You might be able to help solve a cold case! These five cases were recently added to the growing Uncovered database of the unsolved cases of the missing and murdered; with the public’s help. With more than 200,000 unsolved cases in the US—and a number that grows by nearly 6,000 every year; your insights might help contribute to the next big break in a case.
Missing since April 1, 2015, from Nocona, Texas
Caleb Diehl is described by his family as adventurous and fearless. At 18-years-old at the time of his disappearance, Caleb had a typical independent communication style with his family. They say he didn’t need to share every little detail about his day-to-day with the family, so it wasn’t uncommon for a few days to stretch by before everyone caught up again. His family last saw Caleb at 5:00 pm on Sunday, March 29, 2015. He never made it to school that week, and it wasn’t until Wednesday morning that he was declared missing. A few years later, it was uncovered that a family friend, Ricky Dale Howard, was a sex offender and was abusing Caleb. It’s believed that Caleb was compiling evidence against Ricky before he disappeared. If you have any information regarding Caleb’s disappearance, please contact the Texas Rangers at (940)-851-5501 or the Nacona Police Department at (940)-825-3281. View the digital case file
Found murdered on December 18, 2018 in Opelousas, Louisana.
Erica was reported missing on July 6, 2016, after she never arrived to pick up her daughter from her mother’s home. That same day, Erica had plans with her daughter, and a friend who also had a child to go to Lake Charles and later missed a hair appointment. In 2018, skeletal remains were discovered during a search for a missing boy. After 3 years of the remain’s DNA being in the system, the DNA Doe Project was able to match the DNA to Erica. No new information has come out since earlier this year about the identification, but the case was reclassified as a homicide instead of a missing person. If you have any information regarding Erica’s case please contact: Opelousas Police Department at (337)-945-8577. View the digital case file
Missing since July 6, 2019 from Terrytown, Nebraska.
Chance Englebert was a 25-year-old new father, who had recently taken a new job in Moorcroft, Wyoming, before he disappeared from a family gathering on July 6, 2019. Chance and his wife, Bailey were visiting her in Gering, Nebraska, and Chance went golfing with some of Baylee’s family members. He called her during the outing after he had an argument with his golf partners and asked her to pick him up so they could return to their home in Wyoming. She picked him up but drove back to her grandparents’ house instead. Chance became upset and decided to take a walk to cool off, which Baylee indicated Chance would do occasionally. Chance made contact with his family a few times before Chance’s aunt received a cryptic text message from him shortly after 9 pm, and his phone died or was turned off soon afterward. Anyone with information can contact the Gering Police Department at (308)-436-5088. View the digital case file
Missing since November 28, 2005 from Jacksonville, Florida.
Diane Francis should have celebrated her 54th birthday last week. Instead, her family is still missing their loved one who was last heard from in 2005 in Florida. Growing up, Diane’s life was anything but easy, as it was hallmarked by personal struggles with law enforcement, substance abuse, and familial struggles. In 2006, Diane had called her father, informing him that she was “not doing well, and was very sick, although this has not been officially confirmed. Because of several uncessessful attempts to talk with the police about Diane’s case, she wasn’t successfully reported missing until 2019 — 14 years after she was last heard from. If you have any information, please contact the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office at (561)-688-3000. View the digital case file
Missing since July 7, 1979 from Woodside, New York
Denise spent the afternoon of July 7, 1979 on the phone with her boyfriend, who was out of town visiting a sick relative before getting ready to celebrate her older sister’s birthday that evening. While preparing for the birthday dinner, 16 year old Denise and her mother got into an argument after her mother made statements about how Denise smelled like alcohol, and made threats of telling her father when he returned from work. In typical teenager fashion, Denise stormed out of the house and was last seen by a neighbor who reported to have seen Denise climbing over the apartment complex’s fence. If you have any information, please contact the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Service, Crime Stoppers, or the New York State Missing Persons Clearinghouse at (800)-346-3543. View the digital case file
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