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Old 03-20-2017, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Johnson City, TN
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The accident stuff is easy to explain away, but some of these cases may be people not wanting to be found for whatever reason.
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Old 03-20-2017, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Falls Church, Fairfax County
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The accident stuff is easy to explain away, but some of these cases may be people not wanting to be found for whatever reason.
Reading the original post made me think of the Robert Fisher case for some reason. I know I saw it on TV but it has been a while and was the first thing I thought of.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_William_Fisher
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Old 03-20-2017, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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A friend of mine disappeared in the winter, cross-country skiing outside of Boulder, Colorado. He was a fantastic athlete, a long distance runner and skier. They didn't find his body until spring. It turns out he had heart problems that he never even knew about.
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Old 03-20-2017, 02:38 PM
 
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Falls, snake bite, animal attack, heart attack, heat stroke, suicide, murder, faked deaths....you guys have covered most of the bases.

Sadly, people even go missing in urban areas except that it's generally easier to find the remains if it's accidental.

Even then, we've had people go missing for weeks just along suburban trail systems which are nothing more than strips of green space here and there. Rugged, forested terrain just hides things better.
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Old 03-20-2017, 02:55 PM
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Location: Naperville, Illinois
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These disappearances aren't really mysterious. You fall down a ravine, break your leg or back and you're stuck, then you die and then nature takes over and 5 years later someone finds a skull that they might be able to identify. You want to go walk? There are tons of highly used walking paths where you can walk alone, and if you fall into trouble, someone will be there. Going off alone into the wilderness is plain and simply stupid. If you need to commune with nature, redo your back yard.
When I lived in Virginia, I'd go hiking in the Blue Ridge. One day I was hiking up a steep trail next to a waterfall; there were signs saying "don't go too close to the edge or you will die" (or words to that effect). A couple came charging down the mountain in a panic; someone with them had -- you guessed it -- decided to ignore the signs and go off trail anyway. And that was years before there were cell phones, so it probably was going to be hours before he was retrieved from the crevasse he'd fallen into.

In the Northeast, there are signs on the hiking trails on Mount Washington warning of sudden changes in weather, and advising hikers not to ascend if they don't have the proper gear (it's a really dangerous mountain). Yet in spite of the signs, people who are not properly prepared get in trouble all the time (at least that's how it was when I lived in New England 35 years ago).

When I was visiting friends in Florida, friends pointed out a pond where someone had had his arm torn off by a gator a few months before while swimming in the pond. Yes, there were signs warning people to stay out of the water -- which he ignored.

And those are all easily accessible areas. Hike a few miles into the Smokies, and there will be places where if you fall and die, they'll never find your body. There's more wilderness in this country than people realize. And more people dumb enough to think they can get away with ignoring warnings than there should be.
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Old 03-20-2017, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Falls Church, Fairfax County
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Thank you for posting this. I read this at lunch and it was very interesting.
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Old 03-20-2017, 04:49 PM
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I've lived in Colorado and Wyoming for fifty years A few people disappear every year; a smaller number of bodies from previous years are discovered. The most common cause of death is a fall. Most of the deaths that are recorded at the time also result from falls.

Most people simply don't understand how easy it is for a body to disappear. The back country is a big place with an unbelievable number of hidden nooks and crannies. It's easy to overlook something that's five feet away. It's also easy to fall, particularly for the careless.
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Old 03-20-2017, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Washington state
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It would be interesting to see an age distribution of those missing and other biographical data analyzed. I suspect your fit folks not familiar with the wilds might be a factor. Over confidence anyone?

If you read the Missing 411 books, each chapter does the dates and ages of the missing listed there.

I think the strangest stories in those books would be the ones where people, especially kids, were going from Point A to Point B just a hundred yards away and both in plain sight. They still disappeared on the way and were never found.
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Old 03-20-2017, 05:27 PM
 
Location: equator
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Wow! What a story! I never heard of this guy. How on earth could he stay warm enough in a tent all winter, though! Something weird there...


I had a friend who was a very experienced back-woods hiker and he fell to his death off a cliff while hiking. His buddy could not reach him and no cell coverage. It can happen to anyone.


I used to have to get after my husband for standing at the edges of cliffs with hands in his pockets.
One slip, its all over for you! (I fell down some stairs that way---hands in pockets )
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Old 03-20-2017, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Falls Church, Fairfax County
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If you read the Missing 411 books, each chapter does the dates and ages of the missing listed there.

I think the strangest stories in those books would be the ones where people, especially kids, were going from Point A to Point B just a hundred yards away and both in plain sight. They still disappeared on the way and were never found.
This does not mean it is supernatural or alien related.
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