People Are Sharing Stories About Friends Who Were Really Important, Then Just...Disappeared
"The Polish paratrooper."
Whether it's a childhood best friend, "that kid from high school," or a long-lost cousin, some people come into our lives for just a little while but have a big impact.
1. "Faked-his-own-death dude."
2. "My best friend from elementary school."
4. "Runescape user Lonewolf1039."
"When I was a child and living with my parents, we rented our basement to a man named Hoon. He was super nice to us and even tutored my brother and me in school. The coolest thing was that he was super into astronomy, and every so often, he set up his telescope in our backyard to look at stars and the moon and invited us to look as well. He became like family to us, and when my parents decided to tear down our house and build a new place, Hoon came along with us to live in a temporary space until the house was built, and then moved back to our new house as our tenant again. During this period, Hoon also drove my brother and me to school, as we were not living within walking distance from our temporary space. After one to two years, one day my parents said that Hoon moved back to Malaysia and we never saw him again.
"My then-friend, who was another one of our tenants, told me that Hoon died and my parents were lying to me. I asked my parents about this, but they said that isn't true. I think my then-friend was just messing with me. I always wondered why he suddenly moved, and haven't been able to find any online presence of him." —u/chinaberrrytree
6. "The Polish paratrooper."
7. "The honey bun kid."
8. "A kid I bullied."
9. "Kid I knew when I was 15."
"We weren’t close friends, but he called me up in the middle of the night once to tell me he was going to kill himself. He hung up on me and wouldn’t answer his phone after that.
"I woke up my mom and convinced her to drive me to his house at like 3 a.m. He came out and was fine; he was just completely shocked I actually came to check on him. He was really thankful that I cared at all. His home life was pretty crummy, and he moved away to stay with his grandma soon after that. After he moved out of state, we lost touch. That was 20-plus years ago and I still wonder if his life got better. I hope he did." —u/umamifiend
10. "My history teacher."
11. "My 2 a.m. buddy."
12. "My rejected crush."
13. "The girl who hit me with her car."
"I often wonder what happened to the girl who hit me with her car that icy night and took my leg. It's been over 25 years now, and I don't hold any animosity toward her (never did; it was just an accident). I hope she went on to have a good life. Mine has had its ups and downs, but I'm in the best place I've ever been now. I'd just like to have the chance to reassure her that I'm doing fine. —u/Flea_Biscuit
14. "My first boyfriend."
16. "My old high school crushes."
17. "Jay Walker."
18. "My cussword friend."
19. "Dude on the subway."
20. "Loner Eddie."
"In high school, I somehow won the trust of a loner named Eddie. He revealed that he could do spot-on impersonations of all kinds of celebrities. Before the morning bell, he'd reenact a scene from a TV show or movie he'd watched the night before and do all the characters. I have no idea where the guy went after we graduated." —u/p38-lightning
22. "The people I deployed with."
23. "Middle school art teacher."
24. "The people I used with."
"I'm a recovering addict, and most of the people were degenerates, but some I know could be great members of society if they could get clean. I often wonder what they are doing right now; probably not good things, but I bet some turned their lives around, and it would be cool to catch up." —u/WakednBaked
25. "Real-life Bart Simpson."
26. "My mother."
"Occasionally I wonder about her. Is she still drinking? Is she taking care of herself? Does she think of me and the kids she will never see? It hurts, man, but you gotta process the grief of a living 'dead' family member one day at a time." —u/Ninannunaki
27. "The boy at the beach."
You can never predict who's gonna take a hard left and disappear right outta your life. Share your stories in the comments (and, better yet, whether one of these "missing people" is YOU)!
Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.