When the Famous Go Missing

Nick Stahl has gone missing. The actor, who played John Connor in Terminator 3, was reported missing by his estranged wife, Rose Murphy. Murphy told LAPD that she hadn’t seen Stahl since May 9th. She believes he was last seen in the Skid Row district. Earlier today, LAPD released a statement saying the actor is still listed as missing.

The couple has been separated since January. Fearful of what she thought was drug use, Murphy asked that Stahl have limited, supervised visitation with their two-year-old daughter.

I don’t know what is going on with Stahl, but it doesn’t sound good. Actor Andrew Koenig was reported missing by his family and friends in February 2010. It was believed he was depressed before his disappearance and sadly, he was found hanging from a tree in a remote area of Stanley Park in Vancouver.

Maybe Stahl just felt the need to check out of the celebrity scene for a while, but some celebrities go missing and are never found. But, in most cases it isn’t too hard to figure out what went wrong. For example, Amelia Earhart went missing while flying around the world. Although she went down somewhere over the Central Pacific Ocean, exactly what happened to her still mystifies the world 75 years later.

Another famed celeb who remains “missing in action” to this day is Glenn Miller. Miller’s plane went missing over the English Channel during World War II. Neither the plane nor remains of the crew or passengers were ever found.

Another person, perhaps more infamous than famous, who went missing was Madalyn Murray O’Hair. O’Hair made a lot of enemies when she founded the American Atheists organization and filed a lawsuit that prohibited the reading of the Bible in public schools. Life Magazine even called her “the most hated woman in America.”

Still, people noticed when O’Hair, her son Jon and granddaughter Robin went missing in August 1995. Someone left a note on the door of the American Atheists saying the family had to go out of town on an emergency and didn’t know when they would return. The family made calls over the next month. They wouldn’t explain why they left, but they didn’t sound like things were quite right. Then, the calls stopped.

O’Hair’s son William finally filed a missing persons report one year after their disappearance. After an investigation, police investigated a former employee, David Waters. In 2001, he finally admitted to the murders and led the police to the bodies.

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I have always loved to write and Families.com gives me the opportunity to share my passion for writing with others. I work full-time as a web developer at UTHSC and most of my other time is spent with my son (born 2004). I love everything pop culture, but also enjoy writing about green living (it has opened my eyes to many things!) and health (got to worry about that as you get older!).