Steven Soden was 16 when he disappeared while on a camping trip with his orphanage in April 1972. He and another boy, 12-year-old Donald Caldwell, were never seen again after the trip. This week, Soden’s family was relieved to learn that the young man’s death was not at the hands of notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy.
University of New Mexico sophomore Tara Calico disappeared riding her bike almost 25 years ago; her unsolved case still inspires rumors. Months after she vanished, a photo discovered in a Florida parking lot gave Tara’s family new hope of finding the popular and active young woman. But is that really her in the picture?
On December 16, 1988, the remains of a female victim were discovered in the town Rising Fawn in Dade County, Georgia. The victim is believed to have been 16 to 25 years of age at the time of death. Authorities say she was sexually abused before her death. Cause of death was determined to be homicide, likely strangulation.
On February 4, 1986, 17-year-old Shondra May disappeared. Her ’85 Isuzu was found less than 100 yards away from her home in Scott County, Miss. A path of three footprints in the snow led out of the vehicle and then abruptly stopped. Three weeks later, on February 26, Shondra’s body was found, naked, bound with tape, and wrapped in garbage bags, floating in Baker Creek outside Bolton. It was her 18th birthday.
FBI and police in Fulton, New York, solved a cold case hit-and-run murder because of a Facebook post. The post led to a tip that helped them identify the driver of a hit and run that killed Carolee Saide Ashby, 4, on Halloween night 45 years ago.
Holly Bobo was abducted on April 13, 2011, as she left the house. Last week, nearly two years to the day after she was taken, a neighbor’s dog found what investigators believed was Holly’s purse. Today her mother, who saw the purse, confirmed that it is not her daughter’s.
On April 15, 2005, police surprised everyone by making an arrest in the three-year-cold murder case of fashion writer Christa Worthington. Their suspect was garbage collector Christopher McCowen. Worthington had been found raped and stabbed to death at her Cape Cod home, her two-year-old daughter clinging to her body.
Ashburn, Virginia, teen Erica Smith was only 14 on July 29, 2002, when she told her younger brother Billie, 10, that she was going out to meet a friend. That was around lunch time. Erica never got to the friend’s house and she never came home.
The badly beaten body of this murder victim, 4-6 years old, the Boy in the Box, aka America’s Unknown Child, was found naked wrapped in a worn blanket (that had a green, white and rusty red block and diamond pattern), stuffed into a cardboard box that had once held a white bassinet purchased at JC Penney, and dumped in a garbage-filled area on Susquehanna Road in Philadelphia in February 1957.
Carey Parker’s family noticed that the mother of three was missing in March of 1991. On the Facebook page dedicated to the missing young woman her sister explains that through one misunderstanding or another the family thought that a missing person report had been filed for Carey — but it had not.