Other Famous Missing Persons

It's not easy to disappear. Police say that nine out of 10 people who disappear are found. And only about one in 10 disappearances involve foul play. Here are a few of the most famous missing persons cases.

Joseph Crater, Aug. 6, 1930: This New York State Supreme Court judge vanished in New York City after cashing two checks and eating at Billy Ha's Chop House. He was never seen again.

Amelia Earhart, July 2, 1937: The famous aviatrix vanished while the South Pacific while attempting to fly around the globe. Neither she nor her plane were ever found.

Michael Rockefeller, Nov. 18, 1961: The son of Nelson Rockefeller was buying art and exploring the southern coast of western Papua New Guinea when he disappeared in a boat off the coast, about 150 kilometers southeast of Timika. He was declared legally dead in 1964.

D.B. Cooper, Nov. 24, 1971: After hijacking Northwest Airlines flight 305, he jumped out of the plane with a parachute and $200,000 in cash, and was never seen again.

Jimmy Hoffa, July 30, 1975: Former president of the Teamsters, Hoffa went out for lunch and never returned. He is rumored to be buried under the end zone at Giants Stadium.

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