There’s only so much the police can do to find missing people. In the best case scenario, clues are left behind, helping the police piece together the puzzle and solve the mystery. It’s also vital they start searching within the first 72 hours. After that window closes, it’s much more difficult to find a missing person. The leads usually turn into dead ends and the trail eventually goes cold. Without anything to go on, the best the FBI and the police can do is keep the file open and hope something comes up that helps. As you can imagine, this is not only aggravating for the missing person’s family, but also for the brave men and women assigned to the case. And, as days turn into weeks which turns into months, those missing people act almost like ghosts, haunting the police.
Angela Mae Meeker
Just two days away from her 14th birthday, Meeker went missing in 1979 in Tacoma, Washington while walking to the Tacoma Mall. She wanted to get a birthday card for her friend. The FBI is offering a $20,000 reward for information that may help solve her mystery or lead to her recovery. If still alive, she would be 54 today.
When construction crews worked on improving John McLaren Park, the last thing they expected to find was a dead body in a shallow grave. The woman was Nicole Fitts, who hadn’t been heard from since April 1st, 2016. The crew found her on April 8th. While that solved her missing person’s case, her two-year-old daughter Arianna Fitts is still missing.
This young teenager went missing on September 4th, 2017 in Sarasota, Florida. He was last seen at a Labor Day barbecue with family and friends and hasn’t been heard from again. While no one truly knows what happened to him, family and friends believe he was killed because he witnessed a murder. Reward money stands at $50,000 for information leading to an arrest.
Ilene Beth Misheloff
From Dublin, California, this young teenager went missing on January 30th, 1989. Leaving classes at 3:00 pm, several classmates report seeing her walk home alone at the time of her disappearance. Her key fob was found later at the entrance of John Mape Park.
Sheri Lynn and Michael Johnson
These two young children disappeared with their mother, Freda Denman, in 1974, though they weren’t reported missing until 1975. Freda’s husband, Henry Lee Harbison, also known as Henry Johnson, also disappeared. While Denman’s clothes remained in their apartment, Harbison and the two children’s clothes were gone. It’s believed he murdered his family but no bodies have ever been found. Local police closed the case, thinking the FBI would follow up on it; but, they didn’t. It was reopened in 2004.