Have you ever wondered about missing people that were mysteriously found alive? You might be surprised how often this kind of thing happens. Whenever someone goes missing, it’s a tragic and terrifying event. The person’s loved ones go through a tremendous amount of anxiety and fear, wondering what happened. Too often, so much time goes by that they have to give up and declare the person dead. Consider their surprise and relief when that loved one shows up after years of being gone! We can only imagine what that might feel like, but we can at least hear their stories. Here are 25 Missing People That Were Mysteriously Found Alive.
Melvin Uphoff and Jacquelyn Rains-Kracman
Melvin Uphoff and Jacquelyn Rains-Kracman, a couple from Nebraska, had been missing for over 44 years. He left at 31 and she at 18. The entire time it was considered a cold case murder, but in 2009, an investigator located them alive and well. They had both decided to leave their family behind and start new but didn’t want to give out their new location.
Lucy Ann Johnson
Lucy Ann Johnson went missing in 1961, leaving behind her seven-year-old daughter, Linda Evans. Initially, police considered it a murder and even dug up their backyard to find a body. The case turned cold until 52 years later. A much older Evans put an ad in the paper for her missing mother and someone replied, saying it was her mother. It turns out that the person who answered the ad was Evans’ half-sister. Apparently, Johnson’s husband had been abusive and had multiple affairs. She tried to leave and take the kids, but he wouldn’t let her, so she left and started a new life.
In 1984, a computer science student named Petra Pazsitka was reported missing after not showing up to her brother’s birthday party. A massive man-hunt ensued but no body was found and her case was considered a murder. When a known rapist and murderer confessed to her killing, she was declared dead in 1989. Except, she wasn’t really dead. Thirty-one years later, she was found in Dusseldorf under a new alias. She wouldn’t give a reason for why she left, and she didn’t want to speak to the family she left behind.
At 28, Lula Gillespie-Miller gave birth to her third child, but feeling she was too young to be a mother, gave them up to her parents and took off in 1974. Many of her family hoped they’d find her again and never gave up hope. Eventually, they were able to get an investigator to go digging. 42 years later, they found her living in Texas under an alias. She didn’t want to meet with family but gave over her contact information for her daughter, Tammy.
At age 28, Judith Bello, a wife and mother of two, went missing with her car totally abandoned in Stanwood, Washington. Police considered it a murder case but it went cold. In 2011, after 18 years, she was found living two states down in Southern California with a totally new family. She reportedly left her children behind because of her abusive husband.