A conspicuous possession, often a piece of clothing, jewelry, or other personal effect, which becomes significant when its owner disappears and only the object is left behind. It is a type of ChekhovsGun, and may be a MementoMacGuffin. The object is often found on the ground, and if it is something the character would not have left behind on purpose this implies the character was abducted or worse. It may give a clue to the direction or path to find the person such as a TrailOfBreadCrumbs. If the person drowned, it can be a DeadHatShot. One form may also be EmptyPilesOfClothing.
Compare to TheGirlWhoFitsThisSlipper and NoBodyLeftBehind.