It's a big place and in many parts of the world life is very cheap.There are several other reports about her from the last 10 years or so, although there's precious little detail. Her father's conviction that she was still alive seemed to rest on a single recording of a Kashmiri rebel leader who allegedly spoke certain english words with a 'Skye accent' and who was probably in the same general area as Alison at the time she disappeared.
It is a very sad story, but the sparse facts (she vanished in a remote village, in a politically-unstable area, at some point during a 2-day window) would suggest that she was simply disposed of by an opportunistic perpetrator.
Reminds me of the fabled people shredder stories...
Today's Manchester Evening News has a longish piece about the 1996 disappearance of Zoe Simpson.
Remains never found. Murder by husband seems likely.
As a scrap-dealer, his access to metal-crushers led to investigation of a giant "mincing-machine." It makes for grim reading but fragments of bone were probably a a sparkplug!
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.
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".
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.
Missing airman Corrie McKeague now a cold case
... 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. ...
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. ...
Cunningham is no longer missing, but there's still a mystery ...
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.
He was probably eaten by a shark.
Oh dear this one seems to have ended in tragedy for all concerned
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.”
Cunningham is no longer missing, but there's still a mystery ...
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.