Leanne Marie Hausberg

Leanne Marie Hausberg was a 14-year-old girl who disappeared from a street corner in the Bensonhurst neighbourhood in Brooklyn, New York, on the 18th of March 1999 at 9:00am.

Some agencies have listed Leanne as a runaway, however, her family believe that she actually met with foul play. Leanne had written about a relationship with an older man in her diary. It is also possible that Leanne did not leave New York City.

Leanne Hausberg. Credit: International Missing Fandom

At the time of her disappearance, Leanne was 14 years old, 5″4′ and weighed between 120-150lbs. She had brown hair, brown eyes, pierced ears and a scar on her right cheek.

Leanne was last seen wearing a blue t-shirt, blue jeans, and blue Timberland work boots. She was also wearing a red and black bubble jacket, black earrings embedded with white stones and was carrying a black wallet or purse.

Leanne has not been seen or heard from since. She is listed as being Endangered Missing on the International Missing Fandom’s page. If Leanne is still alive today, she would be 37 years old.

Do you know what happened to Leanne?

Leanne age-progressed to 37. Credit: International Missing Fandom / National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

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Monica Cassandra Carrasco

Monica Cassandra Carrasco was born on the 13th of December, 1986, to her parents Kathy and Ramon Carrasco. She lived in Balmorhea, Texas, and the locals described her as being cheerful, well-liked and easy to get along with. She was even nicknamed “Happy-Happy” in middle school due to her constant smile and positive attitude.

In 2000, Monica’s father, Ramon, passed away from a heart attack due to the treatment he was receiving for bone cancer. Monica’s family believe that this caused her to fall into a deep depression.

At the time of her disappearance, Monica was 16 years old and an 11th-grade student at Alpine High School. Monica was a focused student, with her favourite subject being science and she hoped to attend Harvard University. Monica had dreams of becoming a lawyer or getting into aeronautics and working for NASA.

Shortly before Monica went missing, she had been hospitalised due to her mental health and anorexia. When she was released from the hospital, Monica went to live with her aunt and uncle, Velma and Bela Baeza, and their children. They lived four miles east of Balmorhea. Monica decided to stay with them because she was angry at her mother for having to stay in hospital.

At 11:00pm on the 1st of October, 2003, Monica’s cousins saw her go to bed. One family member went to check on her at 1:30am, and she was still in bed asleep. However, when a family member went to wake Monica up at 6:00am, she wasn’t there.

There was no sign of foul play or any indication that someone broke into her room. The door that led from her bedroom to the outside was unlocked. This suggested that sometime between 1:30am and 6:00am on the 2nd of October, 2003, Monica left her room and went outside.

Velma and Bela think that she went for a run but never returned. However, as much as Monica loved running, she took no footwear with her. The landscape surrounding the house was rocky, rugged and ridden with cactus plants which would have been painful to walk on barefoot.

Monica also did not tell anybody she was leaving, and she also took none of her belongings with her. Monica has not been seen or heard from again.

Monica Carrasco. Credit: International Missing Fandom

Monica’s other uncle, Rosendo Carrasco, who was a Reeves County Justice of the Peace at one time, believes that Monica might have become disorientated from her medication, wandered out to nearby Highway 17, and accepted a ride from a passing motorist. It’s also been theorised that Monica might have left her aunt and uncle’s house to meet someone she met online.

Monica is described as being a 16-year-old white/Hispanic female who stood at 5″5′ and weighed between 100-116lbs. She had dark brown/black hair that had red streaks, dark brown eyes, pierced ears, a small mole on her left cheek, a chickenpox scar on her forehead and dimples in both cheeks. Monica suffered from depression and schizophrenia, but she left her medication behind. Monica was also recovering from anorexia.

Monica was last known to be wearing a beige nightgown, however, NamUs lists her as last being seen in a beige shirt and teal shorts. Monica may also be carrying a large white or black bible with her.

If Monica is still alive today, she would be 35 years old.

Do you know what happened to Monica?

Monica age-progressed to 27. Credit: International Missing Fandom / National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

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Rebecca Reusch

On the 17th of February, 2019, 15-year-old Rebecca Reusch stayed the night at her sister and brother-in-law’s house in Berlin-Britz, Germany. The following day, on the 18th of February, Rebecca did not turn up for school.

Rebecca’s sister, Vivien, and the child left the house at around 7am. Vivien’s husband, Florian, went to check on Rebecca at 7:15am and he claims that she wasn’t there, so he assumed that she had already left for school.

Before Rebecca left, she sent a photo herself to her friend over Whatsapp (which is something they had been doing regularly). In this photo, she looked as if she was about to leave the house. However, when her friend tried to reply to Rebecca, the message would not delivered.

When Rebecca’s mum also tried to get in contact with her, those attempts failed as well.

Rebecca was reported missing after failing to attend school the next day. Despite police searching for her, no trace of Rebecca has ever been found.

On the 28th of February, 2019, Rebecca’s brother-in-law, Florian, was arrested for the suspected murder of Rebecca due to his statements that had been contradicting the results of the investigation. Florian was eventually released due to the fact that there is a lack of evidence to charge him, but he still remains the prime suspect in Rebecca’s case.

Rebecca’s family don’t believe that Florian is involved in her disappearance, and they have even publicly announced their belief in his innocence. Rebecca’s family instead believe that she is alive, and is being held against her will somewhere.

Rebecca’s family have said that she and Florian were “very close”, and that there would not have been a reason for Florian to have killed Rebecca.

The police have stated that Florian is the prime suspect for several reasons. The first is that Rebecca and Florian were alone in the house at the suspected time of the crime, which has been backed up by Rebecca’s phone and the house’s internet data. According to this data, it is highly unlikely that Rebecca left the house alive.

Florian’s car was also captured on February the 18th at 10:47am and February the 19th at 10:39pm by license plate recognition on the highway between Berlin and Frankfurt. Florian was the only one who had access to the car at these times, so he was the one driving. Florian initially failed to explain to police why he was driving between these locations, but he later confessed to police that he had driven to the Polish border for the drug business. He said that he hadn’t told the police because he was afraid of the consequences. Investigators have said that they believe this was a protection statement, but they have not explained why they think this.

At the time of her disappearance, Rebecca was between 170cm-180cm tall and had blue eyes and brown shoulder-length hair. She was wearing a white BTS “Rap Monster” hoodie, blue jeans with ripped knees, a light pink plush jacket, and black Vans trainers. Rebecca was also carrying a red Vans backpack and a big beige-pink handbag.

If you have any information regarding Rebecca’s disappearance, please get in contact with the German police.

Rebecca Reusch. Credit: International Missing Fandom

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Karen Ann Spencer

In the early hours of the 30th of December, 1989, Karen was driving with her sister-in-law Christy. Karen was extremely angry at Christy, so angry that Karen decided to pull the car over on the I-275 in Clermont County, Ohio, and get out of the car.

Karen, who was 17 years old, had been staying with her brother, Curtiss, and his wife Christy in their apartment in Milford, Ohio. Despite only being 17, Karen already had developed a bad relationship with alcohol and was going through a rebellious stage. Richard, Karen’s father, was so concerned with her relationship with alcohol that he enrolled her in an alcohol treatment programme, but Karen refused to go.

She told her dad that she didn’t want to live at home anymore, and as a compromise he eventually let her live with Curtiss and Christy in Milford. Richard remained living at Karen’s family home in Reading, Ohio.

Curtiss and Christy had made plans to move to Florida the next month, and Karen was going to make the move with them.

Earlier that night, on the 30th of December 1989, Karen had been helping Christy pack some boxes when Christy broke the news to Karen that she had been having some relationship problems with Curtiss and was planning on ending the relationship, and wouldn’t be moving to Florida.

Karen did not take the news well, and she started to argue with Christy. It is thought that Karen was mostly upset that the breakdown of her brother’s marriage would mean that she would no longer be able to move to Florida.

It was during this argument and teenage-rage-filled mind that Karen made the decision to get out of Christy’s car and walk away.

Karen Ann Spencer. Credit: Fox 19

Christy tried to convince Karen to get back in the car, but she just kept walking. Christy then got into the driver’s seat of her car and just waited for a few minutes, deciding what to do next. During this time Christy was approached by a man in a red sports car, asking if she needed any help, but she waved him off.

When Karen still did not return to the car, Christy decided to drive slowly down the highway looking for her. Christy drove around 3 miles to the nearest interchange, before turning around and heading back down the I-275. There was still no sign of Karen, so Christy decided to return to Richard’s house.

Richard and his wife, Diane, had been looking after Christy’s infant son. Richard did say that when Christy arrived at around 3:30am to pick him up, she was crying hysterically and wouldn’t explain what was wrong. When he asked where Karen was, she seemed to panic and did not know what to say, but she eventually told him that Karen was back at her apartment before leaving with her son.

As soon as Karen’s family had been told the truth about what had happened, they immediately contacted the Miami Township Police Department and reported her as missing. Detectives initially believed that they were dealing with a runaway, but after realising that Karen only had $7 on her, and all her personal belongings were still at Christy’s home, they quickly realised that she had not run away.

Karen also had two uncashed cheques from her job as a waitress, and she had no prior history of running away from home.

After Karen’s disappearance started being shown on TV, the man in the red car who approached Christy that night came forward and said that he might have seen Karen. However, the version of events that he told the police was very different to what Christy had said.

The man, who has not been named, said that he saw a car that he believed had broken down and that he saw a woman walking away from the car. He then claimed Christy got out of her car and walked to his car, and told him that she had been in an argument with her sister-in-law and asked him if he would give her a ride home. The man then went to look for Karen, but after driving around for 10 minutes, he gave up and continued on his way.

Due to the conflicting versions of events, detectives made both Christy and the man in the red car take polygraph tests. Both Christy and the man passed the polygraph tests about the night Karen went missing.

Police will not reveal the name of the man, but they have said that he was living in Harrison County, Ohio, at the time of Karen’s disappearance.

One woman contacted police saying that she was outside with her dog at around the time Karen went missing and that she heard a woman screaming. This woman lived close to the Loveland-Indian Hill exit off I-275, which is close to where Karen was last seen. The woman wasn’t sure if this scream was related to Karen’s disappearance or not.

Karen’s family were holding out hope that she was still alive, and conducted several searches around both sides of the I-275, and even walked from Milford to the I-71 interchange several times. Sadly, their intense search efforts found no evidence of what happened to Karen that night.

The police made several public appeals for information, but no one came forward with information. The police were open to any possibilities, but privately they thought that Karen was most likely dead even though they had no evidence to support foul play had taken place.

Karen Ann Spencer. Credit: Unidentified Awareness Fandom

Karen’s family eventually stopped talking to Christy due to tensions becoming so high. Christy was also the last person to see Karen alive, and although there hadn’t been any evidence to suggest that Christy was involved in Karen’s disappearance, there were too many unknowns and Karen’s family were unsure of what to believe.

In 1993, Richard and Diane moved from Reading, Ohio to West Chester, Pennsylvania. Even though it had been 4 years since Karen went missing, they set up a call-forwarding from their old phone number to their new one, just in case Karen decided to call them. Richard and Diane desperately wanted to believe that Karen was still alive, and had just started a new life for herself.

In 1993, a truck driver told police that he saw a man in a pickup truck near Lake Isabella in the late December of 1989 digging a grave and burying a woman’s body that was wrapped in a blanket. He said that after he saw Karen’s missing poster, he recognised her as the woman who was being buried. The truck driver took the police to where he saw the man dig the grave but after an extensive search of that area, they found no evidence to suggest that anyone had ever been buried in that location.

The police did keep the truck driver on their radar for several years as possibly being involved in Karen’s disappearance, but they found nothing that linked him to Karen’s case.

In 2000, Richard and Diane received a call from a man who told them that their daughter was buried in Renfro Valley, Kentucky. However, it was later revealed that this caller was 54-year-old Larry Mullins who lived in Hamilton County with his grandmother. It turned out that Larry liked to amuse himself by writing journal entries about car accidents, missing people etc and then years later call the families and taunt them. He had over 230 journals.

Larry was charged with several misdemeanours. In Karen’s case, he was given a fine of $500 and sentenced to 45 days in jail.

However, the new publicity of Karen’s case evoked a call from Kate Harner. Kate had actually called the police in 1990 with her tip, but the police never returned her call. So Kate called them again and told them the same tip she had told them in 1990.

Kate said that sometime in the late December of 1989, she had offered a ride to a young woman who was walking along the I-275 highway. Whilst Kate was talking with the woman, a red pickup truck with Kentucky license plates pulled up next to her. There was a man who was driving the truck, and when he rolled down the window the woman smiled at him as if she knew him. The woman then waved off Kate, and Kate assumed that she was going to get a ride with the man in the pickup truck. It was when Kate saw the missing posters of Karen that she realised the woman she had seen that night was actually Karen.

Karen’s case went quiet for a few years until in 2009 when the police announced that they had a suspect in the case and that they hoped an arrest in the case would be imminent. The suspect has not been named publicly, but he is the man who was driving the red car on the night that Karen went missing.

Police ruled him out at the time as he had passed the polygraph exam, but over the years the man started to change his story, whilst Christy’s version of events stayed exactly the same. This made detectives suspicious, so they asked the FBI to go over his polygraph test results. The FBI’s behavioural scientists determined that the man had actually been manipulating the test, and had actually failed.

At the time of Karen’s disappearance, the man was in his twenties and he was driving a red Datsun B310 on the night of Karen’s disappearance. He admitted that he approached Christy’s car because he thought it had broken down, but Christy never approached him, so the only way he would have known about the fight they had was if Karen had told him. The man also admitted that he did see Karen that night, something that he denied during his polygraph test, but that she had refused his offer of a ride.

This makes him the last person to see Karen alive.

Richard, Karen’s father, has said that the man had his car cleaned twice on the day that Karen went missing and then his car disappeared. The title was never transferred so it was never sold, but the insurance was cancelled and the car was never seen again.

The suspect also knew things about the case that were never made public, and according to one of his friends, he referred to “the girl missing from I-275” before Karen had even been reported missing.

The Clermont County prosecutor has said that it is likely they would get a conviction based on circumstance evidence, but they still asked Karen’s family if they would be willing to accept a lower sentence in return for the location of Karen’s body. Karen’s family accepted this, as they just want to bring her home, but no charges have been filed.

The FBI is also convinced that the man is the murderer after hearing his interview tapes, but they believe that if the police were able to have a little more convincing evidence against him, they would be able to arrest him.

The police are urging anyone with information about Karen’s disappearance to come forward, as even the tiniest bit of evidence could be the one thing needed to arrest the suspect.

Do you know what happened to Karen?

Karen Ann Spencer is age-progressed to 41 years old. Credit: Medium.com / National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.


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Colleen Elizabeth Perris

On the 30th of September 2000, at around 3:00pm, 18-year-old Colleen Elizabeth Perris received a phone call on her mobile phone. After the call, she left her parent’s house, which was near Flamingo Boulevard and Sunrise Boulevard in Plantation, Florida.

Colleen told her parents that she was going to go to Coral Springs, Florida, for a while but planned to return between 5:30pm and 6:00pm as she had planned to attend a Florida Marlins baseball game with her family that evening.

Since leaving her parent’s house, Colleen has not been seen or heard from again.

Colleen Elizabeth Perris. Credit: The Charley Project

Colleen’s car, a two-door white 1994 Mazda MX-6, was discovered in a Tamarac, Florida, shopping centre just a few days later on the 6th of October. Colleen’s car has the Florida licence plate D48-PIE, a sunroof, tinted windows, and dents behind the driver’s side door and rear wheel well.

Colleen’s car was found abandoned, with the doors locked and windows rolled up. Her mobile phone and purse were not inside the car. There was no indication of foul play at the scene where the car was found, but it had rained in the days before the car was located so any evidence or fingerprints located on the exterior of the car would have been washed away.

Colleen’s family were not sure as to why her car would have been parked at the shopping centre, and have said that it was extremely out of character for her just to leave without any warning. She had no history of running away.

All of Colleen’s personal items were left at her parent’s home, aside from her mobile phone and purse which have never been located. Colleen’s father still pays for the phone and leaves a message every time he calls the number.

At the time of her disappearance, Colleen was working part-time as a waitress at a restaurant. She had saved up $1,000 in her bank. Colleen had also brought plane tickets for a holiday to Colorado in the December of 2000, but those plane tickets have never been used. She also planned to take a cruise at a later date.

Colleen’s family have described her as being shy, yet a free-spirited and strong-willed woman who loved singing, playing the piano, playing darts, going bowling and playing billiards. She didn’t really like to drive, she got her nails done very frequently and preferred dating men who were older than her.

Colleen dropped out of Plantation High School, despite having been an excellent student. She later re-enrolled at the school and took summer classes, and was supposed to receive her diploma just a short time after she went missing.

Colleen’s friends told authorities that she used LSD and Ecstasy, and said that it was Colleen’s uncle who was supplying them to her. Colleen’s friends also said that he was trying to get Colleen a role in a pornographic film. Colleen’s uncle has denied supplying her drugs or having anything to do with a pornographic film, and there is no evidence to support these claims.

It was also said that Colleen was planning on visiting her uncle the day she went missing, but her uncle said that he hadn’t arranged for her to come over.

Authorities have been trying to trace the call that Colleen received at 3pm on the day she went missing, but have had no luck. It is unknown if the call is related to Colleen’s disappearance.

Over the years, investigators have received several unconfirmed sightings of Colleen in the states of California and Alabama, and even in the Bahamas. But Colleen’s disappearance is still unsolved.

Authorities do not believe that Colleen left on her own accord, but they are unsure of the exact circumstances that led to Colleen going missing. Colleen was declared legally dead in November 2007.

If Colleen is still alive today, she would be 40 years old. She is described as having blonde hair with red highlights, hazel eyes and a large tattoo of a multicoloured butterfly on her back. She also has Chinese characters tattooed on her right ankle and an unspecified tattoo on her left ankle. Colleen had her ears, tongue and belly button pierced. Colleen was known to dye her hair, and her hair is naturally curly but she often straightens it.

At the time of her disappearance, Colleen was 5″2′ and weighed 95 pounds. It is unknown exactly what she was wearing, but she would normally be wearing jeans, a t-shirt and platform shoes. She was wearing blue earrings.

If you have any information on Colleen’s whereabouts or any information about her disappearance, please contact the Plantation Police Department at 954-797-2118.

Colleen age-progressed to 38. Credit: Missing Alert / National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

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Kateri Marie Mishow

Kateri Marie Mishow was a 22-year-old young woman who went missing on the 26th of October 2006, but her disappearance was not reported until the 6th of January 2007. Before she disappeared, her last known address was the 2200 block of 11th Avenue South in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Unfortunately, very few details are available in Kateri’s case.

Kateri is described as being a Native American female, standing between 5″2′ and 5″3′ and weighing approximately 100 pounds. She has brown hair and hazel eyes, her nose is pierced and both of her ears are pierced 2 or 3 times each. She has a tattoo of angel wings and the cartoon character Tweety Bird on the back of her shoulder. Kateri also has a scar on her right elbow and skin discolouration on her thigh.

Kateri Marie Mishow. Credit: Justice for Native Women

She was last known to be wearing a blue jean jacket and pants, an oversized black leather coat that had a fur lining, and blue sapphire earrings.

If Kateri is still alive today, she would be 38 years old.

If you have seen Kateri, or have any information on her whereabouts, please contact the Minneapolis Police Department at 612-348-2345.

Kateri Marie Mishow. Credit: Clearinghouse for Missing and Exploited Children and Adults

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Hang Lee

On the 12th of January, 1993, 17-year-old Hang Lee went to visit Mark Wallace for a job interview in St.Paul, Minnesota. Hang Lee told her brother before leaving to search for her if she didn’t return home.

Hang Lee’s friend, Nikki Lee (who is no relation to Hang) was the last person to see Hang Lee. Nikki recanted her story about Hang’s disappearance several times, and ultimately became uncooperative with the police and hired an attorney.

Mark Wallace is the prime suspect in Hang Lee’s disappearance. He has a history of sex crimes, and one of his victims was lured to him after he offered her a job interview. Mark Wallace ultimately ended up being uncooperative with authorities and hired an attorney.

Authorities do not have any concrete evidence to link Mark to Hang’s disappearance, but it is strongly believed that he was involved in her disappearance. Foul play is highly suspected.

At the time of her disappearance, Hang Lee was wearing black jeans, a black t-shirt with “skid row” written on the back of it and a black leather jacket. She was 5″0′, weighed 90lbs, and had brown eyes with black hair (her bangs were dyed red). Hang could speak both English and Hmong.

Hang Lee has been missing for 29 years. Do you know where she is?

Hang Lee. Credit: Unidentified Awareness Fandom

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Dulce Maria Alavez

Five-year-old Dulce Maria Alavez was last seen on the 16th of September, 2019, at the Bridgeton City Park Recreational Area, New Jersey, playing with her three-year-old brother on the swings. Just 30 yards away, their mother (Noema Alavez Perez) sat in her car, helping a family member with some homework.

A short while later, Noema’s son returned to her car crying because he couldn’t find his sister. Noema became panicked that her daughter had been abducted, and called 911. The next day, an Amber Alert was issued for Dulce Maria Alavez.

Over 100 police officers searched the park and surrounding areas thoroughly, but they found no sign or trace of her.

Dulce Maria Alavez has not been seen or heard from since the 16th of September 2019.

Dulce Maria Alavez. Credit: FBI

A month after Dulce had gone missing, a witness contacted the police with a description of a man they saw at the park on the day that Dulce went missing. The police did ask Dulce’s family if they had noticed anyone at the park that day who seemed out of place or who was acting unusual, but they hadn’t noticed anyone.

The man the witness described is said to be a Hispanic male with light skin, and between 5’6″ and 5’8″ tall. He was wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans and a white baseball cap. He is thought to be between 30 and 35 years old, and the witness said that he was driving a red van. The man also reportedly had two young children with him, potentially to blend in with the crowd at the playpark more.

Sketch of the man suspected to be involved in Dulce Maria Alavez’s disappearance. Credit: NJ.com / New Jersey State Police

Although the sketch of the man was publicised and shown across the country, the police and FBI did not receive any new tips about the man or Dulce’s whereabouts.

In 2020, a false claim was sent to the Bridgeton Police Department that claimed Dulce had been found but was dead. This false claim spread all over social media and momentarily derailed the investigation.

As of 2022, Dulce Maria Alavez is still missing. In 2021, the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children posted two age-progressed photos of Dulce.

Dulce Maria Alavez age-progressed to 6/7 years old. Credit: Fox 29 / National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

At the time of her disappearance, Dulce was 5 years old. She was around 3ft tall and weighed between 60 and 70lbs. She had brown eyes and black hair. On the day she went missing, she was wearing a yellow t-shirt with a koala on the front, white checkered pants that had flowers and butterflies on them and white sandals.

Do you know where Dulce Maria Alavez is?

Dulce Maria Alavez on the day she went missing. Credit: PhillyVoice

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Angela Darcel Cephas

Angela Darcel Cephas was a 20-year-old woman living with her family on Dragston Road, close to North Avenue in Port Norris, New Jersey, in May 1984.

On the 4th of May 1984, Angela left her family home on her pink and white 20-inch Huffy girls’ model bicycle with a white banana seat, the images of flowers on the frame, and the initials “KC” on the neck near the handlebars. She told her sister that she would visit her ex-boyfriend, who was an older man who lived close by.

Angela has not been seen or heard from since.

At the time of her disappearance, Angela was seven months pregnant with her first child. Angela’s sisters have stated that her former boyfriend was the father of her unborn child, but that he did not want to take responsibility for the child. Angela’s sisters also believe that he is responsible for her disappearance.

The man refused to co-operate with the police when they were first investigating Angela’s disappearance, but when he was interviewed by the Atlantic City Press in 1998 he said that he had never dated her, nor was he the father of her baby and that he only knew her as a neighbour.

Before she disappeared, Angela had said that she was thinking about running away from home. But her family don’t think that she would have left without telling them where she was going. Angela had not lived anywhere else aside from the neighbourhood her entire life.

Foul play is highly suspected in Angela’s disappearance.

Angela did not take her purse, cigarettes or watch with her when she vanished, and the bicycle she was riding that day has never been recovered.

Angela is described as being an African-American female with black hair and brown eyes. She stood at around 4″3′ and weighed around 135lbs. She was wearing a brown sweater, a white t-shirt, grey maternity pants and blue sneakers. She was seven months pregnant, and her child was due to be born in early August 1984.

If she is still alive today, Angela would be around 58 years old. Her child would be around 38 years old.

Do you know what happened to Angela?

Angela Cephas. Credit: The Charley Project

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Cherrie Mahan

Cherrie Ann Mahan was born on the 14th of August 1976 in Saxonburg, Pennsylvania, USA. She was born to her mother, 16-year-old Janice Mahan, who later confessed that Cherrie was a result of her being raped at 15. Despite this, Janice loved Cherrie and doted on her all the time. Janice is quoted, as saying: “We were always together. We grew up together. She was my life.”

Janice married LeRoy McKinney, a Vietnam war veteran, who happily accepted Cherrie as his step-daughter. The three of them relocated to Cornplanter Road, Butler County, Pennsylvania.

Cherrie and Janice, 1979

Friday, 22nd February 1985 was an exciting day for Cherrie, as after school her mum had promised to take her on a playdate. That morning, Janice walked Cherrie to the bus stop, which was about 50 feet (15 meters) away from their house. They told each other that they loved each other, and Cherrie then boarded the bus.

At 4:10pm, on the 22nd of February, Cherrie was last seen exiting the school bus on Cornplanter Road. She left the bus with three of her friends, and then her friends went over to a car driven by one of their mums – Debbie Burk. Debbie had followed the school bus with her own car. Burk saw Cherrie turn a corner to walk up the driveway of her house. Debbie also said that Cherrie walked past a bluish-green van, that had parked near the bus stop. The van is described as being a 1970s-era Dodge (potentially a 1976 model) with a distinctive painting of a skier on a snow-capped mountain on the side.

An artist’s impression of the van

Cherrie’s stepfather overheard the school bus stopping near his house. He said he intended to meet Cherrie at the bottom of their driveway, but Cherrie’s mother said: “It’s a nice day. Let her walk.”

After 10minutes Cherrie had not arrived home. Her mum and stepfather began to worry. They did a search of their driveway which did not locate Cherrie or any footprints in the snow. They did, however, find a set of tire impressions in the soil of their driveway, just 50 yards (45 meters) away from their home.

An intense search by police was quickly launched to look for Cherrie. Bloodhounds and helicopters helped search the land surrounding her home, and investigators went house to house. 250 local volunteers conducted an extensive search of Butler County, but this turned up no results.

The local community raised $39,000 as a reward for Cherrie’s safe return, with local businesses coming together to pledge another $10,000 for information leading to an arrest of Cherrie’s captors. The local community was devastated by the disappearance of Cherrie.

Police ruled out that Cherrie had been kidnapped for ransom, and came to the conclusion that Cherrie had likely been taken by someone she knew. The family have been ruled out as suspects.

Police managed to get a few eyewitness accounts of the van that was seen near the bus stop. Eyewitnesses say that they saw a vehicle, matching that description, travelling in New Kensington and that the van was heading in the direction of Mount Pleasant. Another witness said that they saw a blue car following this van and that the van was repainted black just two weeks after Cherrie went missing.

After 3 months of Cherrie being missing, a national direct mailing company printed photos of Cherrie, alongside the artist’s impression of the van, and mailed them to thousands of households across the USA.

The poster that was mailed across the USA

There have been thousands of leads in the years since Cherrie disappeared. Most of them have been unhelpful, and none have ever gotten the police any closer to finding Cherrie. In 2000, a computer-generated image of how Cherrie may have looked at 23 was mailed across the USA, but this failed to turn up any leads.

In 2011, a spokesperson for the Pennsylvania police department said that they had received a tip that they deemed “potentially crucial for the investigation in the future.” No specific details were released, but investigators say that the tip had come from someone close to Cherrie, and could lead police to a “known specific actor or actors.” The spokesperson declined to say more due to the ongoing investigation but did say that this “potentially crucial” information suggests that Cherrie is no longer alive.

In 2018, Cherrie’s stepfather received a letter that described, in detail, who had murdered Cherrie, why they had done that, and where she was buried. The letter ends with the writer saying “I pray you find some peace after you find her body” The author of the letter is unknown. The police and FBI did follow up with the letter, and even investigate a property mentioned, but the letter was deemed to be “not very fruitful.”

Cherrie’s mother, Janice, thinks that whilst Cherrie’s biological dad is not involved, people he knew are. Janice also said that authorities did not believe her when she told them she had been raped, or that she was pregnant because of the rape. Janice said in 2019 that an anonymous tip could help give her family so much closure and that she just “wishes someone would come forth and tell me what happened. That’s all I pray for, all the time, is just to know.”

Although Cherrie was declared legally dead in November 1998, the investigation into her disappearance is still ongoing. Hopefully, with the “potentially crucial” lead and advancements in forensic science and technology, Cherrie’s family and friends will one day be able to have closure.

Below is an age-progressed image of what Cherrie might look like at 42 years old. If you recognise her or know anything about her disappearance, please call the Pennsylvania State Missing Persons Unit at 724-284-8100.

Aged progressed image of Cherrie

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