One of the most famous and true urban legends of early America is about the lost colony of Roanoke Island, North Carolina. The unsolved mystery can be traced to August in1587 when a group of 115 English settlers arrived there. The mystery was only uncovered when John White Governor of the new colony was called back to England due to the English and Spanish war. When he returned to Roanoke where he left his wife, daughter and her infant, his granddaughter he found no trace of the settlers. Only few clues were left behind one of the most notable being a single word carved into a wooden post, “Croatoan.”
For centuries historians and archaeologists have pained over finding a satisfactory answer for what happened to the inhabitants of Roanoke Island. However, no hypothesis has yielded any praise. In 2007, researchers began to collect DNA from families in the vicinity of Roanoke Island to see if anyone happen to be related.