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Man Who Lost Glasses in Quake Found 17 Days Later

China's Gan Yu 'said he would have died' in mountains, where he became lost: reports

(Newser) - Gan Yu was working at a hydropower plant when a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck China's Sichuan province earlier this month. Rather than flee, he stayed at his post, "saving villages downstream from being flooded," according to state news agency Xinhua . His eventual escape, it turns out,...

Cops: Burned Body, Cryptic Text, No Evidence of Abduction

Police are investigating the mysterious murder of Deborrah Collier in Georgia

(Newser) - Police are trying to solve a murder mystery in Georgia, where the naked, partially burned body of a woman was found in the woods on the side of a road. What seems to be the last known communication from Deborrah Collier, 59, was in a message sent to her daughter...

Police Searching for Missing Woman Are Looking for a Drum

Irene Gakwa's family last saw her on a video call Feb. 24

(Newser) - Irene Gakwa moved to the US from Kenya in 2019, with dreams of becoming a nurse. She last spoke to her parents in Kenya via video chat on Feb. 24, and they noticed she seemed tired and withdrawn. Her dad reminded her to "drink hot milk and relax."...

Body of Kiely Rodni Possibly Found in Submerged Car

Teen was last seen at campground party in Truckee early on Aug. 6

(Newser) - Update: The YouTube-famous recovery dive team Adventures with Purpose on Sunday claimed they had located the car of a missing California 16-year-old. They say the presumed body of Kiely Rodni was inside, reports the Sacramento Bee . "Car is upside down in only 14 (feet) of water" at Prosser Creek...

3 Men Missing After Attempt to Save Struggling Child

Recovery mission continues in Calif. river after child made it safely out of the water

(Newser) - Three men are missing and presumed dead in California after jumping into a river to save a struggling child. Witnesses say a group was fishing on the riverbank near the Three Mile Slough Bridge off Brannan Island State Recreation Area on Sunday when an 8-year-old child began struggling in the...

Missing NC Man's Boat Found 2.7K Miles Away
Missing Man's Boat Washes
Ashore—on Another Continent
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Missing Man's Boat Washes Ashore—on Another Continent

It was found 2.7K miles away from where Joseph Matthew Johnson was last seen

(Newser) - The boat of a North Carolina man missing since November has washed ashore thousands of miles away in the Azores Islands off Portugal—and while there was no sign of Joseph Matthew Johnson, relatives still believe the 44-year-old will be found alive. Johnson was last seen leaving the Federal Point...

One Year After He Went Missing, Clues Are Sparse

Geologist Daniel Robinson's family say they're no closer to finding him after he vanished in Arizona

(Newser) - It's been a year since Daniel Robinson vanished in the Arizona desert, and his family says not much in the way of news on the missing geologist has developed since then. Robinson, then 24, disappeared after leaving his Buckeye worksite on June 23 of last year, and about a...

2 Missing Women Were Whisked Over Dam
2 Missing After
River Float Goes Awry

2 Missing After River Float Goes Awry

Women were part of a group whisked over 12-foot dam in Virginia

(Newser) - Crews are searching for two missing women, part of a group of floaters who were whisked over a 12-foot dam in Virginia on Memorial Day. A dozen people on rafts and paddleboards took to the James River from Watkins Landing in Powhatan, intending to reach shore at Robious Landing in...

Prison Official Goes Missing While Bringing Inmate to Court

Search is on for Vicki White, who was escorting prisoner held on capital murder charges

(Newser) - A prison official from Alabama is missing after escorting an inmate to a courthouse for a hearing. The Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post Saturday that Assistant Director of Corrections Vicki White disappeared while escorting an inmate being held on capital murder charges, per the AP...

She Applied for Job at Texas Nightclub, Disappeared

Community activist calls for action in case of missing woman Felicia Johnson

(Newser) - Felicia Marie Johnson traveled from California to Houston looking for employment at a nightclub, but disappeared after applying for a job at the club on April 15, KHOU reports. The 24-year-old called an Uber after leaving Cover Girls Night Club, but it was running late and a man at the...

Teen Who Went Missing in 2019 Found Safe

California teen found in Utah

(Newser) - Connerjack Oswalt was 17 years old when he vanished from his northern California home in 2019. He was reported missing September 28 of that year. His mother says the teen, who is autistic, left home after "someone had allegedly told him he can go on a pilgrimage to find...

Hiker Missing for Weeks Found Dead, His Dog at His Side

Oscar Alejandro Hernandez was last seen March 16

(Newser) - The body of a hiker who had been missing since March 16 was discovered in Los Angeles on Thursday night—with Oscar Alejandro Hernandez's dog, who survived, still by his side. The animal, named King, was emaciated, and Hernandez's cousin tells NBC Los Angeles he believes the dog...

FBI: Teen Was Kidnapped in Her Own Car
Suspect Arrested in Case
of Missing Nevada Teen
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Suspect Arrested in Case of Missing Nevada Teen

Troy Driver, 41, is in custody; still no news on whereabouts of Naomi Irion, 18

(Newser) - Update: Naomi Irion is still missing, but Nevada cops now have a suspect in her disappearance in custody. KTVN reports that Troy Driver, 41, of Fallon was arrested Friday, with the Lyon County Sheriff's Office noting he's being held on kidnapping charges. Authorities say they've also impounded...

Woman Who Went Missing in February Is Missing Again

Gayle Stewart last seen near the Hoover Dam on March 14

(Newser) - A Nevada woman who was reported missing on Valentine's Day and found roughly 12 hours later clinging to a tree on a dangerously steep slope has disappeared for a second time. It’s now been nine days since Gayle Stewart, 64, was last seen March 14 near the Hoover...

He Was Chopping Down Trees. He Heard Weak Cries for Help

2 young brothers, ages 6 and 8, who'd been missing for nearly 4 weeks found in Amazon rainforest

(Newser) - For almost a month, locals in Brazil's Amazonas state desperately scoured the rainforest in search of two young Indigenous brothers who'd vanished while trying to capture tiny birds. This week, a miracle: The BBC reports that a man from the village of Palmeira stumbled upon little Gleison Ferreira,...

Prosecutor: Sherri Papini Screamed 'No' at FBI Agent

Details of 39-year-old's arrest discussed in court hearing

(Newser) - Sherri Papini was released on a $120,000 bond Tuesday, but USA Today notes that's far from the most interesting detail to come out of the federal court hearing. Papini, who claimed to have been kidnapped and held for three weeks in 2016 but is accused of actually having...

Student Who Vanished on 'Erratic' Road Trip Found Dead

Chris Liang's body was found in crashed Tesla

(Newser) - A missing University of San Francisco student has been found dead in the wreckage of the Tesla he rented for what his brother calls an impulsive and "erratic" road trip. In an Instagram post late last week, Jerry Liang said family members were extremely worried about 21-year-old Chris Liang,...

Another Actor Is Missing in Los Angeles

' Family Reunion' actor Jaida Benjamin last seen in Studio City on Saturday

(Newser) - Jaida Benjamin, the actor who portrays Kelly in Netflix's Family Reunion, has been reported missing. The 27-year-old was last seen around 6:30pm Saturday in the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles, wearing a purple crop top, pink jogging shorts, and white sneakers, according to the LAPD, which does...

Girl, 3, Disappears From San Antonio Playground
Reward Grows to $250K
for Missing 4-Year-Old
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Reward Grows to $250K for Missing 4-Year-Old

Lina Khil was last seen on a San Antonio playground on Dec. 20

(Newser) - Update: The search for a young girl who went missing from a Texas playground in December goes on. KSAT reports the reward in the case has been increased to $250,000, thanks to offerings from the local Crime Stoppers and the Islamic Center of San Antonio. Lina, who turned 4...

Anti-Vax Dad Has Been Hiding Girl, 7, for Months

Canada's Michael Jackson defying court orders in effort to 'protect' daughter from vaccine

(Newser) - A Canadian woman says she hasn't seen her 7-year-old daughter in two months since the girl's father took her away to prevent her receiving a COVID-19 vaccination, despite two court orders mandating her return. Mariecar Jackson of Regina, Sask., is pleading for help in locating her daughter Sarah,...

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