Every now and then, we come across the case of a missing person, who has sometimes been missing for YEARS. And they are discovered dead in their own home! This is mind-blowing to me, every single time I read about it. How can this happen?????
Julie Snyder (53) went missing on February 8, 2020 from Malibu, CA. She suffered from Bipolar. Her body was found in the crawl space of her home on February 19. Her cause of death has not yet been released.
Read more about Julie’s case here.
Molly Meghan Miller (31) went missing from her home on December 29, 2017. She had been living with her partner, Anson, at the time. Her body was found on January 1, 2018, hanging in a closet in their home. Her death was ruled a suicide. It also emerged that she was suffering from terminal cancer at the time of her death.
Journalist Jackson Landers, who knew Molly and Anson, said they were big on home improvements, and the place was cluttered.
“They would just squirrel away all kinds of construction materials,” Landers explains. “They would have heaps of lumber. Anson would pick up metal scrap that he would make furniture out of, and their house was full of this stuff. I wouldn’t say they were horders exactly, but it was a house that someone as small as Molly could get lost in.”
You can read more about Molly’s case here.
A post from Molly’s mother, regarding her death:
One of the most high-profile missing persons cases in Australia was that of missing man Daniel O’Keeffe. Daniel was 24 when he went missing from the family home in Geelong in July 2011. His family spent years searching for him and raising awareness of his case.
On March 21, 2016 (almost five years after Daniel disappeared), his dad was working on the family home, when he stumbled across Daniel’s remains. Lori O’Keeffe said her husband Des was ‘digging into the side of a hill’ and found a ‘cavity’ when he made the horrific discovery.
‘Dan’s found and we know where he is now. We probably didn’t need to have a full inquest. We now know all the details, and nothing will bring Dan back,’ Lori said.
‘We know what happened to him. I don’t have any unanswered questions. We know that he took his own life and he never left home.
You can read more about Daniel’s case here.
The Todt family from Celebration, Florida were last seen by neighbors in mid December 2019, allegedly driving away from their home with their vehicle packed.
Friends and family thought something might be wrong when they were unable to contact family members over Christmas and New Year. The case of the missing family was first posted in True Crime Society around January 12, 2020. Neighbors of the Todt’s said that they had visited the property and nothing seemed amiss or out of place from what they could see.
Osceola County deputies went to the Todt home on January 13 to serve a Federal Warrant to Anthony Todt for insurance related fraud. Upon arriving at the property, they were met with the smell of death. Anthony Todt allegedly told the deputies that his wife was asleep upstairs and his children may have been at a sleepover.
But deputies said when they went upstairs they found his wife and three children dead in the master bedroom.
Deputies said Anthony confessed to killing his wife, Megan Todt, 42, and their three children, Aleksander Todt, 13, Tyler Todt, 11, and Zoe Todt, 4 — as well as their family dog, Breezy.
Check out our blog post about the Todt case here.
Marianne Marsh (61) was last seen near her home on Birch Lane near Conway, SC on February 14, 2020. Her family created a missing person page for Marianne and wrote about their searches for her.
Over the course of the investigation her home and surrounding areas were searched with helicopters, drones, and by foot multiple times, Mikayla Moskov, Public Information Officer said.
On April 21, 2020, a shocking discovery was made. Marianne was discovered dead in the attic of her home.
Police said a family member contacted police Tuesday after noticing a foul odor coming from Marsh’s home. Another search took place and her remains were found.
It was determined that prior to her death, Marianne hid in a remote and obscure area in the attic of her home, which was not visible to others and “required Marsh’s small physical stature and intimate knowledge of the home’s architecture to successfully enter,” police said.
You can read more about Marianne’s case here.
Maggie Long (17) was reported missing from her home in Bailey, Colorado on December 1, 2017. On the same day that she was last seen, her family home was burned down.
Dave Wohlers told Denver7 sheriff’s investigators, fire officials and Colorado Bureau of Investigation agents investigated the scene of the suspected arson at the family home located at 3700 County Road 43 on Saturday.
Wohlers told Denver7 they do not have search parties out looking for Long, adding they’re also working to see if there’s a connection between her disappearance and the family home fire.
On December 7, 2017, police revealed that Maggie’s body had been discovered inside the burned out home.
Maggie’s death was classified as a murder and it remains unsolved to this day. The FBI are seeking more information.
You can read more about Maggie’s case here.
There are also cases where people who were never reported missing have been found dead in their homes, many years after they were last seen.
Ronald White (51) was found dead in his apartment, and it’s thought he had been there for up to three years before he was found.
“My son would call me at least twice a month,” his mom Doris Stevens told WFAA. “He would call me from Egypt. He would call me from the Philippines. He would call me right from Dallas,” she said.
But three years ago the phone calls stopped. Stevens, who lives in Long Island, New York, says she became suspicious when she couldn’t reach him on his birthday in April of 2017.
Stevens says her family didn’t have enough money to hire a private investigator. A search of his previous addresses, including the most recent in Glenn Heights, turned up nothing. He’d simply vanished.
That is, until last week at the DeSoto Town Center Apartments on E. Pleasant Run Road. DeSoto police say the apartment complex was investigating multiple units where it appeared tenants were not using water.
Some were rented but empty. But when they had to force the bolted door open at unit 1320 they found Ronald White dead on the kitchen floor. The medical examiner confirmed he died approximately three years ago.
You can read more about Ronald’s case here.