The Arizona desert may hold the secret as to where Scottish singer and songwriter Licorice McKechnie could be. Born Christina McKechnie in Edinburgh in 1945, McKechnie found fame as a member of the psychedelic folk rock band “The Incredible String Band.” The band found marginal success in America, and after McKechnie left the band in 1972, she stayed in America to pursue her musical career.
The last sighting of McKechnie was hitchhiking across the Arizona Desert in 1986, but her sister mysteriously claims McKechnie was living in California in 1990. McKechnie has left no trace of her whereabouts.
American entrepreneur Jim Thompson was credited for bringing new life into and reinventing the failing industry of Thai silk. After being stationed in Bangkok to collect intelligence for the American government, Thompson decided to invest in his new homeland, and the silk industry was his focus.
Thompson built the company up over the next thirty years and turned it into a multi-million dollar industry before vanishing while out on a morning walk. His disappearance prompted one of the most widespread manhunts in Thai history, but not a clue was uncovered about his whereabouts.
Barbara Newhall Follett
Barbara Newhall Follett was a child genius. By the age of fourteen, the young American writer had released two highly acclaimed and bestselling novels. The precocious Follett married her first love at the age of twenty and continued to write. After three years of marriage, Follett began expressing discontent with her marriage and, as accounted by her husband, left their home after a dispute in 1939.
It would be two weeks before her husband filed a missing person’s report. This raised suspicions, but no evidence tied her husband to her disappearance, and Follett remains missing almost a century later.
American politician Thomas Hale Boggs was a high-ranking Democratic Party member at the time of his disappearance in 1972. Boggs was elected the House Majority Leader, which placed a lot of public relation responsibility on him. Boggs was en route to Alaska to campaign for Democratic candidate Nick Begich when communication with the Cessna aircraft he was traveling in was lost.
Curiously, the plane did not have an emergency locator transmitter on board even though it was required by law. This meant that any hope of finding the whereabouts of the craft and passengers was lost. Bogg was declared legally dead a month later.
Cameraman Patrick Kim McDermott made headlines as Olivia Newton John’s missing boyfriend. The Korean-born McDermott went missing after a fishing trip with a group of passengers, all unknown to him. The tour operators were oblivious to the missing passenger, and all his belongings remained on the boat.
It would be a full week later that his family would begin to investigate his absence. A highly publicized manhunt occurred, with even “Dateline NBC” and investigators setting up websites to track the missing man. Dozens of leads indicated he was living in Mexico, but none have been proven.