The Unsettling National Park Disappearance Problem | Missing 411 Documentary
In. 2009, - park rangers approached, retired, police detective david. Politis and told. Him a troubling story, they. Explained, that in the years that they had been involved in numerous search and rescue operations, at several national parks, they. Had witnessed an unsettling, trend they didn't understand. They. Explained, that, when a person went missing a massive, search-and-rescue operation. Would ensue. Accompanied. By widespread press, coverage, but. After the first week or so searches. Abruptly stopped and coverage, was halted with, no explanation or resolution. The. Conversation, bothered David enough that he began to look into this behavior himself, and when, he hit a brick wall with the authorities, he, decided to do his own research, but. What he discovered, shocked. Him. People. Of all ages had, been disappearing, from national parks and forests at an alarming rate for decades, many. Under very similar circumstances. And David's. Investigative, instincts, told, him this was a story that needed to be told. So. Over a period of eight years he. Studied over 1200, disappearances, and compiled. A missing four on one series, of eight books and one. Documentary. Documenting. His findings. During. The course of his studies he hasn't covered a number of reoccurring. Profile points that, appear to link all the unexplained, disappearances. He. Will look at those trains and correlate, them to just a few of the many mysterious, cases David, has highlighted. In. Anticipation, for, his new incredible, documentary, missing. For one one the, hunted. How. Can you think about it no. I just think about like why don't often you, know, always. Opt into your mind. All. Of a sudden the woods went to this dead, quiet. Robbie, called, me that night and said that. Is. Missing in the woods but don't worry we'll, find on. The. Jeep was there there. Was no malice. But. He should have been back by that he should be there. Something. Different than I never heard before nor, was. The. FBI according, to their protocol, doesn't search for missing people so, do you understand why they were there I thought they were there to provide some sort of technological support, but I don't didn't have any contact with him myself hmm have, you ever had them on a search that you've done no. We. Did find the pelvis, partially, buried a. Thin. Jacket any, dudes pants. No. No. Because we didn't find any feet.
No. Feet, right. The. Salt doesn't add up to me nope. It. Just, none, of it makes any sense. The. Point of separation. David. Discovered, that when a person disappeared. Whilst in close proximity to friends or family members it's, usually when they have either gone off on their own for a moment or strayed, behind when trekking in a line walk. On ahead when fronting a track the. Point of separation might, only be a few yards, but, it seems long enough for them to disappear, into thin air. Time. The. Time the majority of the victims David has investigated, vanished, is. Not in the middle of the night as you might expect but rather mid to late afternoon when. It's still daylight. Boulder's. Many. Of the found victims of disappearances. Are discovered, near grenades or rock fields, often. Next, to or surrounded. By boulders. Water. Victims. Are either found or disappear, near water without. Any evidence, that they have fallen in or drowned. Whether. Incidents. Other. Time a person goes missing or during the search it's been noticed that a sudden onset of extreme weather ensues, either. In the form of snow dust, or rain storm or, the sudden emergence of thick mist or fog. Disability. Many. Of the victims have an obvious or, not so obvious disability, or illness prior, to their disappearance. Canines. Unable to trace, one. Of the first things search-and-rescue. Do when a person is reported missing is send out a specially trained dog to track their scent, in. 95%. Of the cases, david has studied dogs. Have been unable to find a single scent or. If they do they, quickly lose and, just lie down. Missing. Clothes or shoes in. Many. Cases, for whatever reason, the, victim has removed their shoes and items, of clothing, this. Is also the case when, missing people are found alive they. Either have missing, clothing, or clothing they do not recognize or have traveled several miles without shoes, now. We know removing, clothing can, be a trait of someone, suffering from exposure however. It is unlikely that is the cause as they would not travel the great distances they do so, it doesn't really add up. Unknown. Cause of death in the. Cases david has studied when, a missing person is found dead the cause of death can either not be determined, or does not correspond, with how the victim, was found. Geological. Clusters. David. Has discovered that people go missing in clusters, in certain areas and there is no reason for these places to be any more dangerous than, anywhere else the. Clusters, range from three in the, same vicinity to, up to 80 he. Also realized, this, was not just in the US either it was the same for areas in Canada the UK Australia and. Seven, other countries all. With missing persons following. The same profiles, as those mentioned, also. None, of the disappearances, could be attributed to animal, attacks as when. This happens there is almost always clear, evidence, left behind. David. Also discovered, that there are an inordinate, amount of genius-level, people, disappearing, such. As doctors, scientists, etc, as, well as people with extensive knowledge of, the back trail who, simply wouldn't normally get lost. As, a former police detective one, of the things that perplex David the most was, that the Park Service kept. Scant or no records, of Park disappearances, and there is no national database, or list for the victims and no, follow a procedure. It. Seemed that after the initial week or so of intense searching, that was it leaving, families to conduct their own surgeons, and left, in limbo with no definitive answers, and no closure. Through. The missing for one one books the profile, of hundreds, of missing person cases has, been raised and has, brought to the public's attention the, frequency, and mystery, surrounding, these disappearances. Let's. Take a further look and start, at the beginning and examine. The very first case that David Politis investigated. Stacey. Heiress. On. The 25th, of July 1981. 14. Year-old Stacey heiress, from Saratoga was, on a horse riding trip with her father George and 7 others after. Riding for a few hours they stopped at some cabins at sunrise High Sierra camp with. A group plan to freshen up and stay the night, Stacey. Showered, and changed clothes, and then told her dad she was going for a walk to stretch her legs and, take some photographs.
One. Of the group an alderman, named, Gerald, Stewart was, sitting on a boulder, about a hundred feet away and, Stacey. Indicated. To her dad that was the direction she, was heading the. Last conversation. She had with her dad related. To her Footwear when. He advised her to change of flip-flops, to hiking boots. The. Rest of the group all witnessed her walking towards, the boulder were Gerald was sad and as, she approached him she told him that she was going to walk to the nearby lake. Jerald said he will accompany her Bert after there's a short time he felt tired and sat down the. Rest of the group were close enough to see this and confirm it happened they. Also watched Stacey leave Gerald and walk alone towards, the lake until, she was eventually out of sight behind the trees this. Was the last time anyone, saw her when. Stacey didn't return, Gerald was concerned, and made his way back to the cabins but. They could find no trace of Stacey, so. Search and rescue or brought in they. Questioned, others in the area who, had come from the direction Stacey, had walked but, none of them had passed her a huge. Search ensued, involving. Over a hundred people helicopters. And sniffer dogs the. Search was concentrated. Over a 3 to 5 square, mile area around, sunrise lakes, however. Despite, these efforts the, only thing they ever found was, the lens cap off her Canon. Given. There was no evidence of an animal talent and because she was so close to the camp it. Seemed very unlikely she, lost her way at. The time everything, pointed to an abduction although. There was also speculation that. Stacey had family, and school troubles, and. Was missing her boyfriend, but. If she intentionally intended. To disappear, why was she originally, wearing such inappropriate, Footwear and, why. Did she ask to, separate people to accompany her none. Of it made sense. Thirty. Years after Stacey's, disappearance, David, looked at the case and he, requested the file on Stacey's disappearance, from the National Park Service, this, is a standard, request and not something that should be denied according, to the Freedom of Information Act. However. On this occasion the request, was rejected he, later. Received a call from a special agent, for the Park Service, asking. Him why he needed the information. This. In itself is, a violation of the Freedom of Information Act, as. Any citizen, can ask for any federal file, and, a government cannot question why, the. Agent told David in no uncertain terms that, he could not have the case file he also, clearly stated, that there were no suspects, in the case and it was still classified as a missing person. But. When David challenged, him about why the case was not listed in the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. He. Said he didn't believe that it wasn't, the. Reason he gave for not granting access was, in case it turned into a criminal investigation. Despite. Previously, stating, there, were no new leads and no suspects. After. All the case was 30 years old and the main witness was long dead, the. Whole thing seemed highly, irregular and got, David wondering was, there something in the file they wanted to be kept hidden, David. Persisted, in his request for the file but, it was repeatedly, denied. What. David also found troubling about the case was, the decision to stop searching for Stacy after, just nine days, this. Seemed bizarre when. You think Stacy must, have been in that park somewhere it's. Not like when a child is taken off the street and can be taken hundreds of miles away in just a few hours the, terrain, in the park would restrict anybody, from getting very far let, alone a 14 year old girl people. Don't just disappear off the face of the earth without, leaving some trace. Even. If they are being eaten by an animal they would have been evidence so. Calling off the search so, early seemed, odd unless. Of course authorities. Already knew what had happened to her and further. Searching, was futile. David, also discovered, they're having three more bizarre disappearances very, close to the vicinity Stacy disappeared, on. The. 9th of August 1968. A man's body was found in a crevice at Tonya peak just. Over a mile away from where Stacy disappeared, the. Man has never been identified, on. The 25th, of May 1976. Just over a mile away from the location of the unidentified man. 25. Year old Jeff estie's disappeared. Not. A fragment, of evidence has ever been found of him on. The 15th of July in 1988.
Half A mile northeast, of where the unidentified man was found Timothy. Barnes, disappeared, close to paly dome lake as. With Jeff not, a shred of his evidence was found, the. Anomaly, is the Stacey arrows case was, just the start. Ronald. Kirk let's. Take a look at a case where a man went missing and the area was surged and then he turned up in that exact same spot two weeks later on. January. The 16th 2012. 46. Year old Ronald Kirk sent, text messages to friends, letting. Them know he, was going hiking in calico, Basin, in Red Rock Canyon Nevada. Ronald. A former Marine was, no stranger, to the basin, he. Was a keen runner and he, had hiked for long stretches in the canyon dozens of times before. Often. By himself so, the text wasn't unusual and, none, of them would have been concerned. But. When Ronald hadn't returned after several days friends. And family became worried. They. Went to the area where they found his red jean but still sitting in the parking lot they. Organized a search and, alerted authorities. Hundreds. Of fellow hikers, on the ground and helicopters, in the air spent, hours and days searching, for Ronald but found nothing not, a trace. They, scoured, several trails and the route he was likely to have taken but. Eventually the, search was called off, almost. Two months later, Ronald's remains were stumbled upon in a rocky area with established, trails not. Far from one of the Red Rocks most popular challenges, turtlehead. Peak, this. Same area had previously, been extensively, searched by the on-the-ground team dogs, and helicopters, using, infrared technology but. None had located one 'old the. Official explanation for not finding the body was, slightly contradictory, it. Said Ronald's body was not obscured, in any way but. It blended in with the color of the surrounding terrain. The. Cause of death was not confirmed. Although, foul play was not suspected. In. Cases, like these David. Is not apportioning.
Any Blame on a search and rescue as, they do a fantastic job he. Is merely pointing, out the profile, that fits with, similar disappearances. In this. Case we, have an experienced, hiker the. Area previously, searched and found nothing unknown, cause of death boulders, and canines. Couldn't locate when, apparently hidden in plain sight. George. Penka, this. Next case is again a complete vanishing, on Friday. June 17, 2011. George. Penka aged 30. Went hiking the group of 80 people from his church and one. Of 20 who were walking the upper trail a day, when. They reached the top they've, separated with, individuals, hiking back down at their own pace so, in, effect they, were in a string and George, was likely at the bank however. At the time his, friends hadn't realized that and it wasn't until much later they. Realized he was missing and didn't, report it until 9 p.m. that night George. Had a small amount of food and water on his person, so, they were hopeful he would be found a search. Was mounted straightaway that intensified, the next morning and over. A hundred search, and rescue personnel were deployed including. Dogs helicopters. And ground searchers, but. After nearly a week of searching park, rangers did not find any clues. As to George's whereabouts. Absolutely. Nothing and. In the last eight years not, a bag bone, or item of clothing have, been found. Sadly. George has joined the long list of unexplained, vanishings, and once. Again, George's case fits the following profile, point. Of separation no. Canine scent geographical. Cluster, near. Water surged. Not continued, after a week. Garrett. At a durable, this. Last case is probably the most well known and sadly, involves, a very young child named. Jared, at Adira Saturday. October the 2nd 1999. With a gorgeous day in the mountains of Colorado and, Allen. At Adaro and his children, three-year-old, Jared and six-year-old, Jocelyn were, at the Paradis river resorts, owned by Allen and his twin brother Harlan. And the, children were excited about going on an excursion to the nearby state fish hatchery, with. Members, of the Christian singles Network group of which. Newly, divorced Allen was a member. Initially. Allen, was reluctant, to let little jared go but. When the group reassured, him that they were going to the hatchery he agreed. The. Eleven members of the Christian group along, with Joslin, and Jared decided, to take an early afternoon hike, of the big South trail 15. Miles west of the resort it. Is believed the group split into slow and fast groups the. Trail was 11 miles and eight thousand, four hundred and forty feet up in the rugged Comanche, peak wilderness, so. Not really suitable for a small boy about. 1.5. Miles of the trailer Jared, ran ahead of the group and talked, to fisherman who, was surprised to see the child so far apart from the rest of the group they. Last saw Jared walking, rapidly up the trail, although, it was unclear whether, Jared was between the two groups or ahead of the faster group when, he met them but. It's believed they, were the last people to see Jared before he disappeared, later. Some members of the party reported, hearing a scream. Joslin. Also heard this but thought it was a playful scream, rather. Than a frightened, one, eventually. The group realized that Jared was missing and began searching for him and two, of the members returned, to camp and told Jared father. Search. And Rescue were called after Alan realized the seriousness of, the situation, although.
Rescuers, Were convinced, they would find him hiding, somewhere. However. By the next morning there was still no sign of Jared, after. A helicopter refueling. The search continued, but. The helicopters seemed to be struggling with its new fuel load and the mountain conditions, and. It stalled and came down. Miraculously. All four crew members survived, although, one was seriously injured the. Crash alerted the media to the location, and the place was swarming with reporters, and, with. Worsening weather conditions, the search effort had become a media spectacle as the, search stretched, into the third day, searchers. Combed, riverbanks. And steep slopes and, dive, teams were called in to search the slow-moving river but. Turned up nothing. Psychics. Even got involved an all number of Wow meaning people joined, in the search. Theories. As to what happened Jared were rife and anything. From being killed by a predator, abducted. By aliens or falling, in the river were suggested, along. With other outlandish, conspiracy theories. Human. Abduction was ruled out as the time frame was too short and they, couldn't have got out without being seen as there. Was just one way act in the narrow canyon, but. With the trail growing colder the Sheriff's Office met with Alan and his family and made. The difficult decision to call off the official search after a week. Four. Years later in, June 2003. Three. Hikers in the Big South trail area stumbled, upon a white Tarzan, tennis shoe in a taller slope 500, feet above the trail they. Then found the other shoe a brown, fleece jacket, and blue sweatpants, turned, inside out the. Hikers, instantly, knew what they had discovered, the. Next day searchers, combed, the area and found remaining, clothing, and 11 days later they. Found a to Thunder, skull. DNA. Confirmed the remains were, of little jarred. Apparently. Search and rescue never made it up to the 9,000 120. Foot elevation with, Jared's skull and teeth were found. Additional. Tests, revealed little about Jerez cause of death but. It's widely believed he was attacked by a mountain lion and his, death certificate reads, undetermined. Probable, mountain lion attack. But. The truth is no, one really knows how jared died and he, has been added to the four one one missing, list because. Of the profile, of his disappearance. Point. Of separation time. Weather, water, no. Canine scent. Another. Thing has always puzzled David, is when a hunter or an experienced, trail man goes missing, these. Are the sort of people who know all the pitfalls of hunting and camping and are, among the best prepared people who go out in the forest so. Technically, it should be very rare for them to get lost and not be able to get back or at, least survive until, help arrived in. David's. Latest movie missing, for 1/1 the hunted he. Looks at several cases where, hunters have disappeared, either without a trace or. Are found miles from where they were last seen, he. Also looks at why in an unprecedented move, the. FBI got involved in one of these cases. The. Film also features, an exclusive account, of a predator, caught on camera as. Well as actual recordings, of some of the strangest, sounds, ever to be heard in the far first that. Sent shivers down all of our spines and we're. Used to researching, strange things like this it's. Truly, one of the most insane audio recordings, I've ever heard in my life all. Things that reinforce, many people's belief that. There is someone or something. Lurking. In the wilderness that, could ultimately be responsible for, some. Of these baffling, and unexplained. Disappearances.