unaccounted for

idiom

used to say that what happened to someone or something is not known
Many people were unaccounted for after the disaster.
A great deal of money remains unaccounted for.

Examples of unaccounted for in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two officers who responded to the scene were struck by gunfire and are expected to survive Authorities have yet to identify a suspect At least six people are unaccounted for and presumed dead after a Pennsylvania home went up in flames and two police officers responding to the scene were shot. Nicole Acosta, Peoplemag, 9 Feb. 2024 Three adults and three children who resided at the East Lansdowne, Pa., home were unaccounted for. Justine McDaniel, Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2024 The person who shot at the officers is believed to be among the people who are unaccounted for, Stollsteimer told CNN affiliate KYW-TV in a separate interview. John Miller, CNN, 7 Feb. 2024 More than 300 people are still unaccounted for, according to officials. James Attwood, Fortune, 4 Feb. 2024 The city doesn’t know what happened to the others: More than half the people relocated from the trail are unaccounted for. Marisa Kendall, The Mercury News, 18 Jan. 2024 This time, with the teen still unaccounted for on June 13, the grandmother reported her missing. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Nov. 2023 Vice President Kamala Harris met with the families of Americans who are still unaccounted for following Hamas’ attack on Israel. Andrew Restuccia, WSJ, 28 Oct. 2023 Ten Americans remained unaccounted for, Blinken said, and authorities knew that Hamas was holding at least some of them hostage. Reis Thebault, Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2023 See More

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“Unaccounted for.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unaccounted%20for. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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