"Low Strangeness" Disappearances (Missing Persons; Runaways; Crime-Related)

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This Guardian link works -

Car shredder clue to lost woman


Detectives searching for a missing woman have discovered fragments of bone or tooth in a scrap yard vehicle shredder, police confirmed yesterday.
Officers investigating the disappearance of Zoe Simpson, who was 24 when she vanished from her home in Manchester in October 1996, re-opened their inquiry last April following a tip-off directing them to a scrap metal merchant's in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. The huge Lindemann shredder, one of only four in the country, swallows cars whole, retaining metal for recycling and depositing the rest as slurry in a tank. It has not been used for two years.
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It's from 2000 but Confucius he say, An old link that works is better than that modern rubbish of James's!
 

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The Manchester Evening News appears to have pulled the story.

It was not imagined!

I wish I had saved it. It was unusually forthright in treating the deceased husband as the guilty party.

Maybe there were objections. :sstorm:
 
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I thought this case had been reported on in this thread previously but no trace.

The remains of a nine-year-old girl who disappeared in the French Alps last August have been found, officials say.

Nordahl Lelandais, a 34-year-old former soldier, has admitted killing Maëlys de Araujo "involuntarily", without giving details.

He agreed to co-operate with the police after a trace of her blood was found in his car.

The girl went missing during a wedding in Pont-de-Beauvoisin, north of Grenoble.

Nordahl Lelandais said he "got rid of the body" and offered his apologies to the girl's parents, said Grenoble prosecutor Jean-Yves Coquillat.

He had previously admitted that Maëlys was in his car on the night she disappeared.


Lelandais might be a serial killer.

The police investigation into Mr Lelandais' involvement included mining his computer and phone for information.

Those trawls revealed that, in the aftermath of the disappearance of 23-year-old soldier Arthur Noyer in April 2017, Mr Lelandais searched the internet for "human body decomposition".

Mr Noyer's skull was found by a walker on 7 September in Montmelian, 16km (10 miles) from Chambéry. Mr Lelandais lived with his parents, 30km from Chambéry.

He admitted being in the area where Mr Noyer disappeared but denied any involvement in the killing. He was charged in that case in December.

Mr Lelandais has been questioned about a number of other missing persons in the region.


http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43065000
 
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Uh oh!

A nationwide search is underway for a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention scientist who vanishednished nearly two weeks ago after leaving the agency’s Atlanta headquarters because he felt sick.

Timothy Jerrell Cunningham — a commander with the US Public Health Service who has responded to Superstorm Sandy, along with the Zika and Ebola outbreaks — reported to work on Feb. 12, but left because he said he wasn’t feeling well.

But family said they know something was amiss three days before the 35-year-old Harvard graduate disappeared.

“There were some exchanges via phone as well as text that alerted me to be concerned about our son,” his father, Terrell Cunningham, told NBC News, without specifying what was troubling about the messages.

https://nypost.com/2018/02/24/cdc-scientist-goes-missing-after-leaving-work-sick/
 

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Missing airman Corrie McKeague now a cold case

Search for missing Corrie McKeague passed to cold case squad as cops officially call off searchers
Suffolk Police said in a statement that investigators had been through all realistic possibilities and there was nothing to suggest "any foul play".

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    The airman, from Dunfermline , has not been seen since he vanished after a night out with friends in Bury St Edmunds, near his RAF base, on September 24, 2016.

    Suffolk Police said in a statement that investigators had been through all realistic possibilities since he vanished in Bury St Edmunds in September 2016 and there was nothing to suggest "any foul play or third party involvement".

    Corrie, 23, had been drinking heavily, was seen on CCTV eating takeaway food at 1.20am before falling asleep in a doorway in the town centre.

  • etc
https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/search-missing-corrie-mckeague-passed-12253304
 
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His mother still sees a conspiracy.

Evidence in the inquiry into missing airman Corrie Mckeague was manipulated, his mother has claimed.

Nicola Urquhart believes there was "inconsistency" over raw data on the weight of a bin load taken to landfill in the hours after he disappeared.

She appeared on the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire show following Suffolk Police's decision to end the investigation into his disappearance.

The force said it had faith in the information given.

A Suffolk Police spokesman said: "Following extensive inquiries, we have absolute confidence in the raw data provided to us by Biffa which identified the time, date and the weight of the bin concerned which was unusually and excessively heavy."

However, Mrs Urquhart has said the data had either been manipulated or "someone is lying" to the police.

Investigators were initially given the wrong weight of the bin that Mr Mckeague may have climbed into, making it too light to support the theory he was in there.

This was later corrected, showing that the bin was actually much heavier than first thought.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-43553706
 

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The weighing systems fitted to vehicles I have driven
admittedly several years back could not be trusted
to be right to a quarter of a ton let alone a body.
Things must have come along a lot.
 

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... A nationwide search is underway for a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention scientist who vanishednished nearly two weeks ago after leaving the agency’s Atlanta headquarters because he felt sick.

Timothy Jerrell Cunningham — a commander with the US Public Health Service who has responded to Superstorm Sandy, along with the Zika and Ebola outbreaks — reported to work on Feb. 12, but left because he said he wasn’t feeling well. ...
Cunningham is no longer missing, but there's still a mystery ...

Timothy Cunningham: Missing US government scientist found dead
The body of a US government disease scientist who vanished more than six weeks ago has been found in a river in Atlanta, Georgia, police say.

Timothy Cunningham left work at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta on 12 February, saying he was feeling unwell.

The 35 year old's body was discovered in the Chattahoochee River on Tuesday night, said Atlanta Police Department. ...
SOURCE: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43658329
 

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people who disapear
Harold Holt (do a bolt) disapeared whilst scuba diving off Portsea Beach, near Melbourne.Not that unusual people disapear all the time you say.True but he was prime minister,lending to the rumours that he was picked up by a Chinese submarine.
Misplacing an entire Prime Minister is extremely careless. I love the irony of the swimming pool named after him.
 

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Oh dear this one seems to have ended in tragedy for all concerned

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/...ody-river-elbe-latest-inverness-a8317706.html

The body of an Inverness postman who went missing while on his brother’s stag weekend in Hamburg has been found in the city’s River Elbe.

Liam Colgan, 29, disappeared in the early hours of February 10 while on a night out in the German city.

The Lucie Blackman Trust, a charity which supports families of people missing abroad, said the body was discovered at 6.30am on Monday morning.

A statement said: “Whilst formal identification is yet to be carried out, Mr Colgan's driving licence was in the pocket of the jacket and the clothes were those he was wearing the night he disappeared.

"The Trust asks that Mr Colgan's family be given space and privacy to grieve at this difficult time."


Brother begs Liam Colgan to get in touch after stag do disappearance
His brother Eamonn, a police officer based in Dundee, had previously told BBC Radio Scotland: “Liam is very laid back, very positive, a very proud and doting uncle to my two children.”

He added: “We miss him greatly, all his family and friends do… we come across constant reminders like toys he's given to our children and his car is still here from when we went off on the stag do."

The disappearance occurred after Mr Colgan, keen musician, left the Veermaster pub in the city’s famous Beatles Platz. It sparked a major search effort.

Volunteers based in Hamburg organised for 300,000 leaflets to be posted to residents while an online crowd-funding page, set up to help cover the cost of the family flying to and from Hamburg, raised more than £15,000.

Eamonn and his fiancee Susan Dolan, both 33, have postponed their wedding.

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Matthew Searle, chief executive with the Lucie Blackman Trust, said: “An astonishing amount of support has been apparent in this case – the search for Liam has been joined by thousands of people, both German and British, and we would like to thank all of them for their support.

“Our thoughts are of course with Liam’s family and friends today.”

A statement from police in Hamburg said: “After a witness had informed the police this morning, several radio patrol cars went to a harbour in the HafenCity [district]. The fire brigade eventually salvaged a body floating in the water.”
 
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Oh dear this one seems to have ended in tragedy for all concerned

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/...ody-river-elbe-latest-inverness-a8317706.html

The body of an Inverness postman who went missing while on his brother’s stag weekend in Hamburg has been found in the city’s River Elbe.

Liam Colgan, 29, disappeared in the early hours of February 10 while on a night out in the German city.

The Lucie Blackman Trust, a charity which supports families of people missing abroad, said the body was discovered at 6.30am on Monday morning.

A statement said: “Whilst formal identification is yet to be carried out, Mr Colgan's driving licence was in the pocket of the jacket and the clothes were those he was wearing the night he disappeared.

"The Trust asks that Mr Colgan's family be given space and privacy to grieve at this difficult time."


Brother begs Liam Colgan to get in touch after stag do disappearance
His brother Eamonn, a police officer based in Dundee, had previously told BBC Radio Scotland: “Liam is very laid back, very positive, a very proud and doting uncle to my two children.”

He added: “We miss him greatly, all his family and friends do… we come across constant reminders like toys he's given to our children and his car is still here from when we went off on the stag do."

The disappearance occurred after Mr Colgan, keen musician, left the Veermaster pub in the city’s famous Beatles Platz. It sparked a major search effort.

Volunteers based in Hamburg organised for 300,000 leaflets to be posted to residents while an online crowd-funding page, set up to help cover the cost of the family flying to and from Hamburg, raised more than £15,000.

Eamonn and his fiancee Susan Dolan, both 33, have postponed their wedding.

UK news in pictures

Matthew Searle, chief executive with the Lucie Blackman Trust, said: “An astonishing amount of support has been apparent in this case – the search for Liam has been joined by thousands of people, both German and British, and we would like to thank all of them for their support.

“Our thoughts are of course with Liam’s family and friends today.”

A statement from police in Hamburg said: “After a witness had informed the police this morning, several radio patrol cars went to a harbour in the HafenCity [district]. The fire brigade eventually salvaged a body floating in the water.”
Sad news.
 

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Cunningham is no longer missing, but there's still a mystery ...
News Update on the Cunningham (CDC epidemiologist) case ...

Medical examiner releases CDC doctor Timothy Cunningham's official cause of death

The death of a CDC employee whose body was found in an Atlanta river last month has been ruled a suicide by drowning, the Fulton County Medical Examiner announced on Tuesday.

The body of 35-year-old Timothy Cunningham was found by fishermen in the Chattahoochee River on April 3, bringing the long and confounding search for the missing CDC worker to a tragic end. His body was discovered over seven weeks after he disappeared on Feb. 12.

An autopsy at the time confirmed that the body belonged to the missing doctor, though his official cause of death was not released until today.

Cunningham, a highly regarded epidemiologist at the CDC, disappeared without a trace after he left work mid-day in February, complaining of feeling ill.
SOURCE: https://www.yahoo.com/news/medical-examiner-releases-cdc-doctor-194543160.html
 
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Not looking good for this guy, jaguars, ocelots and cougars are native to the national park, be lucky if they find his gnawed bones.

An indigenous group has joined the search for a 62-year-old Austrian man who went missing in a national park in Paraguay three weeks ago.

Wilhelm Wabnegg was last heard from on 2 May when he was setting off for the Cerro León hills in the Defensores del Chaco national park.

His motorhome was found on 10 May but there was no trace of Mr Wabnegg.

Fifteen members of the Ayoreo tribe are now searching their ancestral land for Mr Wabnegg.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-44224674
 

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That’s that then, nothing to see here..

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-45015080

Corrie Mckeague: Airman 'somewhere in Suffolk waste disposal system'

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Police believe he climbed into a waste bin and was taken away by a refuse lorry.

Writing on Facebook, Martin Mckeague said: "Corrie is no longer missing... after looking at all of the facts and evidence we now know what happened."

He added: "We are certain he is somewhere in the Suffolk waste disposal system, but his remains are essentially irretrievable."
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Apparently there are over a thousand people who have disappeared without a trace into America's national parks. Very interesting (and disconcerting) article found here:

https://www.outsideonline.com/2164446/leave-no-trace

My daughter hikes a lot of mountains out in Colorado so reading this article is not the stuff of which a good night's sleep is made. :(
 
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Apparently there are over a thousand people who have disappeared without a trace into America's national parks. Very interesting (and disconcerting) article found here:

https://www.outsideonline.com/2164446/leave-no-trace

My daughter hikes a lot of mountains out in Colorado so reading this article is not the stuff of which a good night's sleep is made. :(
But don't worry too much:

WASHINGTON – The National Park Service (NPS) today announced 330,882,751 recreation visits in 2017 – almost identical to the record-setting 330,971,689 recreation visits in 2016. While numbers were steady, visitors actually spent more time in parks during their 2017 visits compared to 2016.
https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1207/02-28-2018-visitation-certified.htm


The odds of disappearing are low, the outsideonline report doesn't say over how many years these disappearances occurred.

More than 7.5 million visitors to Colorado’s 12 National Park Service units spent $485 million in 2016, according to a new report from the agency. Spending was up by about 8 percent and visits rose by 5.5 percent over 2015, said Patrick O'Driscoll, spokesman for the NPS Intermountain Regional Office in Denver.

http://www.cpr.org/news/story/visitors-to-colorados-national-parks-spent-485m-in-2016
 

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I think, if you take reasonable precautions, the risk is manageable. However, not everyone goes prepared or exercises the proper amount of caution. Last year, my daughter and her cohorts were descending from a 14,000 ft peak when they encountered another group on its way up. They talked with them briefly, warning of some treacherous conditions ahead. She heard the next day that a member of that other party fell to their death not long after they had met.
 
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I think, if you take reasonable precautions, the risk is manageable. However, not everyone goes prepared or exercises the proper amount of caution. Last year, my daughter and her cohorts were descending from a 14,000 ft peak when they encountered another group on its way up. They talked with them briefly, warning of some treacherous conditions ahead. She heard the next day that a member of that other party fell to their death not long after they had met.
That's bad news. Many unprepared people put mountain rescue teams at risk.
 

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sad and stupid death for that airman ... i slept in some crazy places in my wild years, into a waste bin i would certainly never voluntarily go ... bus and train stations are never far away ...
 
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This doesn't look good.

A scream was heard near the home of a midwife who has been missing for nearly a week, police have said.

Samantha Eastwood, 28, was last seen leaving Royal Stoke University Hospital at 07:45 BST on Friday and did not return later for her night shift.

She has not used her bank cards or car since going missing, police believe.

Det Supt Simon Duffy said the report by neighbours of hearing a scream "forms part of one of a number of theories" regarding Ms Eastwood's disappearance.

The noise was heard in the vicinity of Ms Eastwood's address in Stockton Brook, Stoke-on-Trent, at about 14:00 on Friday.

Det Supt Duffy said he was unable to comment further on this element of the investigation.

The force is treating her case as a "high-risk missing person" inquiry.

A 32-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent, who was arrested earlier this week on suspicion of kidnap following her disappearance, has been released under investigation.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-45043885
 
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