On March 4, 1980, Angel Lenair, 12, finished her homework, left her family’s apartment and disappeared. Their worst fears were confirmed on March 10 when her body was found tied to a tree, gagged with another’s underwear, an electrical cord around her neck. She was the fifth victim of the controversial Atlanta Child Killer.
On August 20, 1980, the strangled body of Clifford Jones was found in a dumpster. Clifford had been visiting his grandmother for the summer when he disappeared. There would be 31 slain before police arrested Wayne Williams for the murders, though many still believe they got the wrong man.
May 25 is National Missing Children’s Day, in memory of Etan Patz’s birthday. Patz was abducted in 1979, and was the first missing child whose photo was circulated on a milk carton. The disappearance of Etan Patz, 6, which may now be solved, became one of the most famous missing child cases of the 20th century.