Every single day, people go missing or die and the who, what, where, and why of the situation is never completely answered in a way that satisfies police or the public. There are existing SubReddits called /r/UnsolvedMysteries and one known as /r/UnresolvedMysteries that specialize in sharing and poring over theories about such cases. Today, however, AskReddit had a question seeking the strangest of the strange cases that still boggle the minds of professional and amateur investigators. Here are some of the most interesting answers to the intriguing question.
The Disappearance of Gary Mathias, aka the Yuba County Five. Not just weird, but very sad.
Five men between the ages of 24-32 were very close friends. They all either had mental issues or intellectual disabilities, and all still lived with their families. They went to see a basketball game 50 miles/80km away. After the game, they drove to a convenience store to grab some snacks and drinks, and then were never seen alive again. Their car was found on a mountain, around the snow line, 70 miles/110km away from the basketball game, nowhere near the route back home. The car was abandoned, but it still drove fine and had gas.
On the same night they went missing, a man was driving up the same road and got stuck. When he tried pushing his car out, he had a heart attack. He saw another car pull up behind him with a group of people around it, including a woman with a baby. When he called for help, they stopped talking and turned their lights off. Later on, he saw people walking around with flashlights; when he called for help, they again turned their lights off.
This all happened in February. In June, the first of the bodies were found. One man, Weiher, was found in a ranger’s trailer 20 miles/31km from the car. He had lost almost 100 pounds, and the growth of his beard suggested he’d been alive in the trailer for up to 13 weeks before he starved to death. The trailer had matches, things for burning. It had heavy clothing to wear. It had enough food for all five men to survive on for a year. It had heating that was never turned on.
Bones of three of the other men were eventually found around the trail leading from the car to the trailer. They are believed to have died of hypothermia. Though Gary Mathias’s shoes were in the trailer with Weiher, suggesting he was there at some point (and Weiher had been tucked into bed, so someone else was with him) his remains were never found.
Nobody knows why they were even on that road to begin with, let alone why they would abandon their car instead of just driving back down the road, or why, once they got to the trailer, they didn’t use any of the supplies to stay alive.
This next mystery was solved, but many people are dissatisfied with the idea that a 4-year-old died in such a strange manner and no one had anything to do with it. This is especially difficult to grasp for some because the location of the deceased girl’s body was in her bedroom. Beware, this is NSFW or perhaps even life for some people.
Now we move on to the reason I don’t like fish near me in open water.
The best part of this next case is that the police are “pretty sure” the decedent couldn’t have padlocked himself inside of a bag.
I live less than two hours from the site of this next case and remember reading about it in the local papers. It’s basically accepted around here that drugs were the underlying cause of the murders.
I’m really late to the party but I like to shed light on this case any time I can. In April of 2016, 8 family members of the Rhoden family in Pike County were shot to death in three different homes within an hour of each other. The youngest being a sixteen year old boy and the two of the victims had their infant child and toddler sleeping between the parents when the parents were murdered. There have been zero suspects and arrests in this case and it was only on the news for a week. The news outlets won’t even respond when you question them about why they aren’t following this case. Everything about this case, to me, screams cover up. The cops have successfully swept this under the rug. I just think it’s incredibly fishy.
I highly recommend visiting the original AskReddit thread to read through the vexing cases I did not share here. Then, when your thirst is not satiated, you can head over the the Unsolved and Unresolved Mysteries SubReddits to make sure you never sleep again!
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