Resolved Cases
All cases profiled in this section feature individuals who were missing and have been located. Investigations may continue in certain instances (i.e. homicide).

Certain cases are not listed in this section at the request of the victim's family members or law enforcement officials.

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Lannie Melissa Albritton
Albritton

Albritton, 22, disappeared from Chula Vista, California on July 1, 1986. Less than two weeks later, she was found in a brushy desert area off a dirt road in Lancaster, California. She had been strangled. The body was not identified until May 2016. Albritton's murder remains unsolved.

Source Information:
The Doe Network

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Azaren Cordova and Baltazar Lopez
Cordova Lopez

Cordova and Lopez, both 36, disappeared from Phoenix, Arizona on April 17, 2008. In January 2009, hikers found skeletal remains in a shallow grave in the desert outside Casa Grande, Arizona. In September 2014, more human bbones were found in a septic tank in Casa Grande. Both bodies had been dismembered. They were identified as Cordova and Lopez. In August 2016, brothers Fausto and Dionicio Negrete-Olivas, both of them high-level drug traffickers, were identified as persons of interest in the murders. Neither of them has been arrested; authorities believe they are in Mexico. Investigators believe the murders were linked to a violent drug trafficking organization that operated out of Sinaola, Mexico.

Source Information:
3TV News
The Casa Grande Dispatch

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Jacob Erwin Wetterling
Jacob

Jacob, 11, disappeared from St. Joseph, Minnesota on October 22, 1989. He was walking home with his brother and his best friend when they were acosted by a masked man. The man let the other two boys go, but abducted Jacob at gunpoint. In September 2016, as part of a plea deal worked out over the span of months, Daniel Heinrich confessed to Jacob's murder and lead authorities to his body. It was buried on the outskirts of a farm near Paynesville, Minnesota. Heinrich stated he sexually abused and shot Jacob on the night of his abduction. At the time of his confession, he was already in police custody, charged with 25 counts of possession of child pornography. Authorities believe he molested other boys in the area. He will probably spend the rest of his life in prison.

Source Information:
NBC News
CBS Minnesota

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Veranda Anita Flores
Flores

Flores, 24, disappeared from Albuquerque, New Mexico on December 21, 2014. In April 2015, her remains were found along Interstate 40 near Hinton, Oklahoma. They were identified in September 2016. Authorities have a suspect in Flores's death, Juan Gonzalez, a long-distance trucker from Arizona. He has been arrested on suspicion of unlawful disposal of a human body.

Source Information:
Fox 25 Oklahoma City

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James Jacob Dutton
Dutton

Dutton, 31, disappeared from Blue River, Oregon on June 15, 2012. In August 2016, his remains were found a steep, heavily wooded area 100 feet off the trail in the Three Sisters Wilderness, where he had been hiking at the time of his disappearance. Authorities believe Dutton died of hypothermia.

Source Information:
The Eugene Register-Guard

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Autumn Robertson
Autumn

Autumn, 17, ran away from her Detroit, Michigan home on December 16, 2013. She was found safe in August 2016.

Source Information:
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

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Yashira Negron
Yashira

Yashira, 14, ran away from her Hyattsville, Maryland home on February 4, 2013. She was found safe in August 2016.

Source Information:
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

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Yasmine Amezcua
Yasmine

Yasmine, 16, ran away from her Woodlake, California home on June 26, 2014. She was found safe in August 2016.

Source Information:
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

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Eric Joseph Robinson
Robinson

Robinson, 64, disappeared from Duchesne County, Utah on August 2, 2011. He was Australia and vacationing in the United States. In August 2016, his remains were found near Allsop Lake in Summit County, Utah. His death is under investigation.

Source Information:
The Deseret News

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Joannis Gabaud
Gabaud

Gabaud, 42, disappeared from Immokalee, Florida on December 2, 2011. His skeletal remains were found in a palmetto field in Immokalee in August 2016. Gabaud's death is under investigation.

Source Information:
The Naples Daily News

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Francine Frost
Frost

Frost, 43, disappeared from Tulsa, Oklahoma on February 16, 1981. Two years later, her skeletal remains were found in Muskogee County, Oklahoma. They were identified in August 2016.

Source Information:
News on 6

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Joseph Norman Spears
Joseph

Joseph, 17, disappeared from Gulfport, Mississippi on July 30, 1973; he ran away from a juvenile detention facility and never got in touch with his family again. Three weeks later, on August 23, Joseph was crossing a freeway in Texas City, Texas when he was struck by a vehicle and killed. His body remained unidentified until August 2016. Although authorities were unable to get a DNA sample from the remains to compare with Joseph's family, his mother identified him from photographs.

Source Information:
The Biloxi Sun-Herald

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Lynnea Rose Cross
Lynnea

Lynnea, 16, ran away from her Colorado Springs, Colorado home on April 21, 2007. She was found safe in August 2016.

Source Information:
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

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Aaron Joseph Hedges
Hedges

Hedges, 38, disappeared while on a hunting trip in Park County, Montana on September 7, 2014. In August 2016, his remains were found by a rancher west of Melville, Montana. Although his death is under investigation, authorities believe Hedges probably died of hypothermia after becoming separated from his hunting partners.

Source Information:
The Billings Gazette

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Madelyn Lee Diaz
Madelyn

Madelyn, 13, ran away from her Los Angeles, California home on September 21, 2014. She was found safe in August 2016.

Source Information:
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

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Christopher Nathan Mann
Mann

Mann, 26, disappeared from Dismarck, North Dakota on February 16, 2011. In July 2016, his remains were found near McLean Bottoms along the Missouri River. Authorities were not able to determine a cause of death, but they stated Mann's death was not considered suspicious.

Source Information:
The Bismarck Tribune

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Teala Patricia Thompson
Teala

Teala, 13, disappeared from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 5, 1967. Two weeks later, her remains were found in a landfill in Salem Township, Pennsylvania. The remains were buried in a potter's field and went unidentified for nearly fifty years. In 2015, the body was exhumed, and in August 2016, it was identified as Teala's.

Source Information:
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Paula Anne Worcester
Worcester

Worcester, 41, disappeared from Morris, Alabama on June 18, 2014. In July 2016, her husband, Joseph Poe, confessed to killing her and lead authorities to her skeletal remains in a remote wooded area. Poe stated he'd shot his wife in the head. He's been charged with capital murder and is awaiting trial.

Source Information:
WSFA

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Mark Duane Woodard
Woodard

Woodard, 19, disappeared from Lakeland, Florida on April 14, 1975. In March 1977, his remains were found in a wooded area near County Road 467 and southeast 145th Street in Marion County, Florida. He had been shot to death and his death was ruled a homicide, but he remained unidentified. It wasn't until June 2016, nearly forty years later, that he was identified. Woodard's murder is under investigation.

Source Information:
The Ocala Star-Banner

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Corry J. Ehlers
Ehlers

Ehlers, 48, disappeared during a hiking trip in Alta, Utah on May 21, 2012. In July 2015, other hikers found his boot with a bone inside it in Little Cottonwood Canyon, and a search turned up more human remains in the area. His remains were identified in late June 2016. Investigators believe Ehlers fell off a cliff.

Source Information:
KSL

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Dylan Dobbs Zavaleta
Dylan

Dylan, 2, was abducted by his non-custodial father from Texarkana, Texas on March 9, 1999. He was found safe in June 2016.

Source Information:
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

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Isaac Morfin Sr.
Morfin

Morfin, 41, disappeared from Espanola, New Mexico on May 4, 2015. In May 2016, his sister found his remains off U.S. Highway 64, near Hopewell Lake. His death is under investigation.

Source Information:
The Rio Grande Sun

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Bertha Sieg
Bertha

Bertha, 14, disappeared from Duncanville, Texas on February 8, 1994. In June 2016, she was found deceased. Further details are unavailable.

Source Information:
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

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Deana Renee Davison
Davison

Davison, 47, disappeared from Kennett, Missouri on January 25, 2015. In 2016, her remains were found in a small waterway south of Kennett. They were identified through DNA. Davison's murder is under investigation.

Source Information:
WMC Action News 5

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Clarance William Thomas
Thomas

Thomas, 35, disappeared from Lorain, Ohio on October 10, 2002. In 2016, his remains were found in rural Lorain County. Authorities haven't released many details about his death, but stated they had a suspect, Michael York, who is in prison in West Virginia for multiple murders. They plan to charge York with Thomas's murder.

Source Information:
WAFF 48

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Cassandra Britney Cooper
Cassandra

Cassandra, 16, ran away from her Sylvester, Georgia home on April 23, 2014. She was found safe in June 2016.

Source Information:
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

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Santos Cabrera
Santos

Santos, 17, ran away from his Los Angeles, California home on March 13, 2013. He was found safe in June 2016.

Source Information:
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

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Brittany Nicole Agan
Brittany

Brittany, 15, ran away from her Baton Rouge, Louisiana home on November 18, 2012. She was found safe in June 2016.

Source Information:
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

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Kevin Dray Anderson
Kevin

Kevin, 2, was abducted by his non-custodial mother from North Hollywood, California on March 31, 2004. He was found safe in June 2016.

Source Information:
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

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