Quote of the Day

If your loved one goes missing in the wilderness, the best data on potentially related cases comes from Bigfoot hunters, not the federal government.

Lisa Gardner, One Step to Far

7 thoughts on “Quote of the Day

  1. “the best data on potentially related cases comes from Bigfoot hunters”

    Since I’m interested in all manner of weirdo beliefs and the internet used to be a great place to do that I spent some time reading and listening to bigfoot theories (my favorite: a bigfoot are a bunch of small animals that jump together to form a big hominid…. for some reason).

    Also I listened to a lot of David Paulides interviews. He started as a bigfoot investigaor and then ended up investigating weird disappearances in national parks about 10 years ago. He’s a good speaker and knows how to make the stories sound interesting and some of the cases are really weird (a lot probably have more… prosaic solutions).

    Now apparently there’s a whole subculture of people investigating weird disappearances…. if a friend/relative of mine went missing, I’m pretty sure I’d get plugged into them before expecting much from the government.

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    1. There is a YouTube channel I keep casual tabs on, called Adventures With Purpose. I can’t stand their videos these days, because they’re emotionally exploitative now that they are making a living on views and advertising. But they’re absolutely fascinating as a phenomenon.

      They started out a couple years back just doing dumb scuba-diving videos where they’d see how much weird junk they could collect from riverbeds next to bridges. At some point, they tried hauling out a wrecked car in the name of environmental cleanup, and then figured out this was popular with the viewership and they could get sponsorships and that towing companies would donate services to help pull cars out of rivers for the free publicity. Most cars in rivers are stolen, or insurance fraud cases, and there are plenty of them. They made videos trying to see how many cars they could do in a single day, got really good at it– racked up over fifty, I think. Then, somewhere maybe around the almost-a-year mark of making these silly YT videos, they found their first body in one of the cars, and accidentally solved a 12-year-old missing-persons case.

      After that, they they were contacted by the family of a kid who had been a fan of their YT channel, and had disappeared, with his truck, on the way to work one night. The small-town police department didn’t have the resources to search for him, so this YT dive team drove down, used their fishing sonar to find the truck, and helped the PD pull it out of the river.

      From there it was a very short step to looking for missing-persons cases where people had gone missing, with their vehicles, near bodies of water. They’ve now found at least 24 missing people, most of whom the police had given up searching for. The money from advertising and sponsorships has let them upgrade their equipment, and they now have more practice running these searches than most police dive teams.

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        1. It really is. I actively dislike the guy who runs the channel– he’s over-earnest, something not quite right about him. But I still find the trajectory of his YT channel absolutely fascinating. It’s basically a crowdsourced missing-persons search team now, with a success rate of… I think they’re claiming 15-18%? Doesn’t sound like a lot, but compared to official numbers for people who’ve been missing for years already, it’s phenomenal.

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