Strange Disappearances in US National Parks, Part 2/2

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We continue this story of high strangeness from “Strange Disappearances in US National Parks, Part 1/2” by this writer.

Deep within the forests of the United States National Park System (NPS), hundreds of people have gone missing with no trace. Oddly, the NPS seems to have no interest in finding out what is happening to people who have not been victims of animal attacks.


Former police officer David Paulides has published six books in a series called “Missing 411.” More than 1,000 people have disappeared from United States national parks.

After presenting his findings at the 2012 NASAR (National Association for Search and Rescue) conference in South Lake Tahoe, dozens of professionals affirmed what Paulides believes true:

“it is staggering the number of people that simply vanish in the wilds of North America.”

Paulides visited a library near Yosemite National Park to see what he could find out in the local news. One of the first cases he came across was from Sarasota, California. On July 17, 1981, 14-year-old Stacey Arras disappeared inside Yosemite. She was with her dad and a group of eight other people on a horseback pack trip at high altitude (8000-9000 feet) in a very remote area.

The group dismounted at some cabins and Stacey freshened up before walking down a trail with her camera, accompanied by a 71-year-old man in the party. The elderly man sat down to rest about 100 feet down the trail in full view of everybody.

Stacey told him she was going to walk a couple hundred feet further along into a small valley with a lake surrounded by heavy trees to take some pictures. As the rest of the group watched, she walked over the knoll – never to be seen again.

Weeks of massive searching for the missing teen were to no avail. The only evidence found was a lens cap to her camera lying in the middle of the trail at the treeline.

Strangely, the NPS of Yosemite refused to give Paulides’ the case file – even though these events happened 30 years ago. According to Stacy’s family, she has never been found.

Paulides discovered that people have gone missing from Yosemite for quite a long time. For example, on July 20, 1954, 26-year-old Walter Gordon, a graduate student from U.C. Berkeley, told friends he was going to take a short hike to Glacier Point and would be back in a couple of hours. He never came back.

Three months later, on October 9, 1954, Orver von Wass also disappeared from the base of Yosemite after telling his family he was going to take a short walk.

The families of the two youths found each other and compared notes, finding many similarities. They collaborated to write a letter to President Eisenhower and asked for “special warfare troops” to search for their children. The families were convinced that their sons had been abducted rather than lost or hurt in a wilderness area.

Paulides found this to be a common theme of these missing persons cases: 80 percent of the families he encountered believed their relatives had been criminally abducted, would then write a letter to some official organization for help, and all had been refused.

A reasonable question would be, were these people attacked by animals and dragged off? A dog brought in to track scents to the bodies of these missing people typically either walks in circles or lies down, not wanting to track. “The canine is essentially useless in almost every one of these cases.”

There have been far too many cases to describe in this article, but some of the creepier aspects include children who vanish from behind a tree while their parents are looking, only to be found dead, weeks later, at a much higher altitude. The official cause of death is usually given as “exposure.”


Sometimes, young children are found who tell strange stories about where they had been. One case mentioned by Thought Catalog concerned a 6-year-old girl named Lillian from Maine who went missing August 1897 and was found 46 hours later 2-3 miles from where her parents last saw her. She said, “the sun shined all the time while I was in the woods.”

People have reported missing time, reappearing in different clothes, and in different locations.

Often, the deceased are found wearing only one shoe – or only socks. In one case, the belongings of a youthful hunter were discovered on a boulder in the middle of a creek. His backpack had been opened and emptied, the contents stacked neatly on the rock. The hunter was never found.

In a particularly grisly case, a search and rescue team climbed up over a large fallen tree only to discover the gruesome remains of the missing young man: the only thing left of him were his feet and legs up to the shins. His boots were gone, but socks still on. His trousers had dropped down around his ankles. Tiny bone fragments littered the immediate area. The searchers were freaked out and the story died a natural death, unlike the unfortunate park visitor.

While these cases are both morbid and disturbing, the real mystery here is why Paulides and other legitimate, conscientious investigators are getting stone-walled by the National Park Service.

Is the bottom line here which explains the uncooperative NPS the “real” bottom line: park visitor revenue?
Paulides himself has reached no conclusion. However, he and his organization continue to find the solution to this puzzling situation.


10 Comments
  1. Post Author

    I HAVE BEEN WATCHING INVESTIGATION DISCOVERIES ABOUT MISSING PEOPLE NEVER TO BE FOUND~~IT SEEM UNREAL THAT SUCH A THING COULD HAPPEN LIKE PEOPLE DISAPPEARING INTO THIN AIR NEVER TO EVEN FIND A TRACE OF THAT PERSON~~SOMETHING DEFINITELY STRANGE GOING ON SOMEWHERE~~WHAT WHY AND WHO IS DOING THIS IS A REAL MYSTERY~~

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    Oooh ! All (apparently) in California, of course. The answer, of course, is obvious : It’s all the work of “libruls”, maybe even “commies” !

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    Why aren’t Americans holding the NPA ‘s feet to the fire and
    demanding answers or else…..be FIRED!

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    FOI reports requested on the files from NPS on a short list of names of people mentioned in papers news articles. Has this been tried? If it works one short list at a time. …

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    This is fake news. The disappeared wanted to disappear. And if they were adults it is their problem or their success. Evidently their relatives, if they had any, didn’t care for them either. There are plenty of times when an individual’s life doesn’t matter any longer. And so what, if all they really are is matter, as all of us.

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    disappearances in this nature can be work of rogue military/higher eschelons abducting humans for MARz Prj, underground MiLabs experimentation, food source for the Reptilians (monarchy and bloodlines) and mal Sphere Beings of lower dimension living inside volcanos, caverns in “middle earth”- lizards (lizzies as Prin D calls them) taking humans at will (food and hybrid breeding program)…

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    We are no longer safe in city nor in forests, we have no freedom. I have seen lately a report that there is a research center in Arizona on humans and the reptoids mix / underground. Just think about that. Do you recall to see or even hear about Big Foot 20-30 years ago ??? NO and suddenly there are so many, WHERE DID THEY COME FROM ?? Everything is HUSH HUSH !! We are no longer blind, we can see and hear !!!

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    Well now that we are aware of it perhaps enough of us can demand an answer. The parks should be boycotted until answers or at least case reports are turned over to investigators. For those going to the parks anyway, warn your friends and neighbors not to go alone and remain together at all times.

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    This isn’t something new….why are the remains of over 14 feet being found in Victoria Canada being investigated. Their government claims they were victims of suicides…convent excure. They are finding boots still on the feet as well. Something seems disturbing in both these areas. RE: Canadian authorities are not saying much about the dismembered human foot found at a beach in British Columbia last Sunday, causing speculation and rumors. The foot, found in a hiking boot, was the 14th foot discovered on the Salish Sea between Vancouver Island and the British Columbia mainland since 2007.

    It was reported that 9 out of the 14 feet found have been identified. Officials have determined that they belonged to six people. The British Columbia Coroners Service confirmed that no foul play was involved in the previous cases.

    Authorities believe that the washed-up feet could be from suicides and accidental drownings or natural death, according to Radio Canada. The feet mostly belonged to men. This was reported by CNN.

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    The truth varies in each situation. The NPS for one wants revenue from visitors so they downplay the dangers. Some others are animals predators feeding on humans. Others are people making dumb decisions and falling and banging their head and dying. Cults also actually abduct and sacrifice people. In addition the government has signed treaties with other races who live on the planet to let them take so many humans for food and experimentation. They usually live subterranean and are quite intelligent. Syfy films are loosely based on such things. Supernatural events also take place. People dismiss such things as nonsense but why? Do people already believe everything that is true. My normal experience is that people love a lie and hate the truth. Believing something is not a prerequisite for something being true. What you don’t know can obviously hurt you as the 1000.00 dead attest to. Please be careful as I care about each of you. You don’t have to believe what I am saying to use caution and protect the ones you love. Unfortunately evil is very real and it’s advantage is plausible deniability. If you don’t believe an enemy is real you will make no defense. Stay safe and thanks for this article.

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