The Gulfport metropolitan area in Mississippi is home to about 70,000 people. There have been murders and disappearances in Gulfport that have baffled authorities for years, if not decades. We have gathered some information on murders and disappearances in Gulfport, Mississippi, that remain unsolved since 1980.
Gulfport police have recorded scores of cases of missing people between 1980 and 2021, with adults making up the great majority of those who vanished. Most of these cases are eventually solved, but a small percentage are classified as "cold" since no one has ever looked into them.
According to data compiled by NamUs, there are currently over 300 active investigations into missing persons in the state of Mississippi, with many of those occurring in Gulfport. The great majority of victims in such cases are adults rather than youngsters.
Around a third of the over 200 homicides that occurred in Gulfport between 1980 and 2021 have never been solved. There are still open investigations into several of these occurrences.
Due to a lack of resources, many of these cases go cold before the Criminal Investigations Unit of the Gulfport Police Department can even get started on them. The high number of unsolved homicide cases can be attributed to a lack of physical evidence, unwilling witnesses, and information.