Cheryl Miller and Pamela Jackson were missing for 42 years without a trace. It wasn't until Brule Creek in Clay County, SD receded to record lows because of a drought that a car was found in the body of water. The bodies in the car belonged to the missing women. It was ruled as an accident.
A British South American Airways flight heading from Argentina to Chile in 1947 never arrived. This missing plane, named Star Dust, was a mystery for decades.
50 years later, hikers in a mountain found airplane fuselage and parts of a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine belonging to Star Dust. Experts believe a jet stream may have been what took the plane down. That explains the last message sent by the pilot: STENDEC, which means "Severe Turbulence Encountered, Now Descending, Emergency Crash-landing."
An Australian woman went missing in 1996 in the Claremont neighborhood. Two more women went missing the following year under similar circumstances. Their bodies were found, stabbed multiple times much later.
It wasn't until 2009 when advanced forensics were able to spot DNA under one of the victims fingernails, and found the killer to be Bradley Edwards, who confessed to these and other crimes.
A van rented out to German tourists who didn't return it several months earlier was found covered in dust in Death Valley in 1996. A manhunt took place, but the four tourists were never found.
13 years later, two hikers in the Mojave Desert found human remains which belonged to the tourists. What likely happened was they got lost, relied on a map of the area but didn't factor in road conditions, and never made it back, as the temperatures can exceed 120 degrees in Death Valley in the summer.
Benjaman Kyle woke up next to a Burger King dumpster with no memory of the last 15 years of his life or even who he was. He was sent to a psychiatric care facility, but no amount of work on his case could lead to info of who he was.
Finally, adoption researchers were able to identify him as William Burgess Powell or William Brent Powell, a man who had fled his abusive family in the 1970s and travelled working job to job. Although they found who he was, there is still no record or knowledge of the past 20 years of his life.
A series of murders took place in Minnesota in the 1980s. The only clue the police had to the killer is that he would call and confess, sobbing and emotionally distraught. Thus, he was dubbed the "weepy-voiced killer." Sadly, he left no identifying information.
Paul Michael Stephani was finally caught when one of his victims fought back. Upon dying in prison, he finally confessed to his crimes, sobbing and begging forgiveness in the same weepy voice he used many years earlier.
An investigation into a serial rapist was launched when a woman was found naked and unconscious on the sidewalk in 2005. A private investigator was brought in and reviewed surveillance from the hotel, when he noticed a large man carrying a heavy suitcase. It drew his attention, so he tracked him down and obtained a DNA sample, which was a match. Not only had he attacked this woman, but he travelled for work and assaulted women in several states.
Philip Peters was murdered by a home intruder in 1941. The case went unsolved, as no evidence was found at the scene. Philip's wife, Helen moved out of the house. Police still received calls about strange things happening in the home. They finally caught a break when officers noticed legs ascending into the attic where he was living. They caught the man, who was dubbed "The Denver Spider Man" because one officer saw the conditions he was living in and said, "A man would have to be a spider to stand it long up there."
In 2013, a dirt biker found a child's skull. Authorities found other human remains in a shallow grave, along with the sledgehammer that killed them. These remains belonged to the McStay family, who had been missing for three years and lived 100 miles away.
The murders were finally solved a year later. It turned out a friend and business partner of the father did it, likely because he owed them $42,000.
13 year-old Ben Ownby disappeared from his school bus stop in 2007. A witness statement led police to the apartment of Michael Devlin. Not only did they find Ownby alive, but they also found Shawn Hornbeck, who had been missing for four years.
Though only 50 miles from home, Hornbeck never went back to his family, because Devlin said if he did, he'd kill all of them.
The body of Zachary Bowen was found on a parking garage in New Orleans in 2006. In his pocket, he had the keys to his girlfriend's apartment and a note reading,
"This is not accidental. I had to take my own life to pay for the one I took. If you send a patrol car to 826 N. Rampart, you will find the dismembered corpse of my girlfriend Addie in the oven, on the stove, and in the fridge and a full signed confession from myself... Zack Bowen."
When they arrived at the scene, that's exactly what they found.