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In an age when just about everyone has a digital footprint and technology seems to track our every move, it should be impossible for anyone to completely disappear without a trace. Yet new missing-persons cases continue to leave authorities searching for clues and families desperate for help. Investigation Discovery’s (ID) hit series “DISAPPEARED” is back, following the evidence trail of 13 new cases and featuring heartfelt interviews with law enforcement and loved ones, along with dramatic reenactments of the missing person’s last known actions.
The 100th episode and season premiere calls attention to the missing-persons case of Lynn Messer, a mother and teacher who disappeared from her family’s cattle farm in Missouri in 2014. Then on November 1, 2016, just four days after Peacock Productions interviewed Lynn’s son Aarron for “DISAPPEARED,” Aarron was walking through the woods on the edge of the farm when he came across human remains. Dental records have since positively identified the bones as belonging to Lynn, ending one mystery but raising new questions about how she died and who may be to blame.
Additional cases featured this season include:
- “The Silent Son” airs Sunday, April 2 at 10/9c
Macin Smith’s parents say the last time they saw their dependable 17-year-old son was when he left for school one morning. When he doesn't come home later that day, is it simply an act of teenage rebellion or is Macin in mortal danger? A note hidden in Macin's wallet leaves his family deeply troubled about what may have been going through his mind that day. But with scant clues, possible sightings in multiple cities and numerous unsuccessful searches, they've been on an emotional rollercoaster trying to discover what happened to their beloved son.
- NEW TIMESLOT: “Spirited Away” airs Sunday, April 9 at 9/8c
On a hot summer night in 2012, furious over her boyfriend's sudden arrest, 21-year-old Kortne Stouffer gets embroiled in a shouting match with her neighbors and a barroom scuffle with an acquaintance. Hours later, after things have seemingly simmered down,Kortne vanishes from her bed while a friend sleeps beside her. News of Kortne's disappearance rocks her small Pennsylvania town and investigators relentlessly pursue tips and question Kortne's friends and neighbors. But nothing leads them to the young beauty, leaving Kortne's family and their close-knit community desperate for answers they may never find.
- “On A Mission” airs Sunday, April 16 at 9/8c
America's best known abduction survivor, Elizabeth Smart, steps into the spotlight to help find a beautiful young woman who has gone missing in Provo, Utah. Twenty-six-year-old Elizabeth Salgado moved to the United States from Mexico just three weeks before she disappeared in broad daylight on one of Provo's busiest roads while walking the two-mile journey home from school. Smart and her father Ed, alongside the Salgado family, rally the community to help find the missing young woman. But soon, a news story breaks that could change the course of the investigation from a missing person case to murder.
- “Every Mother’s Son” airs Sunday, April 23 at 9/8c
Twenty-year old Elijah "Bear" Diaz belongs to the Barona Tribe of Native Americans in southern California. He has diabetes and, in recent weeks, has been suffering from acute side effects of the illness, leaving him weak, immobile and vulnerable. When Bear vanishes from his home in the middle of the night along with his TV, backpack and some cash, investigators are concerned that he might be the victim of foul play. Then 20-year old SkylarTosic disappears the very next day, leaving family and friends of both young men hunting for answers while questioning: could the two cases be linked?
- “Into the Night” airs Sunday, April 30 at 9/8c
Eighteen-year-old Zoe Campos watches a movie at home with her family in Lubbock, Texas, as she often does on quiet Sunday evenings, but by morning she is nowhere to be found. While searching desperately for her, Zoe's aunt spots her niece's vehicle in town but Zoe isn't the one driving it. Investigators believe that someone may be holding Zoe against her will. When they pour through the missing teen's Facebook account, they learn that the night she vanished she did not turn in early as her loved ones originally thought.
- “Flight Risk” airs Sunday, May 7 at 9/8c
Story of KATELIN AKENS: Missing Since 2015 from Spotsylvania, Va.
In December 2015, the future couldn’t look brighter for nineteen-year-old Katelin Akens. She has a devoted fiancée in Arizona, a loving family in Central Virginia, and is excited to start beauty school in the coming days. But then, during a quick trip back east to meet her brand new nephew, everything changes. On route to the airport, Katelin makes an unexpected stop at a local shopping mall…and vanishes. News of Katelin’s disappearance devastates her family and rocks their peaceful community. Determined to solve the mystery, police investigate Katelin’s loved ones at length and start to suspect that someone close to Katelin may know more than they’re saying.
- IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NCMEC: “About A Boy” airs Sunday, May 21 at 9/8c
Story of ZACHARY BERNBARDT: Missing Since 2000 from Clearwater, Fla.
Eight-year-old Zachary Bernhardt disappears from his Clearwater, Florida home in the middle of the night. His mother says she stepped out of their apartment for five minutes to take a late night swim, and when she came back he was gone from his bed. There is no sign of a break in or struggle, and suspicions swirl around the single mother, who denies any involvement in her son’s disappearance and moves away. And when another boy goes missing from the area, new theories emerge as the quiet beach town is gripped by fear. Sixteen years later, Zachary’s family and local law enforcement still search for answers.
- “The One That Got Away” airs Sunday, May 28 at 9/8c
Story of ERIC FRANKS: Missing Since 2011 from Saginaw, Mich.
His mother says the last time she spoke to her son, 38-year-old Eric Franks, he was preparing to move into a new house with his long lost high school girlfriend and the daughter they had together. As months go by without a call to his mother she wonders, is he simply too busy with his new life? Or has something happened to Eric? As the family begins to hear contradictory statements from those who saw Eric last, they become deeply worried. With so much time having passed and scant clues the investigation has little to go on, leaving the family and police struggling to find answers.
- NEW TIMESLOT: “The Last Summer” airs Sunday, June 4 at 8/7c
When free-spirited, fifteen year-old Kayla Berg doesn't return home after a night out during the last days of summer, her loved ones aren't overly alarmed. Since Kayla and her mother just moved back to their small Wisconsin town from Texas, Kayla has been staying with different friends around town. But when six days pass and the aspiring gymnast still hasn't turned up, the details of her last known whereabouts raise suspicion in a close-knit community where details are murky and relationships are questioned. Then, seven years after Kayla mysteriously disappears without a trace, an old video surfaces that rattles a town to its core.
- “A Bridge Too Far” airs Sunday, June 11 at 8/7c
Story of DANIELLE IMBO and RICHARD PETRONE, JR.: Missing Since 2005 from Philadelphia, Pa.
Thirty-four-year-old Danielle Imbo and 35-year-old Richard Petrone vanish after leaving a night club on Philadelphia’s South Street. Their families are joined in the urgent search to find the missing couple as well as Richard’s missing truck. But soon, dead-ends and desperation lead to finger pointing and blame. Investigators in New Jersey and Pennsylvania - including the F.B.I. - work together to solve the perplexing mystery with sparse clues and increased speculation. Then, just when all hope seems lost, a call comes in promising potential resolution for a family that has been haunted for years by the painful case.
- “Lost Angel” airs Sunday, June 18 at 8/7c
Nineteen-year-old Angel Garcia spends the day riding his dirt bike around Hartford, Conn., but when he never makes it home, his close knit family is thrown into a panic. Angel's friends tell police that he was chased by a mysterious SUV the night before he disappeared. When detectives learn that Angel had stolen the dirt bike he was riding, they wonder if he was taken out in revenge, or could he have fallen from a railroad bridge into the deep and dark Connecticut River? Finally, four months after he vanished, a clerk says she thinks she's spotted Angel in a convenience store just 15 miles from his home. Could it really be the missing teen?
- “The Long Way Home” airs Sunday, June 25 at 8/7c
Story of DEANNE HASTINGS: Missing since 2015 from Spokane, Wash.
Thirty-five-year-old Spokane mother of three, Deanne Hastings never returns home after a late night trip to the grocery store. Though she has a history of mental illness and has gone off the grid for days at a time in the past, her family says she’s always let them know she was leaving. When her fiancé tracks down her abandoned car and finds her purse and phone locked inside, he knows something is very wrong. And as Spokane detectives uncover more information about Deanne’s actions leading up to her disappearance, a slew of theories emerge.