Interesting story, Plutronus. If it is as you have relayed it, I don't know what to make of it. Since I believe we shouldn't multiply our miracles, it is the same phenomenon that I am looking into but a different aspect of it but that's just my opinion. And utterly inexplicable no matter how you chop it.
Possible 411 case here concerning Quawan Charles who went missing in Louisiana. His body was found in the woods. Cause of death is due to drowning. The case is getting a lot of attention due to the possibility of racial violence but there doesn't appear to be any. There was no violence done to the body prior to drowning. Lacerations on the bidy have been determined to have been caused by aquatic animals.
Witnesses who saw Quawan in the area where his body was later recovered say he was alone. He apparently did not appear to be in any distress or at least nothing of this nature has been disclosed.
If this case is a 411, it may shed more light on such cases due to the attention it is getting. But it may also hamper such cases if people decide LE covered up facts. Perhaps some KKK group of idiots killed him but then why no marks of violence? Why was he wandering around in the area alone? Sounds like 411 to me. Time will tell.
A mysterious stainless steel monolith (see below) was discovered by a research crew flying in a chopper over Red Rock Country in Utah while doing a count of bighorn sheep on November 18th. The gleam of the object caught their eye and they landed and inspected it. It is a triangular column and about twice the height of a man. It was put together with pop rivets, It is well anchored to the ground and does not corrode. No one knows who put it there, how they transported the materials or why. They feel the monolith may have been there for as long as six decades. The oddest thing is its location which is very remote and required a very good knowledge of the region. Authorities will not give the exact location for fear that the curious would try to find it and likely get lost in the wilderness.
In the 411 cases, we noted that some areas are have Devil, Satan, Diablo and other such words in their place names. Frequently, it is not really known why these areas are given these names or by whom. Rarely are the areas sinister in appearance. Quite the contrary, they appear pristine and beautiful. So how did these sinister appellations come about? In Washington state, the Colonial Creek Campgrounds in North Cascades National Park in Washington state is situated near the absolutely gorgeous Diablo Lake.
Many people visit this area every year. There is camping, fishing, swimming, canoeing and many scenic overlooks to view the lake and environs. It seems like an ideal spot to spend a vacation and for most people that's exactly what it is. But for some people, the sinister name of the lake is well-earned.
October 3, 2020--A park service employee at the Colonial Creek Campground noticed a white Toyota Corolla sitting alongside Highway 20. Not far away, the employee also noticed an artist's easel and canvas had been set up. There was no one around. A check of the plates revealed the car belonged to a 35-year-old man from Discovery Bay, California named Alexander Pisch. The easel and canvas were indeed his.
The following day, a search commenced which expanded in the ensuing days. There were no signs of struggle, no blood, no torn clothing. The easel, as one can see in the photo, was not disturbed. Was he abducted by a gang of kidnappers? For what purpose? His financial assets have not been touched. No one has seen him either alone or in the company of others. As of this writing, Alexander Pisch is still missing.
On April 30, 2019, the car of a missing man was located near the Colonial Creek Campground. The Honda Element had been sitting there for weeks. Weirdly, the key to the car was sitting on the roof. The car belonged to a 58-year-old Army man and Customs and Border Patrol employee named named Ritchie Collins. An even weirder circumstance than the car was that his family wondered what had happened to all his guns. Collins, his family said, owned at least 30 different firearms. A search of his home revealed that Collins or somebody had removed all his guns. The safe was open and empty. Several gun cases were found strewn about. All were empty. The home was extensively searched and explored including the crawlspaces but no guns nor any trace of Ritchie Collins were found.
What happened to Ritchie Collins? Why did he remove every single gun from his home and what did he do with them? Why have none of them turned up anywhere? Why did he drive to the Colonial Creek Campground? Why did he leave the key on the roof of the car? Where did he go from there? That he could have walked away carrying 30 guns with him does not compute. He would have needed assistance but then who assisted him and why? Perhaps he joined a secret white nati0nalist group and dropped off the grid bringing the group all his weapons. If he did something similar to this, he has dropped entirely off the grid and left his family behind in anguish over his disappearance. He would have left everything other than his guns behind and walked entirely away from his life. But being ideologically radicalized appears to be the only plausible answer and, I suppose, far stranger things have happened.
On June 16, 2018, a Gainesville, GA man named Cornelius "Casey" Zippro, 31, was camping at Colonial Creek Campground with a friend when they argued over something. The friend decided to get away for awhile to let cooler heads prevail and went for a hike by himself. He returned from his hike before 4 pm. He saw Casey's tent and backpack but Casey was nowhere to be seen. After searching for him and calling his name and getting no response, he reported Casey missing at about 4 pm. A search in the immediate vicinity around the camp turned up nothing. The search expanded out near Diablo Lake and Casey's body was located the following month in a wooded area. There was no violence or signs of foul play. Cause of death was determined to be suicide. He was apparently dead for the entire time that he had been missing. Now, this could be someone with emotional problems taking his brody but there is no information that Casey Zippro was any kind of psychotic case. Arguments between friends happen all the time. All of us have at some point or other argued with a friend. We don't walk into the woods and kill ourselves over it. There is no clear evidence of why Casey Zippro killed himself or why he walked to the remote area where his body was found to take his life.
Amber Jayne Eldridge, 35, drove off one November afternoon in 2018 from the town of Molalla at about 5:30 pm where she was visiting with friends with her 1-year-old granddaughter. She stated she was going to head back to her home in Salem but then later sent a message to friends to say that she was going to Santiam State Forest in Clackamas County, Oregon. The time was 11:30 pm. This was, needless to say, an extremely strange time to go to a heavily forested area. Eldridge stated she needed "to get away for a little bit". From what, she did not say. A concerned friend then drove out to Sawtell Road looking for Eldridge and located her car at about 12:30 a.m. The lights were on, the engine was running and the heat was on. The baby was inside unharmed but, weirdly, Eldridge was nowhere to be seen. Police and a SAR unit--about 50 people in all--combed the area for two days. They searched a 300-meter radius around her car but the terrain was extremely rugged and going was slow. Her body was found about 700 feet from her car. Sgt. Nathan Thompson stated that without so many searchers, finding Eldridge's body would have been much tougher because the body could not be seen from even a few feet away.
So, why did Eldridge suddenly veer off the track and head out to a heavy forest so late at night in the cold with an infant? Why did she leave her car? Where was she going? Why walk through such a rough terrain especially in the dark? Her family has no idea why Eldridge chose to go to Santiam instead of come home especially at such a strange hour. There are no reports of Eldridge suffering from mental illness. Police do not believe there was any foul play but are not saying how or why she died. No cause of death has been released that I have been able to locate.
July 18, 2007, Barbara Bolick, 55, became a missing person on the Bear Overlook Trail in Corvallis, Montana. She had gone a on a 2.6 mile hike with a family friend, Jim Ramaker, 58. Ramaker was the boyfriend of Bolick's husband's cousin. All four were together at camp. Barbara's husband was a heart attack survivor and was unable to hike. His cousin begged off the hike as she didn't feel up to it so Jim and Barbara left together. At between 11:30 am and 1 pm, Jim stated he and Barbara stopped to rest and have a snack. He walked about 20 or 30 feet from her to study some scenery. When he turned back to look at Barbara, she was gone. He called out for her but received no answer. He went looking for her but could not find her. After a while, he grew alarmed and hurried back to camp to tell the others that Barbara had vanished. A SAR team was dispatched some time after 2:30 pm. They had dogs and infrared equipment and performed an exhaustive search but could not find her. After a few days, the search was called off. Barbara had left behind her husband, her dogs, her cat, her billfold, everything. All she had on her was her backpack.
Jim stated that they had encountered two men on the trail. They were youngish and walking a black and white collie-like dog. Other witnesses on the trail that day also saw the men. They drove a Chevy Blazer with Montana plates. All attempts to locate the two men have failed and they have never been identified. Police do not consider them suspects but would like to interview them to see what they might remember about that day. Some have theorized that Jim killed Barbara. But why? Perhaps he made a sexual advance and she rebuffed him? Suppose this happened. Where is her body? He had to get rid of it somehow. Suppose he threw her off a precipice. Searchers likely would have found her as they are skilled in searching that area. His crime would have been very impulsive as his girlfriend was supposed to accompany them but decided not to at the last minute. A crime that impulsive would likely have left traces but neither searchers nor police have ever found anything. Despite intense interrogation, Jim Ramaker never changed his story. Jim has no police record and did not raise any alarms with them. Police do not consider him a suspect. I have no information that he submitted to a polygraph but it seems he likely did and passed. He does not believe the two mysterious men abducted Barbara and does not believe a wild animal got her for the same reason--she vanished literally without making a sound. She was there one minute and then she wasn't. Some thought she might have wandered too close to a precipice and fallen off but, again, where is her body? Besides that, her husband said Barbara was afraid of heights and would never approach a precipice close enough to fall off. Did she run off on her own to start a new life? Why? Where would she go? Why would she leave everything behind? 14 years later and neither Barbara Bolick, her remains nor any of her effects have been found.
On October 5, 2018, 27-year-old TV producer named Terrence Woods vanished in a fashion that is quintessentially 411 in nature. Woods and a film crew (11 other people) were filming an installment of Gold Rush in Idaho County, Idaho for the Discovery Channel near the Penman Mine. On the morning of his disappearance, Terrance sent his father a text saying that he was going to cut his shoot time short although he did not give a reason. Some sources say that he wanted to go visit his mother in Maryland who was ill but she had already told him that she would not need surgery and was okay. Then as the shoot wrapped up for the day, Woods suddenly threw his radio set to the ground and walked to a cliff where he stood momentarily staring over the side and then suddenly ran down the cliffside very fast "like a hare" and headed into the forest. The crew watched in bewilderment and shock. Some of the crew chased after him but were unable to catch him. He has not been seen since.
Woods's family believe Terrance was being mistreated on the set--that he was new on the set and the rest of the crew was ostracizing him. The crew denied this and said they liked Terrence and everybody got along with him. Some of the crew thought him a bit strange that day and he was reported by some to have had a "breakdown" on the set earlier in the day although what this consisted of is not stated. Others said he was kind of shaky (one man said Terrence seemed rather distracted which was uncharacteristic) but was doing better as the day wore on but this only makes his odd exit from the set even odder. Why would he run off when things were going better? Terrence's father, Terrence, Sr., believes his son saw or heard something on the set that he wasn't supposed to or that he disagreed with and they got rid of him. How could his son run like a hare down a steep cliffside without falling and injuring himself? Police say there is no evidence of Terrence witnessing anything of an illegal or disagreeable nature and do not suspect foul play. Most of the crew had witnessed what happened and they were all consistent in their descriptions of events. Several others, they say, ran down the cliff after Terrence and they didn't fall or get hurt either although none of them could hope to match the bizarre speed that Terrence was moving at. They searched the woods where Terrence had entered but could not find him and he did not answer them when they called his name.
Suppose Terrence did simply run off? To where? Where is he now? It's been more than two years. Search teams on foot, in helicopters and with dogs searched diligently for Terrence but no one has found him. There is a road at the base of the cliff that Terrence ran down and the dogs tracked his scent up to that point but lost it there. There were also a number of houses there but Terrence did not go to any of them and the occupants never saw him at all. Terrence Sr. believes his son to be the victim of foul play by other members of the crew but police found no evidence of this and it still begs the question--where is he? How could he disappear so completely in broad daylight? How could fully equipped search teams find no trace of him despite several days of searching? If the crew disposed of his body somehow, where did they put it? There are lot of abandoned mineshafts out there. The Penman Mine itself was abandoned. Did they throw his body down a shaft or did he fall into one as he ran off?
Yet, later the same day that Terrence vanished, 28 miles to the northeast of the Penman Mine, a retired forest ranger named Connie Johnson who was at helping out at a hunters' camp on Big Fog Mountain in Grangeville, Idaho, was reported missing along with her dog, Ace. Connie had worked in that area in her years as a ranger and knew it intimately. On October 2, the hunter's left the camp to go on their hunt leaving Connie and Ace to mind the camp. She had a radio and could keep in contact with the hunters. On October 3rd, the hunters received a radio message from Connie but it was incomprehensible. Either she was talking incoherently or the transmission was breaking up. When the hunters returned to camp on October 5, Connie and Ace were gone. They contacted authorities. SAR teams for both Connie and Terrence coordinated together hoping that joining forces would increase the chances of finding at least one of them but to no avail. The weather had suddenly turned on them hampering their efforts.
Then on October 23, Ace suddenly turned up at the Moose Creek Ranger Station where Connie had actually worked during her years as a ranger. It was 14 miles from the hunter's camp. Despite being gone for 18 days presumably in the wilds, rangers at the station found Ace to be in perfect health and was not even hungry. When the rangers took Ace back into the search area in hopes that he might lead them to Connie, they could not help but notice the dog had no intention of going anywhere. Wherever they took him, Ace would simply lie down and refuse to move. Eventually, the rangers were forced to give up on this tactic.
And that ends the weird story of the disappearances of Terrence Woods and Connie Johnson. While it is understandable that Terrence's family thinks he was a victim of foul play, it seems very unlikely that he was. If they killed him, how could 11 people all be perfectly silent about it? The more people involved, the more the chance that someone will crack. It is very unlikely that 11 people were in on a murder much less that none of them have broken down and confessed. If they threw Terrence's body down a mineshaft, for example, why not just say he fell in not realizing where he was walking? Why make up some cockamamie story about him running with blazing speed down a very steep cliffside and vanishing into the woods without a trace?
As for Connie, she was a ranger for 25 years in the very area where she disappeared. Her colleagues say she was excellent at her job and had spent innumerable hours alone in the wilderness in that area and knew every inch of it. So, how could she get lost in it? There is nowhere that you could drop her off and she wouldn't know immediately where she was and how to get back. She knew it that well because 25 years will make you that familiar with the region. That she got lost out there somewhere and died is not tenable. Why did she leave the camp in the first place? What was she trying to say on the radio when she contacted the hunters on the 3rd? How could Ace be lost for 18 days and not be hungry or injured or at least dirty? Why was he so reluctant to search for his beloved human companion?
Chicago Tribune, Jan. 5, 1900—“Sherman Church, a young man employed in the Augusta Mills (Battle Creek, Mich.) has disappeared. He was seated in the Company’s office, when he arose and ran into the mill. He has not been seen since. The mill has been almost taken to pieces by the searchers, and the river, woods, and country have been scoured, but to no avail. Nobody saw Church leave town, nor is there any known reason for his doing so.”
While I cannot verify this article because it is 121 years old, I did some checking into Augusta Mills. Augusta Mills still exists but it is not actually in Battle Creek but, appropriately, in Augusta, Michigan, which is very close to Battle Creek, both located in Kalamazoo County. Augusta Mills is owned by the Knappen Milling Co. also located in Augusta. However, Knappen didn't exist until 1929. But Augusta Mills likely preceded Knappen and was simply bought up by them perhaps to weather the Depression. While Knappen's purpose was to provide their products to the Battle Creek cereal companies--Kellogg's, Ralston and Post--the mills of southwest Michigan long preceded the breakfast cereal industry which was still in its infancy in 1900.