Are you watching the new season of Unsolved Mysteries—I mean, if you made it to Uncovered, of course you are. We thought season 1 left us with a ton of unanswered questions, but season 2 left us just as motivated to find answers. So much so, we added the heartbreaking disappearance the of Christopher Dansby & Shane Walker from a Harlem playground in the late 80s to our next set of cases to be visualized.
Recently, the co-creator of Unsolved Mysteries shared their lineup of the top 10 cases that still creep them out. So many of these are burned into our memories, including the case of Kurt Sova.
Kurt's case is truly a mystery.
On Friday, October 23rd, 1981, 17-year-old Kurt Sova was drinking with a friend at a party late into the night. After taking Kurt outside because he was getting sick, his friend when back inside to get their jackets. When he returned, Kurt was nowhere to be found.
He would be found 5 days later on Wednesday, October 28th in a ravine around 500 yards away from the party that had previously been searched. The coroner's report was inconclusive, but showed Kurt had only been dead for 24-36 hours.
You can learn more about what authorities believe might have happened on the chilly October night in 1989, on our cases tab. We outline all the elements of a cold case: the overview, people, timeline, map and sources to see connections in this case—and others.
Our team joined 300 other citizen detectives to delve into Kurt's case earlier this year at CrowdSolve in Chicago. The access we had had CrowdSolve and the connections we made at the event only went onto instill how much collective impact matters in finding answers. We can do it together, help us build the Uncovered community.
Also, be sure to check out the Uncovered Citizen Detective guide to learn more about how to uncover clues on cold cases, like Kurt Sova's case. We're also visualizing cases daily and we need your input, insights and interests. Let us know what cases are you are following, and what you'd like to see visualized.