Famous People Who Have Been Reported Missing

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Celebrities who have been reported missing

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 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.

Celebs who were missing include Nick Stahl, Ozzy Osbourne, and Margot Kidder. 

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.

Photo: Superman / Warner Bros.

  • Ozzy Osbourne
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    Ozzy Osbourne went missing in May of 2016, after his wife, Sharon, kicked him out the house for his infidelity. Sharon apparently found out that Ozzy had been hooking up with stylist Michelle Pugh, and banished him from their home. He initially went to the Beverly Hills Hotel, but did not stay long. When his kids, Jack, Kelly, and Aimee, tried to get a hold of him in the weekend after his fight with Sharon, they could not find him.

    Friends worried that he might fall off the wagon and turn to alcohol and drugs to cope. One so-called friend even said, “...he is not brilliant on his own and is a bit like a puppy — he goes missing but then usually turns up sooner or later.”

  • Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain died on April 5, 1994, presumably by committing suicide. Before his death, Cobain had bolted from a rehab facility in California and returned to Seattle, Washington, to the house he shared with wife Courtney Love and their young daughter, Frances Bean. There, it is widely believed, Cobain killed himself with a shotgun. His body was discovered on April 8, 1994, and a suicide note was found at the scene (along with the gun).

    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.

    Status: Deceased

    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.
  • Irish singer and songwriter Sinéad O'Connor went missing on May 15, 2016. At 6 am on the morning of Sunday the 15th, O'Connor went for a bike ride around Wilmette, a Chicago suburb. After someone called reporting that O'Connor never returned home, county police issued an alert for the singer.

    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.

  • Margot Kidder
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    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.
  • 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."

  • 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