Author David Paulides explains why all is not as it seems in the National Parks of America.
Having recently released his seventh book in his best-selling Missing 411 series, author David Paulides admits he is still no nearer to finding any answers. He was a police officer for over 20 years, many of those with the San Jose Police Department in California, he has a Masters Degree in Human Resources, vested his retirement and took a job in HR for a technology company in Silicon Valley. It was while he was at the SJPD he’d started researching different areas of police work and with the encouragement of two National Park Rangers he began looking at unsolved missing persons cases. While he has collected many documents, newspaper clippings and official police reports getting data from certain branches of the National Park Service is another matter. The organization is reluctant to release any statistics relating to missing persons case in general but specifically to David Paulides. Why? He has no idea but he’s been chipping away regardless.
SOYM: How long had you been looking at these cases when you realised there was some sort of pattern?
David Paulides: Well, it took almost a year and a half because when we read 10, 20, 30 cases it really doesn’t mean a lot and you can’t really see any patterns but after you’ve read hundreds, and then thousands, certain things start to come up and that was kind of surprising. I have a group of people helping me (CanAmMissing) with the research and they thought it was equally odd we kept having certain profile points come up.
SOYM: Such as?
DP: Granite is one of them. Over the years I’ve had a lot of people call me and tell me: “Dave, granite has these unusual properties, it’s conductive, it’s this, it’s that. I’m really not a scientist so I have to believe that what people are telling me must be true, that there must be some unusual qualities to it. The more research we did we found all over there were these clusters of missing people in North America, 59 geographical clusters of missing people. The largest of these clusters – with a radius of 50 miles – happens to be the area with the most granite in the world, Yosemite National Park.
An unusual part of the Yosemite disappearances, a lot of these people, they’re on just a casual a day hike in valley floor when they disappear. They’re not kitted out to go into the back country. They’re not wearing climbing shoes, nothing like that and they just vanish.
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