Some missing persons news from other parts of the world

In faraway Krygyzstan, which I’m quite sure most Americans had never heard of until it made the news with some “civil unrest” lately, there is one story with a happy ending: an eight-year-old boy who vanished during the riots in June has been found alive. Little Kudaibergen Attokurov spent over a month hiding in abandoned buildings. He has since been reunited with his family. (And, writing this, I just learned from the Wikipedia page for Kyrgyzstan that for some reason over half of the people there are left-handed. Use that fact to impress your friends.)

Japan, amusingly, has lost track of its really really old people. Last week the authorities found the mummified body of what they thought was their nation’s oldest man. Whoops. He had been dead for thirty years and his family was stealing his pension money. Now they are looking for the oldest woman, age 113. She doesn’t live at her listed address, no one seems to know where she is and in fact the authorities haven’t been in contact with her in decades. Several other centenarians in the country cannot be accounted for.

Australian teenager Tamara Milograd will have been missing for forty years next month and her family hasn’t given up hope of finding her. Her father died in 1989 but her mom is still alive. The police think Tamara ran away and is probably living under a different name somewhere.

23 thoughts on “Some missing persons news from other parts of the world

  1. Kat August 5, 2010 / 12:04 am

    Heard about the Japan stuff. As a rule, they generally treat their elders better than we do. However , as the world catches up, you start to see cases like this. As for the former Russian satellite, it’s about time they started listed MP’s too.

    • Meaghan August 5, 2010 / 3:58 am

      I pride myself in that I had heard of Kyrgyzstan and I knew its location and its status as a former SSR before the riots. 🙂 And now the lefthandness thing is going to replace my previous weird useless fact (that being that it is illegal to drive in the Democratic Republic of Congo unless you have a fire extinguisher in your car).

      • Kat August 5, 2010 / 5:20 pm

        I used to be able to name all the former satellite….dating myself here.

      • Princess Shantae August 5, 2010 / 5:34 pm

        Kat you probably would be able to name all the former Soviet countries if you only had some higher education like Michelle from Madison says. lol

      • Meaghan August 5, 2010 / 5:49 pm

        I can still name all the former Soviet countries. There’s this online quiz I’ve been taking a lot lately where you have to name all the countries in the world in 15 minutes. There are 196. So far I’ve never managed to make it past 191. I can never quite remember them all.

        But for the record, the former Soviet Bloc countries are:


        I think that’s all. That’s just counting countries that were an official part of the Soviet Union. There’s a whole passel of European countries with communist governments that served as buffer states, such as Hungary, Czechoslovakia, etc.

  2. Princess Shantae August 5, 2010 / 3:31 am

    You hear about somethign like this every month, seems like. Some old person dies and whoever he’s living with, usually soem out of work middle aged child, just keeps them around to live off their soc. sec. checks. How can anybody live with that kind of smell? Nasty.

    • Meaghan August 5, 2010 / 3:54 am

      A couple of years ago I read of a case where an old man on a pension, who was roomies with two other old men who were also on fixed incomes, died suddenly at home the day before he was supposed to collect his pension. His two roommates decided to get it for him, but he needed to be physically present to pick it up so they propped his corpse up in a wheelchair, covered him with a blanket and took him there claiming he was sick and they were helping him out.

      • Karen August 5, 2010 / 5:24 pm

        This happpened on Manhattan’s West Side. Incredibly, one cop noticed the dead man being trundled along in a rolling office chair and thought it was a joke!


  3. CarlK90245 August 5, 2010 / 3:35 am

    Just last month, a Websleuths member submitted a possible match of Arroyo Grande Jane Doe (1980 Henderson NV) to a girl missing from Australia since 1973. That made nationwide news in Australia.

    I wonder if this is what prompted the article on Tamara Milograd.

    • Meaghan August 5, 2010 / 3:52 am

      I saw an article about that. I think they must really be scraping the bottom of the barrel if they’re even willing to do a match from the other side of the world.

  4. Kat August 5, 2010 / 7:31 pm

    Man, Meaghan, every time I start feeling smart you come along and smack me! LOL, just kidding, hon! I couldn’t get half of what you do. I was always great with Europe and HORRIBLE with Africa. I think I could now tell you Egypt and SA off the top of my head. And love you, Princess. Michelle could take my college degree and shove it. But like Meaghan said, no troll feeding. Though I wonder what the toll to pass is…..

  5. Kat August 5, 2010 / 7:31 pm

    PS, let me know what site that is you quiz on, I could use a little brushing up, so could my girls.

    • Meaghan August 5, 2010 / 7:38 pm

      It’s the Countries of the World quiz at . That site has a whole bunch of awesome quizzes.

      I tried it again today. I almost made it! I only missed the Marshall Islands. 😦 Whoever heard of the Marshall Islands anyway.

      • Sara August 6, 2010 / 7:37 pm

        It took me almost a month of taking that quiz daily (sometimes multiple times a day– I have no life), but I finally got all 196 countries! Then I took a screenshot for posterity. Man, that was a great day.

  6. Kat August 5, 2010 / 7:45 pm

    Is that where they though Amelia Earhart crashed? Maybe? Thanks for the link. I cannot believe you know all those countries. You should be teaching. BTW, can’t remember if I asked you already, I was thinking of you the other day while Christmas shopping and wondering what disease was on tap this year for your very favorite bro. I think you’ve covered gonorreha and clymadia (sp, I know). Just curious, don’t know if you are an early shopper :).

    • Meaghan August 5, 2010 / 7:54 pm

      Gosh, I haven’t thought of that yet. I’ll have to get back to you. He lives in Michigan now so we hardly ever see each other. Perhaps some good old-fashioned pneumonia?

      I don’t remember where they think Amelia Earhart crashed. I think her disappearance will probably be a mystery forever.

      • Karen August 5, 2010 / 10:26 pm

        The uninhabited island of Nikumaroro, in the Central Pacific Republic of Kiribati.

        See for more information


      • Meaghan August 6, 2010 / 1:08 am

        Wow, this is the second time Kiribati has been mentioned on this blog in less than a month.

  7. Kat August 5, 2010 / 8:18 pm

    Hey, that’s not a bad thing. You know diseases can be carried over long distances *badoom doom* :). thank you, thank you very much. My bro lives in San Fran ( or Diego, some San) and I am all the more grateful for it.

  8. Kat August 5, 2010 / 8:19 pm

    And you are right, aside from that one random Unsolved Mysteries back in the 90’s where they thought they found her plane, nothing has really come up. One for the ages, I guess.

  9. Princess Shantae August 5, 2010 / 11:54 pm

    I love Amelia Earhart! I dressed up as her for Halloween one time.

  10. Jen August 6, 2010 / 1:08 pm

    My husband’s been to Kyrgyzstan. It sucks. He went there while deployed to Afghanistan. There’s a huge airbase there (Mannas)- it was in the news last year when Sec. of State Hillary Clinton was renewing the contract for use of the base. We pay that country a TON to use it.

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