Tag: disappearance

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The Departed

On a November morning, Olympic rower and financial advisor Harold Backer left for a bike ride and never returned. His disappearance remained a mystery – until letters began arriving at the homes of his investors.


"We Haven’t Been Able to Rule Him Out"

Nearly 20 years ago in a remote California town, a 16-year-old named Karen Mitchell disappeared. The case went cold, but last month local law enforcement started looking at it again after the arrest of a former resident: Robert Durst.

Dean is a contributing editor at Longform.

The Search for Petr Khokhlov

A Russian soldier vanishes in Ukraine.


The Contestant

Ruth Thalí became an overnight sensation on a game show. Then she disappeared.


The Children Who Went Up In Smoke

In 1945, a fire tore through the home of George and Jennie Sodder. Four children escaped; five vanished.


The Mysterious Case of the Vanishing Genius

Margaret Profet, evolutionary biologist and MacArthur grant recipient, disappeared in 2005. She has neither been seen nor heard from since.


Lost at Sea

An investigation into the disappearance of a 24-year-old British cruise ship activity director from the Disney Wonder opens the strange and insular world of cruise employees, who vanish mysteriously at alarming rates.