Missing 411: Hundreds of Strange Disappearances in our National Parks

Each year hundreds of people go missing in United State Parks and National Forests. Most investigations are eventually solved through reasonable causes: foul play, drowning, suicide or an animal attack. Others aren’t quite so easy to dismiss. Many of them are not merely perplexing but outright disturbing. The Missing 411 books take a deeper look into these specific situations which seem to defy all logic.


Author of the series, David Paulides, is a private investigator who served as a Los Angeles police officer for over twenty years. One day he stumbled upon some shocking information from a park ranger. They informed  Paulides about a series of bizarre missing persons cases happening within the National Parks. According to this source, these individuals go missing under very unusual circumstances. Law enforcement officials and park service management were doing everything in their power to keep these events concealed from the general public.

Author of the Missing 411 book series, David Paulides.

When Paulides attempted to obtain a list of missing people in Yosemite National Park he hit the first of many roadblocks. He was told that there is no such document because the Department of Interior does not keep any record of missing people within their park systems. To obtain this information would cost him $34,000. A list missing persons for the entire United States park systems was a staggering $1.4 million. Paulides did not oblige and instead filed hundreds of Freedom Information Acts. Some were accepted while others were denied for unknown reasons.


As the investigation progressed, the more mysterious it became. One of the first things that was discovered were the presence of “clusters” throughout the country. These locations are hotspots where individuals disappear at surprisingly high numbers. Concentrated areas are present in many states including California, Colorado, Washington, Georgia, Michigan and Arkansas. Fifty-two clearly defined geographic regions have been identified.

A map showing the disappearances in the United States. 52 geological clusters have been identified.

After meticulously researching thousands of cases, odd similarities and patterns emerged. Certain baffling parallels were seen repeatedly despite the incidents transpiring thousands of miles from each other. Some of the common links are difficult to rationalize and not easily dismissed. These perplexing characteristics leave far more questions than answers.

  • Search dogs behave strangely. Oftentimes these canines cannot pick up a scent, or simply don’t want to. In other instances they begin tracking only to lay down and stop searching as if the person had vanished into thin air. Cadaver dogs are unable to locate a corpse.
  • The body is found in an area that has searched before. In many instances the missing appears in a location that has been thoroughly searched dozens, if not hundreds, of times. It is not uncommon for the deceased to surface on a main trail that is utilized by hikers on a daily basis.
  • Travel uphill instead of downhill. The missing is often found at high levels of elevation, such as mountain peaks. Frequently the victim will travel an astounding amount of miles through treacherous terrain in a time period which seems humanly impossible.
  • Weather-related phenomenon. Shortly after the individual goes missing, the forecast takes a drastic turn. Torrential rain, lightning, fog, sand storms or blizzards occur which delay search parties.
  • Missing clothing. Shoes, pants, shirts and jackets are often removed, even by children who are too young do so themselves. Paradoxical undressing cannot explain why a person would do this in a temperate environment. Clothing that is found is sometimes neatly folded.
  • High amounts of plane crashes. Search planes and helicopters seem to crash at abnormally high rates during these specific cases.
  • Extreme ends of the intellectual scale. On one side there are well-educated people such as doctors, psychiatrists and physicists. Others have disabilities such as autism or Down Syndrome.
  • German ancestry. Those with German heritage appear to go missing at much higher rates.
  • Boulder fields and granite. An excessive number of men and women vanish in boulder fields or areas with huge quantities of granite. Yosemite National Park is the largest of all clusters and also happens to be the biggest source of granite on Earth.
  • The victim is retrieved near a body of water. Another common factor is the presence of water. Bodies are often discovered near oceans, lakes, rivers, streams or swamps.
  • Berry picking. Strangely, this is a reoccurring theme shared amongst several cases. Those who are picking berries seem to go missing at higher rates.
  • Not feeling well or being tired. Prior to the disappearance, friends and family state the victim had informed them that they were feeling ill or weary.
  • Being last in line. One of the most recurrent of all traits are those in a group who happen to be the last in line. Others who were with the missing report seeing them mere seconds before and suddenly they had vanished without a trace. No one ever reports hearing any sounds such as a gasp, scream or an animal.


The NPS employs over 20,000 Americans and brings in an annual revenue $92 billion. If patrons knew what was really happening within the park systems it could have devastating financial consequences. Paulides has never stated who (or what) he believes is responsible for these incidents and merely presents the facts. Readers are left to derive their own conclusions based on the information presented. Theories as to what is taking these park-goers include Bigfoot attacks, alien abduction, Thunderbirds, secret underground government bases or cannibalistic wild men. Whatever the source may be, it’s probably best to avoid being last in line the next time you visit a National Park.

38 thoughts on “Missing 411: Hundreds of Strange Disappearances in our National Parks

  1. la Cariatide January 15, 2018 / 10:57 am

    you made it at reddit/conspiracy, mission accomplished!

    • Ash January 15, 2018 / 1:46 pm

      Thank you, la Cariatide! I’m so pleasantly surprised and happy that there is interest in the topic. It’s a very important subject and people need to be aware so they can take proper safety measures.

      • la Cariatide January 15, 2018 / 6:37 pm

        to be honest i don’t know, how could i be 98% certain. anyway, all the missing person cases must be investigated..
        the pictures you choose look like twin peaks, perhaps not a coincidence.

        let’s talk straightforwardly, what’s your stance about september 11, 2001′ false flag? one cannot be a real conspiracy nuts (sic) without having done any research about 9/11 false flag, can we?

      • AliceInBlunderland7 May 20, 2022 / 10:14 am

        Yeah like NEVER go to a National Park.

    • Laura October 24, 2019 / 3:26 pm

      Youtbe videos and books i read indicates the 1/3 that came down with satan, theyre the giants, which it culture had a different name for them like big foot, yeti, sasquatch, nephilium, Anacuckii ect. There all demons. If a big foot tracker tries to follow big foot it disappears because its a disembodied spirit. Chain and bound in mt. hermon. Same with nasa or pilots they lose site of these ufo’s because their disembodied spirits. If one has an affair one teams up with these demon spirits. That is why the evil parent murders the child and one parent. If you take drugs you open a portzl and allow the demon to enter ones subconscious and it depresses one, suicide or dui you hurt another.

  2. Malcolm S. January 15, 2018 / 4:35 pm

    There are some odd reports of people going missing at an alarming rate on the Appalachian Trail, especially near a military base of some sort. If you have any links to more in depth analysis I’d definitely be interested in reading more about this topic. We in the conspiracy circles have been squawking about human trafficking/human sacrifice for years now. No doubt there is a deeper conspiracy which likely involves the government or nefarious agents acting under the protection of the state/police agencies across the country.

    • Ash January 15, 2018 / 6:08 pm

      I have heard of this as well and it’s quite disturbing. Hopefully in the near future I can do a post about that topic specifically. I wrote this one first so people who aren’t familiar with the subject can get a little background. Human trafficking could definitely be a possibility in some of these cases. However, you’d think search dogs would be able to pick up a scent. Also if someone were kidnapped there would be a huge disturbance in the area they went missing as most put up a fight. I agree wholeheartedly- there is definitely something going on at a much deeper level. Thanks a lot for your comment and insight.

      • Destroyer of the Snake Brotherhood March 9, 2020 / 4:42 pm

        all you have to do is lift someone off the ground or put them into a vehicle of some kind.. like a military all-terrain vehicle or something.. and take them away. there are also underground military bases and the map of those corresponds pretty well with the places hikers are disappearing from.

  3. Gatekeeper January 16, 2018 / 1:49 pm

    This is a very mysterious occurrence happening with the parks. I remember reading on a forum where the poster suggested the involvement of fairies as same cases were similar in nature to stories in European folklore.

    • Ash January 17, 2018 / 3:49 am

      I too have heard of some believing in a fairy connection. It’s interesting because these types of cases have been occurring for hundreds of years. Folklore of fairies has been prevalent throughout the times and amongst many different cultures.

      • Richard Lennie November 17, 2019 / 11:56 pm

        Not fairies as I have been up close and personal with them and they didn’t take me.!

      • Rita February 12, 2020 / 7:45 pm

        I have a fairy village. Do you suppose you could supply me with a boy and a girl? So they could multiply?

  4. Karsci January 17, 2018 / 1:38 am

    Very interesting and frightening post. It makes you think twice about hiking in any of these areas. I was interested to read many reported feeling tired or ill prior to their disappearance, I was not aware of that fact.

    • Ash January 17, 2018 / 3:45 am

      Thank you, Karsci! It is definitely frightening and something people should be aware of while venturing out into the wilderness. It is interesting how many people report feeling ill/ tired prior to their disappearance. Is it merely a sixth sense or are there other forces at work?

      • dnlpat September 4, 2019 / 12:50 pm

        I would think it is an anesthetic effect. Feeling ill/tired would make it easier for the person to be subdued.

  5. The funny ones January 19, 2018 / 4:41 am

    Nightcrawlers…. those things with long legs can swoop the unfortunate and transfer them miles away.

    • Ash January 19, 2018 / 4:45 am

      That’s an incredibly interesting theory and one that I’ve never heard before regarding this topic. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I plan on doing a post specifically on Nightcrawlers in the future so stay tuned. =)

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