Odd, Unexplained Disappearances Around Mount Shasta
That Have Never Been Solved:
Is There A Subterranean Connection?
Part 1

3 April, 2013

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Follow us: - This article is a follow-up to a piece I wrote back in August 2012 - “Odd, Unexplained Disappearances Haunt Our Nation's National Parks".

David Paulides, author of the “Missing 411: Unexplained Disappearances of North America That Have Never Been Solved”, has recently released a new edition of unusual missing cases titled “Missing 411: North America and Beyond”.

Beyond continues to chronicle the disturbing circumstances of missing persons, and includes cases from Australia, England, France, Iceland, and Indonesia, in addition to new cases from North America.

New clusters of missing persons are identified on both coasts of the United States, and the author presents the unusual circumstances surrounding these cases.

Bestselling author Whitley Strieber writes: “David Paulides has shined a light onto one of the greatest and most disturbing mysteries of our time: the simple and awful fact that people disappear, especially in our national parks, and little effort is made to find them, let alone inform the public about the danger.

Even when massive searches are mounted, and people are found, the events surrounding their loss and recovery are often far beyond logical explanation.

This is the most comprehensive and expertly presented series of books on the subject ever written, and the latest volume, which includes stories from five countries, is sobering, chilling and far too well researched to ignore. Essential reading.”

Image Credit: David Paulides

The biggest question the Missing 411 book’s force us to ask is 'where are all these people disappearing to'? Sometimes attempting to solve a mystery this baffling, for want of any alternative, leads a person to begin asking some very strange and unwanted questions.

Since I began following this story around a year ago I’ve heard some very bizarre theories ranging from UFO’s to Bigfoot to werebeasts to multi-dimensional beings to some kind of supernatural menace.

I have nothing to say as to what may be the reality behind all this, and leave it up to people to make their own judgments based on their reading of the books and related stories.

It's my hunch that a mystery this unusual and widespread may only be solved--if ever--after a lot more data, leads, and information has been gathered and analyzed.

Mount Shasta, located in northern California, is one of the "cluster sites" identified in the Missing 411 books, where people disappear under unusual circumstances.

You will never hear the full details and facts behind some of the more unusual stories of missing persons from the local media or press.

As George Knapp, one of Coast to Coast AM's hosts points out: "Major news organizations do a deplorable job of covering storíes and issues which are deemed too unusual or too far outside the box. Chances are, they wíll find a way to trivialize or ignore the disturbing evidence accumulated by David Paulides, a former lawman turned investigative journalist. The paper trail uncovered by Paulides through sheer doggedness is impressive, the evidence indisputable. People are vanishing without a trace from our national parks and forests, yet government agencies are saying nothing. At a minimum, this story deserves space on the front page of every newspaper in the country, and it warrants a formal hígh level inquiry by the federal agencies whose files leave little doubt that something very strange is unfolding in our wilderness."

Sometimes, what really happened usually only comes out if somebody close to the incident comes forward to talk about it.

And this is one of those cases, which happened in Mount Shasta over Labor Day weekend, 2011.

The following story appeared in the Mount Shasta Herald newspaper. You can read the full article online.

The headline reads: "Missing Boy Found with Help of Community".

McCloud, Calif. -- “Did you hear about our miracle Friday night?” Brittany Fernandez said to a patron pulling up a chair at the McCloud River Lodge bar on Sunday evening. Having not heard, the patron shook her head and Fernandez began the story.

“We found a lost three-year-old boy alive after five hours alone in the dark just off Fowler’s campground near the McCloud River,” she said.

The boy had wandered away from his family, and was reported missing at about 7:35 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2, 2011. After the boy was reported missing a massive search involving search-and-rescue auhorities and the local community was launched to comb the wooded area along the McCloud River, near Fowler's campground.

“Anyone who knows that forest didn’t think he was going to come out alive,” said one of the searchers, Paul Fernandez.

Early in the night, the lost toddler’s dog was found, curled by the river’s bank and wet. Not a good sign in the eyes of the crew on the scene who feared the worst as they looked into the rapid tides of the river. The search continued and now included a screening of the river with search teams wading through the cold water, while others walked the forest in teams of eight to cover every bit of ground.

Finally, at about 12:45 p.m. the boy was found hiding under a bush by Sheriff’s Deputy and his canine partner, a three year-old Dutch Shepard.

Paul Fernandez, fumbling for the right words to express the joy he felt when he heard the boy was found, said, “How do you feel when a miracle takes place? There are no words to describe it.”

After the boy was found, the owners of the McCloud River Lodge, Connie and Brian Lowenstein, reopened their doors in the middle of the night to serve the tired service men and women a free hot meal in gratitude for their hard work.

"Lower Falls" McCloud, California, near Fowler's campground. Image Credit: Loree Johnson

“What these men and women did to save that bboy was amazing, and we wanted to thank them,” Connie Lowenstein said. “This is a great community.

Everybody pulled together, and we wanted to do our part. Seeing everyone pull together was an amazing thing, and we were so happy to be a part of it and to be part of this community.”

This account of the search was written up in the Mount Shasta Herald newspaper; the boy was found after a few hours of searching and reunited with his family. And this is typically as much as most people ever hear about these kinds of cases.

The family of the boy wishes to remain anonymous, but the grandmother has spoken out publicly about the events surrounding the boy's disappearance. According to the boy's grandmother, the boy was abducted from Fowler's Campground in McCloud, and taken into some kind of weird underground cave.

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Written by Dustin Naef - Contributor

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Dustin Naef has been a student of ancient mysteries and the paranormal for as long as he can remember. He has worked in screenwriting, graphic design and illustration, produced and designed video best-selling games, and is currently involved in the production of a film documentary and book about the mysteries surrounding Mount Shasta, California.

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