15 Famous People Who Have Been Reported Missing People
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15 Famous People Who Have Been Reported Missing

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Who are some of the most famous missing people in history? This list includes very well-known actors and actresses, journalists, musicians, socialites, and even heads of state who have all, at some point, been reported missing. The circumstances of their disappearances are all fascinating, and some, sadly, have never been found.

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 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.

Other famous missing persons listed here were discovered weeks, months, or even years later. A status update is included for each person on this list.

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  1. Chelsea O'Donnell

    Chelsea O'Donnell, the 17-year-old daughter of comedian Rosie O'Donnell, went missing for nearly a week in the summer of 2015. Rosie first reported Chelsea missing from their Rockland County, NY area on Sunday, August 16. By Tuesday, there was still no sign of Chelsea, and Rosie turned to social media for help. She posted messages on Twitter and Instagram asking the public for any information they could provide.

    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.

    Source: Gawker, USA Today

  2. Former "Top 40" host Casey Kasem's whereabouts are currently unknown. A court ruling on May 12, 2014, granted his daughter, Kerri Kasem, temporary conservatorship for her 82-year-old father. The elder Kasem – who suffers from advanced Parkinson's Disease and can no longer talk – was in the care of his wife, Kerri's stepmother Jean Kasem, and has not been seen by any of his children for some time. During the trial, Jean's attorney, Craig Marcus, admitted neither he nor his client knew where the ailing Kasem was, but were under the assumption that he had been removed from the country.

    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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    Age: Died at 82 (1932-2014)
    Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
    Nationality: United States of America
    Profession: Music Historian, Film Producer, Radio personality, Actor, Disc jockey + 1 more
    Schools: Wayne State University, Northwestern High School
    Children: Kerri Kasem, Mike Kasem, Liberty Irene Kasem, Julie Kasem
    Medical Conditions: Parkinson's disease
  3. Actor and apparent drug addict Nick Stahl was reported missing by his estranged wife, Rose Stahl, in May of 2012. She became alarmed after she couldn't reach Stahl for nearly a week and expressed worry that he might have overdosed.

    Status: Found

    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."

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    Age: age 36
    Birthplace: Harlingen, Texas, United States of America
    Nationality: United States of America
    Profession: Television producer, Actor
    Children: Marlo Stahl
  4. Jackson family matriarch Katherine Jackson made headlines on July 21, 2012, when her nephew, Trent Jackson filed a missing persons report. Los Angeles police began investigating, and concerns began to mount about the 82-year-old Jackson's whereabouts.

    Status: Found

    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.

    more ABOUT
    Age: age 85
    Birthplace: Alabama, United States of America
    Nationality: United States of America
    Children: Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, La Toya Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Randy Jackson + 5 more
  5. Actor Andrew Koenig (aka Boner from "Growing Pains") went missing in February of 2010 after traveling to Vancouver, British Columbia. Police in Vancouver launched an investigation into Koenig's disappearance as family and friends' concern grew. According to his parents (including his father, "Star Trek" veteran Walter Koenig), Koenig suffered from depression. In the days before he vanished, he had contacted a close friend to return several items that he had been given as gifts. Koenig was last seen alive on February 14, 2010.

    Status: Deceased

    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.

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    Age: Died at 42 (1968-2010)
    Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    Nationality: United States of America
    Profession: Screenwriter, Film Editor, Actor, Film Director
    Schools: University of Southern California
    Cause Of Death: Suicide
    Place Of Death: Vancouver, Canada
  6. Superman actress Margot Kidder was missing for four days in April of 1996 before she was discovered in a stranger's backyard in Glendale, California. Kidder was found dirty and totally disoriented, suffering what she's described as "the most public freak-out in history." She was delusional, and her two front teeth were missing.

    Status: Found

    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.

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    Age: age 67
    Birthplace: Yellowknife, Canada
    Nationality: Canada, United States of America
    Profession: Actor, Voice acting
    Schools: Havergal College
    Children: Maggie McGuane
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