#10 MAURA MURRAY
This 21-year-old Massachusetts nursing student had lied to several professors on February 9, 2004, claiming there had been a death in the family and that she would be absent for the next week. She then had a minor car crash against a roadside snow bank, which left her car unable to drive. A passerby pulled over and asked if she needed help, to which she said no, but the passerby called the police from the nearest payphone anyway.
When the police arrived, the car was still there but Maura was gone and there were no visible footprints or sign of a struggle. Her fiancé received a voicemail of a woman sobbing the next day, presumed to be Maura Murray. Since then, no one has heard from her.
#9 BEN CHARLES PADILLA
Ben was a fifty-year-old licensed aircraft mechanic, flight engineer, and small airplane pilot working on a Boeing 727-223 with a helper when the plane was stolen from an airport in Angola on May 25, 2003. Apparently the control tower tried to communicate with the plane when it started crawling down the runway, but never got a response. Authorities claim Ben was at the controls and hijacked the plane himself, while other sources speculate his helper killed him and flew the plane to Somalia. The case was never solved and the plane, nor its passengers, was ever found.
#8 SNEHA ANNE PHILIP
31-year-old Indian American physician Sneha was last seen via surveillance footage in a shop near her lower Manhattan apartment on September 10, 2001. Given her medical training, her family believes she died trying to help victims in the World Trade Centre terrorist attacks of the following day, a theory that the courts have been happy to rule as official despite never really knowing for sure.
#7 RILYA WILSON
4-year-old Rilya Wilson was a foster child in the Florida Department of Children and Families. She was last seen in 2000, but it took the department an appalling two whole years to discover she’d gone missing and report it. This led to a huge investigation into the Florida foster care programme.
#6 THE CLAREMONT SERIAL MURDERS
Sarah Spiers (18), Jane Rimmer (23) and Ciara Glennon (27) all disappeared from the Perth suburb of Claremont over 1996 and 1997. The remains of two of the girls were eventually found in northern and southern suburbs of the city but one of them was never found at all and to this day no one has ever been charged.
#5 TARA CALICO
Tara (19) went missing near her home in New Mexico on September 20, 1988. A Polaroid picture of a boy and girl bound and gagged surfaced nearly a year later, and some friends and family identified the girl as Tara, though she was never found.
#4 CHRISTOPHER DALE FLANNERY
Chris was a famous Australian criminal figure in the eighties, with anything from armed robbery to rape and murder under his belt. But he was mainly known for his alleged status as a hitman available for hire, supposedly responsible for numerous murders. He left his apartment in May 1985 to go meet with his employer, and has never been seen again.
#3 EDWARD L. MONTORO
This 52-year-old owner of a motion picture production and distribution company called Film Ventures International stole a million dollars from his own company and vanished, presumably to Mexico.
#2 FREDERICK VALENTICH
Frederick was piloting a solo flight over the Bass Strait in Australia when the 21-year-old reported an unknown craft circling his plane to air traffic control. Communications ceased shortly afterwards and neither he nor his plane was ever found.
#1 CONNIE CONVERSE
Connie Converse was best known for her singer-songwriter days in New York in the fifties. In 1974 she wrote letters to all her loved ones explaining she wasn’t satisfied with her life was turning out. Then she packed all her stuff into her Volkswagen Beetle and vanished into thin air, never to be seen or heard from again.