The 40 Weirdest Disappearances We Still Can’t Explain

Life is full of mystery, and some people’s lives are much more full than others’. The stories on this list are puzzling ones, of individuals or groups of people’s spontaneous disappearance, often permanently and completely without explanation. If the notion of vanishing without a trace gives you the creeps, read on, and be creeped out.

In an event that has puzzled her fans for nearly a century now, mystery novelist Agatha Christie took a page out of one of her own stories and disappearedĀ under circumstances that will remain forever ambiguous. On the night of December 3rd, she drove away from her Berkshire home and precipitated one of the great tabloid stories of the day. Her car was later discovered abandoned on a steep slope, and she was nowhere to be seen.

An enormous manhunt ensued, that involved other celebrities, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Turns out she had taken a train to Harrowgate, where she spent eleven days mixing with young socialites under the adopted name of her husband’s mistress. Christie claimed to have no memory of the events. It is speculated that she could have been in a “fugue state” brought about by depression.