National Parks and Forests are renown for their serene beauty. They are places in which we reconnect with nature and bask in awe-inspiring surroundings. Yet there is a dark underbelly to these pristine locations. Thousands of people who visit America’s picturesque federal lands will never return. Many of them disappear under bizarre and unusual circumstances. David Paulides, a retired police officer and prolific investigator, has chronicled hundreds of bone-chilling cases in his series Missing 411. He discovered the Department of Interior is engaged in a massive coverup, claiming they possess “no list” missing persons. Obtaining such a document would cost the requester over one million dollars.
There are currently far more questions than answers. Whatever sinister force is claiming hundreds of lives remains unknown. However, there is a clear and concise pattern repeatedly seen amongst all demises. With this information, we can better prevent falling prey to future incidents. The next time you plan on exploring any of America’s government-owned territories please keep the following tips in mind.
Always take someone else along during outdoor ventures. There appears to be safety in numbers. If you must travel alone then be sure to tell a loved one where you are going and when you plan on returning.
- Carry a transponder/ personal locator as well as a firearm (if doing so is legal in your state and you are proficient in gun safety). David Paulides has investigated thousands of cases and states that he’s never seen anyone go missing who possesses both these important tools.
- Do not wear brightly or unnaturally colored clothing. Stick with hues found in the surrounding environment such as forest green, brown, black or gray.
- Stick towards the front or middle of a group. For unknown reasons, those who are last in line get lost at alarming rates. It’s as if some intelligent entity strategically targets human beings who are out of site.
- Be aware of locational clusters throughout the United States. There are certain areas in North America where individuals vanish at much higher rates. Should you venture to any of these locations be sure to take additional precautions.
- Whenever possible, refrain from trekking near streams, rivers, ponds and lakes. A common thread amongst the missing involves being located near some type of water body. Swamps and marshes are also applicably dangerous.
- Steer clear of berry patches. Many who are snatched were in the midst of picking berries. Some speculate the food source may attract an unseen predator.
- Avoid hiking during the hours of 2:30 PM- 6:30 PM. For unknown reasons, a vast majority of casualties are abducted in the late afternoon or early evening. Stick with morning ventures if doing so is feasible.
- Keep a healthy distance from boulder fields. A reoccurring theme consistently present amongst victims is being taken from an area with high levels of granite.
- Listen to your intuition. Friends and relatives of the missing frequently inform authorities that the victim had complained of “not feeling well” or “being tired” shortly before disappearing. If something feels off, follow your instincts and get somewhere safe quickly.
Fourth of July weekend is one of the year’s most popular periods to visit a National Park. Please stay safe and take proper precautions the next time you embark on outdoor endeavors.