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List of murdered American children

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This is a list of murdered American children that details notable murders among thousands of cases of subjects who were or are believed to have been under the age of 18 upon their deaths. Cases listed are stated to be unsolved, solved or pending and, in some cases, where the victims' remains have never been found or identified.

Before 1950

Victim(s) Date of Death Age Location Status Description
Enoch Brown school massacre July 26, 1764 Various Franklin County, Pennsylvania Solved
Mountain Meadows massacre September 11, 1857 7–17 Mountain Meadows, Utah Solved
Delia Green December 25, 1900 14 Savannah, Georgia Solved
Johnny Keller April 1905 16 Saint Paul, Minnesota Solved
Elsie Paroubek April 8, 1911 5 Chicago, Illinois Unsolved
Little Lord Fauntleroy c. October 1920 - February 1921 5–7 Waukesha, Wisconsin Unsolved, unidentified
Bobby Franks May 21, 1924 14 Chicago, Illinois Solved
Wineville Chicken Coop Murders August 16, 1926 – August 31, 1928 Various Wineville, California Solved
Bath School massacre May 18, 1927 7-74 Bath Township, Clinton County, Michigan Solved 38 elementary schoolchildren and six adults were killed, mainly by explosives intentionally detonated by a mass murderer
Marion Parker December 17, 1927 12 Los Angeles, California Solved
Addison County victims c. 1932–1934 9–15 Middlebury, Vermont Unsolved, unidentified Two children found murdered alongside an adult female believed to be their mother.[1]
Charles Lindbergh, Jr. March 1, 1932 1 Highfields, New Jersey Solved
Babes in the Wood murders (Pine Grove Furnace) November 24, 1934 8–12 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Solved Murder-suicide.[2]
Mary Thames, Betty Binnicker March 23, 1944 8, 11 Columbia, South Carolina Conviction vacated, unsolved George Stinney, a 14-year-old African-American boy, was executed in the electric chair after being wrongfully convicted in an unfair trial without an effective defense.
Thora Chamberlain November 1945 14 Campbell, California Solved, body never found
Thelma Taylor August 6, 1949 15 Portland, Oregon Solved

1950s

Victim(s) Date of Death Age Location Status Description
Kathy Tongay May 6, 1953 5 Miami, Florida Solved
Bobby Greenlease September 28, 1953 6 Kansas City, Missouri Solved
Emmett Till August 28, 1955 14 Money, Mississippi Solved
Barbara and Patricia Grimes December 28, 1956 15, 12 Brighton Park, Illinois Unsolved
Boy in the Box c. February 1957 3–6 Fox Chase, Philadelphia Unsolved, unidentified
Little Miss X c. June 1957 – March 1958 11–14 Grand Canyon, Arizona Unsolved, unidentified Cause of death unknown, but was investigated as homicide.[3]
Maria Ridulph December 3, 1957 7 Sycamore, Illinois Unsolved A suspect was convicted in 2012, but was eventually exonerated in 2016.[4][5]
Irondequoit Jane Doe c. 1958–1978 15–20 Irondequoit, New York Unsolved, unidentified

1960s

Victim(s) Date of Death Age Location Status Description
Little Miss Nobody c. July 17–24, 1960 5–7 Congress, Arizona Unsolved, unidentified Cause of death remains undetermined, but is a suspected homicide.[6]
Michelle Morgan August 11, 1961 4 Mascoutah, Illinois Solved
Jackson County John Doe c. Autumn 1962 1–2 Ashland, Oregon Unsolved, unidentified
Linda Edwards June 4, 1963 17 Gaviota, California Unsolved Possible victim of the unidentified Zodiac killer.[7]
16th Street Baptist Church bombing September 15, 1963 11–14 Birmingham, Alabama Solved Four girls killed in a bombing by the Ku Klux Klan.[8]
Dennis Jurgens April 11, 1965 3 White Bear Lake, Minnesota Solved
Sylvia Likens October 26, 1965 16 Indianapolis, Indiana Solved
Brenda Sue Brown July 27, 1966 11 Shelby, North Carolina Solved
St. Charles County Jane Doe c. January 1968 2–3 West Alton, Missouri Unsolved, unidentified
Jane Durrua November 5, 1968 13 Keansburg, New Jersey Solved [9][10]
Betty Lou Jensen, David Faraday December 20, 1968 16, 17 Benicia, California Unsolved Victims of the Zodiac Killer.[7]
Marina Habe December 30, 1968 17 Los Angeles County, California Unsolved Daughter of writer Hans Habe and actress Eloise Hardt. Possible victim of Charles Manson’s followers. [11]
Rosemary Calandriello August 25, 1969 17 Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey Solved, body never found [9][12]

1970s

Victim(s) Date of Death Age Location Status Description
Kristen and Kimberley MacDonald February 17, 1970 2, 5 Fort Bragg, North Carolina Solved Jeffrey R. MacDonald was convicted of the murders.[13]
Dean Corll victims September 25, 1970 – August 3, 1973 13–17 Houston, Texas Solved, unidentified One victim remains unidentified, Harris County John Doe (1973).[14]
Little Miss Lake Panasoffkee c. January 1971 17–22 Lake Panasoffkee, Florida Unsolved, unidentified
Atlantic County Jane Doe c. 1971 12–18 Galloway, New Jersey Unsolved, unidentified
Rhonda Johnson and Sharon Shaw August 4, 1971 14, 13 Galveston, Texas Solved; conviction disputed
Alphabet murders November 16, 1971 – November 26, 1973 10–11 Rochester, New York Unsolved The victims were Carmen Colon, Michelle Maenza, and Wanda Walkowicz.[15]
Fairfax County John Doe June 12, 1972 3–6 Lorton, Virginia Unsolved, unidentified
Dolores Della Penna July 12, 1972 17 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Unsolved
Seminole County Jane Doe c. August 1972 – July 1973 13–21 Altamonte Springs, Florida Unsolved, unidentified
Jeannette DePalma c. August 7, 1972 16 Springfield Township, New Jersey Unsolved
Randy Steven Kraft victims February 4, 1973 – July 1982 14–17 Various Solved, unidentified (1-3 victims)
Jane Doe B-20 c. 1970-1993 13-24 Kent, Washington Solved, unidentified The partial remains of an unidentified female, who is a confirmed victim of serial killer Gary Ridgway. The victim's remains were located on August 21, 2003, yet it is believed she was murdered at least a decade before.[16][17]
Maury County Jane Doe c. Spring–Fall 1974 15–25 Maury County, Tennessee Unsolved, unidentified
Mary Kitts June – July 1974 17 Fresno, California Solved, body never found
Martha Morrison September 1974 17 Portland, Oregon Unsolved Victim remained unidentified until 2015.[18]
Debra Kent November 8, 1974 17 Bountiful, Utah Solved A teenager murdered by serial killer Ted Bundy after her abduction from her high school parking lot. Only a patella was recovered but was identified through DNA to belong to Kent in 2018.[19]
Sussex County Jane Doe c. 1975–1980 13–20 High Point State Park, New Jersey Unsolved, unidentified
Marcia Trimble February 25, 1975 10 Nashville, Tennessee Solved
Katherine and Sheila Lyon March 25, 1975 10, 12 Wheaton, Maryland Solved
Susan Curtis June 27, 1975 15 Provo, Utah Solved, body never found Curtis disappeared from a school conference. Serial killer Ted Bundy admitted to kidnapping and murdering her.[20]
Martha Moxley October 30, 1975 15 Greenwich, Connecticut Unsolved Conviction overturned in 2018.
Gypsy Hill killings January 24 – February 2, 1976 14, 17 San Mateo County, California Unsolved Victims of an unidentified serial killer.[21]
Oakland County Child Murders February 1976 - March 1977 10-12 Oakland County, Michigan Unsolved During a 13-month period, four children (two girls and two boys) were abducted and murdered with their bodies left in various locations in suburban Detroit. Each child was held alive from 4 to 19 days before being killed. The boys were sexually assaulted. Their deaths triggered a murder investigation which at the time was the largest in U.S. history.[22] The murders are still unsolved.
John Wayne Gacy victims May 14, 1976 – December 11, 1978 13–21 Chicago, Illinois Solved, unidentified (6 victims)[23] 33 boys and young men
Woodlawn Jane Doe September 12, 1976 15–30 Baltimore, Maryland Unsolved, unidentified
Beth Doe c. December 13–19, 1976 14–25 White Haven, Pennsylvania Unsolved, unidentified
Oklahoma Girl Scout murders June 12, 1977 8–11 Mayes County, Oklahoma Unsolved Three girls murdered while at a summer camp. The prime suspect has since died and DNA samples from the killer are now insufficient to process.[24]
Snohomish County Jane Doe August 9, 1977 15–21 Everett, Washington Solved, unidentified
Mary Quigley September 10, 1977 17 Santa Clara, California Solved
Kimberly Leach February 9, 1978 12 Lake City, Florida Solved Victim of serial killer Ted Bundy.[25][26]
San Diego County Jane Doe (1978) c. February 12, 1978 14–18 Otay, California Unsolved, unidentified
Long Beach John Doe June 2, 1978 15–23 Long Beach, California Unsolved, unidentified
Clinton Avenue Five August 20, 1978 16–17 Newark, New Jersey Solved, bodies never found
Perry County Jane Doe c. Autumn 1978 – Spring 1979 15–38 Watts Township, Pennsylvania Unsolved, unidentified Cause of death undetermined, considered suspicious.[27]
Jonestown massacre November 18, 1978 Various Jonestown, Guyana Solved 314 children died from drinking cyanide under the order of Jim Jones.
Bear Brook murders c. November 1978 11 months, 2-4, 7 Allenstown, New Hampshire Unidentified (one child) Four victims total, three were children and one was an adult female.[28] The adult, oldest and youngest victims were identified in June 2019 as Marlyse Honeychurch, Marie Vaughn and Sarah McWaters. Honeychurch was the mother of the two now-identified children, who were half-sisters. The middle child, determined to be the daughter of serial killer Terry Peder Rasmussen, remains unidentified.[29]
Robert Piest December 11, 1978 15 Des Plaines, Cook County, Illinois, USA Solved Robert was the final victim of John Wayne Gacy, and his murder led to Gacy's arrest. Robert was raped and asphyxiated, his body thrown into the Des Plaines River, and was found in April 1979.
Kerry Graham and Francine Trimble December 1978 15, 14 Willits, California Unsolved Victims remained unidentified until 2015.[30][31]
Devonna Nelson c. 1979 14 Missoula, Montana Solved Presumed victim of probable serial killer Wayne Nance. She remained unidentified until 2009.[32]
Eklutna Annie c. 1979–1980 16–25 Eklutna, Alaska Solved, unidentified Victim of serial killer Robert Hansen.[33]
Etan Patz May 25, 1979 6 Manhattan, New York Solved, body never found
Rancho Cucamonga Jane Doe June 6, 1979 15-30 Rancho Cucamonga, California Unsolved, unidentified
Lucinda Schaefer June 24, 1979 16 Torrance, California Solved, body never found A teenage girl abducted and presumed to have been murdered. Her body was never found, allegedly being disposed of in a "remote gorge."[34]
Atlanta murders of 1979–81 July 21, 1979 – March 12, 1981 9–14 Atlanta, Georgia Solved Victims of a serial killer.[35]
Newhall Jane Doe c. August 1979 – June 1980 15–20 Newhall, California unsolved, unidentified Suspect has been arraigned.[36]
Sahara Sue August 14, 1979 15–25 Las Vegas, Nevada Unsolved, unidentified
Tammy Vincent September 1979 16 Tiburon, California Unsolved Victim remained unidentified until 2007.[37]
Miami-Dade County Jane Doe (1979) September 4, 1979 17–25 Dade, Florida Unsolved, unidentified
Tammy Alexander November 9, 1979 16 Caledonia, New York Unsolved Victim remained unidentified until 2015.[38]

1980s

Victim(s) Date of Death Age Location Status Description
Ventura County Jane Doe July 18, 1980 15-30[39] Westlake, California Solved, unidentified
Volusia County Jane Doe (1980) c. October 1980 15–25 Daytona Beach, Florida Solved, unidentified
Arroyo Grande Jane Doe October 4 or 5, 1980 14–25 Henderson, Nevada Unsolved, unidentified
Walker County Jane Doe November 1, 1980 14–20 Huntsville, Texas Unsolved, unidentified
Harris County Does November or December 1980 15–25 Houston, Texas Unsolved, unidentified Both subjects were likely over 18 when murdered.[40][41]
Carol Cole December 1980 17 Bellevue, Louisiana Unsolved Victim remained unidentified until 2015.[42]
Newton County John Does c. 1981–1983 15–18; 17–23 Lake Village, Indiana Solved, unidentified Victims of serial killer Larry Eyler.
Miami-Dade County Jane Doe (1981) c. February 2, 1981 16–26 Miami-Dade County, Florida Unsolved, unidentified
Baby Andrew February 28, 1981 Newborn Sioux Falls, South Dakota Pending An infant abandoned near a road, died from exposure and blood loss.[43] The child's mother was identified in 2019 and subsequently charged with his murder.[44][45]
Keddie murders April 11, 1981 12–17 Keddie, California Unsolved
Adam Walsh July 27, 1981 6 Hollywood, Florida Solved
Tina Harmon October 29, 1981 12 Creston, Ohio Solved
Marcy Renee Conrad November 3, 1981 14 Milpitas, California Solved
Aiken County Jane Doe c. 1982–1986 17–25 Aiken County, South Carolina Unsolved, unidentified Possible victim of a serial killer.[46]
Frieda Powell c. 1982 15 Ringgold, Texas Solved, body never found Henry Lee Lucas, now deceased, confessed to killing his teenage girlfriend while in Texas. Authorities believe his confession, yet efforts to confirm the remains identified by Lucas to be hers were inconclusive.[47][48]
Carolyn Eaton c. February 1, 1982 17 Williams, Arizona Unsolved Unidentified and know as Valentine Sally until February 2021.
Tegan Davis March 11, 1982 3 Lewisburg, West Virginia Solved
Shannah Wicklund April 14, 1982 9 Clearview, Washington Solved Murdered along with her mother and a neighbor in a revenge killing.[49]
Michelle Garvey July 1, 1982 15 Baytown, Texas Unsolved Victim remained unidentified until 2014.
Princess Doe c. Early July 1982 14–20 Blairstown, New Jersey Unsolved, unidentified A female found at the edge of a cemetery. A couple confessed to killing the victim, yet authorities are doubtful.[50]
Krista Harrison July 17, 1982 11 Marshallville, Ohio Solved
Ricky Stetson August 22, 1982 11 Portland, Maine Solved The first of three victims of John Joubert and the only victim murdered in Maine.[51]
Rachael Runyan August 28, 1982 3 Sunset, Utah Unsolved
Lisa Ann Millican September 28, 1982 13 Location unknown, Alabama Solved
Alisha Heinrich December 3 or 4, 1982 18 months Moss Point, Mississippi Unsolved Victim remained unidentified until 2020. Her mother, who disappeared alongside her, remains missing.[52]
Redhead murders c. 1981–1992 9–17 Various Unsolved, unidentified Victims of an unidentified serial killer that were left on the side of highways. Not all presumed victims have been verified to be linked.[53]
Wendy Stephens c. 1983 14 Burien, Washington Solved Victim of Gary Ridgway, who remained unidentified until 2021; previously known as "Jane Doe B-10" or "Bones 10." She disappeared from Colorado on an unspecified date in 1983; her remains were discovered in March 1984.[54]
South Bay John Doe c. February 1983 17–28 South Bay, Florida Unsolved, unidentified
St. Louis Jane Doe c. February 23, 1983 8–11 St. Louis, Missouri Unsolved, unidentified
Jeanine Nicarico February 23, 1983 10 Naperville, Illinois Solved
Jane Doe B-17 c. Spring/summer 1983 14-19 King County, Washington Solved, unidentified A victim of serial killer Gary Ridgway, initially discovered on February 18, 1984, with additional remains being recovered on January 2, 1986. Recent isotope testing indicated she was possibly from the Western region of the United States, Alaska, or Canada before her murder in Washington. [55]
Debora Kaye Smith c. June 1983 10 Hartville, Ohio Unsolved
San Bernardino County John Doe (1983) June 19, 1983 15–17 Bloomington, California Unsolved, unidentified
Crescenta Valley Jane Doe June 26, 1983 16–28 Crescenta Valley, California Solved, unidentified
Danny Joe Eberle September 18, 1983 13 Bellevue, Nebraska Solved Second victim of John Joubert.[56]
Christoper Walden December 2, 1983 12 Papillion, Nebraska Solved Third and final victim on John Joubert.[57]
Altoona Jane Doe c. March 1984 17–20 Altoona, Florida Unsolved, unidentified
Colleen Orsborn March 19, 1984 15 Daytona Beach, Florida Solved Victim remained unidentified until 2011.[58]
Kirsten Costas June 23, 1984 15 Orinda, California Solved
Suesan Knorr July 16, 1984 16 Squaw Valley, California Solved Victim remained unidentified until 1993.
Daniel Bridges August 19, 1984 16 Chicago, Illinois Solved Victim of serial killer Larry Eyler
Dona Ana County Jane Doe c. October 1984 - January 1985 16-20 Upham, New Mexico Unsolved, unidentified
Marcella Bachmann c. September – October 1984 16 Missoula, Montana Solved Presumed victim of probable serial killer Wayne Nance. She remained unidentified until 2006.[32]
Vicki Hoskinson September 17, 1984 8 Flowing Wells, Arizona Solved
Trinity murders September 29, 1984 17 Louisville, Kentucky Solved
Santa Clarita Doe c. 1985–1986 13–22 Santa Clarita Valley, California Unsolved, unidentified
Woodbury John Doe c. 1985–1993 17–25 Woodbury, New York Unsolved, unidentified
Donna and Joanne Moser March 31, 1985 14, 10 Evansburg, Pennsylvania Solved
Paula Dyer April 16, 1985 7 Knoxville, Tennessee Solved
Shari Smith May 31 / June 1, 1985 17 Lexington County, South Carolina Solved A 17-year-old who was abducted from the driveway of her home. Her killer called her family repeatedly to taunt them; even after the victim's death. Larry Gene Bell was later convicted of her murder and executed.[59]
Debra Helmick June 15, 1985 9 Richland County, South Carolina Solved A girl abducted from her front yard and subsequently murdered by Larry Gene Bell, also responsible for the abduction and murder of Shari Smith. He was later convicted and executed for her murder.[59]
Los Angeles County Jane Doe Summer 1985 10 – 12 months Los Angeles, California Unsolved, unidentified
Michele Avila October 2, 1985 17 Angeles National Forest, California Solved
Aroostook County Jane Doe December 7, 1985 Newborn Frenchville, Maine Unsolved, unidentified
Michelle Dorr c. May 24, 1986 6 Silver Spring, Maryland Solved [60]
San Bernardino County John Doe (1986) c. August 14, 1986 17–22 Ontario, California Unsolved, unidentified
Peter and Casey Dardeen November 17, 1986 3, newborn Ina, Illinois Unsolved
Gloucester County Jane Doe December 4, 1986 Newborn Turnersville, New Jersey Unsolved, unidentified
Darcie Frackenpohl 1987 17 Sacramento, California Solved Victim remained unidentified for several months.[61]
Wayne County Jane Doe (1987) February 8 or 9, 1987 16–25 Detroit, Michigan Unsolved, unidentified
Diane Cho November 22, 1987 15 Chesterfield County, Virginia Solved
Deanna Criswell c. November 23, 1987 16 Marana, Arizona Solved Victim remained unidentified until 2015.[62]
Dade County John Doe January 5, 1988 16–21 Miami, Florida Unsolved, unidentified
Jenkins County Jane Doe February 7–10, 1988 16–25 Millen, Georgia Unsolved, unidentified
April Tinsley April 1–2, 1988 8 Fort Wayne, Indiana Solved Suspect arrested on July 15, 2018.[63]
Sally McMelly and Shane Stewart July 4, 1988 16–17 San Angelo, Texas Unsolved
Sarah Cherry July 6, 1988 12 Bowdoin, Maine Solved
Judith Barsi July 25, 1988 10 Canoga Park, California Solved
Jaclyn Dowaliby September 10–14, 1988 7 Chicago, Illinois Unsolved
Collin County John Doe December 15, 1988 15–25 Frisco, Texas Unsolved, unidentified
Barren County Doe c. February – July 1989 2–3 Glasgow, Kentucky Unsolved, unidentified
Kelly Ann Tinyes March 3, 1989 13 Valley Stream, New York Solved
Aundria Bowman c. March 11, 1989 14 Hamilton, Michigan Pending A teenager listed as a missing person for over thirty years. Her remains were located in February 2020 after her adoptive father confessed to her murder. He was previously charged with the 1980 murder of a woman in Virginia.[64]
Christe and Michelle Rogers c. June 2, 1989 14, 17 Tampa Bay, Florida Solved
Yusef Hawkins August 23, 1989 16 Bensonhurst, New York Solved
William and Cole Neer September 4, 1989 9, 11 Vancouver, Washington Solved
Sue Ann Huskey c. September 1989 17 Williamson County, Texas Unsolved Victim remained unidentified until January 2020.[65]
Jacob Wetterling c. October 22, 1989 11 St. Joseph, Minnesota Solved Victim remained a missing person for nearly 27 years before the location of his remains was disclosed by Jacob's murderer.[66]
Amy Mihaljevic October 27, 1989 10 Bay Village, Ohio Unsolved
Lee Iseli October 29, 1989 4 Portland, Oregon Solved

1990s

Victim(s) Date of Death Age Location Status Description
Regina Walters February 1990 14 Texas Solved
Penny Doe c. May 1990 15–40 Monroe, Pennsylvania Unsolved, unidentified Subject was most likely over 19 at time of death.[67]
Hillsborough Jane Doe September 13–16, 1990 14–25 Hillsborough, North Carolina Unsolved, unidentified
Timothy Wiltsey May 25, 1991 5 South Amboy, New Jersey Solved
Anjelica Castillo c. July 18, 1991 4 Astoria, New York Solved Victim remained unidentified until 2013.[68]
Krystal Naab July 23, 1991 16 Ramsey, Illinois Solved
Mandy Lemaire August 22, 1991 11 Tazlina, Alaska Unsolved Suspect's conviction was overturned in 1999. He died before the completion of the second trial.[69]
Megan Pratt c. September 1991 3 Brooksville, Florida Solved, body never found [70][71]
Los Angeles County Jane Doe (1991) September 10, 1991 15–20 Los Angeles, California Unsolved, unidentified
Heather Dawn Church September 17, 1991 13 Black Forest, Colorado Solved
Austin yogurt shop murders December 6, 1991 13–17 Austin, Texas Unsolved
Shanda Sharer January 11, 1992 12 Madison, Indiana Solved
Sheridan County Jane Doe c. February 1992 16–21 Sheridan County, Wyoming Unsolved, unidentified
Los Angeles County John Does (1992) July 19, 1992 13–16, 17–19 Los Angeles, California Unsolved, unidentified
Dantrell Davis October 13, 1992 7 Chicago, Illinois, Solved
Shauna Howe October 31, 1992 11 Oil City, Pennsylvania Solved
Stuart Tay December 31, 1992 17 Buena Park, California Solved
Jonathan Sellers and Charlie Keever March 27, 1993 9, 13 San Diego County, California Solved
Joseph Wallace April 19, 1993 2 Chicago, Illinois Solved
Rainbow Falls Doe June 12 or 13, 1993 13–25 Douglas County, Colorado Unsolved, unidentified
Jennifer Ertman and Elizabeth Peña June 24, 1993 14, 16 Houston, Texas Solved
Amber and Kandi Duncan July 24, 1993 6, 10 Iowa Solved
Christina Benjamin and Brian King July 26, 1993 13, 14 Texas Solved
Derrick Robie August 1993 4 New York Solved
Kori Lamaster August 1993 17 California Unsolved Victim remained unidentified until 2013.[72]
Holly Piirainen August 5, 1993 10 Grafton, Massachusetts Unsolved
Polly Klaas October 1, 1993 12 Petaluma, California Solved
Megan Kanka July 29, 1994 7 Hamilton Township, New Jersey Solved
Robert Sandifer September 1, 1994 11 Chicago, Illinois Solved
Nicholas Green October 1, 1994 7 Messina, Italy Solved
Eric Morse October 13, 1994 4–5 Chicago, Illinois Solved
Alexander & Michael Smith November 3, 1994 3, 1 Union, South Carolina Solved
Eddie Polec November 11, 1994 16 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Solved
Deanna Cremin March 30, 1995 17 Somerville, Massachusetts Unsolved
Oklahoma City bombing April 19, 1995 3 months–5 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Solved 19 children were killed in the bombing.
Elyse Pahler July 22, 1995 15 Arroyo Grande, California Solved
Jimmy Ryce September 11, 1995 9 Redland, Florida Solved
Stephanie Kuhen September 17, 1995 3 Cypress Park, California Solved
Elisa Izquierdo November 22, 1995 6 Manhattan, New York Solved
Barbara Barnes c. December 7, 1995 13 Steubenville, Ohio Unsolved
Justina Morales December 31, 1995 8 Brooklyn, New York Solved, body never found
Amber Hagerman January 17, 1996 9 Arlington, Texas Unsolved
Baby Belle c. May 20, 1996 3 weeks – 2 months Clewiston, Florida Unsolved, unidentified
Nadine Lockwood August 31, 1996 4 Washington Heights, New York Solved
Sofia Silva September 9, 1996 16 Loriella Park, Virginia Solved
April Lacy c. October 1996 14 Decatur, Texas Unsolved Victim remained unidentified until 1998. Possible victim of an unidentified serial killer.
JonBenét Ramsey December 25, 1996 6 Boulder, Colorado Unsolved
Amber Creek February 1997 14 Burlington, Wisconsin Solved[73] Subject remained unidentified until 1998.[74]
Tabitha Lillelid April 6, 1997 6 Greeneville, Tennessee Solved
Kati and Kristin Lisk May 1, 1997 12, 15 Fredericksburg, Virginia Solved
Sherrice Iverson May 25, 1997 7 Primm, Nevada Solved
Peaches c. June 15, 1997 15–30 Lakeview, New York Unsolved, unidentified Possible victim of an unidentified serial killer.[75]
Adriana Marines September 27, 1997 5 Corpus Christi, Texas Solved
Terrell Peterson January 15, 1998 5 or 6 Atlanta, Georgia Solved
Stephanie Crowe January 20 or 21, 1998 12 Escondido, California Unsolved
Nicholaus Contreraz March 2, 1998 16 Queen Creek, Arizona Solved
Christina Marie Williams June 12, 1998 13 Seaside, California Pending[76]
Baby Michael March 2, 1999 Newborn Fayetteville, North Carolina Pending A previously unidentified infant whose mother was identified via forensic genealogy in 2020. She is awaiting trial for his murder.[77]
Columbine High School massacre April 20, 1999 14-17 Littleton, Colorado Solved A mass shooting where ten children (including Rachel Scott and Cassie Bernall) were murdered, along with two 18-year-old students and a teacher.[78][79]
Sampson County Jane Doe c. May – July 1999 17–24 Dunn, North Carolina Unsolved, unidentified
Jesse Dirkhising September 26, 1999 13 Prairie Grove, Arkansas Solved
Prince George's County Jane Doe c. Late 1999 – February 2000 13–35 Clinton, Maryland Unsolved, unidentified

2000s

Victim(s) Date of Death Age Location Status Description
Kayla Rolland February 29, 2000 7 Mount Morris Township, Michigan Solved
Candace Newmaker April 18, 2000 10 Evergreen, Colorado Solved
Molly Bish June 27, 2000 16 Warren, Massachusetts Unsolved
Iriana DeJesus July 30, 2000 5 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Unsolved Presumed victim of FBI Top Ten Most Wanted fugitive Alexis Flores.[80]
Nicholas Markowitz August 9, 2000 15 West Hills, California, Solved
Bobby and Brittney Fisher April 10, 2001 10, 12 Scottsdale, Arizona Unsolved Children of FBI Top Ten Most Wanted fugitive Robert William Fisher.[81]
Erica Green April 28, 2001 3 Kansas City, Missouri Solved Victim remained unidentified until 2005.
Faith and Liberty Battaglia May 2, 2001 6, 9 Dallas, Texas Solved
Koby Mandell and Yosef Ishran May 8, 2001 13, 14 Tekoa, West Bank Unsolved
Shannon Nicole Paulk August 16, 2001 11 Prattville, Alabama Unsolved[82]
September 11 attacks September 11, 2001 2–11 Various Solved 8 children died in the attacks. 3 were on board United Airlines Flight 175 and 5 were on board American Airlines Flight 77.
Laree Slack November 11, 2001 12 Chicago, Illinois Solved
Danielle van Dam February 1 or 2, 2002 7 Sabre Springs, California Solved
Logan Tucker June 23, 2002 6 Woodward, Oklahoma Solved, body never found
Samantha Runnion July 15, 2002 5 Riverside County, California Solved
Jon-Niece Jones August 15, 2002 9 Harlem, New York Solved Victim remained unidentified until 2012.
Craig Sorger February 15, 2003 13 Ephrata, Washington Solved
Carlie Brucia February 1, 2004 11 Sarasota, Florida Solved
Baby Doe c. February 1, 2004 Newborn Stanton, California Unsolved, unidentified Not to be confused with Bella Bond.
Amy Yates April 26, 2004 8 Carrollton, Georgia Unsolved Amy's Law was passed to increase the penalties for juveniles in response to outrage generated when a twelve-year-old boy convicted of murdering her was sentenced to two years in juvenile prison, the maximum possible under existing legislation. However, the boy was exonerated on innocence grounds in 2006.
Riley Fox June 6, 2004 3 Wilmington, Illinois Solved
Marcela Hope Yellowbear July 2, 2004 1 Riverton, Wyoming Solved
Davontae Williams July 26, 2004 9 Arlington, Texas Solved
Adrianne Reynolds January 21, 2005 16 East Moline, Illinois Solved
Ronnie Paris January 28, 2005 3 Tampa, Florida Solved
Jessica Lunsford February 27, 2005 9 Homosassa, Florida Solved
Red Lake shootings March 21, 2005 15–16 Red Lake, Minnesota Solved Murder-suicide.[83]
Jetseta Gage March 21, 2005 10 Johnson County, Iowa Solved
Laura Hobbs and Krystal Tobias May 9, 2005 8, 9 Zion, Illinois Solved
Slade and Dylan Groene May 16, 2005 13, 9 Idaho, California Solved
Paris Talley August 30, 2005 1 month Dayton, Ohio Solved
Atcel Olmedo September 2005 2 Naperville, Illinois Pending Victim remained unidentified until 2011.
Kelsey Smith-Briggs October 11, 2005 2 Meeker, Oklahoma Solved
Tara Correa-McMullen October 21, 2005 16 Inglewood, California Solved
Nixzmary Brown January 11, 2006 7 Brooklyn, New York Solved
Anna Svidersky April 20, 2006 17 Vancouver, Washington Solved
Indianapolis mass murder June 1, 2006 5, 8, 11 Indianapolis, Indiana Solved
Destiny Norton July 16, 2006 5 Salt Lake City, Utah Solved
Marcus Fiesel August 4–6, 2006 3 Union Township, Ohio Solved
Cassie Jo Stoddart September 22, 2006 16 Pocatello, Idaho Solved
West Nickel Mines School shooting October 2, 2006 7–13 Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania Solved Murder-suicide.[84]
Rebecca Riley December 13, 2006 4 Hull, Massachusetts Solved
Prince George's County John Doe January 30, 2007 17–27 Seat Pleasant, Maryland Unsolved, unidentified
Erika Hill February 25, 2007 15 Fitchburg, Wisconsin Solved Victim remained unidentified until 2015.[85]
Christopher Barrios, Jr. March 8, 2007 6 Brunswick, Georgia Solved
Daniel Benoit June 22, 2007 7 Fayetteville, Georgia Solved Murdered by his father WWE star Chris Benoit who committed suicide 2 days later.[86]
Hayley and Michaela Petit July 23, 2007 17, 11 Cheshire, Connecticut Solved
Riley Ann Sawyers July 24, 2007 2 Spring, Texas Solved
Adrianna Hutto August 8, 2007 7 Esto, Florida Solved
Hanna Mack September 10, 2007 6 Navarro Mills, Texas Solved
Neveah Gallegos September 21, 2007 3 Denver, Colorado Solved
Crandon, Wisconsin shooting October 7, 2007 14–17 Crandon, Wisconsin Solved Murder-suicide.[87]
Hudson County Jane Doe c. Late September, 2007 16–20 Bayonne, New Jersey Unsolved, unidentified
Jodi Parrack November 8, 2007 11 Constantine, Michigan Solved
Sarah Said January 1, 2008 17 Irving, Texas Pending Murdered alongside her eighteen-year-old sister, Amina, presumably by their father, Yaser Abdel Said, who was a former FBI Top Ten most wanted fugitive.[88] Said was captured on August 26, 2020, and is awaiting trial.[89]
Larry King February 13, 2008 15 Oxnard, California Solved
Caylee Anthony c. June – December 2008 2–3 Orlando, Florida Unsolved Cause of death ruled a homicide by medical examiner.[90]
Skyla Jade Whitaker, Taylor Paschal-Placker June 8, 2008 11, 13 Weleetka, Oklahoma Solved
Fond du Lac County Jane Doe c. July – August 2008 15–21 Ashford, Wisconsin Unsolved, unidentified Cause of death undetermined, investigated as homicide.
Brittney Gary c. November 2, 2008 17 Jennings, Louisiana Unsolved Presumed victim of unidentified serial killer.[91]
Baby Boy Horry c. December 3, 2008 Newborn Conway, South Carolina Pending Cause of death ruled as hypothermia, investigated as homicide.[92] The boy's mother was later arrested in March, 2020, in connection with the homicide.[93]
Amber Dubois February 2009 14 Escondido, California Solved
Sandra Cantu March 27, 2009 8 Tracy, California Solved
Brittanee Drexel c. Late May 2009 17 Georgetown, Florida Pending A teenager who disappeared after leaving her home in South Carolina to Florida without parental permission in April 2009. Although she has never been located, her case is considered a homicide, following statements from a potential witness.[94]
Brisenia Flores May 30, 2009 9 Arivaca, Arizona Solved
Derrion Albert September 24, 2009 16 Chicago, Illinois Solved

2010s

Victim(s) Date of Death Age Location Status Description
Opelika Jane Doe c. January 2010 – June 2011 4-7 Opelika, Alabama Unsolved, unidentified
Joseph and Gianni McStay c. February 4, 2010 3, 4 Fallbrook, California Solved
Lydia Schatz February 5, 2010 7 Paradise, California Solved
San Bernardino Jane Doe (2010) c. February 7, 2010 14–19 Barstow, California Unsolved, unidentified
Mackenzie Cowell February 9, 2010 17 Wenatchee, Washington Solved
Chelsea King February 25, 2010 17 Poway, California Solved
Christina Taylor Green January 8, 2011 9 Tucson, Arizona Solved
Calyx and Beau Schenecker January 27, 2011 16, 13 Tampa, Florida Solved
Nubia Barahona February 11, 2011 10 West Palm Beach, Florida Pending
Hana Grace-Rose Williams May 12, 2011 13 Sedro-Woolley, Washington Solved
Ame Deal July 12, 2011 10 Phoenix, Arizona Solved
Leiby Kletzky July 12, 2011 8 Brooklyn, New York Solved
Erica Parsons c. December 17, 2011 13 Salisbury, North Carolina Solved
Skylar Neese July 6, 2012 16 Star City, West Virginia Solved
Veronica Moser-Sullivan July 20, 2012 6 Aurora, Colorado Solved
Jessica Ridgeway October 5, 2012 10 Westminster, Colorado Solved
Leo and Lucia Krim October 25, 2012 2, 6 Upper West Side, New York Solved
Jersey Bridgeman November 20, 2012 6 Bentonville, Arkansas Solved
Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting December 14, 2012 6–7 Newtown, Connecticut Solved Murder-suicide.[95]
Antonio Santiago March 21, 2013 1 Brunswick, Georgia Solved Malice murder committed during an attempted robbery.
Martin Richard April 15, 2013 8 Boston, Massachusetts Solved
Gabriel Fernandez May 24, 2013 8 Palmdale, California Solved
Cherish Perrywinkle June 21, 2013 8 Jacksonville, Florida Solved
Alexis Murphy August 3, 2013 17 Nelson County, Virginia Solved
Linda, Amy, Kevin, and William Zhuo October 26, 2013 1-9 Brooklyn, New York Solved
Emani Moss October 28, 2013 10 Lawrenceville, Georgia Solved
Garnett Spears January 23, 2014 5 Valhalla, New York Solved
Hailey Owens c. February 18, 2014 10 Springfield, Missouri Solved
Cooper Harris June 18, 2014 1 Cobb County, Georgia Solved
Bella Bond June 2015 2 Boston, Massachusetts Solved Victim remained unidentified until September 2015.[96][97]
Broken Arrow killings July 22, 2015 5–12 Broken Arrow, Oklahoma Solved
Madyson Middleton July 26, 2015 8 Santa Cruz, California Solved
Zaevion Dobson December 17, 2015 15 Knoxville, Tennessee Solved
Alayna Ertl August 20, 2016 5 Motley, Minnesota Solved
Victoria Martens August 24, 2016 10 Albuquerque, New Mexico Pending
Alianna DeFreeze January 26, 2017 14 Cleveland, Ohio Solved DeFreeze was raped and murdered by Christopher Whitaker.
Abigail Williams and Liberty German February 14, 2017 13, 14 Delphi, Indiana Unsolved
Genesis Cornejo-Alvarado February 16, 2017 15 Houston, Texas Pending
Reese Bowman May 23, 2017 8 months Baltimore, Maryland Solved
Nabra Hassanen June 18, 2017 17 Fairfax County, Virginia Solved
Sherin Mathews October 7, 2017 3 Richardson, Texas Solved
Stoneman Douglas High School shooting February 14, 2018 14-17 Parkland, Florida Pending
Vincent Adams May 17, 2018 7 Manhattan, New York Solved Murder-suicide
Santa Fe High School shooting May 18, 2018 14-17 Santa Fe, Texas Pending
Anthony Avalos June 21, 2018 10 Lancaster, California Pending
Bianca Devins July 14, 2019 17 Utica, New York Solved
Javier Amir Rodriguez August 3, 2019 15 El Paso, Texas Pending
Leilah Eliana Hernandez August 31, 2019 15 Odessa, Texas Solved

2020s

Victim(s) Date of Death Age Location Status Description
Patricia Alatorre July 2, 2020 13 Bakersfield, California Pending

See also

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