i found this blub on the arts journal website:
A Landmark Of Human Thought? A Russian mathematician solves one of the great proofs an then disappears. "Mathematicians have been waiting for this result for more than 100 years, ever since the French polymath Henri Poincaré posed the problem in 1904. And they acknowledge that it may be another 100 years before its full implications for math and physics are understood. For now, they say, it is just beautiful, like art or a challenging new opera." The New York Times 08/15/06
the article they feature links to the new york times which i do not have an account for. i am too lazy right now to create one. actually, i know i have one but can't remember it. i hate their online edition because they make you sign in to view the articles. anyways, it seems interesting and it is just like the movie! no one went missing, but the solving of the impossible proof part and the fame that comes with such a feat is a key plot point.