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People Break Down The Most Unexplainable Disappearances They've Ever Learned About

There's little more unsettling than noticing a "missing person" flyer.

Even if we don't know the person who's picture we're looking at, we still can't help but get chills.

As our mind begins to wonder what could have happened to them, with a slight inclination to assume the worst.

But perhaps the most sobering thought we have when we read or hear about someone's mysterious disappearance is the thought that it could happen to anyone we know.

Or even us.

Redditor AmazingLaughsAndMORE was curious to learn about some of the most mystifying and unsettling disappearances or missing person cases the world has ever known, leading them to ask:
"What are some of the most bizarre, and unexplainable disappearances that you know about?"

Beatriz Wink

"Brazil, 2012. Aparecida do Norte, a city famous for a giant Catholic Temple."

"An elderly catholic couple was in town as tourists, they went shopping for souvenirs and, the husband waited in line to pay for items, as his wife waited outside."

"When he left the store, she had vanished."

"Fast forward, he called his family, which lived in another state."

"Police, church, investigators, no one has ever found one single clue to what happened to her."

"Cameras, cars, phone calls, hotels, nothing."

"As if she was lifted to sky in the blink of an eye."

"The husband is still alive, his adult children keep searching for her."

"One of theirs children even talked to drug dealers, searched forest areas, and nothing."

"The appalling detail is that there is literally not one single hint of her whereabouts."

"The couple is called Delmar and Beatriz Winck."- fernandoteruo

Jason Jolkowski

"Jason Jolkowski was a 19-year old from Omaha who disappeared without a trace in June 2001 on his way to work."

"What’s baffling about the case is how quickly it happened."

"He was called into work at a fast food restaurant for an unplanned shift, took a shower, started walking to a high school a few blocks away to meet a co-worker who offered him a ride, and just vanished somewhere on that walk."

"People go round and round on internet message boards about what they think happened, but there have never been any clues to substantiate what happened."- retrometro81

Lars Mittank

"Lars Mittank still got me f*cked up bro."

"He’s just seen on an airport security camera and then SPRINTS out and scales a fence, runs into the woods and is never seen again."

" Why was he running?"

" What was he running from?"

"Where did he end up?"

"The whole thing is so confusing."- ullrmad13

Kelly Disney

"In 1984, a girl named Kelly Disney went missing after having a fight with her boyfriend at a party."

"A pair of officers were among the last people to see her, and they said she told them she was walking to a friend's house."

"Her family searched for her, but the cops deemed her a runaway, so the case went cold."

"10 years later, someone finds a skull in a car at the reservoir where people went to party."

"He went to take it to the police station, but it was Saturday so they were closed."

"So what did he do?"

"He took it home and WASHED IT WITH DISHSOAP."

"They were able to confirm it was Kelly Disney's skull, and that there were signs of trauma, but it lead nowhere."

"Some locals believe it was the boyfriend."

"Others think there may have been a serial killer in the area, as 4 more girls went missing after Kelly."

"All of them went missing while walking at night, although two of the girls were taken together."- row-oak

The Missing Boy of Somosierra

"The Missing Boy of Somosierra."

"He disappeared in a truck wreck in Spain in 1986."

"You can still see traces of the accident on Google maps."- PowerlessOverQueso

David Glenn Lewis

"David Glenn Lewis."

"Disappears on Super Bowl Sunday in Amarillo, TX in 1993, with a freshly made sandwich in the fridge and the VCR set up to record the game."

"His wife and daughter return home from a trip a few days later to find him gone but his watch and wedding ring in the house."

"His car is found at the courthouse in Amarillo."

"Four days later he’s the victim of a hit-and-run as he’s walking on the side of the highway in Moxee, Washington."

"It takes over 10 years to identify his body and no one knows how he got there or why he was in Washington."

"There’s a lot of weird details in this one."

"He was a lawyer and had expressed fear to his wife that his life was in danger."

"Worth reading up on!"- meany_beany

Glen And Bessie Hyde

"Glen and Bessie Hyde."

"Back in the late 1920s, the newlywed couple attempted to kayak the rapids of the Grand Canyon, but both disappeared without a trace."

"Their kayak was found with much of their equipment in it, but the trail quickly went cold."

"50 years later, a kayaking guide was taking a group of tourists down the Colorado River and told them about the disappearance of the Hydes."

"An older woman in the group chimed in, claiming to be Bessie, and describing in detail how Glen had been abusive, and so she killed him, but she later recanted the story."

"A couple decades later, another woman known for rafting the Grand Canyon passed away, and her friends found the Hydes' marriage certificate among her belongings, leading to speculation that the late guide may have actually been Bessie under another name."

"Despite these theories and speculation, the case remains unsolved."

"There's a podcast called National Park After Dark that discusses all kinds of deaths, disappearances, and other such events in national parks around the world, and I would highly recommend their episode on this case."- MasteringTheFlames

Disappearing Scout

"In 2004 when I was in high school my friends little brother disappeared."
"He was on a camping trip with his dad and some scouts."
" He and his dad went fishing about 200 feet away from camp."
"The kid got his socks wet in the lake and went back to camp to change into dry ones while his dad waited at the lake."

"The kid was never seen again."

"They searched with hundreds of people for weeks and only ever found 1 of his socks about a half mile away."

"What kills me is that the camp site was so close to the lake, we're talking almost within sight, his dad even watched him walk most the way and reminded him which path to take."

"There have been a few podcasts and stuff about the case but unfortunately no closure."

"Such a great family and it kills me that this happened."- USCplaya

Unexplained Death In Louisiana

"To be fair this did happen fairly recently, July 2022, but my cousins mother died."

"She's not my aunt because this is a 3rd cousin but yeah."

"Heres some backstop before I explain what happened."

"This is in a very small town in Louisiana, I have a cousin and he has a little brother."

"Their mother was addicted to drugs and would sleep around with married men to get some drugs, most people in this town were addicted to drugs, not sure why, so she would sleep around A LOT, there's that."

"I also only know her fate because my mom told me because I talk to my cousins."

"Anyway onto the actual story."

"After I hadn't heard about her in years my mom comes to let me know that she was found floating in a river on the edge of town."

"She hardly had any skin and what was left of it was all puffy and sh*t."

"For the record this was mostly caused by the fact that corpses decompose faster in water."

"So they couldn't identify her by facial features or fingerprints."

"Someone had taken all her teeth out before so they couldn't check her teeth but of course, DNA was still present."

"Thats how they figured put it was the mother of my cousins."

"Nobody is sure what happened to her, no one knows what killed her."

"And yes murder cases usually do take a while to solve but quite the mystery to me."- Galaxy_Wolf_16

Malaysia Airlines 370

"In March 8th 2014, Malaysia Airlines 370 carrying 227 passengers was supposed to go from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing, China."

"Everything was going normally, but some minutes after entering Vietnamese air space, and making contact with Ho Chi Minh City."

"It disappeared from all radars in Malaysia and Vietnam."

"And by looking some data it had appeared that it deviated from its path and flew to the Indian Ocean, where it last signal was received."

"Many researched were conducted, but nothing was found."

"The only clues we have are some pieces of the airplane that ended up washing in shores of African countries."- TheBreadCat

Henry McCabe

"Henry McCabe and the creepy voicemail."- Wilsson02

Disappearing Best Friend

"This is a personal story."

"I had a friend, who I'll call David, who I had known since our family moved to a new house when I was 7."

"We were neighbors, but went to different schools."

"We became friends quickly after our shared love of Lego Star Wars and Outer Space."

"Everyday after school, and I'm talking LITERALLY everyday, I would ask if we could hang out."

"I was politely told no about eight out of ten times, but I still tried asking anyway."

"Flash forward to the penultimate day of fourth grade, and I ring his doorbell, but no one answers."

"I didn't think much of it, so I just went back home."

"The next day I was super pumped to hang out with David, as it was his last day as well, and his parents said that he would be able to hang out that day."

"I once again, rang their doorbell, and got an answer this time."

"Although, I didn't recognize who it was, but I later found out it was David's uncle."

"When I asked if I could come inside to hang out, he nervously laughed and said no and then closed the door.'

"I got really bummed and felt betrayed."

"A couple of hours later, I saw cop cars arrive at David's house."

"The next hour is a bit fuzzy, but from what I can remember, my parents told me to go to my room and they went out to see what was going on."

"I was really tired and fell asleep after that, and when I woke up it seemed like everything had gone back to normal."

"I walked down the stairs and saw my parents at the dining room table, seemingly waiting for me to come down."

"In unison, they asked me to come sit down with a somber-sounding tone in their voice."

"When I sat down, they explained to me that on the third to last day of school, David disappeared."

"I know it sounds weird that they just said that to a nine year old without sugar coating it, but by this time I had learned about concepts like death and disappearances and was pretty desensitized to it."

"The rest of that day was weird."

"Hell, that summer was weird."

"I prayed at night hoping that David would return, but he never did."

"It wasn't until I was 13 when I learned how truly bizarre the case was."

"It was like he completely vanished without a trace."

"This was suburbia too, might I add."

"No forest, No hills, just houses."

"There was no place you could go without somebody seeing you."

"There was also little to no media coverage about it."

"His parents were questioned, but it was clear they had no idea what happened to him."

"His mom was especially distraught, rightfully, and ended up moving out when I was 11."

"That house has gone through several owners since, but it doesn't feel the same without him."

"I'm now almost 16 and miss him everyday."- signi678

It's sad to think that the fates of all of these people remain a mystery.

Sadder still for all their families, who never have, and likely never will, get the closure they deserve.

People Reveal The Weirdest Thing About Themselves

Reddit user Isitjustmedownhere asked: 'Give an example; how weird are you really?'

Let's get one thing straight: no one is normal. We're all weird in our own ways, and that is actually normal.

Of course, that doesn't mean we don't all have that one strange trait or quirk that outweighs all the other weirdness we possess.

For me, it's the fact that I'm almost 30 years old, and I still have an imaginary friend. Her name is Sarah, she has red hair and green eyes, and I strongly believe that, since I lived in India when I created her and there were no actual people with red hair around, she was based on Daphne Blake from Scooby-Doo.

I also didn't know the name Sarah when I created her, so that came later. I know she's not really there, hence the term 'imaginary friend,' but she's kind of always been around. We all have conversations in our heads; mine are with Sarah. She keeps me on task and efficient.

My mom thinks I'm crazy that I still have an imaginary friend, and writing about her like this makes me think I may actually be crazy, but I don't mind. As I said, we're all weird, and we all have that one trait that outweighs all the other weirdness.

Redditors know this all too well and are eager to share their weird traits.

It all started when Redditor Isitjustmedownhere asked:

"Give an example; how weird are you really?"

Monsters Under My Bed

"My bed doesn't touch any wall."

"Edit: I guess i should clarify im not rich."

– Practical_Eye_3600

"Gosh the monsters can get you from any angle then."

– bikergirlr7

"At first I thought this was a flex on how big your bedroom is, but then I realized you're just a psycho 😁"

– zenOFiniquity8

Can You See Why?

"I bought one of those super-powerful fans to dry a basement carpet. Afterwards, I realized that it can point straight up and that it would be amazing to use on myself post-shower. Now I squeegee my body with my hands, step out of the shower and get blasted by a wide jet of room-temp air. I barely use my towel at all. Wife thinks I'm weird."

– KingBooRadley


"In 1990 when I was 8 years old and bored on a field trip, I saw a black Oldsmobile Cutlass driving down the street on a hot day to where you could see that mirage like distortion from the heat on the road. I took a “snapshot” by blinking my eyes and told myself “I wonder how long I can remember this image” ….well."

– AquamarineCheetah

"Even before smartphones, I always take "snapshots" by blinking my eyes hoping I'll remember every detail so I can draw it when I get home. Unfortunately, I may have taken so much snapshots that I can no longer remember every detail I want to draw."

"Makes me think my "memory is full.""

– Reasonable-Pirate902

Same, Same

"I have eaten the same lunch every day for the past 4 years and I'm not bored yet."

– OhhGoood

"How f**king big was this lunch when you started?"

– notmyrealnam3

Not Sure Who Was Weirder

"Had a line cook that worked for us for 6 months never said much. My sous chef once told him with no context, "Baw wit da baw daw bang daw bang diggy diggy." The guy smiled, left, and never came back."

– Frostygrunt


"I pace around my house for hours listening to music imagining that I have done all the things I simply lack the brain capacity to do, or in some really bizarre scenarios, I can really get immersed in these imaginations sometimes I don't know if this is some form of schizophrenia or what."

– RandomSharinganUser

"I do the same exact thing, sometimes for hours. When I was young it would be a ridiculous amount of time and many years later it’s sort of trickled off into almost nothing (almost). It’s weird but I just thought it’s how my brain processes sh*t."

– Kolkeia

If Only

"Even as an adult I still think that if you are in a car that goes over a cliff; and right as you are about to hit the ground if you jump up you can avoid the damage and will land safely. I know I'm wrong. You shut up. I'm not crying."

– ShotCompetition2593

Pet Food

"As a kid I would snack on my dog's Milkbones."

– drummerskillit

"Haha, I have a clear memory of myself doing this as well. I was around 3 y/o. Needless to say no one was supervising me."

– Isitjustmedownhere

"When I was younger, one of my responsibilities was to feed the pet fish every day. Instead, I would hide under the futon in the spare bedroom and eat the fish food."

– -GateKeep-

My Favorite Subject

"I'm autistic and have always had a thing for insects. My neurotypical best friend and I used to hang out at this local bar to talk to girls, back in the late 90s. One time he claimed that my tendency to circle conversations back to insects was hurting my game. The next time we went to that bar (with a few other friends), he turned and said sternly "No talking about bugs. Or space, or statistics or other bullsh*t but mainly no bugs." I felt like he was losing his mind over nothing."

"It was summer, the bar had its windows open. Our group hit it off with a group of young ladies, We were all chatting and having a good time. I was talking to one of these girls, my buddy was behind her facing away from me talking to a few other people."

"A cloudless sulphur flies in and lands on little thing that holds coasters."

"Cue Jordan Peele sweating gif."

"The girl notices my tension, and asks if I am looking at the leaf. "Actually, that's a lepidoptera called..." I looked at the back of my friend's head, he wasn't looking, "I mean a butterfly..." I poked it and it spread its wings the girl says "oh that's a BUG?!" and I still remember my friend turning around slowly to look at me with chastisement. The ONE thing he told me not to do."

"I was 21, and was completely not aware that I already had a rep for being an oddball. It got worse from there."

– Phormicidae

*Teeth Chatter*

"I bite ice cream sometimes."


"That's how I am with popsicles. My wife shudders every single time."


Never Speak Of This

"I put ice in my milk."


"You should keep that kind of thing to yourself. Even when asked."

– We-R-Doomed

"There's some disturbing sh*t in this thread, but this one takes the cake."

– RatonaMuffin

More Than Super Hearing

"I can hear the television while it's on mute."

– Tira13e

"What does it say to you, child?"

– Mama_Skip


"I put mustard on my omelettes."

– Deleted User


– NotCrustOr-filling

Evened Up

"Whenever I say a word and feel like I used a half of my mouth more than the other half, I have to even it out by saying the word again using the other half of my mouth more. If I don't do it correctly, that can go on forever until I feel it's ok."

"I do it silently so I don't creep people out."

– LesPaltaX

"That sounds like a symptom of OCD (I have it myself). Some people with OCD feel like certain actions have to be balanced (like counting or making sure physical movements are even). You should find a therapist who specializes in OCD, because they can help you."

– MoonlightKayla

I totally have the same need for things to be balanced! Guess I'm weird and a little OCD!

Close up face of a woman in bed, staring into the camera
Photo by Jen Theodore

Experiencing death is a fascinating and frightening idea.

Who doesn't want to know what is waiting for us on the other side?

But so many of us want to know and then come back and live a little longer.

It would be so great to be sure there is something else.

But the whole dying part is not that great, so we'll have to rely on other people's accounts.

Redditor AlaskaStiletto wanted to hear from everyone who has returned to life, so they asked:

"Redditors who have 'died' and come back to life, what did you see?"


Happy Good Vibes GIF by Major League SoccerGiphy

"My dad's heart stopped when he had a heart attack and he had to be brought back to life. He kept the paper copy of the heart monitor which shows he flatlined. He said he felt an overwhelming sensation of peace, like nothing he had felt before."



"I had surgical complications in 2010 that caused a great deal of blood loss. As a result, I had extremely low blood pressure and could barely stay awake. I remember feeling like I was surrounded by loved ones who had passed. They were in a circle around me and I knew they were there to guide me onwards. I told them I was not ready to go because my kids needed me and I came back."

"My nurse later said she was afraid she’d find me dead every time she came into the room."

"It took months, and blood transfusions, but I recovered."


Take Me Back

"Overwhelming peace and happiness. A bright airy and floating feeling. I live a very stressful life. Imagine finding out the person you have had a crush on reveals they have the same feelings for you and then you win the lotto later that day - that was the feeling I had."

"I never feared death afterward and am relieved when I hear of people dying after suffering from an illness."



The Light Minnie GIF by (G)I-DLEGiphy

"I had a heart surgery with near-death experience, for me at least (well the possibility that those effects are caused by morphine is also there) I just saw black and nothing else but it was warm and I had such inner peace, its weird as I sometimes still think about it and wish this feeling of being so light and free again."


This is why I hate surgery.

You just never know.



"More of a near-death experience. I was electrocuted. I felt like I was in a deep hole looking straight up in the sky. My life flashed before me. Felt sad for my family, but I had a deep sense of peace."



"Nursing in the ICU, we’ve had people try to die on us many times during the years, some successfully. One guy stood out to me. His heart stopped. We called a code, are working on him, and suddenly he comes to. We hadn’t vented him yet, so he was able to talk, and he started screaming, 'Don’t let them take me, don’t let them take me, they are coming,' he was scared and yelling."

"Then he yelled a little more, as we tried to calm him down, he screamed, 'No, No,' and gestured towards the end of the bed, and died again. We didn’t get him back. It was seriously creepy. We called his son to tell him the news, and the son said basically, 'Good, he was an SOB.'”



"My sister died and said it was extremely peaceful. She said it was very loud like a train station and lots of talking and she was stuck in this area that was like a curtain with lots of beautiful colors (colors that you don’t see in real life according to her) a man told her 'He was sorry, but she had to go back as it wasn’t her time.'"


"I had a really similar experience except I was in an endless garden with flowers that were colors I had never seen before. It was quiet and peaceful and a woman in a dress looked at me, shook her head, and just said 'Not yet.' As I was coming back, it was extremely loud, like everyone in the world was trying to talk all at once. It was all very disorienting but it changed my perspective on life!"


The Fog

"I was in a gray fog with a girl who looked a lot like a young version of my grandmother (who was still alive) but dressed like a pioneer in the 1800s she didn't say anything but kept pulling me towards an opening in the wall. I kept refusing to go because I was so tired."

"I finally got tired of her nagging and went and that's when I came to. I had bled out during a c-section and my heart could not beat without blood. They had to deliver the baby and sew up the bleeders. refill me with blood before they could restart my heart so, like, at least 12 minutes gone."


Through the Walls

"My spouse was dead for a couple of minutes one miserable night. She maintains that she saw nothing, but only heard people talking about her like through a wall. The only thing she remembers for absolute certain was begging an ER nurse that she didn't want to die."

"She's quite alive and well today."


Well let's all be happy to be alive.

It seems to be all we have.

Man's waist line
Santhosh Vaithiyanathan/Unsplash

Trying to lose weight is a struggle understood by many people regardless of size.

The goal of reaching a healthy weight may seem unattainable, but with diet and exercise, it can pay off through persistence and discipline.

Seeing the pounds gradually drop off can also be a great motivator and incentivize people to stay the course.

Those who've achieved their respective weight goals shared their experiences when Redditor apprenti8455 asked:

"People who lost a lot of weight, what surprises you the most now?"

Redditors didn't see these coming.

Shiver Me Timbers

"I’m always cold now!"

– Telrom_1

"I had a coworker lose over 130 pounds five or six years ago. I’ve never seen him without a jacket on since."

– r7ndom

"140 lbs lost here starting just before COVID, I feel like that little old lady that's always cold, damn this top comment was on point lmao."

– mr_remy

Drawing Concern

"I lost 100 pounds over a year and a half but since I’m old(70’s) it seems few people comment on it because (I think) they think I’m wasting away from some terminal illness."

– dee-fondy

"Congrats on the weight loss! It’s honestly a real accomplishment 🙂"

"Working in oncology, I can never comment on someone’s weight loss unless I specifically know it was on purpose, regardless of their age. I think it kind of ruffles feathers at times, but like I don’t want to congratulate someone for having cancer or something. It’s a weird place to be in."

– LizardofDeath

Unleashing Insults

"I remember when I lost the first big chunk of weight (around 50 lbs) it was like it gave some people license to talk sh*t about the 'old' me. Old coworkers, friends, made a lot of not just negative, but harsh comments about what I used to look like. One person I met after the big loss saw a picture of me prior and said, 'Wow, we wouldn’t even be friends!'”

"It wasn’t extremely common, but I was a little alarmed by some of the attention. My weight has been up and down since then, but every time I gain a little it gets me a little down thinking about those things people said."

– alanamablamaspama

Not Everything Goes After Losing Weight

"The loose skin is a bit unexpected."

– KeltarCentauri

"I haven’t experienced it myself, but surgery to remove skin takes a long time to recover. Longer than bariatric surgery and usually isn’t covered by insurance unless you have both."

– KatMagic1977

"It definitely does take a long time to recover. My Dad dropped a little over 200 pounds a few years back and decided to go through with skin removal surgery to deal with the excess. His procedure was extensive, as in he had skin taken from just about every part of his body excluding his head, and he went through hell for weeks in recovery, and he was bedridden for a lot of it."

– Jaew96

These Redditors shared their pleasantly surprising experiences.


"I can buy clothes in any store I want."

– WaySavvyD

"When I lost weight I was dying to go find cute, smaller clothes and I really struggled. As someone who had always been restricted to one or two stores that catered to plus-sized clothing, a full mall of shops with items in my size was daunting. Too many options and not enough knowledge of brands that were good vs cheap. I usually went home pretty frustrated."

– ganache98012

No More Symptoms

"Lost about 80 pounds in the past year and a half, biggest thing that I’ve noticed that I haven’t seen mentioned on here yet is my acid reflux and heartburn are basically gone. I used to be popping tums every couple hours and now they just sit in the medicine cabinet collecting dust."

– colleennicole93

Expanding Capabilities

"I'm all for not judging people by their appearance and I recognise that there are unhealthy, unachievable beauty standards, but one thing that is undeniable is that I can just do stuff now. Just stamina and flexibility alone are worth it, appearance is tertiary at best."

– Ramblonius

People Change Their Tune

"How much nicer people are to you."

"My feet weren't 'wide' they were 'fat.'"

– LiZZygsu

"Have to agree. Lost 220 lbs, people make eye contact and hold open doors and stuff"

"And on the foot thing, I also lost a full shoe size numerically and also wear regular width now 😅"

– awholedamngarden

It's gonna take some getting used to.

Bones Everywhere

"Having bones. Collarbones, wrist bones, knee bones, hip bones, ribs. I have so many bones sticking out everywhere and it’s weird as hell."

– Princess-Pancake-97

"I noticed the shadow of my ribs the other day and it threw me, there’s a whole skeleton in here."

– bekastrange

Knee Pillow

"Right?! And they’re so … pointy! Now I get why people sleep with pillows between their legs - the knee bones laying on top of each other (side sleeper here) is weird and jarring."

– snic2030

"I lost only 40 pounds within the last year or so. I’m struggling to relate to most of these comments as I feel like I just 'slimmed down' rather than dropped a ton. But wow, the pillow between the knees at night. YES! I can relate to this. I think a lot of my weight was in my thighs. I never needed to do this up until recently."

– Strongbad23

More Mobility

"I’ve lost 100 lbs since 2020. It’s a collection of little things that surprise me. For at least 10 years I couldn’t put on socks, or tie my shoes. I couldn’t bend over and pick something up. I couldn’t climb a ladder to fix something. Simple things like that I can do now that fascinate me."

"Edit: Some additional little things are sitting in a chair with arms, sitting in a booth in a restaurant, being able to shop in a normal store AND not needing to buy the biggest size there, being able to easily wipe my butt, and looking down and being able to see my penis."

– dma1965

People making significant changes, whether for mental or physical health, can surely find a newfound perspective on life.

But they can also discover different issues they never saw coming.

That being said, overcoming any challenge in life is laudable, especially if it leads to gaining confidence and ditching insecurities.