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Old 03-23-2012, 07:39 PM
 
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For 10 years we lived in the Forest (Ocala National Forest). There are homes on the Western & Eastern borders of the Forest. Our family had a 4-wheeler, my sons used to ride it through the forest. In particular locatios they would see "Rainbow People" hanging out, bathing & camping in the area. By all accounts, most of these people are students, some from wealthy backgrounds, who travel here, for the annual "Rainbow Event" escaping society & meeting people of like mind. Then others are simply homeless squatters for various reasons. Use your imaginations.

I would not want to stay overnight in the woods where they stay, which are free primitive campsites, with no security - no pay, etc. But we have camped at Juniper Springs, a state park in the ONF. There you can swim, canoe & overnight camp. That's a whole different situation.

There have been things that have happened in the Forest that I'd not like to never think of again. Things I read in the paper. Cars & trucks pass through there by way of State Route 40 which passes East to West from Ormond Beach to Dunnellon. Using SR 40, one can cross the state to connect to I-95 & I-75. There are hundreds of numbered (dirt) forest roads for the forestry service for the main purpose of putting out fires over thousands of acres of land. So, pretty much anything could possibly happen & go un-noticed.

So sorry to read of this. I'll keep your family in my prayers.

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Old 04-17-2012, 10:38 AM
 
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Then others are simply homeless squatters for various reasons. Use your imaginations.

So sorry to read of this. I'll keep your family in my prayers.
I wonder if his son was ever found.
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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I wonder if his son was ever found.
I havent seen a thing in the paper.
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Old 04-18-2012, 09:17 AM
 
Location: FLORIDA
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My prayers go out to the OP. Hope he is found alive soon.
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Old 04-20-2012, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Hernando
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My 26 year old son, Doug York started on a cross country bicycle ride from Kissamee 14 days ago. He rides between 50 and 150 miles a day and is great shape. He agreed to check in with his mom or myself daily. 12 days ago he told mom he was in the ocala national forest and had chopped wood for some folks who lived there in exchange for food and shelter for the night. He said his phone was almost dead, he would charge it the next evening and call so we could track his progress. It has now been 12 days, no contact. His phone has not been used since.
He is 6.1 200 pounds. Lots of tattoos, brown eyes shaved head. We have contacted the local police and highway patrol who havent really helped, just took reports. If anyone knows anything, please, please let me know. yave1964@aol.com Thank you.
I am sorry for your circumstance. I will pray YHVH will keep him safe and provide the means for him to get in touch. Shalom.

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Old 05-26-2012, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Gainesville
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My prayers are with you and your family. May God return him to you safe and sound.
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:48 PM
 
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I pray this fellow was found and is alive and well...

Are these things still going on in the Forest? How are things now with hippies, squatters, etc.

Good grief, to read something like this on a rainy night. Doug's father, poor man, that must be hell...

It's not that crazy out there, is it?
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Old 09-05-2013, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Near Nashville TN
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I pray this fellow was found and is alive and well...

Are these things still going on in the Forest? How are things now with hippies, squatters, etc.
As of last year they were still there. It's a huge forest and easy to lose yourself from those you don't want finding you - like the police, ex-wives etc. The climate is such people can live in shacks year round. It's safe of you stay on the beaten path. I sure wouldn't wander off into the forest.

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Good grief, to read something like this on a rainy night. Doug's father, poor man, that must be hell...

It's not that crazy out there, is it?
Probably a lot of what you hear is rumor. Exaggerations. Some of what you hear or read is the truth.... just don't wander off down some sand road by yourself.
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Old 09-07-2013, 02:12 PM
 
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That's no more disturbing than the inner city of any large urban area. From what I've read about this particular case, the guy didn't stray too far from the road - not with a bike and a trailer. Also, his last call location ought to have been easily pinpointed.
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Old 09-07-2013, 10:19 PM
 
Location: So. Dak.
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This was so sad and I wish the OP would've come back and let us know how things were going.

I did a search and found several people with that name in the state of Fla. There is one that made me hopeful that all turned out well. Thoughts?

Douglas York - Previous Branch Manager for Ewing Irrigation Products, Inc.
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