One of the more high-profile missing persons cases of 2012 isn’t actually a missing persons case at all. Katherine Jackson was reported as missing in late-July of 2012, by her nephew, Trent Jackson. The whole situation is totally bizarre. Ms. Jackson was, when she was supposedly missing, actually in Arizona with other Jackson family members, playing Uno.
Some of the most well-known missing people on this list vanished forever, with no trace left behind. Their bodies were never found, and friends and family were left to wonder forever what happened. Conspiracy theories about their mysterious fates, not surprisingly, run rampant. A few musicians on this list, including Kurt Cobain, are members of the so-called “27 Club,”because they vanished and/or died when they were just 27 years old.
On July 19, 2018, Camp’s sister, Marisha, filed a missing person report with the Riverside Police Department stating that her brother was missing. Marisha had not heard from her brother since “around the 11th or 12th,” of July, which she told police was “unusual.”
The Fontana Police Department told Entertainment Tonight that Camp was stopped outside of a Sherwin Williams paint store on July 19, 2018, for a “pedestrian check,” although they did not provide the context of said check.
On July 24, 2018, officials located Camp and said he is “not in need of any assistance.”
O’Connor has struggled with severe depression in the past and only a few days prior to her disappearance, the “Nothing Compares 2 U” singer wrote a Facebook post addressed to her son. The note openly discussed O’Connor’s struggles to get in contact with her 12-year-old son, Shane, for whom she was battling for custody. After she’d been missing for over 24 hours, friends and family were concerned that O’Connor may have taken her life, as she has attempted suicides in the past. Police called off the search hours later when she was found safe.
By Wednesday, police had located Chelsea. She had been hiding out with a 25-year-old convicted drug dealer named Steve Sheerer. Chelsea met Sheerer on Tinder, and was apparently with him of her own accord.
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Status: Kasem was found in Washington state three days after this story broke. He was with his wife visiting another couple at their home. When asked, they said they “were on vacation.”
He died June 15, 2014 at 82 years old from complications of Lewy body dementia in Washington.
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Within a few days after the story hit the media, Stahl emerged from a downtown Los Angeles crack house saying he was fine and that he’d gone into a 30-day inpatient rehab program. That wasn’t the end of the drama, however; in June of 2012, Stahl went missing yet again. He apparently decided rehab wasn’t for him, so he checked out of the facility and vanished.
Nick Stahl wasn’t missing for long the second time around, either. He surfaced days after he bolted from the rehab facility, and his wife Rose reported that he was attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and “in a good place.”
Less than 24 hours later, police were able to contact Katherine Jackson – and as it turns out, she wasn’t ever actually missing. She was hanging out with other family members in Arizona, enjoying the nice weather and even playing a game of Uno. So why did Trent Jackson file a missing person’s report in the first place?
The situation may have been related to a Jackson family squabble involving some of Katherine Jackson’s children. Several of them were apparently asking that Michael Jackson’s estate executors resign. Some of the kids reportedly think that Jacko’s will was “fake,” and they believe the executors are manipulating things, stressing out Katherine and putting her health in jeopardy.
On February 25, 2010, Andrew Koenig’s body was discovered by friends who were searching Vancouver’s Stanley Park. Koenig’s father, Walter, confirmed that his son had committed suicide by hanging himself in a heavily wooded area.
Kidder later admitted she suffered from bipolar disorder, but had refused to take any prescribed medication for the condition. During her breakdown, Kidder said she became increasingly paranoid: at one point, she believed that her first husband and the CIA were were “trying to kill” her.
Kidder wound up on the run, sleeping on the streets for several days before winding up in Elaine Lamb’s Glendale backyard. Police picked her up, and she finally gave in to treatment for her manic depression.
Status: Declared legally dead
In March of 2010, remains were discovered that were believed to be Flynn’s in a mass grave in Kampong Cham, Cambodia. Upon further investigation and DNA testing, the remains were determined not to be Flynn’s.
In April of 2003, Jason Mewes resurfaced, appearing in a Freehold, New Jersey, courtroom to answer to charges. A judge sentenced the Jay and Silent Bob star to mandatory rehab for several months. He was also given probation through 2005.
Five days later, James Allan let Glasvegas’s manager know he was fine. He was apparently in New York City, though it’s not clear why he took off from Europe for the the States. Allan eventually joined Glasvegas in Boston a few days later, where the band opened for Kings of Leon.
Several Glasvegas dates were canceled in 2009, including a high profile gig at the Coachella music festival. At the time, reports cited Allan’s “exhaustion” as the reason, but in March of 2011, Allan admitted in an interview with The Sun that he’d suffered “an overdose.”
For several days leading up to his death, Kurt Cobain’s whereabouts were unclear. His mother filed a missing persons report on her son, and Courtney Love hired a P.I. to try and track him down. He was spotted by the family’s nanny and also at a sporting goods store buying shotgun cartridges. Cobain reportedly tried to disguise his identity while in Seattle, wearing “an overcoat and big sunglasses.” Numerous people recognized him, despite the strange get-up.
The circumstances surrounding Kurt Cobain’s untimely death have resulted in several theories. Some believe that Cobain was murdered, citing inconsistencies in police reports and evidence, among other things. Others cite the strange nature of Cobain’s alleged suicide note, arguing that it’s more of a retirement announcement than a last missive. And still others believe that there is no way Kurt Cobain could have been coherent enough to fire the shotgun and take his own life, because he’d injected a lethal amount of heroin into his system in the moments before the trigger was pulled.
Status: Presumed dead
A massive search and rescue operation was launched in the waters surrounding Cheviot Beach, but Holt’s body was neverfound. Within days, he was “presumed dead,” and a state funeral was held on December 22, 1967.
The disappearance of Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt remains a mystery, and the subject of some wild theories: Did Holt fake his own death? Did he commit suicide? The suicide theory is even the subject of the 2007 documentary, Who Killed Harold Holt?
Philip Taylor Kramer
In February of 1995, things took a bizarre turn. Just after having made what some believe was a monumental discovery – a math formula “for transmissions at ‘faster than light’ speed” – Taylor Kramer left his home to pick up a business associate at LAX. He never arrived. Kramer’s final calls were strangeand unsettling. He called former musician friends, telling him he loved them, and then he called his wife, saying, “Whatever happens, I’ll always be with you.” His final call? It was to 911. He told the dispatcher, “This is Philip Taylor Kramer, and I am going to kill myself.”
A massive search was launched to find Kramer, but years went by with no sign. It seemed the man had simply vanished into thin air. The case of the missing Kramer was featured on a lot of high-profile talk shows and crime shows, and still, no new leads were ever generated.
Finally, in late May of 1999, skeletal remains later positively identified as those of Philip Taylor Kramer were found inside a minivan in Decker Canyon, just outside of Malibu, California. Given his suicide call to 911 before he vanished, his death was ruled a probable suicide by police – a decision that Kramer’s family still disputes. Was Philip Taylor Kramer murdered?
Status: Presumed dead
Richey Edwards’s body was never found, but in November of 2008 – more than 13 years after his disappearance – his parents had him officially declared as “presumed dead.” The mystery surrounding Edwards continues to this day. No one seems to know exactly what happened, and reported sightings of Edwards are ongoing. Is Richey Edwards actually dead? Did he just decide to vanish, or did he possibly take his own life?
Dorothy Arnold did a lot of shopping that day. She was spotted at a candy store purchasing chocolates, and later at a book store on 27th St. and Fifth Avenue. Several friends reported seeing Dorothy while she was out and about, including Gladys King (the last person to see her).
When Dorothy failed to return home that evening, the family became concerned. They put out feelers, hoping to learn, perhaps, that Arnold was simply visiting with friends. However, for some reason, they didn’t call the police. Instead, they called a family attorney who conducted his own investigation, trying to determine what happened. Did Dorothy Arnold run away?
Status: Presumed dead
Six weeks later, after no sign of Dorothy Arnold had turned up, her parents did contact the authorities. Eventually, news of Dorothy’s disappearance went public – though no leads were ever uncovered. Certainly, when a wealthy heiress goes missing, wild theories surface. Some believe Dorothy Arnold took her own life because she wanted to be a writer and her family “mocked her”. Dorothy’s own father, who exhausted his resources searching for his daughter, believed that she met with foul play that fateful day as she walked through New York’s Central Park.
Media reports increased, and at some point, J-Kwon saw them. On March 4, 2010, after being off the grid for several weeks, J-Kwon got in touch with Gracie Productions, explaining that he was “taking some time to himself as he sometimes does, not realizing that people would start to worry after a while.”
Not realizing?! Someone goes missing for a whole month and he doesn’t think anyone will worry? What gives? Interestingly enough, J-Kwon’s fourth studio album was released less than three weeks later. Publicity stunt, anyone?