Abducted or just missing? Oct 15, 2019 0:29:23 GMT
Post by buzzbomb on Oct 15, 2019 0:29:23 GMT
Michael McClain fits the profile of a Paulides-type urban disappearance almost to a tee. He was an intelligent young man with a degree in criminal justice living in New Hampshire when he disappeared earlier this year at the age of 29. On the night April 20, Michael and two friends went to Nashua to check out the action at the Tropical Lounge on West Hollis Street. Michael was seen dancing with a woman who later got into an altercation with another female at the club. The women went outside after closing time and a crowd gathered in the lot to watch. Michael, although not having any known connection to whatever the fight was about, intervened not wanting to see anyone get hurt. The police were called, who hurried to the bar and the crowd scattered as soon they arrived.
Here is the strange part: Michael somehow disappeared in the crowd. His friends waited, thinking he would emerge from the crowd but he did not. By the time the crowd was gone, Michael was nowhere to be seen. His friends called out for him and searched the vicinity for about 45 minutes without any luck. They had also called his phone but got no answer. They went to his car which was parked about a mile away and it was still there—unoccupied. Not able to find him, the two friends went home without him. Michael did not return over the weekend, did not contact his family on Sunday which was Easter nor did he report into work on Monday even though he was very punctual nor did he call in. He was reported missing later in the day, April 22.
The police discovered that Michael left the Tropical Lounge at 1:45 am and placed a two-minute call to his boss four minutes later telling her, “They’re after me.” The phone disconnected and the woman was unable to reach him again despite several attempts—the last being at about 2:25 am.
Starting at 1:55, about nine minutes after hanging up on his boss, Michael sent this series of texts to a neighbor: “help lol r”, “whata stood aloof” (1:55), “eldridge bro” (2:15), “f**k ibitx u” (2:18). The obscenity was apparently auto-censored. Eldridge probably referred to a nearby street but if Michael had been on that street, he was wondering around aimlessly. He would have continued east on West Hollis to Main, turned north crossing both West Hollis and Main up a block to Eldridge and then east again probably to Spring Street and then turned south back to East Hollis (same street as West Hollis) and then crossed East Hollis again.
The last place police noticed a ping on Michael’s phone was at a 24-hour McDonald’s on East Hollis about half a mile east of the Tropical Lounge at 2:30 am. Several witnesses claim to have seen him there including an acquaintance. Police theorize that his phone battery went dead by this time and so they could not track him further by checking for pings. Michael did not seem distraught at the McDonald’s and made no attempt to call his friends or police concerning whomever was supposedly following him.
After leaving the McDonald’s, surveillance cameras picked up Michael at a Speedway station about a quarter-mile east of the McDonald’s. There, he asked to use a phone which seems to confirm his own phone was dead. No one is sure if Michael actually made a call or whom he called if he did make one.
The last known camera footage of Michael was taken at Bancroft Street. My source for this story stated there was a condo complex there but upon checking Google Maps, there is not. There are just a group of businesses in shabby buildings in an area that does not appear to even be well-lit. If Michael was afraid he was being followed, why would he go into this area when he could have headed straight for the bridges that span the Merrimack? It is not only dark but also turns into a cul-de-sac formed by a confluence of the Nashua and Merrimack Rivers. He wouldn’t be able to get out. Yet, he did get out. Footage shows him leaving Bancroft Street and heading in the general direction of East Hollis and Bridge Streets. East from there are the two bridges spanning the Merrimack. Michael could have walked across either bridge but there is no evidence he did.
So now we must ask the obvious questions about a wholly mysterious turn of events: Why did Michael walk away from his friends at the bar? How can that possibly be made sense of? Why did he call his boss while apparently still in the lot outside the bar and tell her “they’re after me”? Who did he think was after him? Supposedly, the ex-boyfriend of the woman he danced with was in the bar that night but there is no evidence this person threatened him in any way. Why could his friends not find him? They searched for about 45 minutes which would have taken them up to 2:30 at which time Michael walked into the McDonald’s. Michael appears to have gone down Main Street as stated earlier. If he had kept going, he would have crossed the Nashua River to Orange Street where his car was parked but instead he seems to have turned down Eldridge. Why?
His friends wouldn’t have gone east to look for Michael. They likely never thought he would go in that direction—what for? That is something we notice frequently in the Paulides-type urban disappearance: the victim is seen walking AWAY from the general direction of his living quarters or from his vehicle in the early morning hours with no explanation of where they are going—especially at such a time. Why in the world was Michael walking east towards the Merrimack River when he didn’t live that way? He lived to the north in the city of Manchester, New Hampshire. To get home from the bar, he would have headed north on Main to get his car and then go west to Route 3 heading north. He could never have walked all the back to Manchester—especially after crossing the Merrimack to the east. That’s way too far.
Why did Michael ignore the phone calls from his friends? They search for him for 45 minutes calling him repeatedly while he walks east and ignores their calls. If someone was really following him, wouldn’t it have made sense to answer the phone, tell them where you are and to hurry? But that still doesn’t answer the question of why he walked away from them in that parking lot in the first place. Instead of answering their calls, he’s texting nonsense to a neighbor. Michael’s father believes Michael was probably, as it were, butt-texting, i.e. Michael activated the text button by accident and was talking and the phone was picking it up and trying to make sense of it. I doubt this very much. The very first text said, “lol” which isn’t something one would say but would type. He typed those texts but why? And why did he send them to a neighbor? Nothing makes sense here but in a Paulide’s-type disappearance, that’s how it is—nothing makes sense.
Another thing that fits a Paulides-type urban disappearance was that this happened near major bodies of water. However, the bodies turn up in the water. Thus far, we have found no trace of Michael McClain for some six months now. If it does turn up in the water, that will also be hard to explain since Michael wasn’t suicidal and yet the rivers are well isolated from pedestrians and it would take effort to climb over the obstacles and fall in. The police have also concluded that no one was following Michael that night. So just what DID happen?