People have been going missing for a very long time now, it’s no secret. While the authorities always do everything within their power to find said people, they aren’t always successful, unfortunately. However, there are times when they don’t need to be – missing people simply reappear! From showing up at their homes mysteriously or simply walking up to someone in the street to report their own reappearance, there have been plenty of times where missing people turn up as if nothing ever happened. Let’s take a look at some intriguing stories, shall we?
In February 1978, student Steven Kubacki had ventured out to ski near Lake Michigan. Well, he didn’t end up returning the following day, so a huge search was put in motion. The weirdest thing was discovered: a set of footprints in a location the student said he’d be heading. What’s more, they stopped right at the frozen water’s edge. There were no signs on the frozen surface to indicate that the ice had been broken at all, and there were no returning footsteps either. Later that day, Steven’s skis and backpack were discovered. No other sign of him came to light, and eventually, the searches were called off. Over a year later, in May 1979, Steven reappeared on his parents’ doorstep. He didn’t remember where he’d been. He woke up earlier that day in a field hundreds of miles away from where he disappeared and about 40 miles away from the family’s home. On top of that, he was wearing clothes that weren’t his and had a bag of maps with him that he didn’t recognize. Ever since his reappearance, Steven has refused to talk about his experience publicly.
While 2-year-old Amber Smith had only disappeared for a day, her case is truly bizarre. According to her father, the girl had been playing at their home in Michigan on October 8, 2013. The father went into another room for just a moment, but when he returned, the girl was nowhere to be found. A full-scale search was launched almost immediately. Despite the fact that the entire area was thoroughly searched by hundreds of volunteers, it seemed that the girl vanished. The next day, as searches continued, Amber was found several miles away from her home, safe and sound. The weirdest part? She was found in a location that’s already been searched the day before.
On the afternoon of September 22, 2012, in Arkansas, brother and sister Eddie Huff and Linda Arteaga were out for a day’s hiking in the forests in the area. However, Eddie returned, claiming he’d left his sister at a relative’s house. It was then discovered that the 53-year-old wasn’t at the relative’s house as Eddie has claimed. By that point, Eddie seemed to have no memory of what had happened and was confused. A search party was sent out and Linda was later found in a random location in the middle of the woods. On top of that, she seemed shocked and unnerved by whatever had happened to her. She later claimed that her brother suffered some kind of injury. So, she went to get help. She walked through the woods and came across hikers. Try as she might, they didn’t seem to hear her when she called out to them. She then said she’d witnessed “shadowy figures” that appeared to be watching her through the trees and bushes. The next thing she knew, she woke up in the forest with the search party calling her name.
Nearly a decade after her husband went missing from their home in Melbourne, Australia, Sandie Gillette spotted her missing husband, Russell Jenkin while in a parking lot. In September 2006, Sandie saw her husband for the last time before he’d go missing for 10 years. Russell disappeared, leaving Sadie alone with their two sons. Eventually, he was listed as a missing person. Ten years later, Sadie was out with her son and daughter outside a shopping mall around 1,100 miles away from their home when she spotted her husband. He spotted her as well. The two estranged people didn’t say a thing to each other. Sadie and the kids simply got in their car. Russell was staring at her while she was still staring at him.
In 2004, 25-year-old Timothy Carney was declared missing after he’d called his employer saying he would be late for work but never showed up. His roommate, Roy Anthony, was the last person to see Timothy before his disappearance. Later that same day, Timothy’s car was found, abandoned, on the side of the road. Of course, his family never stopped looking for him, but it wasn’t easy. It wasn’t until 2011 that he was found, alive and well.
Michele “Shelli” Whitaker
In 2002, 38-year-old Michele “Shelli” Whitaker disappeared after being mistakenly released from jail. She was reportedly seen later that month trying to get a ride somewhere. However, it wasn’t until 2008 that she was found. Her mother received a call six years after her daughter’s disappearance. A county sheriff by the name of Chuck Wright told the worried mother that he had found her daughter. It turns out that after seeing Michele on TV in an episode of “Forensic Files”, a viewer recognized her – as their neighbor. She’d been living in another part of the country.
Constantinos ‘Danny’ Filippidis
Constantinos ‘Danny’ Filippidis was out on an annual trip with friends and colleagues in New York when he disappeared. Just six days later, he turned up in Sacramento, California, almost 3,000 miles away. That’s where he contacted the police and gave his name, saying he’d been missing from New York. Officers who responded to the call showed up and found the firefighter dressed in his ski clothes. When asked how he’d gotten there, the man couldn’t remember much. The last thing he remembered was skiing.
It turns out that not all the people who go missing want to be found. There are times when people go missing purposely. That’s just what happened in this case with Dr. Salazar, a psychiatrist from Seville, Spain. He disappeared suddenly in 1995 without a trace. After years of searching, he was declared dead in 2010. However, in 2015, two shocked mushroom pickers discovered a disheveled Salazar living reclusively on the coast of Northern Tuscany. The two men left the doctor there before contacting the authorities. By the time investigators came looking for him, Salazar disappeared again, not wanting to be found.
Brenda Heist reached a breaking point in her life when she disappeared. While going through a divorce in 2002, the Pennsylvanian disappeared without a trace, leaving her two kids behind. After a widespread search and investigation, she was declared legally dead in 2010. That is, until one day in 2013, she wandered into a Florida police station and claimed she was Brenda Heist who disappeared 11 years earlier. She claimed that after dropping her kids off at school that day in 2002, she went to a park where she sat and cried. Three strangers approached her and asked if she wanted to join them on their way to Florida. In her words, she “just snapped” and took off and left with them, leaving her old life behind.
At 14 years old, Crystal Haag disappeared from her Baltimore home without a trace. Her mother was so terribly affected that she refused to move out of the house for 20 years – just in case her daughter would suddenly return. Well, it turns out that’s just what happened! Twenty years after her disappearance, Crystal Haag returned, but things weren’t the same. She had a different surname, spoke another language, and even had children of her own.