Nothing could be more painful than losing your loved ones. Especially, when they disappear suddenly leaving you in hope and despair both. Unfortunately, most of the cases of disappearance trail off into a dark tunnel. But then there were some cases in the past that did get solved and led to some astounding revelation, not necessarily the good one. The disappearing case of Timothy Carney falls into this category. This unusual case occurred in 2001 when his car was spotted dumped by the roadside. From there on began the investigation that went on for seven years and when it reached its finals stage nothing looked the same as the beginning. By then everything had turned upside down.

What Does The Record Say?

If we go by Unidentified Persons System and National Missing about 600,000 people records missing in America on a yearly basis. The estimation of 2014 broke all the possible records. In 2014, the US recorded about 90,000 cases of disappearance. Surprisingly, 60% of them are adults. 

Increment In Numbers

Sadly, the cases of disappearances are increasing in numbers day by day. The authorities should not take these cases lightly and should spring into action immediately after it gets reported. Knox County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio’s investigator Amy Dobbs explained, “The first 12 to 24 hours are the most critical in an active missing persons investigation.”


The authorities should not take long in kickstarting an investigation heavily depends on the time. Dobbs said, “The longer it takes for a case to be reported and become an active investigation, the less likely a positive outcome will occur.”  

Time Matters

One should take action within three hours if a minor goes missing. It won’t be wrong to say that the first three hours following the disappearance decide the future of the case. You may wonder why? According to Washington State Attorney General’s Office, about 76 percent of children die within three hours of their abduction. Isn’t it scary? 

The Beginning

Carney, a 25-year-old working man had no idea that he was very soon going to make headlines worldwide. The incident took place in Butler, New Jersey. The man was putting up in an apartment of the same city. He had been living away from his family. He shared the apartment with Roy Anthony who happened to be the last person to see him before his disappearance. 


Let us find out a little about Timothy Carney. Known as Tim among friends, he was an introvert by nature who liked spending his time in Church. He was religious and had made it a point visiting the church at least twice a week. That day too he was about to go church. But did he reach?