Authorities in California have positively identified the body found floating in a river channel last week as Elgin Stafford, a former intern of Los Angeles's U.S. Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.). A cause of death, however, has not yet been released and investigators have yet to determine how the young man wound up in the waterway.
"The case is still under investigation and we are not allowed to discuss it at this time," a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner told The Huffington Post Tuesday.
A passer-by found Stafford's body floating in the Dominguez Channel in Carson on Thursday afternoon. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the county fire department pulled the body out of the water. The advanced state of decomposition of the body made it impossible for authorities to immediately identify the remains.
Stafford, 23, grew up in Carson and was raised by his parents, who had previously emigrated to the U.S. from Sierra Leone. After graduating from Carson High School and then UC Berkeley, Stafford enrolled in a public policy program at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in Fall 2011. Stafford was working on a master's degree in public diplomacy. For reasons not yet known, he withdrew from the school in January.
"We are very sad to learn about the death of Elgin Stafford. He was an important member of the Trojan Family and our hearts and prayers go out to his family," said Michael Jackson, Vice President for Student Affairs at Annenberg.
"Every student is very precious to us and has great potential," Jackson said. "We are sorry that Elgin's life journey has ended in such a tragic way. We will do our best to support his family, friends and the Annenberg school community during this difficult period."
"Elgin was extremely dedicated to his work and brought energy and enthusiasm to every task he was assigned. ... It was extremely difficult to learn of his disappearance and later of his untimely death. My heart goes out to his family and I will continue to keep them in my prayers," Bass wrote.
The sheriff's department said Stafford was last seen alive on March 20, when he left his Carson home at 5:30 a.m. After Stafford's family reported his disappearance, a missing person bulletin deputies distributed stated he had no known medical or psychiatric issues, "but had recently been exhibiting erratic behavior." The bulletin did not elaborate further.
Several local media outlets have reported authorities do not suspect foul play in Stafford's death, but contacted by HuffPost Tuesday, authorities said they have yet to make that determination.
"Detectives are still investigating the circumstances," a sheriff's spokesman said.
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Brianna DiBattiste, 25, was last seen in Dunkirk, Indiana, on June 16, 2014. She is described as 5 feet, 4 inches tall and approximately 110 pounds. She has long brown hair and hazel eyes. DiBattiste has several tattoos, including a heart her upper right arm with the words "TORN"; a tattoo on her upper left arm that says, "What goes around comes around"; "LOVE" on her lower left arm; a tribal tattoo on her lower back, and "DiBattiste" across her shoulders, below her neck line. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Brianna DiBattiste is asked to call the Albany Police Department at (765) 789-6151. Her friends and family have set up the "<a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/FindingBrianna/766522763369979/" target="_blank">Finding Brianna</a>" Facebook group to help share information about search efforts.
Donald "JC" Cavanaugh was reported missing in Mendocino County, Calif., in March 2005. Additional information can be found at this link: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/21/donald-cavanaugh-david-neily-missing_n_4319266.html?utm_source=Alert-blogger&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Email%2BNotifications" target="_blank">www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/21/donald-cavanaugh-david-neily-missing_n_4319266.html</a> At the time of his disappearance, Cavanaugh was 63, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 140 pounds. He had gray hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information asked to contact Sgt. Jason Caudillo at (707) 468-3423 or the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Anonymous tip line at (707) 234-2100.
David Neily disappeared in Mendocino County, Calif., on April 14, 2006. Additional information can be found at this link: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/21/donald-cavanaugh-david-neily-missing_n_4319266.html?utm_source=Alert-blogger&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Email%2BNotifications" target="_blank">www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/21/donald-cavanaugh-david-neily-missing_n_4319266.html</a> Neily was 69 years old when he was last seen. He was 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighed 150 pounds, and had gray hair, green eyes and a white beard. He suffered from stunted growth due to a heart murmur, and as a result his legs were not proportional to his body. Anyone with information asked to call Sgt. Jason Caudillo at (707) 468-3423 or the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Anonymous tip line at (707) 234-2100.
Jason Ellis, of Indianapolis, has been missing since Dec. 3, 2006. According to <a href="http://projectjason.org/forums/topic/1733-missing-man-jason-ellis-in-1242006/" target="_hplink">Project Jason</a>, Ellis disappeared from an apartment he shared with two roommates. One of the roommates allegedly told police that Ellis, then 20, had left and taken his belongings with him. However, Ellis' last two paychecks were untouched and his car was still parked at the residence. In 2010, authorities told local media that they suspect Ellis is the victim of a homicide, but investigators did not elaborate. At the time of his disappearance, Ellis was 160 pounds and 6 feet 1 inch tall. He had a tattoo of his mother's name, Neatrice, on his chest, tattoos of Scooby and Scrappy Doo on his left arm, and a tattoo of a maple leaf and his name on his right arm. Anyone with information regarding Ellis' disappearance is asked to call the Indianapolis Police Department at (317) 413-7440.
Dara Hagans, 32, of Wilmington, Del., was last seen on Oct. 16, when she left the Christiana Care healthcare facility on West 14th Street. According to <a href="http://www.blackandmissinginc.com/cdad/index.cfm?MissingInfoID=1700" target="_hplink"> Black & Missing Foundation Inc.</a>, Hagans suffers from a unspecified medical condition and there is a “genuine concern for her safety and welfare.” She may be operating a blue 2005 Ford Focus with Delaware registration 595519. Hagans is described as 200 pounds and 5 feet 3 inches tall. She has black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call (877) 972-2634.
William Culbreath, 77, of Volusia County, Fla., was last seen on Oct. 17, when he left his Deltona home to go to a doctor's appointment in Orange City. Culbreath’s wife reported him missing when he did not return. According to police, Culbreath could be suffering from delusions. A description of the missing man has not been released. Investigators also are trying to locate his black 1997 Ford van with a gray stripe and Florida license tag number VA6257. Anyone with information about Culbreath's whereabouts is asked to contact the Volusia County Sheriff's Office at (407) 323-0151.
Authorities in New Braunfels, Texas, are trying to locate 53-year-old Ann Newark. According to the <a href="http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Woman-missing-in-New-Braunfels-4904696.php" target="_hplink">San Antonio Express-News</a>, she was last seen on Sept. 12 leaving her New Braunfels home after a brief argument with a family member. Authorities said Newark suffers from depression and is believed to be armed with a handgun. She is described as 5 feet 2 inches tall and 160 pounds. She has blonde shoulder-length hair, hazel eyes and a scar on her throat. Anyone with information about Newark's whereabouts is asked to contact the New Braunfels Police Department at (830) 221-4100.
<a href="http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/23725709/memphis-police-search-for-missing-woman" target="_hplink">The Associated Press</a> reports that Tennessee police are trying to locate Tametre Taylor. The 40-year-old from Memphis was last heard from on Oct. 11, when she spoke with her pastor by telephone. No additional details have been released. Anyone with information on Taylor’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Memphis Police Department at (901) 545-2677.
Authorities in Clayton County, Ga., are seeking the public's help in locating 58-year-old Diane Miller. According to <a href="http://www.11alive.com/news/article/309352/40/Missing-bi-polar-woman-sought-in-Clayton-County-" target="_hplink">WXIA-TV Atlanta</a>, Miller was last seen leaving her home on Sept. 29. Her caregiver reported her missing on Oct. 9. Authorities said Miller is schizophrenic and suffers from bipolar disorder. Investigators do not believe she has her medicine with her. No physical description of Miller has been released. She was reportedly last seen wearing a blue/black sweater and black pants. Anyone with information is asked to call the Clayton County Police Department at (678) 878-5642.
<a href="http://www.wtnh.com/news/new-haven-cty/police-search-for-missing-naugatuck-man" target="_hplink">WTNH.com</a> reports that Connecticut police are trying to locate Chad Cookson. The 44-year-old from Naugatuck was last heard from on Aug. 22, when he spoke with his son by telephone. Cookson's son told police his father was depressed because of the recent death of his mother. Cookson is described as 250 pounds and 5 feet 10 inches tall. He has brown hair and brown eyes. His vehicle, a red 2001 Pontiac Montana, with license plate 705-FET, is also missing. Anyone with information on Chad Cookson's whereabouts is asked to contact the Naugatuck Police Department at (203) 729-5221.
Robert Mayer, 46, of Dix Hills, N.Y., has not been seen since June 14. Robert Mayer's red 2004 Pontiac GTO was found in the parking lot of the Long Island Rail Road's Deer Park station the day after he disappeared. The keys were not inside the vehicle and according to Mayer's wife, the driver's seat was adjusted much farther forward than her husband typically kept it. Mayer is described as a white male, 6 feet 1 inch tall and about 200 pounds. He has brown hair and green-hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a gray polo-type work shirt with a J.C. Electrical logo, light blue jeans and black work boots. His left middle finger is missing the tip. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Suffolk County Police Second Squad detectives at (631) 854-8252. Mayer's family is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to his discovery. For more information, visit <a href="http://helpfindrobertmayer.com/" target="_hplink">www.helpfindrobertmayer.com</a>.
Erik Lamberg, 51, of Hermosa Beach, Calif., has not been seen since May 28, 2013, when he checked out of a hotel in Laytonville. His vehicle was later found abandoned in Northern California. Despite several searches, authorities have been unable to locate the missing computer security technician. Lamberg is described as 6 feet 5 inches tall, 200 pounds with sandy blond hair and blue eyes. Anyone who may have seen Lamberg or has information about his whereabouts is asked to call the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office at (707) 463-4086. A <a href="http://eriklamberg.com/" target="_hplink">website</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/FindErikLamberg" target="_hplink">Facebook page</a> have been created to share information in the case.
Willie Michael Wheaton, 57, was last seen at a Greyhound bus station in Jackson, Miss., on the evening of June 17, 2006. Wheaton boarded a bus that was en route to Sacramento, Calif., but it is unknown if he ever arrived. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.blackandmissinginc.com" target="_blank">Blackandmissinginc.com</a>.
According to authorities in Miami Township, Ohio, 19-year-old Nicholas Leis has been missing since Aug. 28. He allegedly left his home after telling a witness he was unable to "take the pain anymore." Police say Leis left in his mother's car with a loaded gun. The vehicle was found about a block away from his home not long after the teen left. Nicholas Leis is described as a white male, 5 feet 11 inches, and about 130 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes. Investigators are asking anyone with any information to contact the Miami Township Police Department at (937) 433-2301. <em class="video_box_subtitle">Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the <a href="http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/" target="_hplink">National Suicide Prevention Lifeline</a>.</em>
Patricia Bryan has been looking for her father, Kenneth Lawson, since June 6. The 76-year-old was last seen at his home in Union Point, Ga. A number of exhaustive searches have been conducted. "We have had no leads on the whereabouts of my father," Bryan said. "He was not always in a state of confusion. He would have moments were he would check out or not know where he was, but this was not all the time. Up till my father went missing, I didn't realize just how many people with dementia and Alzheimer's went missing on a daily basis. The media does not do them justice."
Jennifer Kesse has been missing from Orlando, Fla., since Jan. 24, 2006. It is believed she was abducted from her apartment complex early that morning. On Jan. 26, 2006, Kesse's car was found abandoned at a condominium complex located roughly 1 mile down the road from where she lived. Valuables were found inside the vehicle, leading police to believe Kesse was not the victim of a robbery or carjacking. Police bloodhounds tracked a scent from where the car was found back to Kesse's condo, but the trail ended there. At the time of her disappearance, Jennifer Kesse was 24 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 135 pounds. She had shoulder-length sandy blonde hair and green eyes. Anyone with information in the case or who would like to donate to search efforts can do so at <a href="http://www.findjenniferkesse.com/" target="_hplink">Findjenniferkesse.com</a>. Tipsters can also call anonymously at 800-423-8477.
Jacob "Jake" Lipp, 27, is missing from North Huntingdon, Pa., last seen Dec. 16 in Pittsburgh by his girlfriend. Lipp and his girlfriend were at Static Bar when they got into a fight and the girlfriend drove off, leaving Lipp at the McDonald's on Penn Avenue around 3 a.m. She came back to get him and he was gone. He has not been seen since. Lipp is 5 feet 6 inches, 160 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. (Missing Persons Of America)
Lauren Spierer, 20, was last seen around 4:30 a.m. on June 3, 2011, just a few blocks from her apartment in Bloomington, Ind. Earlier in the night, Spierer had visited Kilroy's, a nearby sports bar that closes at 3 a.m. When she left the establishment, she left behind her shoes and cell phone, police said. After leaving the bar, Spierer reportedly went to the apartment of Corey Rossman, a fellow college student at the university, before deciding to walk home. What happened to her after that remains a mystery. She was reported missing less than 12 hours later. Bloomington police, Indiana University police, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, Indiana State Police and the FBI have all conducted searches for Spierer. Lauren Spierer is described as a white female, 4 feet 11 inches tall with a slender build. She has blue eyes and blond hair. She was last seen wearing a white tank top with a light-colored shirt over it and black stretch pants. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call Bloomington Police at 812-339-4477.
Vilet Patricia Torrez, 38, of Miramar, Fla., was last seen by a friend she met for dinner on the night of March 30, 2012. Authorities have declined to comment on where Torrez went for dinner and will not release the name of the person she was with. Torrez's movements after the dinner are also unknown, but the vehicle she was driving was later found at her residence in the 12900 block of Southwest 28th Court, a gated community off Miramar Parkway. Torrez was scheduled to work March 31 at her job with Bath Fitter in Doral, but she did not show up or call in. On April 2, Torrez was reported missing. Her estranged husband, Cid Torrez, has since been named a person of interest in her disappearance. Torrez is 5 feet 3 inches, weighs 125 to 130 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information about her disappearance is asked to call Miramar police at (954) 602-4000 or Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.
Michelle Parker, 33, vanished on Nov. 17, 2011, the same day that her appearance with her ex-fiance, Dale Smith, aired on "The People's Court." The couple was in dispute over a $5,000 engagement ring. After hearing both sides, Judge Marilyn Milian ordered Parker to pay Smith $2,500. A few hours after the episode aired, Parker dropped her 3-year-old twins off at Smith's condo for scheduled visitation. Parker's 2008 black Hummer H3 was found the following day in a parking lot on the west side of Orlando. Decals for Parker's Glow mobile tanning business had been removed from the windows, police said. Police initially said that Smith was cooperating and was not considered a suspect, but during a later press conference he was named the primary suspect in Parker's disappearance. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/michelleparkermissingperson" target="_blank">Find Michelle Parker</a>.
Nieko Lisi, 18, lives in Jasper, N.Y., about 40 miles from Elmira. According to relatives, Lisi was en route to Buffalo when he disappeared. He was last seen around 2 p.m. on Sept. 30, 2011, when he and friend Robert Knight, 20, stopped at Lisi's uncle's home in Addison, N.Y. Knight arrived at his parents' home in Michigan on the morning of Oct. 1, 2011. He allegedly told family members Lisi had dropped him off, but no one physically saw Lisi, police said. Lisi's family reported him missing and on Oct. 5, Michigan police went to talk to Knight about his friend's whereabouts. According to WETM-TV, Knight "suffered some sort of ailment" during police questioning and was hospitalized. Knight was released from the hospital on Oct. 9. The next day, Knight was found dead in his parents' home. Lisi is described as a white male, 5-foot-10-inches tall and 160 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He has a tattoo of Chinese writing on the back of his right arm, a large angel on his right side and a large woman with a devil's tail on his left side. He was last seen wearing jeans, a T-shirt and a silver cross necklace. Anyone with information about Lisi's whereabouts is asked to call New York State Police at (607) 776- 6866. Lisi's family is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to his whereabouts.
Kelly Armstrong, mother of a 2-year-old son, has been missing from Kokomo, Ind., since August 2011. Family members became concerned when they were unable to reach her. A missing person report was filed on Sept. 26, 2011. In February 2012, authorities charged Armstrong's boyfriend, Travis Funke, with voluntary manslaughter in her death. According to an arrest affidavit, Funke allegedly told investigators he killed Armstrong around the first of July, placing a plastic bag on her head, wrapping her in a tarp and putting her in a trash tote. The garbage container was supposedly picked up later that same day. Investigators spent six days sifting through 6,000 tons of trash at the local landfill, but were unable to locate Armstrong's remains. Armstrong's father, David Armstrong, doubts Funke's version of events. People interested in helping search or donating funds can do so at <a href="http://Operationfindkelly.yolasite.com" target="_hplink">Operationfindkelly.yolasite.com</a>. Anyone with information is asked to contact Kokomo police at 765-459-5101.
Robyn Gardner was last seen in Oranjestad, Aruba, on Aug. 2, 2011, traveling with Gary Giordano, an acquaintance she met on a dating website. Giordano claimed Gardner was swept out to sea while snorkeling in waters off Baby Beach. Giordano, 50, allegedly told police he had noticed a current pulling them out to sea and signaled to Gardner that they should return to shore. But when he got to dry land, she was nowhere to be found. Authorities conducted an extensive search of the area, but were unable to locate the 35-year-old Maryland woman's body. On Aug. 5, police took Giordano into custody before he left Aruba. Authorities held Giordano for four months in Gardner's disappearance, but he was released without charges in early December. Gardner vanished in the same Aruban town where teenager Natalee Holloway disappeared in May 2005. Gardner's whereabouts, like Holloway's, remain a mystery. For more information, visit the<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/robyn-gardner" target="_blank">Robyn Gardner Full Coverage</a> page.
Billy Disilvestro, 28, has been missing since Feb. 7, 2011, when his grandmother dropped him off at a friend's house in Hamilton, Ohio. At about 2:30 a.m., DiSilvestro placed two calls -- one to his mother and one to his grandmother. Both calls went unanswered. What happened to DiSilvestro after that remains a mystery. According to police, the friend said DiSilvestro left the house after attempting to contact his mother and grandmother -- presumably for a ride. It is believed he was headed to his grandmother's house about 2 miles away, which would take him through a forested area called Milikin Woods. Authorities have conducted several searches of the area, but have yet to find any sign of the missing man. DiSilvestro is described as a white male, 6 feet 2 inches tall, 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing jeans and a gray winter coat with fur around the hood. DiSilvestro has several tattoos, including the word SMOKE across his back, Jesus carrying a cross on his upper right arm, and a large angel on his upper left arm. Anyone with information regarding this case should contact the Butler County Sheriff's Office at 513-785-1300.
Susan Powell was reported missing by her family on Dec. 7, 2009, when she failed to show up for her job as a stockbroker at Wells Fargo Financial. Her husband, Josh Powell, told police he had been camping with their two children, then ages 2 and 4, and had last seen his wife around midnight. Suspicious of his story, investigators named Powell a "person of interest" in his wife's disappearance. Not long after, Powell and his two children moved back to his hometown of Puyallup, Wash. On Feb. 5, 2012, police say Josh Powell attacked his two boys, Charlie, 7, and Braden, 5, with a hatchet and then set his home on fire, killing the three of them in a gas-fueled explosion. Since that time, a mountain of evidence has emerged that supports law enforcement's decision to name Powell the prime suspect in his wife's disappearance. Nevertheless, her whereabouts remain a mystery.
Natalee Holloway, 18, from Mountain Brook, Ala., disappeared May 30, 2005, while on a trip to Aruba to celebrate her high school graduation. Holloway's classmates said they last saw her leaving Carlos 'n Charlie's nightclub with Joran van der Sloot, then a 17-year-old Dutch honors student living in Aruba, and his two friends, Surinamese brothers Deepak and Satish Kalpoe. All three young men would be arrested in the case, but they were released without being charged. On Jan. 13, 2012, van der Sloot, now 24, was sentenced to 28 years in prison for the slaying of Stephany Flores on May 30, 2010. The Peruvian business student was found dead in van der Sloot's hotel room in Lima that year. Van der Sloot was charged with first-degree murder and robbery in the case. Holloway's body has never been found.
Jessie Foster has not been seen since March 29, 2006. According to her mother, Foster was living in Kamloops, British Columbia, in the spring of 2005, when she began traveling to the United States. In May 2005, the then 21-year-old ended up going to Las Vegas. While in Las Vegas, Foster met a man and the two were quickly engaged to be married. The man was reportedly wealthy and the two lived together in a million-dollar home. In 2006, Foster stopped calling her family. Concerned, they contacted her fiance and he allegedly said Foster had left him in April 2006. Foster's family promptly reported her missing to police, but with few clues to follow, the case quickly went cold. Foster is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall and 120 pounds, with blonde hair and hazel eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call Las Vegas Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477. Foster's mother also maintains a website devoted to the case, which can be found at <a href="http://jessiefoster.ca" target="_hplink">jessiefoster.ca</a>. According to the site, a $50,000 dollar reward is being offered for information in the case.
Jesse Warren Ross was a 19-year-old sophomore when he vanished on Nov. 21, 2006, while attending a mock United Nations conference in Chicago. According to police, Ross was last seen at about 2:30 a.m., leaving the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, where a conference dance was held. Surveillance footage from the hotel does not indicate Ross was intoxicated when he left. He was likely heading to his hotel, the Four Points Sheraton, about 10 minutes away. What happened to Ross after he left remains a mystery. For more information, visit <a href="http://findjesseross.com/" target="_blank">Findjesseross.com</a>.
Brittanee Drexel, 17, was last seen by friends on April 25, 2009, when she left the Bar Harbor Hotel in Myrtle Beach, S.C., to meet friends at the nearby BlueWater Resort. Surveillance footage shows Drexel arriving at the resort, then leaving roughly 10 minutes later. What happened to her after that is a mystery. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.helpfindbrittanee.com/" target="_blank">Helpfindbrittanee.com</a>.
Corrie Anderson, a 36-year-old mother of three from Chautauqua County, N.Y., was last seen at about 1 p.m. on Oct. 28, 2008. Family members reported Anderson missing at about 3:45 p.m. that day, when she failed to show up at her son's school for a meeting. Two days later, a hunter discovered Anderson's car abandoned about 2 miles from her house. Authorities used ATVs, helicopters and dogs to search areas of interest in the case, but there's been no sign of Anderson. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.findcorrie.com/" target="_blank">Findcorrie.com</a>.
John James Morris, 38, was last seen on July 30, 2007, in the driveway of his ex-boyfriend's residence on Whites Ferry Road in Dickerson, Md. According to police, Morris' ex-boyfriend was out of town on the day John stopped by to pick up his belongings. Morris has not used his credit card or cell phone since and, according to his family, he did not have his ADD (attention deficit disorder) medication with him when he disappeared. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.findjohnmorris.com/" target="_blank">Findjohnmorris.com</a>.
Lakeisha Nichole Archie was last seen on Aug. 5, 2002. A family member dropped her off at a residence in the vicinity of Park Street and Buckeye in Sidney, Ohio, and she has not been seen since. Archie has a tattoo that reads "Lakeisha" on the right side of her neck, a tattoo of a black panther on her left forearm and tattoos of claws on each breast. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.blackandmissinginc.com/cdad/index.cfm?MissingInfoID=569" target="_blank">Blackandmissinginc.com</a>.
Ahren Barnard was last seen in Boise, Idaho, on Dec. 4, 2004. He dropped his young son off for the evening with the child's mother and presumably drove home. His car was later found parked in his driveway, but he has not been seen since. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.helpfindahren.com/" target="_blank">Helpfindahren.com</a>.
Roxanne Paltauf was 18 years old on July 7, 2006, when she disappeared from the Budget Inn hotel in Austin, Texas. According to Roxanne's mother, Elizabeth Harris, Roxanne had been staying at the hotel with her boyfriend. The couple had an argument and, according to the boyfriend, she left the hotel, leaving all of her belongings behind. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000644531428&sk=info" target="_blank">Find Roxanne Paltauf</a>.
William "Billy" Smolinski, was a 31-year-old resident of Waterbury, Conn., when he disappeared Aug. 24, 2004. Smolinski told a neighbor he was going out of town for a few days to look at a vehicle. He has not been seen since and his truck was later found in his driveway. His keys and wallet were found inside. Investigators searched Smolinski's home and truck, and conducted several interviews but found no clues suggesting what might have happened to him. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.justice4billy.com" target="_blank">Justice4billy.com</a>.
An esteemed district attorney, Ray Gricar was 59 years old in April 2005 when he vanished. He had served as the district attorney of Centre County, Pa., for nearly 20 years and was preparing to retire at the end of the year. On the morning of April 15, 2005, Gricar called his girlfriend, Patty Fornicola, and told her he was going for a drive on Route 192 toward Lewisburg. The following day, Gricar's red and white 2004 Mini Cooper was found locked and abandoned in a Lewisburg parking lot, not far from the Susquehanna River. Gricar's laptop was later found in the river but authorities never found any sign of the missing DA. For more information, read <a href="http://www.aolnews.com/2011/01/25/case-of-missing-pa-district-attorney-ray-gricar-baffles-police/" target="_blank">"Case of Missing Pa. District Attorney Baffles Police, Family"</a>.
Jason Jolkowski was 19 when he disappeared on June 13, 2001, in Omaha, Neb. Jolkowski, an employee at a local restaurant, received a call from his boss that morning and was asked to come in early. Jolkowski's car was in the shop so he arranged to meet a coworker at Benson High School, seven blocks from his home. It is believed that Jolkowski got dressed in his work uniform and then set off for the school. Somewhere along the way, he vanished without a trace. Jolkowski's mother, Kelly Jolkowski, has since founded Project Jason, a nonprofit organization created to assist the families of missing adults and children. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.projectjason.org" target="_blank">Projectjason.org</a>.
Carlos Diaz, of Bronx, N.Y., disappeared on Dec. 23, 1986, after he went out to bury a family pet. He has not been seen since. He is described as a Hispanic male with brown hair and brown eyes. He was 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighed 170 pounds at the time of his disappearance. He has a tattoo of the initials C.D. on his left hand. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.findthemissing.org/cases/59" target="_blank">Findthemissing.org</a>.