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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Mikelle Diane Biggs

Mikelle Diane Biggs was an 11-year-old girl who went missing from near her family’s home on the 2nd of January, 1999, in Mesa, Arizona.

Mikelle was out riding her bike when she and her younger sister heard an ice cream truck in the distance. The girls then started to wait for the ice cream truck to arrive near Toltec Street and El Moro Avenue. At around 4:00pm, Mikelle’s younger sister returned to the family’s home for less than two minutes to get her coat. When she returned, Mikelle was gone.

Mikelle has not been seen or heard from since.

Mikelle Biggs. Credit: International Missing Fandom

Mikelle’s bike was found abandoned, laying on its side with its wheel still spinning, close to the street where she had been standing.

The area where Mikelle was last known to be was searched by police thoroughly, but it yielded no results. Search dogs were brought in, but they lost her scent after just a few feet which indicates to authorities that she was pulled into a vehicle. Many of the houses in the surrounding areas were searched with the owner’s consent, but this brought police no closer to finding Mikelle.

Ice cream vendors who worked in the area have all been cleared of having any involvement in Mikelle’s disappearance. In fact, police aren’t sure if there were actually any ice cream trucks in the area on the day that Mikelle went missing.

Two composite sketches of possible suspects have been made in Mikelle’s case, but they have not been widely publicised as authorities are unsure if the people actually have any involvement in Mikelle’s disappearance.

Composite image of a possible suspect in Mikelle’s case. Credit: International Missing Fandom
Composite image of a possible suspect in Mikelle’s disappearance. Credit: International Missing Fandom

Mikelle’s family believe that a sex offender who lived just two blocks away from the family’s home at the time of her disappearance, Dee Blalock, abducted Mikelle. Dee’s wife said that he spent the entire night in their garage, and couldn’t have been involved in her abduction, but Mikelle’s family are still suspicious.

Dee is currently serving a 15-and-a-half-year sentence in an Arizona prison for charges that are not related to Mikelle’s case.

On the 5th anniversary of Mikelle’s disappearance, her family held a funeral for her with an empty casket.

At the time of her disappearance, Mikelle was 11 years old. She had dark blonde/brown hair, and her hair had been permed and was starting to grow out. She had hazel eyes, pierced ears, a few small moles on the left side of her neck and prominent upper front teeth. She stood at 4″8′ and weighed around 65lbs.

She was wearing either a red, short-sleeved shirt with a white stripe across the chest, or a red t-shirt with “Lindbergh” (her elementary school name) across the front, blue bell-bottom jeans with embroidered seams on the sides, a purple barbie watch, and white canvas shoes. It is not known if she was wearing earrings at the time of her disappearance.

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

Do you know what happened to Mikelle?

Mikelle Biggs age-progressed to 25 years old. Credit: International Missing Fandom / National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

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Malaynah Green

Malaynah Green is a ten-year-old girl who disappeared from her home in Philadelphia on the 18th of March 2022. Malaynah has not been seen or heard from since her disappearance.

Malaynah is described as being a black female with brown eyes and black hair. She is 5’1″ and weighs around 120lbs.

If you have any information about Malaynah’s disappearance, or if you have seen her, please contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678.

Malaynah Green. Credit: Bucks County Herald

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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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Asha Jaquilla Degree

Asha Jaquilla Degree was a nine-year-old girl who lived at home with her mother, father and brother. They lived in Shelby, North Carolina.

February the 14th, 2000, was just a normal day for Asha and her family. Asha and her brother were tucked into bed at around 8:00pm that evening.

Shortly after midnight, there was a car accident close to their house which caused them to lose power. At around 2:30am, Harold (Asha’s father), checked on the two children and saw that they were both still soundly asleep in their beds.

However, when 6:30am came around, and Iquilla (Asha’s mother), went to get the children ready for school, Asha was nowhere to be found.

As soon as Iquilla and Harold realised that Asha was missing, the authorities were immediately contacted. Despite numerous searches and appeals, Asha has never been seen or heard from again, and her whereabouts are still unknown.

Asha Degree. Credit: FBI

Asha’s brother said that in the middle of the night, he heard Asha’s bed squeak and crack. He thought that it was just Asha moving around in her bed, and went back to sleep.

The police and Asha’s family noted that Asha had taken her school bookbag with her and that there were no signs of forced entry to the house. This meant that Asha must have left the house on her own accord – but Asha’s mum described her as being a “highly sensible girl” and said that she was “wary of strangers, and wouldn’t even pet the local dogs.”

Two people called the police department the next day, saying that they had seen a girl who matched Asha’s description on Highway 18 at around 4am. One of the witnesses claimed that he tried to approach the young girl, but as soon as he got close, she ran off into the woods.

These are the last confirmed sightings of Asha.

The police also found Asha’s hair bow in a nearby shed the day after she went missing. A huge search entailed for her, spanning over 7 days and over 9,000 man-hours. Over 300 tips were received and were also searched and investigated thoroughly, but there were no leads.

Over 18 months later, on the 3rd of August 2001, Asha’s backpack was discovered by construction workers who were digging an access road in Burke County – which is over thirty miles from where Asha was last seen.

Inside the backpack, police found a New Kids on the Block t-shirt and the book Dr Seuss McElligot’s Pool which had been checked out of Asha’s school library. Whilst the backpack and its contents did provide some more evidence, it didn’t give authorities or Asha’s family any clues or leads as to where Asha went that night, or where she is now.

The items found in Asha’s backpack. Credit: Talk Murder to Me

In 2004 a prison inmate claimed that Asha had been killed and that they knew where she was buried. Searches took place at the location the inmate gave, but authorities only found animal remains.

In 2015, a person gave a tip that claimed that they had seen a young girl enter a green Ford Thunderbird or Lincoln Mark IV on the night that Asha disappeared. This tip led the FBI to announce it was reopening its investigation into Asha’s disappearance in 2016, and in 2018 they released the images of the items that were found inside Asha’s backpack.

In 2020, an inmate at a North Carolina state correctional facility contacted The Shelby Star, saying that he had heard someone talking about killing and burying Asha. Investigators interviewed the inmate and another inmate, but no new information was found.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for Asha’s disappearance.

Asha’s mother, Iquilla, believes that her daughter is still alive and that someone knows something about her disappearance.

All I want is to see her.” Iquilla Degree, speaking in 2020.

Asha was 9 years old at the time of her disappearance. She had black hair and brown eyes, weighed 60lbs and stood at around 4’6″. If she is still alive today, she would be 32 years old.

Do you know where Asha is?

Asha at the time of her disappearance, and then Asha age-progressed to 30. Credit: WCNC / National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

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Michaela Joy Garecht

Nine-year-old Michaela Joy Garecht and her best friend visited a market in Hayward, California on the 19th of November 1988. The market was just four blocks away from her home, and Michaela visited the market almost every day.

When the two girls arrived at the market, they parked their scooters next to the entrance. They then went inside the market and brought some sweets. When they left the market, Michaela’s scooter was gone. Her friend noticed that her scooter had been moved to the parking lot, so Michaela went over to get it.

However, when she reached her scooter a man got out of his car, opened the back door, grabbed Michaela and threw her inside. The man then drove off.

Michaela’s friend went back inside the market and got the staff to call the police.

Michaela has not been seen or heard from, since.

A police artist was able to create a sketch of Michaela’s abductor based on what her friend saw. He is described as being a white male, between his early and mid-twenties (in 1988), around 6″0′ with a slender build and a face covered in pockmarks. He had dirty blonde hair that was shoulder length.

He was driving a large American model car, which was a few years old and in bad condition. It was either tan or brown in colour.

Sketch of the abductor. Credit: FBI

Police did suspect Tim Binder as a possible suspect in Michaela’s case, as he had also been a suspect in the disappearance of Amber Swartz-Garcia, Nikki Campbell and Ilene Misheloff.

Michaela’s case went cold for several years until it was reopened in 2009, after the rescue of Jaycee Dugard who had been missing since 1991. Jaycee was found to be living in tents on the property of paedophile Phillip Garrido who was from Antioch, California.

A car that bore a striking resemblance to the one that took Michaela was found on Phillip’s property, and photos of him at the time of Michaela’s abduction matched the description of Michaela’s abductor by her friend. However, no other evidence of him being involved in Michaela’s disappearance was found.

In February 2012, convicted serial killer Wesley Shermantine wrote to the Stockton Record saying that his former partner, Loren Herzog, was responsible for Michaela’s disappearance. Loren committed suicide in January 2012.

Loren did show some resemblance to Michaela’s abductor. But, when Wesley led authorities to a well where they had dumped several bodies, they found the remains of Kimberly Billy and Joann Hobson, who had both been missing since the 1980s, but no trace of Michaela.

There were some other remains that were believed to belong to Michaela, but DNA testing showed that they did not.

The FBI and Hayward Police Department announced, on the 21st of December 2020, that David Emery Misch had been charged with Michaela’s abduction and murder. David is currently serving time in prison for the 1989 murder of Margaret Ball, and he is awaiting a trial for the 1986 murders of Michelle Xavier and Jennifer Duey.

David was linked to Michaela’s abduction after fingerprints and a partial handprint on Michaela’s scooter were found to belong to him. Several eyewitnesses also place David in the area around the market at the time of Michaela’s abduction.

Despite someone being charged for her abduction and murder, Michaela’s body has never been recovered, and the truth of what really happened to her remains unknown.

Michaela Joy Garecht. Credit: Wikipedia

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Amber Jean Swartz-Garcia

Amber Jean Swartz-Garcia was the first child of Kim Swartz and Floyd “Bernie” Swartz. Sadly, Floyd was shot and killed whilst working as a police officer on the 3rd of May 1980, just 3 months before Amber was born on the 19th of August 1980.

Amber lived with her mother, Kim, in Pinole, California. She had to use a hearing aid and was taking the medication Fiorinal for headaches at the time of her disappearance.

On the 3rd of June, 1988, seven-year-old Amber asked her mum if she could go and jump rope outside. Amber’s friends, Debbie and Marsia, were supposed to be coming over anyway, so Kim said okay. However, when Amber’s friends arrived, they asked where Amber was as she was not outside.

After quickly searching the neighbourhood, Kim realised that Amber had been abducted.

Amber Swartz-Garcia. Credit: Unsolved Mysteries Wiki

The day after Amber went missing a pair of pink socks that Kim believes belonged to Amber were found in a park close to her house, and they had not been there the day before.

Three days after Amber had disappeared, a man called Tim Binder showed up at Kim’s door. He was extremely upset about Amber. Kim noticed that Tim’s van had Amber’s missing posters all over it, and the license plate of the van was “LOVE YOU”. However, when Tim turned away and looked back at her, he said “Of course, now we are looking for a dead body.”

This was the first time anyone had said anything like this to Kim, and she started to feel creeped out, so she asked Tim to leave.

Tim was known to authorities because, over the course of 10 years, several young girls had gone missing along the Interstate 80 corridor. In several of these cases, Tim took it upon himself personally to go and look for them. Tim was considered a “person of interest” in all of the cases he got involved in.

Tim had been questioned intensively and even given a polygraph test that came back inconclusive.

The FBI asked Kim some oddly specific questions at the beginning of the investigation, such as: “Had Amber received anything unusual in the mail?”, “Have you received phone calls from someone who you didn’t know?” and “Had Amber ever come home with something that she couldn’t explain who it was from?”. Kim believes that these questions were about Tim.

As Kim spent more time with Tim, in order to get “closer” to him, she found out that he would visit cemeteries a lot, and spend a lot of time with the graves of specific girls, including Angela Bugay. Angela had been abducted in November 1983 and was later found sexually assaulted and strangled to death. Tim was put under constant surveillance and the FBI discovered that Tim visited Angela’s grave over 90 times.

Tim would often leave Kim strange voicemails which she believed was him “toying” with her emotions, and he would often recommend books to her such as “Crime and Punishment” – a book which involves the suspect visiting crime scenes, getting close to the victim’s family and trying to insert themselves into the investigation. Kim suspects that this was Tim’s way of taunting her.

Tim Binder. Credit: East Bay Times

Thirteen days after Amber had gone missing, a bloodhound traced Amber’s sent to Angela’s grave. The FBI also states that the bloodhound picked up the scent in Tim’s van as well.

Five months after Amber’s disappearance, another young girl, nine-year-old Michaela Garecht, went missing from a Hayward Market. Investigators believe that Tim was in the area at the time of Michaela’s disappearance.

Two months later, thirteen-year-old Illene Misheloff, disappeared from Dublin, California. Tim, once again, inserted himself into the investigation.

A few years later, a mother from Fairfield, California, called the police as her daughter had received a letter from Tim. The letter could only be read if it was held up to a mirror. The contents of the letter have never been made public.

Just a few blocks away from their home, four-year-old Nikki Campbell vanished after she was playing in the driveway. Her scent was later traced to Angela’s grave.

Fairfield police decided to search Tim’s house in the wake of Nikki’s disappearance. They found nothing that connected him to Nikki’s disappearance, or the disappearance of Amber, Michaela, Illene and the murder of Angela.

However, it was around this time that Kim received a phone call from a man. He said that on the day that Amber went missing he had seen a young girl being thrown into a car by an unknown male at Alvarado Park. The man got his niece to write down the licence plate number, and they called the police.

But the police didn’t think that the unknown man was Tim, as the car was later traced to a junked vehicle in Los Angeles and the physical description of the man did not match Tim.

Tim eventually sued the city of Fairfield for tarnishing his reputation. He settled out of court for $90,000.

To this day, Tim is still considered a suspect in Amber, Micheala, Ilena and Nikki’s disappearance and Angela’s murder. He is considered to be a suspect due to the odd behaviour he exhibited about the cases and the fact that Amber’s scent was found in his van and at Angela’s grave. Tim has never been charged in connection with any of these cases.

In June 2002, authorities dug up the yard of former priest Stephen Kiesle’s vacation home, hoping to find some evidence that relates to Amber’s case. At the time of Amber’s disappearance, he lived just down the street from her. He had been arrested in May 2002 for molesting three girls at a church in Fremont. Fourteen other girls came forward and accused him of abuse, and most of the victims matched Amber’s age and description.

However, no evidence was found at his home and it is unknown if Stephen is still considered a suspect in Amber’s case.

In July 2009, the police announced that they had identified Amber’s killer as a convicted child rapist and killer Curtis Dean Anderson.

In 2007, Curtis confessed that he wanted “company” on a road trip to his auntie’s house in Arizona. He was fairly familiar with the Pinole area, and after he spotted Amber in her front yard he pulled her into his car, drugged her, and then took her to a motel where he suffocated her. He then claims that he dumped her body somewhere near Benson, Arizona off Highway 10.

Whilst police were able to confirm that Curtis was in the Pinole area at the time Amber went missing, they were unable to find any more evidence that connected him to Amber’s case.

Curtis said that he purposely taunted the police with false information. He died in December 2007, just one month after he confessed.

Police say that Curtis also confessed to several other murders, but the police could not find any evidence to link him to them.

After the announcement was made, police officially closed the case. However, a petition was launched for the Pinole Police Department to reopen the stranger abduction case, and in the autumn of 2013 Amber’s case was re-opened as well.

Amber’s mum, Kim, does not believe Curtis’s confession and thinks that he was lying. Investigators are trying to corroborate or refute his confession.

Amber is still considered a missing child, and her mother Kim is still searching for her. Kim started the Amber Foundation for Missing Children, which teaches about child abductions and how to prevent them.

It has been 34 years since Amber went missing. If she is still alive today, she would be 42 years old.

What happened to Amber?

Amber is age-progressed to 31 years old. Credit: Internation Missing Fandom / National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

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Arianna Fitts

Arianna Fitts was just 2-years-old when she, and her mother Nicole Fitts who was 32-years-old, went missing from San Fransisco, California. The pair were reported missing on the 5th of April 2016.

Nicole Fitts was last seen on the 1st of April, after receiving a phone call to go and meet her daughter’s babysitter. It is believed that Nicole travelled from her job at a Best Buy store on Harrison Street by a Municipal Railway Vehicle on the Third Street Corridor at around 9:45pm. She was wearing a blue shirt.

Just 3 days after Arianna and Nicole were reported missing, a Gardner in the John McLaren Park discovered a large piece of wood resting behind a clump of ivy-covered bushes with an odd silver character painted on it. Underneath the large piece of wood, the Gardner found the body of Nicole Fitts.

Nicole was found in the fetal position in a shallow grave. No other details about her death have been released, other than her death is classed as murder. As soon as Nicole’s body was found, the police started investigating the person who was looking after Arianna that evening.

Speaking to CNN, Arianna’s aunt and Nicole’s sister, Tess Fitts, said that Nicole would often have babysitters from the Oakland area look after Arianna if she had to work early morning or late night shifts at her job.

The police now think that the phone call Nicole received that evening was used to lure her out.

At a press conference in May 2016, the police named Helena and Devin Martin and Siolo Hearne as persons of interest in Arianna’s case, with the main focus being on Helena as she was Arianna’s main babysitter. The three of them apparently gave conflicting statements at the start of the investigation.

Arianna is still considered a missing child, and the police and FBI are still working on her case. They believe that Arianna was not with her mother, Nicole when she was murdered.

In 2021, the FBI released an image of what Arianna may look like now. If she is still alive, she would be 8 years old today.

Arianna Fitts age-progressed to 6 years old (she would be 8 today). Credit: SFist.com / National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Arianna’s aunt, Tess Fitts, believes that Arianna is still alive. “I think Arianna was taken because someone wanted her. Someone fell in love with her and they wanted her as their own.”

The police and FBI are urging anyone with information about Nicole’s murder, or Arianna’s disappearance to come forward. If you recognise Arianna, or if you have the slightest bit of information, please contact your local FBI office or submit your tip to: https://tips.fbi.gov/

Let’s hope that one day those responsible for Nicole’s murder and Arianna’s disappearance are found, and brought to justice.

Arianna and Nicole Fitts. Credit: People.com

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Jeremy Doland Bright

Jeremy Doland Bright was a fourteen year old boy who went missing from Myrtle Point, Oregon, on the 14th of August 1986. He had been attending the Coos County fair on the day he went missing.

Jeremy, who primarliy resided in Grants Pass, Oregon, was staying with his stepfather and younger sister, S’te. Jeremy attended the Coos County fair on the 13th of August with his friend Johnny Fish. Later that day, he called his mother Diane from a payphone to arrange for him and his sister to be picked up on the 15th of August.

Jeremy was last seen by his stepfather and grandmother on the 13th of August in a tavern that was owned by his grandmother. They gave Jeremy some money to spend at the fair.

On the 14th of August, Jeremy arrived at the fair with his sister S’te. The pair seperated at around 2:00pm, and had agreed to meet up again at 5:00pm by the ferris wheel. Jeremy never showed.

After asking family members, and reaslisnig that Jeremy was not with any of them, his mother Diane reported him missing. Jeremy’s wallet, watch, and keys to his mother’s apartment were all found inside of his stepfathers house.

Jeremy Bright. Credit: Wikipedia

The police intially believed foul play to be involved in Jeremy’s disapperance, but after Jeremy had been missing for a week the police announced that they no longer thought foul play was involved due to a number of reported sightings of Jeremy.

Several people, including S’te, saw Jeremy be forcibily removed from the fairgrounds ferris wheel between 1:00pm and 1:30pm by an unknown man on the day he disappered.

Law enforcement believe that Jeremy may have ran away with the travelling carnivel.

At the time of Jeremy’s disapperance, several rumours started circling around Myrtle Point.

One rumour was that Jeremy, who had a heart murmur, had attended a party and had a beer which had been laced with an illegal drug, causing him to die.

Another rumour that was submitted by an anonyumus prison inmate was that Jeremy had accidentally been shot to death by a group of men whilst he was with his friends at a popular swimming hole along the Coquille River.

Alternatively, another rumour suggested that Jeremy had been shot during target practice. The source said that those involved tried to nurse Jeremy back to health in a remote cabin, but were unsuccessful in their attempts to do so. Jeremy was then buried in a shallow grave in the woods. Police searched the cabin and the woods surronding the cabin, but they found no evidence to support this theory.

Jeremy Bright. Credit: Tumblr

One tip stated that Jeremy’s body had been dumped in a well in Myrtle Point. Numerous wells were searched but nothing was ever found. Another tip that lead to no results was to “follow a road to concrete bridge in western Nebrasaka.”

Another tip lead investigators to a young man called Jeremy Bright who was working for a travelling circus company in Florida. However, the man was determined to be a young man from Colorado who just happened to share the same name as Jeremy.

There are some accounts that say Jeremy was last seen in the passenger seat of Terry Lee Steinhoff’s truck. Terry used to babysit Jeremy when he was young.

In January 1989, just a few weeks after Jeremy’s segment on Unsolved Mysteries aired, Terry was arrested and charged with stabbing and killing 32-year-old Patricia Morris. Terry was considered a potential suspect in Jeremy’s disapperance, but he died in prision in 2007 from a heroin overdose.

A friend of Jeremy’s siter, Cecelia Fish, told police that on the night of Jeremy’s disapperance she saw an unknown male resident of her apartment complex stumble inside the entryway covered in blood.

In 2016, a pond on a private property was searched after a tip said that Jeremy may have been dumped there. But this search turned up no results.

Jeremy is still considered a missing person. If he is still alive, he would be 49 years old. Jeremy’s family presume that he is dead, and in August 2011 they held a formal memorial service for him.

Will we ever find Jeremy?

Jeremy age progressed to 40 years old. Credit: Ranker / National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

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Sara Anne Wood

12-year-old Sara Anne Wood was last seen on August the 18th, 1993. She was riding her bike to her family home on Hacadam Road in Frankfort, New York after attending summer Bible school at Norwich Corners Church, which was less than a mile away from her home.

At around 2:30pm, Sara was seen biking up a steep hill on Hacadam Road, just less than 0.4 miles from her home. Sara has not been seen since.

Sara Anne Wood. Credit: Film Daily

Sara’s bike was later found in an area of bushes just off Hacadam Road, leaning against a tree.

In 1996, Lewis S.Lent Jr was charged with the abduction and murder of Sara. He confessed to police that he had killed her and dumped her body in a clearing close to Raquette Lake in the Adirondack Mountains. He even drew a map of the location for detectives to use.

However, when police searched the area extensively, nobody was ever found. Lewis then retracted his confession and said that Sara had never been buried there. He said that another body had been buried close to where he led detectives, but that he didn’t want that body to be found.

Lewis was convicted of abduction and murder in relation to Sara’s case, and he was also charged with the abduction and murder of James Bernardo, a 12-year-old boy who was killed in Massachusetts in 1990.

As Sara’s body has never been found, her case remains open and unsolved. It is strongly believed that foul play is involved in Sara’s disappearance.

Sara’s family set up the Sara Anne Wood Rescue Center, which was later renamed the Mohawk Valley Branch of The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

Sara’s missing poster. Credit: BigFrog104

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