Faces of the Missing: 13 Unsolved Disappearances — and How Their Families Fight for Answers
Danica Childs, 17
An outgoing teen who loved to dance, Danica Childs was a gifted student who had seemed to be getting her life back on track toward its promising future after a rough patch that saw her drop out of school. Danica last spoke to her mom, Dianne Zoro, on Dec. 21, 2007. But Zoro had no idea that would be their last conversation, and the "total mystery" of Danica's whereabouts — and fears that she may have been a victim of sex trafficking — consumes her.
Call Federal Way Police at 253-835-2121 with information
Phoenix Coldon, 23
Goldia Coldon can still see her daughter Phoenix in her sweats and hoodie, shooting hoops in the family’s driveway in Spanish Lake, Missouri, before driving off in her 1998 Chevy Blazer on Dec. 18, 2011. The car was found hours later, but Phoenix was gone. "I pray constantly," says her mom, Goldia, who is speaking out in an Oxygen special premiering on Saturday.
Call St. Louis County police at 636-529-8210 with information.
Kierra Coles, 26
Kierra Coles, a delivery woman for the U.S. Postal Service in Chicago, had been thrilled to learn that she and her boyfriend, who also works for the post office, were expecting a baby themselves. “She was happy,” says sister Keisha Phillips. But sometime on Oct. 2 something went wrong. After reportedly calling in sick to work, Coles was spotted on surveillance video, dressed in her postal uniform, walking outside her apartment. She hasn’t been seen since and police suspect foul play, though have not named any suspects.
Call the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 877-876-2455 with information.
Maria Elizalde, 15
Kathleen Rodriguez has put thousands of miles on her truck while driving through some of the city’s toughest neighborhoods, praying for a glimpse of her daughter Maria Elizalde. On Nov. 25, 2015, the day before Thanksgiving, Maria took her two younger siblings outside, while their mom made tamales for the holiday. By nightfall all of the kids returned — except Maria.
Call Dallas police at 214-744- 4444 with information.
Arianna Fitts, 2
The body of 32-year-old Nicole Fitts’ was found buried in a shallow grave inside a park in San Francisco in 2016 — but her daughter, Arianna, was nowhere to be found. Contessa Fitts, Nicole's sister, says she has gone through every emotion as she grieved: “Every day is a disappointment."
Call the FBI in San Francisco at 415-553-7400 with information.
Nathaniel Holmes, 17
Nathaniel Holmes was last seen on Dec. 19, 2017, heading into school in blue jeans, black tennis shoes and a black hoodie with the words Mirage Recovery on it. Police believe the teen ran away, but his dad, Ben Holmes — who still searches daily and keeps his son's room just as it was — insists Nathaniel would not have disappeared without his wallet and iPad, which he’d left behind.
Call Westminster police at 303-658-4360 with information.
Daniel Yuen, 16
Daniel Yuen, 16, has been missing since 2004, when he walked out of his new boarding school in the California mountains and failed to come back. He had been at the school — called CEDU High School, which has since — for less than one month after his parents sent him there on a psychiatrist’s recommendation because of his struggle with depression.
Daniel's parents, who live in New Jersey, have been searching for their son for 15 years. They’ve uncovered some new leads and possible sightings with the help of private investigators, but they still have no firm answers about Daniel's fate.
Call the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office at 909-336-0600 with information.
Pearl Pinson, 15
In May 2016, Pearl Pinson, 15, was walking to school in Vallejo, California, when witnesses reported seeing her arguing with a then-unknown man. Onlookers claimed he had a gun. Pearl's father said her daughter was last seen being dragged across an overpass as she screamed for help. But tragically, it was too late. Pearl disappeared with her suspected abductor — a man police identified as a local neighborhood resident named Fernando Lopez. But Lopez was killed in a shoot-out with authorities during a highway chase the next day, and Pearl hasn’t been seen since. Her family remains desperate for answers.
Call the Solano County Sheriff’s Office at 707-784-1963 with information.
Karlie Gusé, 16
16-year-old Karlie Gusé of Bishop, California, was a high school junior who vanished in October 2018, the morning after attending a party with her boyfriend. According to her mother, Karlie smoked marijuana at the party, which caused her to become agitated and paranoid. After returning home to her father’s and stepmother’s home, she went to bed. Her stepmother, Melissa, noticed that she was home in bed around 5:45 the next morning, but the teen vanished sometime shortly after that.
Locals reported seeing her walking along the road between 7 and 7:30 a.m. that day, but since then, sightings have been spotty.
Call the Mono County Sheriff’s Office at 760-932-7549 with information.
King Walker, 2
King Walker was only two years old when he went missing with an aunt, Diamond Bynum, who had mental disabilities. King and Bynum disappeared from a relative’s house in Gary, Indiana, on July 25, 2015. King's devastated family has been searching for the duo ever since, and are especially concerned because Bynum has a genetic disorder called Prader-Willi syndrome, which causes slow mental development. Bynum would not have had the mental capacity to care for King in a prolonged fashion, her family believes. The Walkers continue to post flyers in the hopes of keeping the search momentum going, but so far it has proven futile.
Call the Indiana State Police at 219-696-6242 with information.
Teekah Lewis, 2
On Jan. 23, 1999, Theresa Lewis enjoyed a rare night out with her extended family at the New Frontier Bowling Alley in Tacoma, Washington, from where her 2-year-old daughter Teekah disappeared. It was Theresa’s turn to bowl and she asked her family to watch her daughter. “I turned back and asked, ‘Where’s Teekah?,'” Theresa, now 48, recalls. “It was the biggest mistake of my life.” Through the years, law enforcement has investigated hundreds of tips, but there has been no sign of Teekah, who would now be 22.
Call the Tacoma Police at 253-798-4721 with information.
Devin Bond, 16
In the early morning hours of March 31, 2017, 16-year-old Devin Bond got out of bed and walked out of his Murfreesboro, Tennessee, home. He was never seen or heard from again. His family didn’t call police right away, and it wasn’t like Devin to run away, his mother Heather Simmons-Bond tells PEOPLE.
However, nearly two years later, Devin’s whereabouts remain a mystery. Simmons-Bond says she doesn't believe her son is a "runaway," and believes he is missing.
“I feel like he’s missing, I don’t like the word runaway," she says. "I think people have a prejudice against runaways and yes, he walked away, but we don’t know what happened after that."
Call the Rutherford County Sheriff Office’s at 615-898-7770 with information.
Desirea Ferris, 18
When Desirea Ferris, then 18, went out with friends on May 1, 2017, she told her family she’d be home in time to celebrate her mother’s birthday. But Desirae never came home. Since then, her mother, who says she believes her daughter fell in with the wrong crowd before she went missing, hasn't celebrated her birthday — and instead she reflects on her daughter's disappearance.
"She’s out there," Patricia Tam tells PEOPLE. "She’s coming through these doors no matter what, good or bad, whether she’s on her two feet or I’m carrying her, she’s coming home."
Call the Kansas City Metro Crime Stoppers anonymously at 816-474-TIPS, or the Liberty Police Department at 816-439-4701 with information.