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Top people who disappeared mysteriously: 1800 to 1899

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1 1890 – Louis Le Prince (48), motion picture pioneer, disappeared after boarding a Paris-bound train at Dijon, France. 363
2 1826 – William Morgan (52), resident of Batavia, New York, disappeared just before his book critical of Freemasonry was published. 272
3 1803 – George Bass (32), British explorer of Australia, set sail from Sydney for South America and was never heard from again. 204
4 1848– Ludwig Leichhardt (34), Prussian explorer and naturalist, disappeared during his third major expedition to explore parts of northern and central Australia. He was last seen on 3 April at McPherson's Station on the Darling Downs, en route from the Condamine River to the Swan River. His fate after moving inland, although investigated by many, remains a mystery. 153
5 1812 – Theodosia Burr Alston (29), daughter of U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr and sometimes called the most educated American woman of her day, sailed from Georgetown, South Carolina, aboard the Patriot, which was never seen again. 121
6 1809 – Benjamin Bathurst (25), British diplomat, disappeared from an inn in Perleberg. 102
7 1829 – John Lansing, Jr. (75), American politician, left his Manhattan hotel to mail a letter at a New York City dock and was never seen again. 95
8 1896 – Albert Jennings Fountain (57) and his son Henry (8) disappeared near Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States. 84
9 1848 – Khachatur Abovian (38), Armenian writer and national public figure of the early 19th century, credited as creator of modern Armenian literature, left his house early one morning and was never heard from again. 47
10 1880 – Lamont Young, a government geologist inspecting new goldfields on behalf of the New South Wales Mines Department, together with his assistant, Max Schneider, and boat owner Thomas Towers and two other men all disappeared near Bermagui, New South Wales, Australia. The location where the abandoned wreck of their boat was discovered was subsequently named Mystery Bay. 34

Top people who disappeared mysteriously: 1910s

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1 1914 – Ambrose Bierce (71), American writer best known for "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" and The Devil's Dictionary, was last heard from in a letter of December 1913 bearing a Chihuahua postmark to his secretary and companion, Carrie Christiansen. Although alternative theories are plentiful, he almost certainly perished in war-torn Mexico, possibly at the Battle of Ojinaga on 10 February, or perhaps was executed as a spy in the municipal cemetery of Sierra Mojada, Coahuila, where a gravestone bearing his name was erected in 2004. 1959
2 1912 – Bobby Dunbar (4) disappeared during a fishing trip in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. A child found in the custody of William Cantwell Walters of Mississippi some eight months later was ruled to be Bobby Dunbar by a court-appointed arbiter, and Walters was found guilty of kidnapping. The child grew up as Bobby Dunbar, had four children of his own, and died in 1966. In 2004, DNA tests proved that the child found was not related to Bobby Dunbar's brother, Alonzo. 148
3 1910 – Dorothy Arnold (25), Manhattan socialite and perfume heiress, was last seen in New York City. 106
4 1918 – Arthur Cravan (31), French proto-dadaist writer and art critic, disappeared near Salina Cruz, Mexico; he most likely drowned. 96
5 1919 – Ambrose Small (56), Canadian millionaire, disappeared from his office. He was last seen at 5:30 pm on December 2, 1919 at the Grand Opera House in Toronto. 80
6 1914 – F. Lewis Clark (52), businessman from the U.S. state of Idaho, disappeared while visiting Santa Barbara, California. 35
7 1914 – Alejandro Bello Silva (27), a lieutenant in the Chilean Army, disappeared during a qualifying exam flight over central Chile. Although search efforts commenced within hours, no trace was ever found. His disappearance is reflected in a Chilean set phrase, "more lost than Lieutenant Bello", applied to people who stray off course or disappear en route. 26
8 1914 – František Gellner (33), Czech poet, was recruited to the Austro-Hungarian Army at the beginning of World War I and went to Galicia, where he disappeared. < 5

Top people who disappeared mysteriously: 1920s

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1 1925 – Percy Fawcett (58), British archaeologist and explorer, together with his eldest son, Jack, and friend Raleigh Rimmell, was last seen travelling into the jungle of Mato Grosso in Brazil to search for a hidden "city of gold". Several unconfirmed sightings and many conflicting reports and theories explaining their disappearance followed, but despite the loss of over 100 lives in more than a dozen follow-up expeditions, and the recovery of some of Fawcett's belongings, their fate remains a mystery. 425
2 1921 - Charles Whittlesey (37), American soldier and Medal of Honor recipient who lead the "Lost Battalion" in World War I. he was last seen on the evening of November 26, 1921 on a passenger ship bound from New York City to Havana. 399
3 1928 – Walter Collins (10) disappeared from his Los Angeles home. 229
4 1927 – Charles Nungesser (45), French aviator, and his navigator, François Coli (45), disappeared while attempting a flight from Paris to New York. They are presumed to have crashed into the Atlantic, or possibly in Newfoundland or Maine, but no wreckage that could be confirmed to be from their biplane, The White Bird, was ever found. 121
5 1928 – Glen and Bessie Hyde (29 & 22), American newlyweds, disappeared while attempting to raft the Colorado River rapids of the Grand Canyon. 94
6 1920 – Victor Grayson (39), British socialist politician, received a phone call and told his friends that he had to go to the Queen's Hotel in Leicester Square and would be back shortly. He was last seen entering a house owned by Maundy Gregory. 68
7 1925 – Frederick McDonald, Australian politician, set off from Martin Place, Sydney, for a meeting with Jack Lang two blocks away but failed to arrive. He was possibly murdered by his political rival Thomas John Ley. In 1947, Ley was convicted at the Old Bailey of "the chalkpit murder" of a barman in England and sentenced to hang but was then declared insane and sent to Broadmoor high-security psychiatric hospital, where he died of a cerebral hemorrhage two months later. 14

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Top people who disappeared mysteriously: 1950s

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1 1953 – First Lieutenant Felix Moncla (27), pilot, and Second Lieutenant Robert Wilson (22), radar operator, disappeared when their United States Air Force F-89 Scorpion was scrambled from Kinross Air Force Base and subsequently went missing over Lake Superior while intercepting an unknown aircraft in Canadian airspace, close to the Canada – United States border. The USAF identified the second aircraft as Royal Canadian Air Force C-47 Dakota VC-912, crossing Northern Lake Superior from west to east at 7,000 feet en route from Winnipeg to Sudbury, Canada. Some ufologists have associated the disappearance with alleged "flying saucer" activity and refer to it as the "Kinross Incident". 886
2 1959 – Camilo Cienfuegos (27), Cuban revolutionary, disappeared when his Cessna 310 went missing over the ocean during a night flight from Camagüey to Havana. 551
3 1956 – Lionel Crabb (46), retired British Royal Navy frogman, disappeared during an MI6 mission to spy on the Soviet Sverdlov class cruiser Ordzhonikidze in Portsmouth Harbour. The coroner concluded that a body (missing its head and hands) in a frogman suit found floating in Chichester Harbour the following year was Crabb's, but no positive identification was ever made nor cause of death determined. 216
4 1955 – Weldon Kees (41), U.S. poet, disappeared without leaving a note but had talked about packing up and moving to Mexico. His Plymouth Savoy was found on the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge with the keys in the ignition. 68
5 1950 – Richard Colvin Cox (20), second-year military cadet, disappeared from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. 63
6 1956 - Gunnel Gummeson (26), Swedish teacher, disappeared with her American boyfriend Peter Winant travelling in Afghanistan. 36

Top people who disappeared mysteriously: 1960s

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1 1966 – The Beaumont children, Jane Nartare (9), Arnna Kathleen (7), and Grant Ellis (4), were three siblings who disappeared from a beach near Adelaide, South Australia. 1180
2 1967 – Harold Holt (59), then Prime Minister of Australia, disappeared while swimming in heavy surf at a beach notorious for strong and dangerous rip currents. Despite one of the largest search-and-rescue operations ever mounted in Australia, his body was never found. 677
3 1962 – Frank Morris (35) and brothers Clarence Anglin (31) and John Anglin (32) escaped from Alcatraz prison in the U.S. state of California and disappeared. Authorities presumed that they drowned but no bodies were ever recovered. 559
4 1961 – Michael Rockefeller, son of Nelson Rockefeller, disappeared during an expedition in the Asmat region of southwestern New Guinea. 341
5 1967 – Jim Thompson (61), former U.S. military intelligence officer who once worked for the Office of Strategic Services (and later known as the "Thai Silk King" for his revival of the Thai silk industry), failed to return from an afternoon walk in the Cameron Highlands in Pahang, Malaysia, quickly prompting a massive manhunt. Many have since investigated his disappearance and attempted to explain it, but no trace of him has ever been found. 183
6 1969 - April Fabb (13) Schoolgirl, went missing in mysterious circumstances from Metton, Norfolk, UK 159
7 1964 – Charles Clifford Ogle (41) took off from Oakland International Airport, California, in his Cessna 210 A single-engine aircraft and was never seen again. 56
8 1967 – James P. Brady (59), Canadian Metis leader, and a Cree friend, Abraham Halkett (40), disappeared while on a prospecting trip in northern Saskatchewan. An extensive land, air, and water search located their camp but failed to find any trace of either man. 36

Top people who disappeared mysteriously: 1975

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1 Bas Jan Ader (33), Dutch artist, disappeared while attempting to sail a pocket cruiser across the Atlantic. 174
2 Juanita Nielsen (38), Australian publisher, heiress, and antidevelopment campaigner, disappeared from Kings Cross, Sydney. 101
3 Jimmy Hoffa (62), U.S. trade union leader, president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. 12
4 The Lyon sisters, Katherine Mary (10) and Sheila Mary (12), disappeared while walking home after visiting a nearby mall in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., USA. < 5

Top people who disappeared mysteriously: 1978

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1 Musa al-Sadr (49) and two aides, Mohammed Yaaqoub and Abbas Badreddine, disappeared six days after entering Libya on an official visit from Lebanon at the invitation of Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi. 163
2 Peter Winston (19) American chess player disappeared in New York City. 132
3 Genette Tate (13) disappeared while delivering newspapers in Aylesbeare, Devon, England. 103
4 John Brisker (31), former American Basketball Association and National Basketball Association player, disappeared after flying to Uganda. He was declared legally dead in 1985. 76
5 Frederick Valentich (21) disappeared during a solo flight over the Bass Strait in Australia, with the media suggesting a UFO abduction as a possibility. < 5

Top people who disappeared mysteriously: 2006

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1 Joe Pichler (18), American child actor, disappeared from his home town of Bremerton, Washington. Four days later his car was found above the Port Madison Narrows; inside, police discovered a message which they characterized as a suicide note. Though it did not explicitly state that he intended to take his own life, the note expressed suicidal thoughts and asked that his belongings go to his younger brother. 299
2 Jennifer Kesse (28), went missing in January 2006 near a local shopping mall in Orlando, Florida. 156
3 Sivasubramaniam Raveendranath (55), Sri Lankan Tamil academic and Vice Chancellor of the Eastern University of Sri Lanka, disappeared while attending a conference in Colombo. 36
4 Jorge Julio López (77), retired Argentine bricklayer, was kidnapped during the Argentina's National Reorganization Process in the 1970s. In September 2006, López disappeared after testifying in a trial against Dirty War criminal Miguel Etchecolatz. < 5

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