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How Do 1,100 People Vanish in U.S. National Parks Without Any Publicity?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 13:13
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What would you say if I told you that over 1,100 people have disappeared from our country’s national parks and open spaces in the past 100 years, and a large percentage of those people are innocent young children, many younger than the age of 10? Think for a moment. Does that sound “normal” to you? When I first learned of the phenomenon of people vanishing from National Parks by the hundreds, it was on an episode of Coast to Coast AM in March of 2015. 1,100 people sounded astronomical to me, especially when you consider they  vanished from federal lands, lands which are well known for having a large law enforcement presence. 

Where is the public outcry over this? Certainly those who have gone missing must have left behind loved ones who want answers about the disappearances right? Then where are they? Perhaps my own red flags would not be going up if the disappearances weren’t on federal land, and our own government didn’t have a history of experimenting on unwilling citizens… but they do, so to help me wrap my head around how unnatural 1,100 disappearances is, I compared the disappearances to the only thing I could think of that relates to missing persons: The Amber Alert System.

Since I’ve never known a missing person, the Amber Alert System is the only way I could relate. When I think of all the alerts I’ve heard over the years, it seemed to me like they usually found who they were looking for, so I pulled some statistics for the year 2013. According to

In 2013 (the year of the most recent report), 194 cases, collectively involving 243 children, met the AMBER criteria. For each of those cases, alerts went out across the state on TV and radio channels, as well as on digital highway signs. Nearly 90 percent of alerts were also distributed via cell phones alerts and social media.

The majority of those cases (185 out of 194) resulted in the recovery of a child, but in only 20 percent did the alerts play a role. In other words, whoever helped solve the case didn’t act in response to the alert. Of the rescues that were AMBER-assisted, half were made within three hours of the alert. The likelihood of recovery diminishes after that initial three-hour period.

Upon learning those statistics, 1,100 missing persons starts to sound absurdly high. In the first video below, you can get a brief introduction to the phenomenon from arguably the foremost expert, a former police officer and author named David Paulides who has dedicated his life to working on this mystery and has written the books Missing 411-Western U.S., Missing 411-Eastern U.S. and Missing 411-North America and Beyond to tell the little known story of these disappearances dating back at least 125 years in this country. 

As I mentioned above, National Parks are known for their heavy law enforcement presence, and law enforcement always keeps records of crimes like missing people, homicides, robbery, etc. Imagine David’s surprise, especially as a former law enforcement officer, when he requested a list of missing persons from many of the different National Parks, and was always met with the response, “We don’t keep lists.”

What do you mean you don’t keep lists of missing children?? Give me a break! As you’ll see in the video below, the government later came back and said David could have a list, but it would cost him $1.4 Million Dollars?!?!? What?!? Do you have a list or not, and if so, why $1.4 Million? The video below gives you a brief overview just to wet your appetite, and then the next video contains the entire interview from Coast to Coast where George Knapp interviews David Paulides in detail. 





DC Exposed writes:

The National Park Service doesn’t keep sufficient records on these vanishings, and in fact, it appears to be hiding this information from the public. Strangely, a big percentage of these disappearances have clues in common: Huckleberries, dogs, swamps and bad weather.

Author David Paulides has written the books Missing 411-Western U.S., Missing 411-Eastern U.S. and Missing 411-North America and Beyond to tell the little known story of these disappearances dating back at least 125 years in this country. The year 2013 saw more national park disappearances than in the past 27 years combined. Paulides has hit several stone walls on his quest to solve the mystery of the disappearances, including the National Park Service (NPS) and the FBI.

The Beginning

Paulides, with a career in law enforcement, first learned of the disappearances from national park employees who confided their concerns to him about the inordinate amount of missing campers from the parks and the mystery surrounding them. When he began digging for information he saw the 28 clusters of disappearances around the country, the number one cluster being Yosemite National Park, near San Jose where Paulides had served as a police officer.

Strange Similarities Between Disappearances

Most of those who have disappeared are children ages 20 months to 12 years and the elderly ages 74 to 85. Not one person carrying a firearm(and only one carrying a transponder device) has disappeared.  Typically, a search is initiated and run for about ten days then dropped.

Fifty percent of the children who go missing are found dead, and the ones who are found are found miles away from where they disappeared, in areas seemingly impossible for them to get to on their own. The majority of children who have disappeared had dogs with them. In some cases, the dogs returned, but the children never did. Children found alive won’t talk about their experience or say they don’t remember what happened to them.  They’re found usually running a low-grade fever and appear traumatized.  In all cases, the parents say that the child was right behind them when they disappeared. Usually, the children are wearing bright, colorful clothing when they disappear, and even if they are found miles away without the shoes they were wearing, their feet are not scratched or bruised.

Yosemite National Park, with 40 to 45 cases, has the largest cluster of vanishings and oddly, in most areas where the disappearances have occurred, huckleberries are almost always in great abundance.

Many of the areas that people have disappeared from carry such names as Devil’s Gulch, Devil’s Lookout, Twin Devil Lake and Devil’s Punch Bowl., perhaps named to reflect the evil people have sensed in these places over time.

In 95 percent of the cases, bad weather strangely follows a disappearance, washing out footprints and other clues and making it impossible to carry on a search until the weather clears. In 98 to 99 percent of the cases, tracking dogs are unable to find a scent or simply refuse to track.

Almost 98 percent of the disappearances occur in the afternoon. Searchers have been known to cover an area over 100 times, only to later find the person, alive or dead in the same area they searched before.


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On the Trail-Stone Walls

When Paulides first requested information from the NPS  under the Freedom of Information Act about the missing persons, he was told they had no records. Later, an attorney called Paulides and asked him why he wanted the information. Since Paulides was a published author he was entitled to an exemption from any fees associated with obtaining records from the park service, but the attorney told him that the park service would not abide by that rule, since supposedly, Paulides’ books weren’t in enough libraries. (ed note: judging from the amount of reviews on amazon – Paulides’ books appear to be very popular.) Paulides was shocked when the attorney told him that if he wanted the “non-existent” records from Yosemite National Park, it would cost him $34,000, and if he wanted records from all the national parks, the price tag would be a whopping $1.4 million.


The Missing Person Cases

In the Rocky Mountain National Park in 1938 a husband and wife hiked high into the park and sat down to rest. Looking up high above them on a cliff in an area called The Devil’s Nest, they spotted a small boy all alone. Thinking the foolish parents were nearby, the couple moved on and later drove home. As they arrived in the valley below where they had hiked they saw as many as 2500 people mulling about, but didn’t stop to ask what was going on. The next morning they saw a photo of the missing child in the newspaper, and recognizing him as the child they had seen, they drove back to the park to tell the searchers but the young boy was never found.

A two year-old boy was visiting his grandparents in Ritter, Oregon in 1952 when he disappeared. He was found unconscious 19 hours later in a frozen creek bed. To arrive there, the small toddler would have had to run non-stop 12 miles across two mountain peaks in those 19 hours, quite impossible considering his age and size.

Fact: In 95% of ALL missing children cases they are eventually found no further than 2.8 miles away from where they disappeared.

The FBI refused to give Paulides any information on the disappearance of another small two year-old boy who disappeared in Yosemite in 1957. In that case the boy simply vanished as he walked around the perimeter of his family’s camp site. Bloodhounds and hundreds of people searched for him. He apparently climbed 3000 feet straight up a mountain. He was found dehydrated and suffering from exposure with a tee shirt,  no pants, one sock and no shoes.

One of the strangest finds by rangers was a missing man who was found leaning against a log, his pants around his ankles. The only parts left of him were part of his tibia in his right pant leg and part of his skull and his scapula bones in one inch by one inch pieces.

Young girls also disappear in the national parks. In Yosemite in 1981, a 14 year-old girl was backpacking on horseback with her parents and a group of people up 9200 feet to Sunrise High Sierra Camp. When they stopped to rest, the girl asked if she could go with a 70 year-old man on the trip 50 feet away to take some photos. The old man sat down on a log, and the girl went to the edge of an elevation to take a photo of a lake down below. She walked down the hill and never came back. The FBI agent told Paulides he would never get the information on this case, that it was none of his business.

In another more recent Yosemite case, a young woman was found dead at the bottom of a high cliff from where it seemed she had been flung. It was determined that she had been raped after her fatal fall.


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In a few cases, Green Berets have surprisingly shown up to join and/or take over searches. This happened in 1971 in Newcomb, New York when an 8 year-old boy vanished while walking back to a lodge to change his clothes. His scent was lost in a swamp and he was never found.

Paulides said the case that really bothers him the most is of a 6 year-old boy who disappeared in 1969 in the Great Smokey Mountains. Two families with the last name of Martin happened upon each other, and their two sons began playing hide and seek in the nearby bushes. When the parents called the boys into camp and one didn’t return, the boy’s father went to find help. A rainstorm began as he ran down the hill. At the same time, further down the hill, another family with the last name of Key heard a sickening scream and looked up to see what they thought at first was a man hiding in the bushes. The boy’s father reached the valley and called the FBI to meet him at the park but the agent told him to meet them at another location, which made no sense.  The Green Berets showed up again and took over the search completely. Meanwhile, Mr. Martin stayed in the park two months looking for his son, who was never found. In researching his books, Paulides visited Martin, the father, who told Paulides that when the Key family spotted the man in the bushes, he or it was carrying something on its shoulder; however none of this information the Key family proffered was included in the FBI report. Paulides was told during his investigation of this case that some “wild men” live in the park that the park service had not been able to control.

Twelve other people have disappeared in the same area and the FBI agent monitoring those cases allegedly committed suicide. The phenomena is not limited to the U.S., either. In the Philippines, many people have disappeared, most never returning. When visitors go there they’re told that they must not wear colorful clothing into the jungle. The bright colors seem to attract whatever it is that takes the people. This clue is similar to the American children who have disappeared wearing bright clothing.

In his books and in interviews Paulides does give some possible reasons for the disappearances. On a recent appearance on the radio show Coast to Coast AM, Paulides listed some ideas, such as sasquatch, large birds and extraterrestrials, but he also mentioned demons as a possible cause, which goes along with the belief in the Philippines that the Jin or demons are responsible for the abductions.

The reviews of Paulides’ books on Amazon show that people are glad to have the information to better prepare themselves to take their families into wilderness areas. Some mention how upset they are that the NPS would keep this information to themselves, most likely to protect income from park visits. New York Times bestselling author Whitely Streiber said the books are sobering and chilling and too well-researched to ignore.


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The following video contains the full-length interview with David on Coast to Coast back in March. On the Coast to Coast website, it gives the following description:

Researcher and author David Paulides joined George Knapp for the full program to share even more bizarre stories of missing persons in national parks and forests throughout the United States. He expressed concern that, since his research began, reports of mysterious disappearances have seemingly increased. “The numbers have incrementally gone up in the last three years,” Paulides revealed, noting that he has now amassed a stunning 1,400 cases. He dismissed the idea that this increase is merely because of additional attention focused on the phenomenon, since archival searches for such events over the last ten years has borne out the troubling trend. “It doesn’t seem to make sense, what’s happening,” he mused about the puzzling rise in disappearances.

Over the course of the evening, Paulides shared a number of baffling disappearance cases that he has amassed via his research. One such story centered around a British man named Jonathan Myles Robinson who was vacationing in a small, isolated community in Switzerland which is only accessible by a railway system that shuts down at midnight. Paulides recounted how Robinson seemingly vanished at around 3 AM while walking to his hotel one night. Despite an exhaustive search of the area, the man’s dead body was not discovered until five days later when searchers spied it at the bottom of a cliff in a nearby town. Eerily, cell phone records indicate that Robinson likely fell to his death shortly after 3 AM on the night he disappeared and, Paulides stressed, “there was no way” he could have traveled the distance to where his body was found.

“This is a really, really unusual case,” he said about the 2014 disappearance of a woman named Karen Sykes. An avid hiker on Mt. Rainier, Sykes had been dubbed the “guru of the trails” by local newspapers and even wrote a book on hiking safety. On a seemingly routine hike with a friend, she opted to advance a bit further up the trail after her companion became tired and decided to take a rest. Sykes never returned and her body was discovered three days later in a location described by the Parks service as “difficult to access and not commonly traveled” which would have required her to climb 6,200 feet and then halfway down into an adjacent valley. Her death mystified Sykes’ friends, who insisted that she was “the last person in the world that would have ever gotten lost on Rainier.”




Update 06.20.2014

The latest disappearance is of a 34 year-old California firefighter who vanished with his dog on Friday, June 13 in the Los Padres National Forest in California. He was camping with a friend when he ran off shoeless, chasing his dog downhill toward a stream. His friend searched for hours, then had to hike two days out of the wilderness to find help. The area being searched is two times the size of the Grand Canyon. On June 19, the firefighter’s dog was found alive.


Update 06.30.2014

Mike Herdman, the California firefighter who disappeared two weeks ago chasing his dog during a backpacking trip to the Los Padres National Forest was found dead June 27. Like others who have disappeared into the national forests, Herdman was found at approximately 1200 feet above the river bottom which he had chased his dog into the day he disappeared. When his remains were discovered authorities were astonished to find him shoeless. Rescue crews spent nearly 5,000 man-hours searching and covered 50 square miles on foot and horseback, as well as by air, including the use of two drones. The sheriff stated it was unimaginable that a shoeless person could have traversed so far in such rough terrain.

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Nita worked as a reporter for the Press Enterprise of Riverside, California for 16 years and for several other newspapers in southern California and Pennsylvania. She’s a regular DCX contributing author focusing specifically on scientific and supernatural conspiratorial concepts.



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  • Not unusual at all. Nope! Have you ever hiked before in a forest or worse a jungle? Lots of places to fall down and never be seen again. Bushes often hide a deep gully, holes, cliffs, dropoffs, etc., then hungry animals find the bodies and eat them or drag them somewhere else.

    No one can hear you scream in space. Well, no one can hear you scream in a forest either.

    Easy to get lost with no compass and map and all you see is the tree canopy above you and I never see a child with a compass and map. Have you??

    Nope! Not unusual at all for inexperienced and experienced people to get lost. Every step can be your last…. :eek:

    • That’s the obvious answer, it’s BIN- put some imagination to it :wink:

    • you are a fricking obviously didn’t listen to this or anything else by this guy! He talks about cases where people disappear under strange circumstances,go play Charlie to your 3 bimbos assclown. I hate you so much,please go hang yourself!

      • I have listened to this guy Mr. F ag and something about his voice that does not make what he says as believable.

        I think this guy is exaggerating in his own mind, or overblowing the story to sell a book.

        He has not convinced me yet. Something about his voice….

    • You are a “doodle head” , someone who talks without thinking . Read the books or listen to his interviews .

  • I wonder what the surviving children they find have been able to say about their experience? Ufo’s kidnapping ,experimenting and then dropping their bodies from a great height, (ufo’s garbage disposal) ?? Or the queens hunting ground for more child slaves or a Government op, where your own soldiers are stalking campers and kidnapping kids? CRYPTID USA :twisted: :cool: :mrgreen: :cool: :twisted:

  • “and a large percentage of those people are innocent young children, many younger than the age of 10?”

    Probably Peodophiles and Grizzly Bears, in that order

    If it was just from Grizzly Bears they would be keeping a list of missing children

    • Also make sure that they aren’t accompanied by scout leaders. Also, make sure you watch your kids when you are out camping in the wilderness.

    • Wrong , many of the children claim to see bears , who are friendly . One kid claimed to have seen 12 bears . Does that sound normal

      • Or they encountered 3 little bears four times…that sounds more normalish. :grin: :lol:

  • These areas are wilderness anyone who thinks this is odd must have never been out of the fricken city. There are cliffs, gullies, rushing rivers, cougars, in some places grizzlies and wolf packs. Here on the oregon coast a couple people minimum not even counting local fishermen die in my county every year from slipping on a cliff, or getting hit with a big wave and washed away, 2015 was more like 6 people and that doesn’t include that we have lost 5 fishermen in two different boats that capsized this season, these are experienced fishermen who have been doing this work 20+ years. Even a person with lots of wilderness experience can get hurt and not found.

    • You are a moron . Read or listen to the stories . People who are found dead have autopsies that can’t find a cause of death . Children as young as 2 years travel 12 – 15 miles in a very short time , yet they are alive , healthy with no signs of dehydration or starvation . If you think thats normal you are one idiot

    • DWood, read Dave Paulides’ book “Missing 411″ and you’ll know without a doubt that these are some very strange deaths.

  • “lands which are well known for having a large law enforcement presence. ”

    This is the biggest lie in the article. Out west, our federal lands have typically 1 officer for several hundred square miles. Not in slightest being “a large law enforcement presence.” People get lost all the time, many of which are never found. How many people would it take to look behind several million trees over several hundred square miles? Just not gonna happen.

    • hey fagmire go gigity your goo on your mother!

      • Oooooohhh…a 5th grade insult. I’m so angry.

        It’s always some sexual deviancy coming from you. Me thinks you should be registered wherever you live. Either that or you truly are a 5th grader posting from the school library.

      • btw, do you actually have a response to what I wrote, or do you just like fantasizing about me

  • Because that’s what happens when you wander into the woods. Don’t you ever watch scary movies?

  • Hungary bears.

  • Most probably a pedophile Bigfoot on drugs.

  • Great information, thanks for sharing!!!!

  • Ted

    Criminal Humans Hunting People that the Park Service can’t stop. They don’t want their inability to protect the Public known.

    Of course it happens right next to the Parents – they are being observed and Hunted waiting for the right moment.

    People with common sense used to be afraid of being out in the Wilderness when they were alone. They took Dogs for an Alarm system and Guns.

  • People think this is bogus should go out , by themselves , and hike the wilderness not to mention reading the books or listening to the stories . These cases are not normal . There is something very strange going on that most people can’t comprehend so they just ignore it

  • It’s interesting that a toddler,”…would have had to run non-stop 12 miles across two mountain peaks in those 19 hours, quite impossible considering his age and size.” But, 1100 over 100 years is 11 per year, which is bad enough, 2000 kids go missing in the US every day.

  • Yogi Bear must be fed regularly.

  • G

    Why can’t the world just end so we can all just move along.

    Many a time I wished to disappear. How do these people do it.

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