Mysterious Incidents of Mass Disappearances

Throughout history, there have been instances where large groups of people have mysteriously vanished without a trace. While some of these disappearances have logical explanations, many remain unexplained, adding to the allure of the unknown. Here, we delve into some of the most perplexing incidents of mass disappearances from around the world.

The Lost Colony of Roanoke

In the late 16th century, 115 English settlers arrived on Roanoke Island, modern-day North Carolina. By 1590, all of them had disappeared, leaving behind only a single word, “Croatoan,” carved into a wooden post.

The Mary Celeste

In 1872, the merchant ship Mary Celeste was found drifting in the Atlantic Ocean, perfectly intact but completely devoid of its crew. There were no signs of a struggle, and all of their personal belongings were left behind.

The Flannan Isles Lighthouse Keepers

In December 1900, three lighthouse keepers stationed on the Flannan Isles disappeared without a trace. The lamp was out, chairs were overturned, and a meal lay untouched.

The Anjikuni Lake Disappearance

In 1930, a village near Anjikuni Lake in Canada was found abandoned. All the villagers had disappeared, leaving behind their belongings, and even their food was still cooking on the stoves.

The Bermuda Triangle Mysteries

The Bermuda Triangle, spanning from Miami to Bermuda to Puerto Rico, is infamous for the mysterious disappearances of planes and ships. While some can be attributed to natural phenomena, many remain unexplained.

The Soldiers of Gallipoli

In 1915, during World War I, an entire regiment of 800 soldiers went missing during the Gallipoli campaign. They were last seen heading into a cloud of smoke.

The Flight 19 Disappearance

In 1945, five US Navy bombers on a training mission disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle. A rescue plane was sent out, but it too vanished.

The Village of Hoer Verde

In 1923, all 600 inhabitants of the Brazilian village of Hoer Verde vanished overnight. A chilling note reading “There is no salvation” was found at the scene.

The Bennington Triangle Disappearances

Between 1945 and 1950, five people disappeared in an area in southwestern Vermont, earning it the name “Bennington Triangle.”

The Disappearance of the Ninth Roman Legion

Historical records suggest that the entire Ninth Roman Legion, consisting of over 5,000 men, vanished in Britain around AD 120. Their fate remains a topic of debate.

The Persian Army in the Egyptian Desert

In 525 BC, 50,000 Persian soldiers sent by Cambyses II disappeared in a sandstorm while en route to the Oasis of Siwa in Egypt.

The Crew of the Sarah Joe

In 1979, the Sarah Joe, a fishing vessel, disappeared near Hawaii with its five crew members. Ten years later, one crew member’s grave was found on a remote atoll.

The Sanxingdui Civilization

An ancient Chinese civilization from 1250 BC, known for its remarkable bronze artifacts, mysteriously vanished without a trace, only to be discovered in the 20th century.

The Disappearance of the Eilean Mor Lighthouse Keepers

In 1900, three keepers of the Eilean Mor lighthouse in Scotland vanished. The logbook described severe storms, though there were no storms reported in the area during that period.

The Missing Soldiers of Lake Anjikuni

In 1930, a fur trapper reported that an entire Eskimo village by Lake Anjikuni in Canada had been abandoned. Everything was left behind, including food and rifles.

The MV Joyita Disappearance

In 1955, this ship was found adrift in the Pacific without its 25 passengers and crew. Despite being equipped with life rafts and radios, no distress call was made.

The Disappearance of the Peking Man

During World War II, the remains of the Peking Man, a significant archaeological find, disappeared while being transported.

The Sodder Children Mystery

In 1945, a fire destroyed the Sodder family’s home in West Virginia. Five of their children were never found and were not believed to have died in the fire.

The Missing Men of the USS Cyclops

In 1918, the USS Cyclops, with 309 crew members, went missing without sending a distress signal, making it the largest non-combat loss of life in U.S. Naval history.

The Ghost Blimp L-8

In 1942, a U.S. Navy blimp crashed in California. Though the gondola was damaged, the equipment was intact. The crew was nowhere to be found.

The Disappearance of B-47 Stratojet

In 1956, a B-47 Stratojet carrying two nuclear weapon cores disappeared over the Mediterranean Sea. Despite an extensive search, no wreckage or crew was found.

The Disappearance at the Devil’s Sea

Similar to the Bermuda Triangle, the Devil’s Sea near Japan is infamous for mysterious disappearances of ships and planes.

The Vanished Battalion of Sandes

During World War I, a battalion of soldiers reportedly marched into a cloud and was never seen again.

The Disappeared of Cyprus

During the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, around 2,000 Greeks went missing and have never been found.

The Yuba County Five Disappearance

In 1978, five men disappeared in California after attending a basketball game. Their car was found in perfect condition, but the men were nowhere to be seen.

The Mysterious Case of the S.S. Waratah

In 1909, the S.S. Waratah disappeared off the coast of South Africa with 211 passengers and crew. No trace of the ship has ever been found.

The Disappearance of the Beaumont Children

In 1966, three siblings, Jane, Arnna, and Grant Beaumont, disappeared from Glenelg Beach in Adelaide, Australia, and were never found.

The Vanishing Village of Angikuni Lake

In the 1930s, a Canadian fur trapper found an entire Inuit village abandoned. Food was left cooking and sled dogs were found dead of starvation.

The Disappearance of Flight 370

In 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished with 239 people on board. Despite extensive search efforts, the plane’s whereabouts remain unknown.

The Disappeared of Iguala

In 2014, 43 male students went missing in Iguala, Mexico. They were reportedly handed over to a local gang by the police and were never seen again.

The Ghost Ship of the Arctic

In 1930, the SS Baychimo, a cargo steamer, was abandoned in the Arctic. For decades, it was sighted floating aimlessly, but its current location remains unknown.

The Disappearance of the Indus Valley Civilization

Around 1700 BC, the Indus Valley Civilization, which spanned parts of modern-day Pakistan and India, mysteriously declined and disappeared.

The Lost Army of Cambyses II

In 524 BC, 50,000 Persian soldiers vanished in a sandstorm in Egypt. Their remains have never been found.

The Disappearance of the Martin Family

In 1958, the Martin family went missing in Oregon after setting out to gather greenery for Christmas decorations. Despite extensive searches, no trace was ever found.

The Dyatlov Pass Incident

In 1959, nine Russian hikers died in the Ural Mountains under mysterious circumstances. Their tents were torn from the inside, and some of the bodies showed signs of trauma.

The Fate of the Hittite Empire

Around 1180 BC, the powerful Hittite Empire that ruled over modern-day Turkey suddenly collapsed. The reasons for its swift decline remain a mystery.

The Lost Franklin Expedition

In 1845, Sir John Franklin’s Arctic expedition vanished while searching for the Northwest Passage. Decades later, remains and artifacts were found, but many questions linger.

The Mystery of the MV Joyita

In 1955, this ship was found abandoned in the Pacific. Though in perfect condition, its 25 passengers and crew had disappeared without a trace.

The Mysterious Fate of the USS Porpoise

In 1854, the USS Porpoise disappeared without a trace during an expedition to the Pacific. No sign of the ship or its crew was ever found.

The Lost Children of Hamelin

The legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin speaks of a man who led 130 children out of the town with his music, and they were never seen again.

Scroll to Top