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Possible conflict with open messages in Mail and iPhone iOS devices
Be aware that if you leave an email message displayed/open on your iPhone, that message may not appear in Mail's messages list on your computer(s).

I've tried to replicate the issue with other messages, but wasn't able to do so 100% of the time. So I'm not sure why sometimes this is the case, and other times not. In any event, this is how it happened:
  • My iPhone was in Sleep mode.
  • On my MBP, I read an email message, flagged it, marked it Unread, and moved on to other email messages.
  • When finished (leaving Mail open), I put my MBP to sleep.
  • Later that evening on my iPhone, I opened that email message.
  • Without closing the message, I put my iPhone to sleep.
  • The next day, back in Mail on my MBP, that message was no longer in the messages list.
On my iPhone, the "missing" message was still displayed in the Mail app. I closed the message by returning to the messages list, and after a couple minutes, that message was once again in the messages list.

I'm using a MobileMe account, and in Account Settings » Advanced, I have Keep copies of messages for offline viewing set to All messages, but omit attachments.

So if you seem to be missing a message in Mail, check to make sure that message isn't displayed on your iPhone. If you can explain why sometimes this happens, but not always, that would be helpful, too!
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