together to Suzie’s home where she lived together with her mother, Sherrill Levitt. Sherrill was sleeping already when the girls came home. The next morning nobody at this address answered phone calls. When the women’s friends came to see what happened, they didn’t find anybody at home. All the personal belongings, money and other valuable things were in their place, but all three women were missing. When the police arrived, the entire scene was trampled down completely by numerous visitors, and signs of a crime were not found. The three women were not found also as well as their bodies. Since that time many years have passed, but the case is still unsolved. Investigators have no idea what could happen that night with three women.
Rebecca disappeared during a cruise in the open ocean. She was a member of Disney’s crew and worked at a large ship. That morning she was on her workplace – this fact was registered by secure cameras. Then she left the lobby where she had a phone talk and disappeared. According to the claims of Disney’s representatives, the girl was washed out by a huge wave from a swimming pool, where she was swimming after that phone talk. They even presented to Rebecca’s relative sandals that were allegedly found near the pool. But the relatives say that these sandals can’t belong to Rebecca, because they are of wrong size. Moreover, the pool is separated from the ocean with a high solid wall, so the explanation that the girl was just washed out seems improbable. To fall overboard the girl was to climb the wall, which is also unlikely. Another strange moment in this story is that Disney’s crew representatives don’t show the materials from other secure cameras located on the ship to Rebecca’s relatives. Investigation on this case is not finished yet.
A three year old Madeleine McCann disappeared in 2007 when her family (parents and twin siblings) spent time at one of Portuguese resorts. That evening children were sleeping in their bed, while the adults (their parents with friends) were having dinner in a nearest restaurant. The girl’s mother checked the children every half an hour. When she came to the apartment for the nth time, she saw that the window was widely opened, and Madeleine’s bed was empty. The search of the girl by resort guests, staff and some later – police - resulted in nothing. The territory of the entire resort including waterways was thoroughly investigated, but Madeleine was not found. The primary lead in this story is that the kidnapper noticed that parent always dined at one and the same restaurant, and kids were left alone in the bedroom and took advantage of the situation. Many people blamed McCanns of the entire situation, estimating it as child neglect. However that may be, the case has not been revealed, despite all the efforts of parents and authorities.
Fourteen year old Laureen Rahn disappeared right from her own apartment. This happened in April, 1980, when the girl’s mother was away. Laureen invited friends, and they drank alcohol, taking advantage of the situation. Late in the night teenagers heard voices behind the door and decided that it was Laureen’s mother returning home. Her friend quickly left the apartment and he was sure that he heard Laureen locking the door. The girl’s mother who came home much later noticed that all lights in the hallway were broken, and the door to the apartment was not locked. She saw that someone was sleeping in her daughter’s bed and thought it was Laureen, so she locked the door and went to bed. The next morning it turned out that Laureen was missing, and there was her friend in her bed. At first, the primary lead of the police was a trivial runaway of the girl, but then they realized that it wasn’t. The girl’s mother several times received phone calls at night, but the caller didn’t say anything, and was just breathing. The woman was sure it was her daughter.
This complicated case occurred in 2000, when young a man called Zebb disappeared after an ordinary working day. That evening he met his friend Robert Owens: the guys were to have a look at the car Zebb was going to buy. As Robert told the next day, in the middle of their way Zebb, who was driving separately in his car, got a text message to his pager and stopped to make a call. After the call, according to Robert, Zebb looked frustrated; he said that he had to leave, sat into his car and drove away, hitting Robert’s car (the damage was minor). Nobody has seen Zebb again – he disappeared. His car was found in 2 weeks with a puppy inside and lips drawn on the window. The police found out that the message was sent from Zebb’s aunt’s home, but as it turned out, she was away at that moment, and a lot of witnesses confirmed this. Signs of break-in were found in her apartments, but nothing was stolen. The case with Zebb’s missing was not solved. But in 15 years, in 2015, Robert Owens was accused of a double murder without a clear motive. Was it he who killed Zebb in 2000?
This 21 year old girl disappeared in February, 2004. At that period of her life Maura had some personal problems, and according to her friends, her behavior had been strange for some weeks before the accident. That day the girl withdrew money from ATM, sat in her car and left for Vermont. But on her way there she got into a car accident. Some people saw her near the car on the roadside and even offered assistance to her, but the girl refused. She said to a bus driver who stopped to help her that she had already applied for help, but it was not true. When police arrived to the accident scene, they found an empty car. Also it was found out that Maura drank alcohol before she disappeared. The search operation resulted in nothing – the girl was missing. Maura’s boyfriend said that she called him soon after her disappearance, but, unfortunately, his phone was off. Also the girl called to the Red Cross, but didn’t say anything – nothing was heard apart from heavy breathing and maybe crying. Maura has never been found again.
Jennifer Kesse from Orlando has been missing since January, 2006. On the 23rd of January she left from her work as usual, at about 6 p.m. Later that evening she called to her boyfriend, but failed to reach him. He called her back soon, but her phone was already off. The next morning Jennifer didn’t show up at work. Her boss called to her parents, who immediately rushed to her apartments. But everything was ok there. Everything said that Jennifer was going to work as usual – there was a wet towel and signs of taking shower in the bathroom. Three days later Jennifer’s empty car was found in the neighboring residential block. Security cams on the parking lot registered that the car was driven by a man, who parked it and left. However, the quality of footage was too low, and they couldn’t identify the man. At that time construction works were conducted near Jennifer’s home, and she used to complain that workers molested her and whistled when she passed by. Unfortunately, any traces of the young beautiful woman have never been found.