8. Rico Harris
Vanished in 2014
The Harlem Globetrotters basketball team have seen many a promising athlete, and Rico Harris was definitely one of them. As a real standout in high school, he was offered positions at many prestigious colleges to study and play basketball for their teams, including an opportunity from the NBA. But Harris decided to attend California State Northridge despite his higher profile offers.
Whilst attending Northridge, Harris acquired a substance abuse addiction, which led to his inevitable suspension from the team in the '90s. However, this is not what stopped him achieving his slam-dunking goals. He worked hard, and eventually played for the Globetrotters in the year 2000, which turned out to be incredibly short lived.
A month after joining the Globetrotters, he was out driving with friends in South Los Angeles and got into a dispute which resulted in him being smacked in the head with a baseball bat. Soon after the head injury, he began complaining of severe headaches and balance issues and had to leave the Globetrotters. At 24 years old, his basketball career was over... and he turned back to the bottle.
After spiralling into the abyss, Harris dug his way out and kicked his addictions for good in 2007. By 2014, he was moving across the country to Seattle to live with his long-time girlfriend, Jennifer Song.
On 8 October 2014, Harris told Song he was going to venture out into Seattle while she was working, and upon her return, he still wasn’t home. She then quickly found out he had actually driven all the way home to see his family back in California, which rung alarm bells as lying was incredibly out of character for Harris.
Although he only spent a day in California, Harris did not sleep at all, and his family thought he was behaving strangely and appeared to be out of sorts. He then swiftly set off back to Seattle, never to actually arrive at his destination.
On the 13 October 2014, his car was found by a Yolo County sheriff’s deputy at Cache Creek Regional Park, gas tank empty, battery dead, and interior ransacked. He has still never been found.