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Current Missing Students

This list below is compiled from Google alerts for

"Student Disappearance" and "Missing Student."

Gabriel Cordova Sophie Smith

If you set  your own Google alert, keep the wording simple, and short.

You will find cases of unexplained student disappearances from around the world.


A very few of the alert returns will have enough information                     

                    to show they are a Subliminal Distraction episode.


Some of the cases will be discovered to be from crime or accidents.                          

A large number are found disappearance suicides,                    

                    often with no warning or history of depression.


A number are never found.

Brian Shaffer(1), Maura Murray(2), Michael Negrete(3), Justin Gains(4) are examples.

A very long list of disappearances, disappearance suicides,

and unresolved cases, some more than 100 years old, is here.


A very small number recover, and return in altered mental states.

That last group holds the clue for what is happening.


It's a Subliminal Distraction episode caused by a little known

still-believed-harmless mental break design engineers discovered

in business offices in 1964.


Important to understand, this is not a theory.

Although a multi-billion dollar industry to prevent the "office worker"

mental event has developed since 1968, the design problem is

unknown by the public mental health services or research.


Chronic long-term Subliminal Distraction over weeks produces a more severe episode than is seen in offices.


The episodes typically happen during or just after a period of intense study

when incorrectly designed study, and computer use areas have the most use.


If this is the case, the study area, with something 

that caused detectable movement in peripheral vision,

is still there in the living quarters.


Long hours on social media with detectable movement nearby in peripheral vision

copies the the situation of the "mental break causing design mistake"

engineers found and solved fifty years ago.


Examples of home computer use areas are here.


As each case below develops the cause will be revealed or eliminated

as a Subliminal Distraction episode.

Duncan SimG


Duncan SimLast seen around 11 PM on Wednesday March 14 at Madras Rugby Club in St Andrews, he has not returned to his room at Agnes Blackadder Hall or made contact since. 

Door to door searches have been made and the public has been asked to search vehicles and out buildings.

There is CCTV video of him walking alone earlier in the evening before he vanished.

Newly located CCTV  video (released 3/31/18) shows him walking alone at Pilmour Clubhouse, near Eden Golf Course. It demonstrates he was alone the night he vanished.

There were no known issues that would have caused the disappearance.

St. Andrews University is on break until March 30 making contacting students to investigate difficult.  Police have 100 assigned to the search plus Army, and Coast Guard.

If he is a Subliminal Distraction fugue victim he could be anywhere he could travel without papers.

There is currently no information about his study or computer use habits.

Use the Contact page if you knew Duncan and can supply information.








Gabriel Cordova

USF Tampa mechanical engineering major

Gabriel CordovaShown apparently at his Student Business Services office job he is correctly using a cubicle. But where did he study?

Cordova vanished February 22 leaving his backpack, wallet, and cell.

There is a mention of a mental health problem requiring medication.

Current reports say police teams have been sent to believed sightings.

This is another of a long list of these student disappearances. 


Did you know Gabriel?  Can you supply information about his study and computer use habits away from the office situation?

Contact      Strange Disappearances

Ashleigh Fair

A 19 year old former Royal Ballet student left Royal Berkshire Hospital

at 9:30 Am barefoot.


Ashliegh FairSeriously ill, Fair walked out of the Royal Berkshire Hospital Thursday, March 1st without shoes according to Thames Valley Police.

Police think she took a taxi from Southern Hill, Reading, to Marble Arch in  London about 11.30am.

If she had been in the hospital several days she might be a Hospital Psychosis victim.







Suhail Aijaz Kataria


Suhail Aijaz Kataria

Missing from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Bhubaneswar since February 9, he asked his father for money February 6th.

All phone numbers he had were switched off

He had said he was going to his cousin's wedding but investigation reveled there was no wedding.

A note left in his hostel room said, "I quit and please forgive me.” It also said, “I was happy with my friends.”


Adam Gilbertson

KCWY 13 Casper lists him as a Grad Student.

Other online stories say he is a hospice Registered Nurse and yoga instructor.


Adam Glbertson

He left the Syntax Physic Opera Bar & Restaurant located about three blocks from his apartment late Friday December 15th.


A Lyft driver drove him to his car in a local baseball parking lot.

He told the driver he was having a bad night and was being harassed.

The car ended up back at his apartment.  

His door was unlocked and his car keys were on a counter.

There is no other information about what he may have taken with him.


Was the story about harassment true or was it a Subliminal Distraction hallucination?


Was there an altercation in either bar? What are the facts surrounding the incidents?


There are not enough facts to definitely connect this case to a sudden without warning Subliminal Distraction fugue episode.

Facebook family search page

Family page


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Akshay Kamble

Akshay Kamble,A third year 20-year-old computer science student at the Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur (IIT-K), he has been missing since November 29.

The last family contact was a phone call saying he was boarding the Pushpak Express for Mumbai, and would be home the next day.

One of his phones was discovered with a "sweeper" at his hostel who said he found the sim card in a "dust bin" and Kamble gave him the phone.

Further questioning determined the sweeper had both sim cards.

Police determined Kamble hired an 'autorickshaw' to take him to the train station.

News accounts say he had been teased about his looks, attire, and regional accent in English.

The local news claims police started their investigation 20 days after he vanished.
His ATM card was left behind with Rs 10,000 withdrawn on the 29th.

The Mumbai Mirror reports he stopped attending class in August spending all his time on his computer.

The computer was left behind in his room. The accepted procedure was to pack up everything and leave it in the warden's room for safe keeping,



Erin Henry

Body Found - Ruled Suicide Dec 12

She vanished with no explanation after her roommate heard her in her room late at night.


ErinHenry missingHer roommate last saw her at 9 or 10pm the night of Nov. 25th in her residence in the 100 Block of Samoa Blvd, and heard her in her room about 11pm.

Erin has a broken ankle and cannot walk without crutches or assistance.

Her wallet, cell, and car were left behind. A "knee scooter" is missing.

Those elements of her story point to a Subliminal Distraction sudden onset fugue episode.

Concrete evidence would be her roommate reporting that her study or computer use engaged the "special circumstances" for visual subliminal distraction. Home computer examples.

Was there a mirror or TV  in peripheral vision where she studied?


Find Erin Henry Facebook

A story from  the Eureka California Times-Standard says that her body was found after 9 a.m on the east side of U.S. Highway 101 near Elephant Rock located just south of the Westhaven Drive exit. Early indications are that she had traveled about 13 miles to the site, and jumped shortly after she vanished. Additional information published Dec 12 says the death was a suicide.






Diogo Penalva

Officially missing he was seen to jump from a cruise ship.


Diogo PenalvaSeen on video to climb the rail and jump into the Baltic Sea from the Silja Serenade, the 21 year old Portuguese finance and accounting major at  Lisbon’s ISCTE Business School was taking part in the Erasmus program at Finland’s Tallin University of Technology.

Friends are reported to believe he was involved in other recent "incidents." But the neither the nature of the incidents nor his involvement were mentioned in news accounts.

The search area is reported as 400 sq kilometers of freezing ocean. Searches have been scaled back from the original effort to find him.





Holly Clacy


Holly ClacyHolly left William de Ferrers school wearing her uniform 4pm on Monday.

 Later that day her body was discovered in a woodland in Chelmsford, Essex.

The police statement is that the death is not being treated as suspicious.

That essentially says this was a suicide. An accident or foul play would have been mentioned.

Comments from teachers in The Sun story do not mention psychiatric complaints.

That suggests this was a sudden onset visual subliminal distraction event.

Was she active on social media? Where did she use her computer or phone?

If you can supply information use the Contact page.

Read the Student Suicide email message for explanation. Here







Stephen Cullinan

Computer Science Major


Stephen CullinanHe left his living quarters at the University of Limerick Nov 2, and was sighted on St Stephen's Green in Dublin.

He requires medication that he did not take with him.

The  Gardai at Henry Street Garda station in Limerick are supervising the search.

The last contact was a phone call to his mother Nov 2nd.

His phone is now turned off.

Update: He was recovered alive after being seen on CCTV at a city center shopping mall in Dublin Tuesday Nov. 28.




Siddharth Soni

(No picture available.)

A first year Computer Application (BCA) student at a private college , the 18-year-old's body was found in a canal under the Thegra bridge.

He had left for school Thursday morning, October 26th.  When he did not return his father filed a report at the Borekheda police station

Police found his scooter near the bridge.

There was no suicide note but police believe he jumped into the canal.

(There are a number of people with the same name in Google searches.)






Adam Lindley

Missing since 10/14/17   Body found 10/24/17


AdamLindley UK

 Southampton-based 23 year old Lindley vanished after he rode away from his residence hall on his bicycle.

His body has been found in the Lyndhurst area of the New Forest, Hampshire. Typical statements from Hampshire Constabulary were "Officers searching for missing Southampton student have discovered a body."

There is little to go on establishing a cause of death. Representatives for the British Police Constabulary said, "'The death is not being treated as suspicious at this time."   That leaves accident or suicide.

A comment reported from a friend, "This is wrong, he would never do that. They need to pull this apart and find the truth, it's in no way possible.'" suggests it was suicide.

The sudden event with no warning perceived by friends says it  was most likely a sudden onset Subliminal Distraction severe depressive episode.


Did you know Adam Lindley?   Can you supply information about his study and computer use habits and a sketch of locations where he studied? Was he a video game player?    Contact





Sai Prajwala

Found in Tirupati


Studen found in Tirupati.

After she was reported to have attempted suicide, Sia vanished for a few days.

She had taken a train from Secunderabad Railway Station to Tirupati with no explanation.

Before leaving Hyderabad  Sai had written a  letter to the state government demanding  all Narayana Institutions be closed because administrations  were harassing students about grades.

That suicide attempt plus the belief of persecution suggests she had a Subliminal Distraction episode causing the disappearance.

Update: She has been recovered alive. (The Hans India)





Nathan Ward Kocmond

Concussion six weeks ago blamed for depression and missing student.

Body found apparent suicide, 10/14/17

Nathan Ward Kocmond

A 16 Year old Boy Scout vanished after having headaches and depression believed caused by a concussion six weeks earlier.

He left home to visit friends before a Scout meeting.

He didn't reach either destination.

His social media accounts had been deleted.

There was little taken when he left driving a silver 2011 Honda CRV,

with North Carolina tag PAH-3753

Read more here:

I cannot recall a case where depression was an outcome of a concussion. 

A hiker discovered his body in Uwharrie National Forest, Montgomery County 60 miles northeast of Charlotte.


Najeeb Ahmad

Missing one year from Jawaharlal Nehru University October 16, 2016


Najeeb Biotechnology grad student Najeeb got into a fight with other students and left.  Police say they discovered he hired a three wheeler to leave.

He had been in school only since August 1st.

Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) group students denied knowledge of the disappearance after Najeeb scuffled with them.

His parents have been unable to get effective cooperation in searches for him.

The sudden violent confrontation with the disappearance suggests this was a Subliminal Distraction disappearance.







Ethan Lee Matthews

Seventeen year old missing a week dived into path of truck.

Did you know Ethan?

Can you supply information on his study and computer use habits?

Use the Contact page.


Missing for a few days, the police report from the truck driver Oct. 2 said that at the last minute as the truck was passing him walking along the right side of S.R. 17 just south of its intersection with S.R. 328 in Martin, he suddenly, at the last minute, dove into the path of the truck.


Although bizarre, this is just one of many stories of sudden student disappearance and suicide.

Sudden Strange Disappearances

There have been recoveries alive, and students have recovered, returned, in altered mental states.

Ahmad Arain UCLA



Michael Nickelotte

Human remains found Friday 29th near Baton Rouge may be Michael.

His family has confirmed ID.

Michael Nickelotte LSU

Michael was heard opening his room door then opening the outer dorm suite door about 1 AM September 18, 2017.  He has not been seen since.

His ID, car keys, wallet, cell phone, and computer were left behind.  His car was parked near the dorm building. Only a green mountain bike was missing.

This follows the typical pattern for a Subliminal Distraction episode disappearance.

This is not the first such disappearance from LSU.   I wrote the school when Leslie Buford vanished after a dinner in New Orleans.   Buford was found within three days wandering the French Quarter but news reports said he was too disturbed to return to LSU.

LSU apparently has done nothing to warn students about visual subliminal distraction.

In most cases a student having a light episode will spontaneously recover, and return.   But that recovery will depend on the severity of the episode.

Ahmad Arain emailed home from Mexico six weeks after he vanished after leaving a bus on his way to a meeting at UCLA.   He had walked to Mexico from Watts.

Family Facebook    In Loving Memory



Nicholas Pratico


Nick Pratico

Affiliated with 12 New Jersey newspapers a website reports that Nick Pratico vanished with no warning just minutes after he was seen functioning normally on the Junior College surveillance video.

He was last seen at 3 PM September 20, at Mercer County Community College. 

There was no access to a vehicle.

Additional information recently posted suggest he may have gone to Times Square in New York.

Police departments in New Jersey, and New York have been alerted.

A new site posted by a private investigator asks for information.

Help find Nick

Update: Body found October 23. 2017 across the street from the college.



Ishrak Ahmed Fahim

Ishrak Ahmed

A 20 year old McGill student in Canada, he vanished while out with friends on vacation back at home in Bangladesh.  

A report in the Dhaka Tribune says he started walking toward home, turned around and went back to Star Kabab.  He then walked into a camera blind spot, and did not return.  That location was minutes away from his residence.

At home since June, he vanished August 26.

That time period, two months, is too long for a problem with his study area at school to have caused a Subliminal Distraction episode.

But he might have created an activity such as video game play to create exposure there.

On September 28, 2017 he is still reported missing.





Majid Nahes Al Otaibi

He is known to have boarded a flight from Nashville to Chicago.

Al Otaibi

West Kentucky University electrical engineering student Al Otaibi should have boarded a flight in Chicago to Abu Dhabi August 19.


He vanished. He did not board any plane from O’Hare Airport.


When  a foreign visa student disappears the first thought is that they did not want to go home and took advantage of being in the US to vanish.





Sadekul Islam Milon 

Found along a road after missing two months.



Jagannath University student Sadekul Islam Milon was found with missing memory about what happened to him.

Although denied by authorities the claim is that he was picked up from his home by police.

Classmates are making statements about his condition and lack of memory.

His missing memory is one factor to suggest he is a Subliminal Distraction victim.

The story about abduction may be a confabulation.

There is no report of anyone seeing him dropped blindfolded along the road.







Rupjyoti Das

Information Technology major, Assam University,  he vanished May 16, 2017.

Did you know him?

Can you supply information about where and how he studied,

and used his computer?


Rupjyoti Das missing since My 16,2017.Although several sites carried the story there is little information about the disappearance.

He lived in a rented house. His possessions, ATM card, laptop, cell, and money were locked inside.

The last report was that he was having a drink at a shop near his house in Silchar.

His last exam was on May 16, and his plans were to return home on May 22.

When his parents arrived to take him home they were unable to get into the house. 

If he is a Subliminal Distraction fugue victim he could be anywhere he could travel without papers. 

There are cases of these missing students being recovered when they tried to cross country borders without a passport.






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Manjunath Siddanna Churi

Computer engineering grad disappears in Germany.


Manjunath Siddanna Churi

Although he left a note it is written in Indian language. Police have not translated it.

He graduated from Basaveshwara College of Engineering in Bagalkot, then went to Germany for his Masters degree in Software.

He called his mother twice each day from Germany but last talked to her Saturday, June 18.

She received a call from the Hamburg Indian embassy 10 pm Monday informing her of his  disappearance.







David Thompson

Has been found in Mexico.




WDTV  Morgantown

Twenty three year old West Virginia University student

Missing since May 5, his mother cites trouble with depression

He was driving a four-door, dark gray, 2012 Honda Civic  California tag 6TBB524.

The flyer is from 'Missing Pieces.'

That site reports his phone has been found in another county.










Louis Gonick

UBC student got out of a cab at Stanley Park Sunday, April 16 and vanished.

Facebook Let's Find Louis


Louis Gonick

The story that he simply got out of a cab and vanished suggests this is a Subliminal Distraction fugue episode.

I left a message on his Facebook page seeking contact with his friends.

The last post on the "Find Louis" site is dated May 6, at 21 days missing.  

The last post on his personal Facebook page is dated April 13th.

He is an Ecudorian exchange student. Active in several Internet causes he would have been a heavy computer user.

The emergency turn off where he had the cab drop him is near the Lion's Gate Bridge.

One of the expressed concerns in news accounts is that he walked onto the bridge and jumped.





Michael Doherty

One week home from Duke, 20 year old junior mechanical engineering major,  took a path through a wooded area 

while walking about one mile home in the rain from a late-night  party Saturday on Phyllis Street in Franklin.

His body has been found. The coroner stated he died of exposure.

He had abandoned his shoes, and shirt.

A Subliminal Distraction episode sometimes causes sensations of insects crawling on the skin.

Discarding clothing in inappropriate temperature conditions is often seen.

But without evidence that he created the "mental break causing design mistake" where he studied nothing can be concluded.

Micharl Goherty

Friends said he appeared sober and coherent when he left walking. But he may have been drinking at the private party.


Searchers found his shirt, and one shoe, then found his other shoe beside a brook.


Scent dogs followed his trail through the woods to the end of Oak Street Extension in Franklin

News reports are that a body was found Saturday May 20.  No other information is available.







Aalaap Narasipura


Cornell Univerversity engineering student Narasipura was last seen in Sage Hall on Cornell’s campus Wednesday morning.

Aalaap Naraipura

His body was found  in Fall Creek Friday morning.

Police statements do not suspect foul play.


This is the fourth student disappearance reported in my Google alerts this month






Sandeep Vishwakarma



Sandeep Vishwakama

Third year Computer Science major at the Rayeshwar Institute of Engineering and Information Technology at Shiroda, he left home Saturday going to an exam.

He did not show up for the exam.

When he did not return home his parents filed a police report.

His belongings, shoulder bag, ID card, "Hall Ticket," and "mobile phone" were found abandoned on the Borim Bridge.

Ponda Police suspect he jumped from the bridge.

"PSI Nitin Halarnkar js investigating."

The report is from the Navhind Times web site.

Claimed 56,000 daily circulation English language newspaper in Goa since 1963.

The Goan, and Digital Goa (Panaji based media house) also carried the story.



Hannah Webster




Essex University Finance & Banking major she was found dead in woodland near a cycle path in Colchester.

She vanished Thursday May 11th.

Police found her body at 2.10pm  Friday May 12th.

Police stated the death is not suspicious.

That leaves accident or suicide.

She was off the bike path in the woods.






Dakota James

Disappeared in January


Dakota James Textiing

James vanished while walking home over a familiar path he had taken many times before.

His family has disputed the coroner's evaluation that he died by accidental drowning.

There are other cases where the student vanished while crossing a bridge,

although there had been no history of depression, or mental illness. 

In several cases the student is known, or seen on video to have been alone.

In this case James can be seen on video texting on his phone, walking alone.

His body was found down stream by a woman walking her dog.

If he was able to text while walking he could not have been intoxicated enough to accidentally get in the river.


Although it has been 4 months friends, or roommates could supply information about his study or computer use habits.

Cited as Gay, he might have associates who were in his rooms to tell where his computer was located.





Noor "Nora" Alzaybak

High school freshman

The latest report on Monday May 29th  is that she has been found and will travel back to Alabama.

She came home on Thursday afternoon, but vanished few hours later.

The information that would qualify this disappearance as a Subliminal Distraction episode is missing.

Noor "Nora" Alzaybak

 "She came to my room and took her glasses," Sharazad Alzaybak said at Sunday's press conference.

"She seemed normal. Like 15 minutes later, my husband came home, and she's missing."

One report states her phone is going to voice mail.

Early reports do not mention any distress as the cause of her disappearance.

That sudden disappearance is the only clue that might qualify this case as a Subliminal Distraction disappearance.

Sometimes parents withhold information because of embarrassment, or fear of group disparagement.

The first thought would normally be that someone picked her up by her arrangement.


Blaze Bernstein

Body found in shallow grave hidden in the brush at park.

News sources are reporting he was stabbed 11 times.

An arrest has been made.

It is not possible to separate deaths from accident or crime from fugue episodes in the first few days of a disappearance.

Blaze BernsteinThe Daily Mail is reporting he texted a friend for a ride to the park to meet a third person. After entering the park alone leaving his ride by the car, he did not respond to the friend's text about where he was, so the friend left.

Current reports are that he was found in a shallow grave, and the friend has been arrested for the homicide.

Bernstein left keys, wallet, credit cards and eyeglasses behind in his parents home.

Very little information is available since he was a student in Pennsylvania and the disappearance happened in Orange County California.





Mukul Jain

A second student has vanished from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi.

He has returned only saying he had gone to Patna for “a dip in the Ganga.”

That does not explain leaving his wallet & phone in the lab.


Mukul JainA 26-year-old Life Sciences student pursuing a Ph.D. is missing since he was last seen going to a lab Monday, January 8th.  His wallet and mobile phone were left in the laboratory.

He is being reported as a IGNOU student who was being co-guided by a JNU professor and using JNU labs.

He was observed on CCTV leaving the campus just after 12 pm.

Police have said no foul play is suspected.

This is the second strange student disappearance from JNU.

There is a rumor he was having trouble with a relationship.

But why did he stop what he was doing, leave his wallet and  phone to walk away?



Sophie Smith

Current belief by authorities based on CCTV sighting is that she went into the sea.

Authorities finally admitted she left a note for her family.

Searches have been scaled back.

Sophie SmithFirst stories picked up with my Google alert for missing students failed to mention she left home at 3 am wearing only shorts and a vest in cold weather.

Information in news reports is skimpy. A recent problem is mentioned but not the nature of it or what she may have been observed to do recently. (unusual or bizarre behavior)

The Sun reports on Dec 28 that Sophie was being treated for severe anxiety and depression. Those are experimentally provable outcomes of Subliminal Distraction.

If she created the "special circumstances" for 'visual subliminal distraction' where she studied or used her computer/smart phone, that should be included in news releases.  Only family will have information to show that. She lived/studied at home. (?)

There is a long list of these disappearances and there are recoveries even in dire circumstances.  Subjects having this little-known believed-harmless episode may not experience cold. They can have hypothermia unaware of the cold.

A missing student experiencing a Subliminal Distraction episode is typically running away from hallucinated threats, beliefs, or unsolvable unbearable delusional situations.  They may seek help from any stranger and give a confabulated reason for their fear. She might have full or partial amnesia.

Given that explanation her rescuer will not realize she is missing while having a confused episode. A  single ride might transport her across the country.

She could be anywhere she could travel without documents. Recoveries have been made thousands of miles away.

If family can investigate and establish she is having a Subliminal Distraction episode that news will have more eyes looking for her across the country.

A spontaneous remission is possible. Ahmad Arain remembered his email address after six weeks in Mexico.

The manic or depressive episode remits when Subliminal Distraction exposure stops. But memories of hallucinated beliefs are believed as if they were real. She might hide from discovery.

This is a preventable problem. Design engineers discovered and solved it fifty years ago. Schools refuse to warn students.   Scotland Yard and British authorities do not reply. The Lancet refused to publish a letter about it.

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