In 1996 Dr. Carlos Sanchez Ortiz de Salazar vanished without a trace from the place where he lived in Cazalla de la Sierra, Spain. The disappearance would remain a mystery for decades. But then, twenty years later and hundreds of miles away, mushroom pickers exploring some woods in Italy made an unexpected discovery. Yes, though the foragers were looking for fungi, they instead stumbled upon something truly startling: a link to the doctor who had gone missing two decades prior.
A representative of the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, Todd Matthews, told USA Today that there are up to 90,000 individuals missing in the United States on any particular day. Of that number, people who are over the age of 18 make up about 60 percent. The rest of the country’s missing people are children.