Real Name: Unknown
Case: Lost Rescuers
Details: On December 23, 1983, the Dover family from Atlanta, Georgia, left their homes to travel to visit family members in Ciudad Victoria, Mexico, a 1200 mile trip. In the group was Joe Dover, his son Vance, his father-in-law James, his cousin Tommy, Tommy's seven-year-old son David, and a family friend Mary Ann. The Dovers planned to reach their destination by Christmas Day. As they were driving in Mexico, it began to snow. Vance was driving when they had to take a detour. Then, they collided with another vehicle in the middle of nowhere. Tragically, the four occupants of the other car were killed, but amazingly all of the Dover family was still alive.
As they were trying to figure out what to do, an American couple came to help them and take them out of the vehicle. Tommy was believed to have died at first and the couple worked desperately to revive him. The family members were sent to a health clinic in Monterrey. The couple stayed with the family and tried to keep them comforted while at the hospital. The next morning, Vance remembered waking up to find the American woman was still there and taking care of him and the others. She assured Vance that everything was going to be okay. In fact, all six of the family members were alive and well with the help of the American couple. The couple left later that day and were never seen again. The Dover family never had a chance to thank them for their help.
Extra Notes: This segment was featured as part of the May 12, 1995 episode.
Results: Solved. On the night of the broadcast, a viewer recognized the Dover family's story as one often told by her friend, Dr. Nancy Neff Hannan and her husband John, of Houston, Texas. The Hannans were soon put in contact with Vance Dover.
A few weeks later, more than thirty members of the Dover family were at Christ Church in Canton, Georgia, where they finally were reunited with the Hannans. The Hannans and the Dovers compared their memories of the fateful night, and the Dovers were finally able to thank Nancy and John for saving their lives.