In an age of constant surveillance, GPS tracking, and willful gathering of private data, the concept of a Missing Person is something relegated to the backwoods under cover of night.
People don’t just go missing all of a sudden anymore. There are too many checks and balances, too many ways to get caught, and there are phones with cameras on them everywhere.
But that doesn’t stop the world from turning, and it doesn’t stop people from disappearing. Lars Mittank, a German vacationer in Bulgaria, disappeared one day in 2014 and has never been seen since.
He was caught casually walking around one minute on an airport terminal’s security footage and then sprinted away from the next until he was out of sight.
It happened in civilization, on camera, and people still don’t know where he went. Because of how his missing was reported, he became “YouTube’s Most Famous Missing Person.”
10 Lars Missing
Lars went missing on June 30th of 2014. The last sightings were seen on a closed-circuit TV where he ran through the Varna Airport in Bulgaria and jumped a fence.
He ran across a sunflower field and into the forest near the national A2 highway. After that, he was gone.
Authorities recovered his rucksack with his walled and ID later once the search began. He has been missing ever since.
9 How Did It Start
Lars was on vacation at the Golden Sands resort and was staying with some friends. He and his friends were the standard sorts of late-20s men, with Lars at 28 on his disappearance.
They were mostly fans of sports, particularly football. The European kind, of course.
He left after his friends did due to complications from a fight that he was in with some men who were fans of a rival team.
A local doctor insisted that flying back home would be too dangerous on his ruptured eardrum, which left him grounded for a day after his friends all left. He emphasized to them he would be sufficient on his own.