Kidnapping

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Kidnapping is an unlawful transportation, asporation and confinement of taking a person against their will.

Motives

  • Ransom
  • Human trafficking
  • Sexual assault
  • Murder
  • Bride kidnapping (forcing marriage)
  • Tiger kidnapping (force the victim to do the kidnappers bidding)
  • Dognapping(kidnapping someones dog or other pet)

Currently kidnapped

1980s

Name

Born

Disappeared

Age

Kidnapper Missing from
Johnny Gosch November 12, 1969 September 5, 1982 12 Unidentified West Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
Anthonette Cayedito December 25, 1976 April 6, 1986 9 Unidentified Gallup, New Mexico, U.S.

1990s

Name

Born

Disappeared

Age

Kidnapper Missing from
Morgan Nick September 12, 1988 June 9, 1995 6 Unidentified Alma, Arkansas, U.S.
Adam, Trevor, and Mitchell O'Brien October 28, 1982 (Adam)
May 8, 1985 (Trevor)
November 29, 1991 (Mitchell)
November 9, 1996 14, 11, 4 Gary O'Brien Torbay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Mikelle Biggs 1987/1988 1999 11 Unidentified Mesa, AZ

2000s

Name Born Disappered Age Kidnapper Missing from
Madeleine McCann May 12, 2003 May 3, 2007 3 Christian B Praia da Luz, Portugal

2010s

Name

Born

Disappeared

Age

Kidnapper Missing from
Kyron Horman September, 2002 June 4, 2010 7 Unidentified Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Andrew, Alexander, and Tanner Skelton Unknown November 26, 2010 9, 7, 5 John Skelton Morenci, Michigan, U.S.
Alessia & Livia Schepp October 7, 2004 January 30, 2011 6 Mathias Schepp Saint-Sulpice, Vaud, Switzerland
Timmothy Pitzen 2004 May 11, 2011 6 Unidentified Aurora, Colorado, U.S.
Lisa Irwin 2010 October 4, 2011 10 (months) Unidentified Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.

2020s

Name

Born

Disappeared

Age

Kidnapper Missing from
Óscar Denis October 2, 1946 September 9, 2020 74 Paraguayan People's Army Concepción, Paraguay

Survived kidnappings

1970's

Name Born Disappeared Found Kidnapper Location
Steven Stayner April 18, 1965 December 4, 1972 March 1, 1980 Kenneth Parnell Merced, California, U.S.
John Paul Getty III November 4, 1956 July 10, 1973 December 15, 1973 'Ndrangheta Rome, Italy
Patricia Hearst February 20, 1953 February 4, 1974 September 18, 1975 Symbionese Liberation Army Berkeley, California, United States
Colleen Stan December 31, 1956 1977 1984 Cameron Hooker Red Bluff, California, U.S.

1980's

Name Born Disappeared Found Kidnapper Location
Timothy White November 1, 1974 February 14, 1980 March 1, 1980 Kenneth Parnell Merced, California, U.S.
Jody Plauché 1973 February 19, 1984 February 29, 1984 Jeff Doucet Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.

1990s

Name Born Disappeared Found Kidnapper Location
Jaycee Dugard May 3, 1980 June 10, 1991 August 26, 2009 Phillip Garrido Pittsburg, California, U.S.
Katie Beers December 30, 1982 December 28, 1992 January 13, 1993 John Esposito Bay Shore, New York, U.S.
Thomas Hargrove March 3, 1944 September 23, 1994 August 22, 1995 FARC Cali, Colombia
Natascha Kampusch February 17, 1988 March 2, 1998 August 23, 2006 Wolfgang Přiklopil Vienna, Austria
Jhon Frank Pinchao Unknown November 1, 1998 April 28, 2007 FARC Mitú, Vaupés, Colombia

2000s

Name Born Disappeared Found Kidnapper Location
Elizabeth Smart November 3, 1987 June 5, 2002 March 12, 2003 Brian David Mitchell & Wanda Barzee Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
Shawn Hornbeck 1990/1991 October 6, 2002 January 12, 2007 Michael J. Devlin Richwoods, Missouri, U.S.
Shasta Groene ? May 16, 2005 July 2, 2005 Joseph E. Duncan III Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Sharon Commins and Hilda Kawuki Unknown July 3, 2009 October 18, 2009 Janjaweed North Darfur, Sudan

2010s

Name(s) Born Disappeared Found Kidnapper Location
Michelle Knight
Amanda Berry
Gina DeJesus
April 1, 1981 (Knight)
April 22, 1986 (Berry)
February 13, 1990 (Dejesus)
August 22, 2002 (Knight)
April 21, 2003 (Berry)
April 2, 2004 (Dejesus)
May 6, 2013 Ariel Castro Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Jayme Closs July 13, 2005 October 15, 2018 March, 2019 Jake Patterson Barron, Wisconsin, U.S.

Deaths from kidnappings

1930s

Name(s) Born Died Age Kidnapper Location
Charles Lindbergh, Jr. June 22, 1930 March 2, 1932 20 months Bruno Hauptmann Hopewell Township, New Jersey, U.S.

1950s

Name(s) Born Died Age Kidnapper Location
Emmett Till July 25, 1941 August 28, 1955 14 Roy Bryant & J.W. Milam Money, Mississippi, U.S.

1970s

Name(s) Born Died Age Kidnapper Location
Charles Dean and Neal Sharman Unknown December 14, 1974 24 (Dean)
23 (Sharman)
Pathet Lao Vientiane, Laos
John Dawson Dewhirst 1952 c. August 1978 26 Khmer Rouge Phnom Penh, Cambodia

1980s

Name(s) Born Died Age Kidnapper Location
Adam Walsh November 14, 1974 July 27, 1981 6 Ottis Toole Hollywood, Florida, U.S.
Enrique "Kiki" Camarena July 26, 1947 February 9, 1985 37 Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo & Rafael Caro Quintero Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Junko Furuta January 18, 1971 January 4, 1989 17 Junko Furuta's Murderers Adachi, Tokyo, Japan
Jacob Wetterling February 17, 1978 October 22, 1989 11 Danny Heinrich Paynesville, Minnesota, U.S.
Amy Mihaljevic December 11, 1978 October 27, 1989 10 Unidentified Bay Village, Ohio, U.S.
Melissa Brennen April 12, 1984 December 3, 1989 5 Caleb Hughes Lorton, Virginia, U.S.

1990s

Name(s) Born Died Age Kidnapper Location
William R. Higgins January 15, 1945 July 6, 1990 45 Hezbollah Beirut, Lebanon
Ebony Simpson August 6, 1983 August 19, 1992 9 Andrew Garforth Bargo, New South Wales, Australia
James Bulger March 16, 1990 February 12, 1993 2 Robert Thompson and Jon Venables Liverpool, England, U.K
Charlie Keever & Jonathan Sellers November 1, 1979 (Keever)
April 18, 1983 (Sellers)
March 27, 1993 13 (Keever)
9 (Sellers)
Scott Erskine San Diego, California, U.S.
Mary Eileen Sarmenta & Allan Gomez ? June 28, 1993 ? Antonio Sanchez Calauan, Laguna, Philippines
Karmein Chan 5 November 1977 April 13, 1992 13 Mr Cruel Templestowe, Victoria, Australia
Polly Klaas January 3, 1981 October 1, 1993 12 Richard Allen Davis Petaluma, California, U.S.
Miguel Ángel Blanco May 13, 1969 July 13, 1997 29 ETA Basque Country, Spain
Marijoy & Jacqueline Chiong ? July 16, 1997 ? Francisco Juan Larrañaga Cebu, Philippines
Matthew Shepard December 1, 1976 October 12, 1998 21 Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson Fort Collins, Colorado, U.S

2000s

Name(s) Born Died Age Kidnapper Location
Iriana DeJesus January 30, 1995 August 3, 2000 5 Alexis Flores Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Holly Jones September 14, 1992 May 12, 2003 10 Michael Briere Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Daniel Morcombe December 19, 1989 December 7, 2003 13 Brett Peter Cowan Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
Nick Berg April 2, 1978 May 7, 2004 26 Al-Qaeda Baghdad, Iraq
Jessica Lunsford October 6, 1995 February 27, 2005 9 John Couey Homosassa, Florida, U.S.

2010's

Name(s) Born Died Age Kidnapper Location
Kayla Mueller August 14, 1988 February 16, 2015 26 The Islamic State Raqqa, Syria
Hania Aguilar March 21, 2005 November 27, 2018 13 Michael Ray McLellan Lumberton, North Carolina, U.S.

2020's

Name(s) Born Died Age Kidnapper Location
Faye Marie Swetlik June 13, 2013 February 10, 2020 6 Coty Scott Taylor Cayce, South Carolina, U.S.