33 Unsolved Missing-Persons Cases That Will Make You Scared To Ever Leave Your House Again


“Everyone in Minnesota knows about Jacob Wetterling. Eleven-year-old kid out riding bicycle with his brother and his friend, and this guy comes out with a gun and stops them and makes them all lie down on the ground. He sends Jacob’s brother off running, telling him he’ll shoot him if he looks back, and then gets a look at Jacob and his friend before choosing Jacob and sending his friend running the way he’d sent the brother. They finally found him last year and caught the guy who was responsible after almost 30 years of nobody knowing what had happened.



Jodi Huisentruit. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Jodi Huisentruit, a news anchor that disappeared in 1995. A public and popular face that most people in the area would recognize, and she vanishes without a trace one morning after oversleeping and missing work. The striking thing about that one is just how little there is to read about it; after the details leading up to her disappearance and the signs of a struggle in the parking lot at her car, there’s just nothing at all afterward. No real updates, as far as I know there aren’t any suspects, no leads, and she’s still just gone.”



“For me, it’s definitely Ben McDaniel. He was a scuba diver who went missing while underwater in a notoriously hard-to-navigate cave that only experienced divers were supposed to go into. But multiple experts said that it was unlikely that his body was in the cave, which was searched extensively. His parents kept hiring people to go into the cave and look for his body, and one of the search and rescue divers actually went missing and was never found while looking for him. There’s a theory that he faked his own death to get out of financial trouble, but employees definitely saw him dive underwater.

Also, the owner of Vortex Springs (the diving area where he went missing) died under suspicious circumstances a year later and McDaniel’s parents are convinced that it had something to do with what happened to their son. Idk, it’s never sat right with me.”



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