It’s not because they harbor any malicious feelings, not in the slightest. It just means that they can now deal with their grief and try to move on from the loss – the mystery of what happened is gone. Stefan Pilipa experienced similar feelings when his brother Anton disappeared without any warning one day in 2012. Being the closest connection Anton had in his family, Stefan couldn’t understand why his brother would leave without a word. He struggled for years to deal with the thoughts that the man was lying dead somewhere, but he refused to give up hope. Something inside him kept telling him that his brother was still alive, so he continued to believe that one day the two of them would be reunited. Five years later, all that belief paid off. Stefan and his brother were brought together in incredible circumstances, and the truth of his departure was revealed.
Stefan was incredibly lucky to be reunited with his brother. After all, in many cases where people go missing for years, they aren’t found alive (if they’re found at all). There are plenty of occasions when that isn’t the case, and often in those situations, the reason for disappearing is just as bizarre as it is in Anton Pilipa’s case.
One example is of Gabriel Nagy, a husband and father of two, who disappeared for over twenty years following a car accident. While his family believed him to be dead, the reality was that he’d suffered head trauma in the accident and it had left him with severe amnesia. Unable to remember anything about his home life or family, he spent the next few decades working odd jobs until a dedicated police officer discovered him. Upon reuniting with his family, his memories slowly started to return. Gradually, he got his old life back, much to the delight of his wife and children.
Stories like Pilipa’s and Nagy’s are some of the much lighter ones. A lot of missing cases where the people are later found can involve dark twists and turns, until eventually being rescued and returned to their families. Despite the heartache that Anton’s disappearance caused those around him, at least his five-year disappearance involved a less disturbing turn of events.