Stories of missing kids are unfortunately all too common. A report released by the FBI claimed there were 464,324 missing children reports in 2017 alone. Sadly, that’s probably a lower number than previous decades and doesn’t include the countless numbers of unreported missing children. When a child goes missing, it’s devastating for the parents, their communities, and the world at large. It creates an empty hole and a mystery begging to be solved. Even though we have programs like Amber Alerts to help find missing kids, too often children are abducted and don’t have happy endings. Every now and then, some of the stories are so odd and bizarre, it seems like the deeper you go, the more mysterious it becomes. Here are 25 Bizarre Stories Of Missing Kids.
After having a huge argument with her parents at the age of fourteen, this young lady left her home and never returned. A missing person’s report had been filed but no one could find her. Turns out, for ten years she had been sleeping in internet cafes and playing the online game CrossFire. She said she made most of her money on donations and working at cafes. After hearing about her daughter’s safety, her mother said she would never scold her again.
This 13-year-old was abducted by his own father and kept behind a fake wall inside a space between the insulation and wooden beams for four years. He was beaten, humiliated, forced to work as a maid, and kept isolated from everyone. Eventually, he used a cell phone to connect to WiFi and friend requested his mother on Facebook. That triggered the authorities to come looking for him.
This young girl and her family immigrated from Ireland to Pennsylvania and settled in the countryside. However, in 1758, a tribe of Seneca warriors killed and scalped her family but kept her alive. Instead, they took her into their village where they adopted her as a sister. There she lived for years and when given the opportunity to reintegrate into European culture, she refused, staying instead with the Seneca.
Suzanne Marie Sevakis
In April 1990, Tonya Hughes was found dead on the side of the road, a victim of a hit and run. However, what people would later learn is her name wasn’t really Tonya Hughes but Suzanne Marie Sevakis, a missing child for over twenty years. As a child, she had been kidnapped and raised by fugitive Franklin Delano Floyd after her mother Sandra Chapman went to prison and her husband, Brandon Williams, abandoned her four kids, including Suzanne. For her entire life, Floyd and Sevakis went under several aliases with Floyd claiming she was his daughter. When she graduated high school, she changed her name again to Tonya Hughes and rather than being his daughter, she became his wife.
It’s not every day the person who finds the missing child is the missing child. In this case, this 35-year-old man went through a missing children’s website and was shocked to find his face on the list. His father had filed a missing child report three decades earlier because his mother kidnapped the boy and later put him in an orphanage under another name.