The only one I can think of is the lost Virginia Roanoke Colony. It sure would be fascinating to know the truth about all of them! I guess we can only hope more clues are uncovered by historians one day.
Roanoke DNA Studies: Researchers at North Carolina's Research Triangle worked on this problem and found some good answers.
DNA analysis found descendants of the Roanoke colonists after they went to live with the Croatan Band and left their Governor a coded message about their whereabouts.
European artifacts recently have been found on Hatteras Island (formerly Croatan Island), where the Europeans and the Native Americans lived together. Together with DNA, this indicates some proof.
Currently, about 250 descendants of these intermarriages live in the Greenville NC area. Researchers are slowly discovering DNA markers in them that originated in England, Spain and possibly elsewhere in Europe. The Roanoke DNA Studies are ongoing and more news will likely hit the media in the near future.
I wrote about this about 1 1/2 years ago. Fascinating history.
The Holy Grail. The Malaysian jet over the Indian Ocean. Anastasia and Alexei Nikolaevich, daughter and son of Tsar Nicholas of Russia -- the family members were executed, but the bodies of Anastasia and Alexei were not found.
I'm working on a hub about Anastasia as well. Bear with me, these take quite a bit of research. Anastasia is one of those "mysteries" that isn't really a mystery - the answer just isn't well known and spread.
Anastasia is a fascinating subject to research and write about. I look forward to reading it. There was a movie made about her. I believe Ingrid Bergman played Anastasia. It has been years since I have watched it, but I remember it was very well done and I enjoyed it.
I'm short on time and have a few to finish before it. I found the subject fascinating since I saw the old animated movie. Its awesome that they managed to solve that mystery but I wish there was a way to spread it further so it isn't limited knowledge!
This is an interesting question, Rochelle. Some things immediately come to mind other than what has been posted: Everything and every poor soul that was supposedly “swallowed up” in the Bermuda Triangle; Jimmy Hoffa; The Lost Fabergé Eggs.
Do you remember the Celestine Prophecies? The book was fiction but I think it was supposedly based on the search for a real missing book or papers about the secret to life or something. Or was that a part of the book's appeal? That's what made to story soooo good. I wish I could find my copy.
Amelia Earhart isn't missing. She never really was (for long at least). Long story short, she was stranded with her navigator on an island for a while, most the evidence was ignored for a while, and now, the "mystery" is no longer a mystery. I have a hub on it if you're really interested but that's the jist of it. Atlantis never existed. Plato mentioned it. Once. Somehow everyone misinterpreted it as fact. I'm working on a hub on Atlantis at the moment.
During the great depression an Australian gold prospector named Lasseter stumbled across a huge gold reef in the harsh desert of central Australia. When he returned to stake his claim he went back to the site but could not find it and perished. The legend became known as 'Lasseter's reef' which is well documented in folklore. A few years later a plane 'the Lady Southern Cross' piloted by pioneer aviator Charles Kingsford - Smith went missing over the Indian Ocean on a flight from London to Sydney.
IN the desert southwest of the U.S. is "The Lost Dutchman's Mine"-- people are still looking. Then there's DB Cooper who parachuted out of a plane with a load of cash over California-- some of the cash has been found, but not Cooper.. And I guess some people are still looking for that Malaysian airliner (not the one in Ukraine, the earlier one).
I think that Malaysian airliner is going to end up one of the "mysteries" that isn't really a mystery, kind of like Earhart. Like in 25 years (and I mean no disrespect towards anyone) people will still have conspiracy theories when wreckage supporting that the plane crashed was found years prior.
The 'Lost Chord' composed by the English playwright Arthur Sullivan was never in actual fact lost as it met public acclaim in late 19th century London towne. His follow up composition was to be the 'Second lost chord' however he died prior to finishing it. Co-incidentaly when Glenn Miller's plane went missing on a flight from London to Paris in the war years it was rumoured he had a brief case full of yet to be released music.
Two historical/forensic studies that show solid method and robust statistical results point to different identities. How confounding!
A third result is posted across the Internet by a descendant of a London police official at the time; the poster is quite angry that the world is not accepting the opinion of his ancestor. So, we have three identities? Did they work together? Plus, a conspiracy theory of old says that the press made Jack up, stringing together prostitute deaths and questionable evidences.
We likely will never know the ID for certain and the Tourism, Literature, and Film businesses around Jack will continue in a very healthy manner.
Rapid changes in technologies saw many gadgets disappear during our lifetime only. Teleprinters once used by banks to transfer billions of dollars are gone so are IBM punch card readers. I have not seen any 8” floppy disk lately or a portable fax machine. Does anyone remember Newton fax?