People Are Sharing Unsolved Mysteries That Shook Them To Their Core, And Yeah, You're Not Sleeping Tonight

    "Brandon Swanson went out at night and his car broke down in the middle of nowhere, so he called his dad to come and find him. Eventually, during the call he yelled out, 'Oh sh-t!' and that was the last time anyone ever heard from him."

    We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about an unsolved mystery they just can't stop thinking about. Here are the mysteries they shared that will haunt you for days, months, and years to come...

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    1. The death of Elisa Lam

    CCTV footage of Elisa in an elevator looking out the door

    What happened:

    Lam was a 21-year-old Canadian student whose body was inexplicably found inside a water tank on top of the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles after other guests complained about flooding and water pressure issues. Lam, who had been staying at the hotel, was reported missing 19 days earlier and was last seen on a surveillance tape inside an elevator in the hotel.

    2. The death of Mitrice Richardson

    A missing person sign with photos of Mitrice

    What happened:

    Richardson was a 24-year-old recent Cal State Fullerton grad who went missing on Sept. 17, 2019. Richardson was last seen allegedly leaving a sheriff's station in Malibu. (Earlier, she had been detained by sheriff's deputies after a restaurant manager made a citizen's arrest complaint.) Eleven months went by before her body was inadvertently found by park rangers in August 2010 in Malibu Canyon.

    3. The disappearance of Cherrie Mahan

    Missing person poster of Cherrie

    What happened:

    Eight-year-old Mahan was living in rural Pennsylvania when she disappeared after getting off a school bus not far from her home on Feb. 22, 1985. Although a suspect vehicle was sighted and many leads pursued, Mahan was never found and declared legally dead in November 1998.

    4. The disappearance of Michelle Pulsifer

    Michelle sitting with her brother and mother for a family photo

    What happened:

    Pulsifer disappeared in July 1969. In 2004, Pulsifer's mother, Donna, and her boyfriend, Michael, were arrested and charged with the young girl's murder. Michael claimed they found Michelle dead in her bedroom and buried her thereafter. However, Michelle's remains were never found. Michael died in 2005 before he could testify in the case and Donna was released after a mistrial and lack of evidence.

    5. The disappearance of Michael Negrete

    Students walking across a courtyard on UCLA campus

    What happened:

    Eighteen-year-old UCLA student Michael Negete disappeared early in the morning on Dec. 10, 1999. Although it was initially categorized as a missing persons case, according to police, it eventually turned into a homicide investigation. He has not been found.

    6. The Phillip Island murder mystery

    Newspaper clippings, photos, and maps strewn across a table

    What happened:

    In September 1986, 23-year-old Beth Barnard was found brutally murdered on Phillip Island in Australia — her body was found with an "A" carved into her chest. Beth was allegedly having an affair with a man named Fergus Cameron. Not long after, Fergus's wife Vivienne disappeared and has not been seen since.

    7. The lead masks case

    Crime scene image of two lead eye masks

    What happened:

    Manoel Pereira da Cruz and Miguel José Viana were Brazilian electronic technicians whose bodies were found on Aug. 20, 1966 in Rio de Janeiro. They had apparently been planning something secret and told their families just a few days earlier that they were going to buy electronic materials for work. However, after their bodies were discovered, no cause of death was determined by authorities, as there were no clear injuries, no toxic substances found, and their internal organs were too badly decomposed by the time the autopsy happened.

    8. The death of Katherine Korzilius

    Newspaper clipping saying injuries suggest dead girl may have fallen from auto

    What happened:

    Katherine Korzilius was a 6-year-old girl living in Elder Circle, Texas when she was found dead on Aug. 7, 1996, just minutes from her home. In fact, she had only been missing for 15 minutes between the time she was last seen and when she was found lying on the street. According to the medical examiner, the injuries she sustained could have been the "result of either jumping from a moving vehicle, being thrown from a moving vehicle, or falling from a moving vehicle." However, her cause of death remains a mystery.

    9. The Isdal woman case

    What happened:

    "The Isdal woman" is a made-up name that was assigned to an unidentified woman whose burned body was discovered in a remote part of Norway's Isdalen valley on Nov. 29, 1970. Although many clues were found by authorities, her identity and mysterious death remain unsolved.

    10. The disappearance of Kirsa Jensen

    What happened:

    Fourteen-year-old Jensen was living in Napier, New Zealand when she disappeared on Sept. 2, 1983 while riding her horse. Although her horse was found tethered near the Tutaekuri River, no trace of Jensen was found. The case remains open.

    11. The disappearance of DeOrr Kunz

    Missing person sign with image of Deorr

    What happened:

    DeOrr Kunz was just 2 years old when he disappeared on July 10, 2015 while visiting a campground with his parents, Jessica Mitchell and Vernal DeOrr Kunz. Although several private investigators have worked on the case, no solid evidence as to what may have happened has been found. Mitchell and Kunz were named suspects in January 2016 but were never arrested or charged.

    12. The disappearance of Brandon Swanson

    What happened:

    Swanson was a 19-year-old college student in Marshall, Minnesota last seen leaving a friend’s house on May 14, 2008. After apparently driving into a ditch, he called his parents to pick him up. However, even after talking to him several times on the way, they were never able to find him. His car was later found abandoned in a ditch with the car doors open and keys missing, roughly 25 miles from where he had said he was.

    13. The disappearance of Brian Shaffer

    What happened:

    Medical student Brian Shaffer was last seen in Ohio, on CCTV, going up an escalator to a popular campus bar. But the video never showed him leaving. Foul play has still not been ruled out.

    14. The killing of JonBenét Ramsey

    Headshot of JonBenet

    What happened:

    JonBenét Ramsey was a 6-year-old girl who was killed in her family's home in Boulder, Colorado on Dec. 25 or 26, 1996. Her death was attributed to a skull fracture from a blow to the head and strangulation by a garrote that was found around her neck. The case became a media circus, largely in part because Ramsey was a child beauty pageant contestant and it received constant coverage from around the world. It is still considered a cold case.

    15. The disappearance of Jennifer Kesse

    Jennifer smiling in a home photo

    What happened:

    Kesse, 24, was living in Orlando, Florida when she went missing on Jan. 23, 2006. She was last seen leaving work around 6 p.m. and then spoke to her father on the drive home. She also talked on the phone with her boyfriend later. Kesse did not arrive at work the next day. The family is still getting leads today.

    16. The disappearance of Jodi Huisentruit

    What happened:

    Huisentruit was a news anchor in Mason City, Iowa who disappeared on June 27, 1995 on the way to work. There were apparently signs of a struggle outside of her apartment, so it was presumed she was abducted. Although there were thousands of tips and interviews conducted, Huisentruit was not found and declared legally dead in 2001.

    17. D.B. Cooper

    What happened:

    D.B. Cooper is the pseudonym of an unidentified man who hijacked a plane on Nov. 24, 1971. After the hijacker demanded four parachutes and $200,000, the flight landed in Seattle. There, the flight's passengers were exchanged for the ransom money and parachutes. The flight then took off again and headed for Mexico City. But somewhere between Seattle and Reno, the hijacker jumped out of the plane with a parachute and the money. The hijacker has not been found to this day. However, there are many theories about who he was. (Side note: The highjacker bought his plane ticket under the name "Dan Cooper," and after a misunderstanding, people/the media thought it was "D.B. Cooper" and the wrong fake name has stuck ever since.) 

    18. The disappearance of Asha Degree

    A missing persons poster of Asha televised on the news

    What happened:

    Nine-year-old Degree was living in Shelby, North Carolina when she went missing on Feb. 14, 2000. She left her home early that morning, sometime between 2:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m., and walked along a nearby highway where several motorists reportedly saw her. Apparently, one person went back to check on her and said she'd disappeared into the woods. There is still a $45,000 award being offered for any information that may lead to finding her.

    19. Finally, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

    Radar images of possible debris from the plane in the ocean

    What happened:

    On March 8, 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared while flying from Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia to Beijing Capital International Airport with 239 people on board. The flight was lost on air traffic control radar but picked up by military radar, hundreds of miles off course from the planned flight path. The flight never arrived at its destination. Although various pieces of plane debris have been found in the years since, most of it is unconfirmed to have actually belonged to MH370.

    Note: Some submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

    If you or anyone you know has information on a missing person case, call local law enforcement first. You can also contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678 (THE-LOST) or visit the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System site for regional case assistance.