9. The ‘Grateful Doe’ Identified
In 1995, Michael Hager crashed his car into a tree in Virginia. The accident killed both him and a teenage hitchhiker he’d picked up. The only clues to the boy’s identity were a Grateful Dead shirt on his back and a note in his pocket from two girls promising that they’d meet him again. Since then, the Grateful Doe’s face has been spread all over the Internet in the hope of finding someone who knew him.
In 2015, all that work paid off. The boy’s mother stumbled upon the Grateful Doe’s Facebook page and, in complete shock, sent them a message. Her son was Jason Callahan, a troubled boy who ran away so often that she didn’t report him missing, believing that he’d gone to live on his own.