Published On: May 07 2013 11:08:13 AM CDTUpdated On: Aug 26 2014 01:00:00 AM CDT
Five years ago today, Jaycee Dugard was found alive nearly 20 years after being kidnapped at age 11. One of the most notorious missing persons cases in recent memory, Dugard was taken from a street in her South Lake Tahoe, California, neighborhood in 1991. She was held captive in a backyard shed by Phillip and Nancy Garrido for 18 years, giving birth to Phillip Garrido's daughter at age 13 and being raped repeatedly. She was reunited with her family in 2009. Here are several other cases of missing people who have later been found alive:
Takeshi Terakoshi (1963) -- Terakoshi went missing at age 13 when a Japanese fishing vessel sunk off the coast of North Korea in 1963. He and his uncles were found alive, but North Korea refused to return them to Japan. It wasn't until 1987 that Terakoshi was allowed to communicate with his parents, who had long since given him up for dead.
Steven Stayner (Left, 1972) -- Snatched off the streets of Merced, Calif., at age 7, Stayner was held captive by Kenneth Parnell until age 14, when he escaped with another Parnell victim, Timothy White (also shown), in 1980.
Steve Carter (1977) -- Carter solved his own missing persons case when he found his photograph on a site for missing children in 2012. Turns out, he was reported missing by his biological father after his mother, Charlotte Moriarty, took him for a walk in 1977 and never returned. His mother put him in a Hawaiian orphanage and he was later adopted at age 4, eventually reuniting with his biological family.
Elisabeth Fritzl (1984) -- An Austrian native, Fritzl was held captive by her sadistic father Josef in a cellar beneath their family home for 24 years. She was repeatedly raped and forced to bear seven of his children, three of whom she raised in the dungeon while three were taken upstairs to live "normal" lives. Her plight was only uncovered in 2008 after she slipped a note in her daughter's pocket when the girl went for treatment at a local hospital. Josef Frizl is serving life in prison.
Gabriel Nagy (1987) -- An Australian native, Nagy called his wife in 1987 to tell her he'd be home for lunch but never returned. His burned-up car was found on the side of a road, and two weeks later he withdrew money for camping supplies. Turns out, a head wound from the crash gave him nearly total amnesia. He was found 23 years later.
Nguyen Thi Van (1992) -- Locked out of her Vietnam home one night for staying out too late, a 16-year-old Van went to several bars with friends and woke up the next morning in China. She and three other girls were forced to marry Chinese men, living with them and bearing their children for years. It was only last year that Van finally managed to escape in a pig truck and make her way back to her shocked parents in Vietnam.
Richard Wayne Landers (1994) -- Abducted from Indiana by his paternal grandparents at age 5, Landers was found living with his grandparents in a small town in Minnesota 19 years later earlier this year. Landers defended his grandparents in a Facebook post, saying he was "where I needed to be." He works at an auto parts store and is expecting a child with his wife. The case has been forwarded to federal authorities for possible charges.
Natascha Kampusch (1998) -- Abducted in 1998 at age 10 in her native Austria, Kampusch was held in a converted bomb shelter for eight years by a man named Wolfgang Prikopil. He eventually gave her more freedom, but told her all the windows and doors were rigged with explosives and he would kill her if she escaped. In 2006, Kampusch ran away while vacuuming while Prikopil was on the phone, finding a neighbor who alerted the police and returned her to safety.
Shawn Hornbeck (2002) -- Kidnapped in 2002 at age 11 while riding his bike near his Missouri home, Hornbeck was found more than four years later living in a St. Louis apartment with a man named Michael J. Devlin. Devlin has since been sentenced to life in prison.
Elizabeth Smart (2002) -- At age 14, Smart was abducted from her Salt Lake City home from Brian David Mitchell, a drifter who previously worked at the family home. Nine months later, a heavily-veiled Smart was found walking with Mitchell and his wife in Salt Lake City. She was eventually reunited with her family.
Danielle Cramer (2006) -- She went missing at age 15 in June 2006, but was discovered by police a year later locked in a secret upstairs cupboard in West Hartford, Conn. Police had gone to the house to arrest Adam Gault, 41, whom they suspected of murder, but instead managed to free Danielle.
Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight (early 2000s) -- These three women were found in the Cleveland home of Ariel Castro in 2013 after more than a decade of captivity. Knight disappeared first in 2002 at age 21, followed by Berry in 2003 at age 17 and DeJesus in 2004 at age 14. Neighbors rescued them after hearing Berry's screams. Castro later committed suicide in prison.