People Who Are Discovered Or Re-Surface After Long Disappearances

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You might be sick of your career, tired of your relationship, or you simply want to jet off somewhere and begin all over again.

Others might feel more drastic action is required.

Steve Rambam is a private investigator who specialises in locating missing people, including those who have faked their own death.

He estimates he has solved up to 750 suspected fake death cases during his career, with the number standing at "about 550 when I last counted 12 years ago".


https://news.sky.com/story/you-only...ches-people-who-fake-their-own-death-11637341
 

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A mystery may have been solved.

A 14-year-old boy who told police he had escaped from kidnappers is claiming to be Timmothy Pitzen, who went missing eight years ago.

Timmothy vanished in 2011 at the age of six after his mother's suicide in a motel in Rockford, Illinois. The teenager claiming to be Timmothy said that after escaping his kidnappers "he kept running across a bridge" into Kentucky. He was found walking alone in Newport, Kentucky, early yesterday morning - around 500 miles (800km) from where Timmothy went missing.

Police from Illinois are now on their way to Cincinnati in Ohio, close to where the boy was found, to meet him but are remaining cautious, saying:

"We've probably had thousands of tips of him popping up in different areas. We have no idea what we're driving down there for. It could be Pitzen. It could be a hoax."

The boy told officers that he had been kept at a Red Roof Inn by two men, although as there are a number of motels with that name in area, it's unclear which one he is referring to.

https://news.sky.com/story/teen-who-escaped-kidnappers-claims-he-is-missing-boy-from-2011-11683687
 

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Sadly they are now saying dna proves he isn't.

indeed, hope raised and then dashed for the family.

A teen who told Kentucky police he was Timmothy Pitzen, an Illinois boy who went missing in 2011, is not the long-lost child, the FBI said on Thursday.

Hopes were briefly raised that the teen, who said he had escaped kidnappers, was Timmothy, last seen after his mother pulled him out of school in Aurora, a far-west suburb of Chicago, and then took her own life. But FBI officials in Kentucky and Ohio said DNA tests conducted at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital showed that the teen is not Timmothy.

“A local investigation continues into this person’s true identity,” Louisville FBI agent Tim Beam said in a statement emailed to Reuters.

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/wor...n-is-not-the-missing-child-fbi-says-1.3850094
 

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Workers removing shelves and coolers from a former No Frills Supermarket in Council Bluffs, Iowa, in January discovered a body behind one of them.
The remains were recently identified as those of Larry Ely Murillo-Moncada, a former employee who had been reported missing November 28, 2009.

Investigators now believe that Murillo-Moncada went to the supermarket and climbed on top of the coolers. The space was used as storage for merchandise, Weddum said, and employees would sometimes go there to hide when they wanted to take an unofficial break.
He is thought to have fallen into the 18-inch gap between the back of the cooler and a wall, where he became trapped. Noise from the coolers' compressors may have concealed any attempts to call for help, according to Weddum.



https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/22/us/supermarket-missing-person-death-trnd/index.html
 

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Workers removing shelves and coolers from a former No Frills Supermarket in Council Bluffs, Iowa, in January discovered a body behind one of them.
The remains were recently identified as those of Larry Ely Murillo-Moncada, a former employee who had been reported missing November 28, 2009.


Investigators now believe that Murillo-Moncada went to the supermarket and climbed on top of the coolers. The space was used as storage for merchandise, Weddum said, and employees would sometimes go there to hide when they wanted to take an unofficial break.
He is thought to have fallen into the 18-inch gap between the back of the cooler and a wall, where he became trapped. Noise from the coolers' compressors may have concealed any attempts to call for help, according to Weddum.



https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/22/us/supermarket-missing-person-death-trnd/index.html
What a bizarre and tragic death. You'd have thought that eventually his remains may have started to smell? This is a supermarket and if I picture correctly coolers put a lot of heat out of the back, which I'd have expected to hasten decomposition. Very sad and slightly puzzling.

There would have been no reason to look behind the coolers when he went missing and it would seem that those unofficial breaks must have been very rare indeed for his body not to have been discovered for so long (though I don't know from the story when the supermarket closed). My guess/supposition is that maybe he died or was seriously injured falling from the top of the cooler. I know coolers may make noise but I'm sure if I was conscious I'd be able to make a loud enough noise to be heard and, unless he was seriously injured or even paralysed from the fall, surely he'd be able to hit/kick/strike the back of the cooler - or throw stuff/clothing over the top.

It's a tragic story however you look at it.
 

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What a bizarre and tragic death. You'd have thought that eventually his remains may have started to smell? This is a supermarket and if I picture correctly coolers put a lot of heat out of the back, which I'd have expected to hasten decomposition. Very sad and slightly puzzling.

There would have been no reason to look behind the coolers when he went missing and it would seem that those unofficial breaks must have been very rare indeed for his body not to have been discovered for so long (though I don't know from the story when the supermarket closed). My guess/supposition is that maybe he died or was seriously injured falling from the top of the cooler. I know coolers may make noise but I'm sure if I was conscious I'd be able to make a loud enough noise to be heard and, unless he was seriously injured or even paralysed from the fall, surely he'd be able to hit/kick/strike the back of the cooler - or throw stuff/clothing over the top.

It's a tragic story however you look at it.

Yup, I reckon falling down a way an 18-inch gap would be enough to jam you solid in there. He probably couldn't move his arms or bang for help or throw things though. Maybe he was unconscious soon after landing in there. One hopes so.
 

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What a bizarre and tragic death. You'd have thought that eventually his remains may have started to smell? This is a supermarket and if I picture correctly coolers put a lot of heat out of the back, which I'd have expected to hasten decomposition. Very sad and slightly puzzling.
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It's a tragic story however you look at it.

some wag opened a packet of ham and chucked it behind a chiller, a few years ago at work. i can tell you that started to smell pretty quickly. and opened, hidden foodstuffs of any kind quickly collect tiny flies. you soon know to start looking for something rotten.


all very odd.
 

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Could, as he fell, have got impaled on one of the coolent rods which may have somehow broke preserving him for a while, something like embalming fluid






Ok ok i know, daft as a bat i am, this is cause i have nowt better to do
 

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What is really amazing is that the fridges worked for 10 years straight without problems or without being moved around for maintenance.

That's a very good point ... However ...

Some larger (e.g., institutional / commercial) cooling systems consist of multiple modular components interconnected by pipes. There's a chance the 18" space behind the storage units wasn't necessarily where the heat exchanger or other apparatus was situated.

On the other hand ... It he'd ended up pinned in next to the heat exchange coils / radiators the constant heat might have desiccated the corpse and helped minimize telltale odors of decomposition.
 

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That's a very good point ... However ...

Some larger (e.g., institutional / commercial) cooling systems consist of multiple modular components interconnected by pipes. There's a chance the 18" space behind the storage units wasn't necessarily where the heat exchanger or other apparatus was situated.

On the other hand ... It he'd ended up pinned in next to the heat exchange coils / radiators the constant heat might have desiccated the corpse and helped minimize telltale odors of decomposition.
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Found after 22 years through Google Maps.

The remains of a man who went missing two decades ago in Florida have been found in a submerged car visible on Google Maps.

William Moldt, was reported missing from Lantana, Florida, on 7 November 1997. He failed to return home from a night out at a club when he was 40 years old. A missing person investigation was launched by police but the case went cold.

On 28 August this year - 22 years on - police were called to reports of a car found in a pond in Moon Bay Circle, Wellington. When the vehicle was pulled from the water, skeletal remains were found inside. One week later the remains were positively identified as belonging to Mr Moldt.

Mr Moldt's sunken car was spotted by a previous resident of the area after "doing a Google search", police said. The man then contacted a current resident of Moon Bay Circle to tell them what he had seen. Using his personal drone, the current resident confirmed there was a car in the pond and contacted police.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49677843
 

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Found after 22 years through Google Maps.

The remains of a man who went missing two decades ago in Florida have been found in a submerged car visible on Google Maps.

William Moldt, was reported missing from Lantana, Florida, on 7 November 1997. He failed to return home from a night out at a club when he was 40 years old. A missing person investigation was launched by police but the case went cold.

On 28 August this year - 22 years on - police were called to reports of a car found in a pond in Moon Bay Circle, Wellington. When the vehicle was pulled from the water, skeletal remains were found inside. One week later the remains were positively identified as belonging to Mr Moldt.

Mr Moldt's sunken car was spotted by a previous resident of the area after "doing a Google search", police said. The man then contacted a current resident of Moon Bay Circle to tell them what he had seen. Using his personal drone, the current resident confirmed there was a car in the pond and contacted police.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49677843

Didn't something similar happen a couple of years ago, when a car with long-missing teenagers inside was also found in a lake?
 

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... A teen who told Kentucky police he was Timmothy Pitzen, an Illinois boy who went missing in 2011, is not the long-lost child, the FBI said on Thursday. ...
He's been identified as Brian Rini, a 23 year old released from prison on March 7 after being sentenced to 1 year 6 months for burglary & vandalism. Report here.

And he's going back to prison for having pulled this imposter stunt ...
Man who claimed to be missing boy gets 2 years in prison

An Ohio man who claimed to be a child who disappeared at age 6 pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated identity theft and was sentenced to two years in prison, minus time served.

Brian Michael Rini, 24, of Medina, was also sentenced to one year of probation to be served at the end of his sentence. His prison sentence includes time served dating to April 4.

Rini, with a neatly trimmed beard, answered U.S. District Judge Michael Barrett with a soft “Yes, sir,” when asked if he understood the consequences of his plea.

Prosecutors dropped charges of lying to FBI agents.

Rini last year pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated identity theft and lying to FBI agents. He would have faced as many as eight years in prison if convicted of those charges.

Judge Barrett ruled Oct. 31 that Rini was competent to stand trial, after he underwent an evaluation in a federal facility in Chicago. ...

Police say Rini was wandering the streets of Newport, Kentucky, last April 3. Police said he told them he was Timmothy Pitzen, an Aurora, Illinois, boy who disappeared in 2011 at age 6. Authorities said Rini claimed he had just escaped captors who sexually abused him.

Federal authorities said they were suspicious after he refused to be fingerprinted. DNA testing quickly revealed his true identity. ...
FULL STORY: https://apnews.com/2cb3c7480966e4553a08a8245e9d24a9
 

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He doesn't sound the brightest of men does he..
 

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Shades of the Foss Lake and similar incidents ...

A New Jersey woman who went MIA 6 years ago has been located. Her body was found in her van, submerged in a local river.
Body of woman who was missing for almost 6 years found in car submerged in NJ river

A body found in a submerged car here Thursday was a New Jersey woman reported missing almost six years ago.

Vanessa Smallwood, who was 46 at the time of her disappearance, was identified in a statement from New Jersey State Police. ...

Smallwood was last seen at a dry cleaner's store in Cherry Hill on Jan. 27, 2014, according to the FBI's missing-persons notice. ...

The woman's cellphone "recorded a ping" at about 10:20 a.m. in Clayton.

"Since that time there has been no activity from the victim, to include her credit/debit cards," the missing-persons notice said.

A description of the Smallwood's belongings included a silver wedding band.

Burlington Township police posted an online appeal for the public's help in finding Smallwood on March 3, 2014.

That notice said Smallwood had been reported missing by family members on Feb. 6, 2014.

Smallwood's remains were found around noon Thursday by commercial divers removing debris from the Salem River about 40 miles south of Cherry Hill, state police said.

State police removed the car from the river.

Smallwood's remains were taken to the Southern Regional Coroner's Office pending an autopsy.

"There is no additional information available at this time," police said Friday night.
FULL STORY: https://news.yahoo.com/body-woman-missing-almost-6-050507805.html
 

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I'm guessing heart attack, then car went off into the river.
 

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Man reappears after five years.

A man police feared may have been murdered has been found hiding in a wood, five years after he disappeared.

Ricardas Puisys, then 35, of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, was last seen at his workplace in September 2015. No trace of him was found, but in November last year a Facebook account was set up in his name.

Last month he was found in a Wisbech wood. Police believe he was in hiding to escape the clutches of people who had been exploiting him. He is now being safeguarded and a police investigation is under way. The last confirmed sighting of the Lithuanian national was at his workplace, Nightlayer Leek Company in Chatteris, on 26 September 2015. Mr Puisys had been with a small group of Lithuanian men at the time.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-53637582
 

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At least he will have a family burial.

A man whose remains lay undiscovered on public ground in south Dublin for almost a decade will receive a family burial after his distant relatives were traced.

The skeletal remains of Stephen Corrigan, who suffered from mental illness and had been homeless at times due to his condition, were discovered in April on a site off the Lower Rathmines Road, at Lissenfield. No effort had been made to conceal the remains, which were found by men carrying out work in the area, and foul play was ruled out.

The dead man’s mother, Hanna ‘Anna’ Corrigan, died aged 81 in November 2015, not knowing what had happened to her son, who went missing in November 2011, when he was 47.

However, she gave the Garda a sample of her DNA before she died and when the remains were discovered they were confirmed as those of her son.

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/cri...at+of+UK&utm_campaign=morning_briefing_digest
 

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Unidentified remains of a person in a tent in Queensland are believe to have been lying there for "years."
Human remains found by fisherman near Burdekin River may have been there for 'years'

Human bones concealed in a tent on the banks of a Queensland river may have been there for years.

Queensland police are working to identify the skeletal remains that were found by fishermen on the banks of the Burdekin River in Dalbeg, southwest of Ayr, on Saturday.

Detective Inspector Chris Lawson said the bones were found on a high part of the river banks near a swag and in a tent. ...

"It is a very remote location along the Burdekin river and these are people who were just walking along looking for spots to fish.

"There was a tent located there as well."

Initial police investigations suggest the remains may have been there for a "significant" amount of time

"In terms of the timeline, it would be a significant period of time, I'd be estimating years," Inspector Lawson said.

Inspector Lawson said police had no leads on who the person is and were trawling through all missing person reports from recent years in the area. ...

SOURCE: https://www.9news.com.au/national/b...qld-news/604a3679-19ff-47cb-ae9e-3710e20205c3
 

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Closure for the family at last.

The body of a man who went missing 30 years ago has been recovered from a car found in a river in Co Derry.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 11, 2020 - 16:22 PM
MICHAEL MCHUGH, PA

James Patterson was 54 when he disappeared on October 6 1991. His death is not being treated as suspicious. Police officers and other emergency services extracted the vehicle from the River Bann in Bellaghy last month.

A PSNI statement said: “Police can confirm human remains were found following the recovery of a car from the River Bann at the New Ferry Road in Bellaghy last month. The vehicle was recovered from the river in July and, following examination, it has been confirmed the human remains are those of James Patterson, who went missing on 6th October 1991."

https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-40030820.html
 

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l’m surprised that there’s been no mention of Pvt. Teruo Nakamura and Lt. Hirō Onoda of the Imperial Japanese Army, both of whom carried on their lonely duty in WWII until 18th December and 11th March 1974 respectively.

Lt. Onoda refused to surrender his sword and rifle until his old CO, Major Yoshimi Taniguchi, was flown to the Philippines and handed him the following written order:

  1. In accordance with the Imperial command, the Fourteenth Area Army has ceased all combat activity.
  2. In accordance with military Headquarters Command No. A-2003, the Special Squadron of Staff's Headquarters is relieved of all military duties.
  3. Units and individuals under the command of Special Squadron are to cease military activities and operations immediately and place themselves under the command of the nearest superior officer. When no officer can be found, they are to communicate with the American or Philippine forces and follow their directives.
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Colombian woman missing 2 years found alive at sea

In a survival saga for the ages, a Colombian woman who had fallen off the grid two years ago was miraculously discovered alive at sea by flabbergasted fishermen.

“Thank God I was alive,” said Angelica Gaitan, 46, who was found Saturday by Roland Visbal while floating 1.2 miles off of Puerto Colombia.


In the stunning footage shot by her rescuer, Visbal and a friend named Gustavo can be seen maneuvering their vessel toward the suspended woman, who appears unresponsive. In fact, they initially mistook Gaitan for a piece of driftwood until she raised her hands to signal for help.

The valiant duo is heard in the clip trying to get the waterlogged woman’s attention by calling out in both Spanish and English. Unfortunately, Gaitan is unable to reply, with subsequent reports stating that she suffered from exhaustion and hypothermia, having been adrift for eight hours.

The victim’s first words after being rescued were, “I was born again. God did not want me to die.”

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After Gaitan was identified, her harrowing backstory came to light.The drifter had fallen out of touch with her family two years ago, and they had no idea where she was until now.

She later said that the predicament was the culmination of 20 years of domestic abuse she said she suffered at the hands of her partner.

“The abuse began in the first pregnancy. He beat me, he violently abused me,” Gaitan revealed. “In my second pregnancy, the abuse continued and I could not get away from him because the girls were small.”

Unfortunately, despite Gaitan allegedly reporting the incidents, the police detained the abuser for only 24 hours, after which he returned home and resumed assaulting her.

The tipping point came in September 2018 when, according to Gaitan, her partner “broke my face and tried to kill me.” The distraught woman ran away and ended up staying in Barranquilla for six months. An eventual attempt to seek help at a homeless shelter failed and she fell into a deep depression.

“I did not want to continue with my life,” said Gaitan, who later took a bus to the beach and “decided to jump into the sea.” The survivor said she remembers little after that point since she became unconscious.

Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding Gaitan’s disappearance and rescue.

https://thespectator.info/2020/09/3...ound-alive-at-sea-god-did-not-want-me-to-die/

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I don't watch Mad Men, can you elaborate Scarg?
I too would know my wife, it's an odd case alright.

Heh, this a bit late. We were watching Mad Men at the time.
A major character called Joan marries a surgeon who enlists to serve in the Vietnam war. He jealous and can be vicious. She eventually realises her mistake and they divorce.

I wondered if Mrs Dandy was used to her military husband coming and going, and whether, if their relationship were normally volatile, she might have been relieved if her 'husband' suddenly started acting more kindly towards her.
 
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