Missing Western Version Missing is the first comprehensive book about people who have disappeared in the wilds of North America. Nobody has ever studied the archives for similarities, traits and geographical clusters of missing people, until now. The book chronicles children, adults and the elderly who disappeared, sometimes in the presence of friends and relatives. As Search and Rescue personnel exhaust leads and places to search, relatives start to believe kidnappings and abductions have occurred. The belief by the relatives is not an isolated occurrence; it replicates itself time after time, case after case across North America. The research depicts 28 clusters of missing people across the continent, something that has never been exposed and was a shocking find to researchers.
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I spent 8 years on the job and have investigated numerous strange cases. THE U. Read some of Mr. Paulides other books to get an idea of what may be happening to some of the missing people. An absolutely chilling, sad and enlightening read. Anyone spending time in the outdoors should read these books.
I am buying the Eastern edition in a couple of days. David Paulides book series, including his second book Missing - Eastern United States and his third book Missing North America and Beyond, provide the disturbing and bizarre true facts of hundreds of people who have gone missing from or near wilderness areas under very unusual circumstances.
These books provide bone chilling, hair raising cases of people who have vanished without a trace from National parks or from their homes, cabins, back yards, trails, or rural areas near wilderness. What makes these books so interesting and thought provoking is that many of the extremely strange circumstances surrounding these disappearances occur in every case David PauIides writes about from Maine to California and beyond!
Even through these cases span decades, David Paulides has discovered many large clusters of people vanishing from certain areas. Paulides openly ponders the facts surrounding these strange and mysterious disappearances. What or who is responsible for so many people disappearing without a trace? For those of us who love true mysteries, there have never been a more captivating series of well written and thoroughly researched books. Thank you Mr. Weaver- 5 Stars Yes, I mean that.
Many have taken place in our national parks and forests. Human scale is a character here: what are people, especially children, capable of physically doing in certain amounts of time? Also, the loss and pain of the families left behind is not forgotten by this former police detective, and many interviews with heartbroken loved ones are faithfully included.
Oddities abound. Then the mystery seems to get lost in the years and no one ever knows. David has finally touched on that subject and opens our eyes to the mystery of disappearance, the forest and beyond.
David has many more books I am anxious to read. Someone needs to start looking in to these mysteries a little harder. How do people just vanish with no clues to what happen? Thank you David for opening our eyes to this mystery and may we all work together to find some answers. Michael Cangemi- 5 Stars Tipped off by a park ranger about unusual, unsolved disappearances in our national parks and what he viewed as a cover-up by the US Park Service, David Paulides has done a superb compilation of hundreds of these cases and correlated common oddities among many of them, such as trained bloodhounds being unable or refusing to track scent.
Evolving into a four book series Western US and Canada, Eastern US, North America and Beyond, and the last, The Devil is in the Details , the former police investigator has done what the controllers of Federal agencies involved should have done and have not to this day. The book s may well serve as a catalyst for a tide of public pressure to end the lack of forthrightness by the latter. The books should have wide appeal for hunters, campers, fishermen and hikers; the millions who visit the national parks.
Also those who believe deaths and disappearances should be looked at to solve them, no stone unturned and those who are disturbed by Federal cover-ups or ineptness. NOT acceptable. Who or what are they protecting? What are they afraid of revealing? The people lost were fathers, mothers, children and friends of those who loved them who still deserve the truth and answers. Stephen Bastasch- 5 Stars Taken at face value, as "just-so" stories, the incidents in this book are bone-chilling.
Paulides presents the facts, and - almost unprecedented in books dealing with "the unknown" - wisely refrains from presenting an explanation or general conclusion. The book elimates "normal" disappearances and concentrates on the unknowns, to devastating emotional and cognitive effect. Be very afraid" is a pragmatic caveat for reading this book and its companion volumes. Michel Morin- 5 Stars This is a great book. It is really an eye opener and I recommend it highly for those who want to know the truth!
Brad Hunt- 5 Stars Intriguing detailed review of a current event happening in our National Parks and wild spaces. This may be the single most important mystery of our time and is certainly the most disturbing. David reports the facts that reveal the pattern. He leaves conjecture out of his dialogue which clearly keeps the focus on the victims and patterns of disappearance. You must arm yourself with this knowledge and add your voice to the call for transparency from the National Park service!
These events continue to occur as evidenced by many recent news reports. The patterns repeat throughout these disappearances. You must read these books to fully understand this ongoing mystery! Dana Harper- 5 Stars I hope David Paulides comes to Arizona and researches all the strange happenings on highway that has been renamed because of the high strangeness that was going on.
Over the years I have done my own research. But David Paulides Has gone the extra mile to research and do his Missing books. I started reading the first Missing book and could not put it down! I have bought the other two Missing books on unexplained disappearances in the United States and Canada. When out enjoying the wilderness I am very aware of what is all around me. If you love the Great Outdoors or need a book for a cold evening night this is your book.
I would tell you not only will you truly enjoy the information in this book but you will want to share it with your loved ones and friends. For the family and friends that are reading this Please be Careful for the things that go bump in the night! Maestrokenneth- 5 Stars I rarely give books 5 stars. There are a few critics here that give the books low marks. However the critics are unable to explain most of the cases he presents.
Like toddlers that suddenly disappear and are found alive many miles away AND atop a high mountain sometimes with no clothes on, yet never sexually molested.
Another reviewer here claims it was just a mountain lion or other wildlife killing the small children in the cases covered. I lived in a rural area for years, and that is just nonsense. How many true predators of humans are there in the wilds of North America? There are lots of cases where the victim would have time to scream and nothing is ever heard if it were a normal abduction.
That is just common sense. What about disappearances where the victim can hardly walk? Then they are found miles away? The number of cases he covers is breathtaking. This is also a highly emotional book, dealing with losses inflicted on real people. Some of these stories will stay with you forever, like Stephanie Stewart who vanished off a remote fire watch station in a remote wilderness post in the most desolate area in Canada.
She has never been found, even now. What happened to the Jamison Family in Oklahoma? Such creepy stuff. Some of the cases made my blood freeze and I could not sleep. And this is his idea, not to provide all the answers but to make you think and be more aware. Nancy Schneider- 5 Stars This book is well written and engrossing.
I never realized how many people went missing in the national parks. It brings attention to a problem that has long been unreported and neglected. Fantastic book and well written!! Ken Hughey- 5 Stars I stumbled upon David Paulides Missing series while looking for more information on a famous missing person case, involving a young boy, named Dennis Martin.
Once I started reading them, I was quite shocked. I had no idea that so many people have gone missing, and a lot of them never found. Having had formal training in lost person behavior and managing lost person searches, I know that does happen in some cases, but the clustering effect, lack of any clues after extensive searches and no decomposing body clues even after months is very disturbing. Modern day SAR is part science and part art, but the science is much improved in recent years.
David deserves big respect for bringing this serious situation to public attention. He also has a 4th book out, that I have not purchased yet. Daniel Jolley- 5 Stars Having heard numerous radio interviews with David Paulides, I finally decided that I had to buy all four of his books on strange disappearances in our national parks. He really only sells his books through his website, so ignore the ludicrous costs you see on this site from 3rd party sellers and just go to canammissing dot com to find them.
Missing Western United States and Canada is the first of the books, detailing hundreds of unexplained — oftentimes bizarre — disappearances that have taken place in the western United States and Canada over the past century or so — in or in close proximity to national parks. Paulides breaks all of the cases down by region, identifying obvious clusters where disappearances most commonly take place, notes similarities in many of the cases, and discusses time and again how the bureaucracy of the National Park Service seemingly tries to keep the lid on the truth by failing to keeps lists of missing persons or so they claim , illegally refusing to turn over public information via Freedom of Information Act requests, and failing to add their missing persons to any national missing person database.
The information contained in this book is the result of untold hours of investigation by Paulides and his team — scouring newspaper and magazine articles, submitting numerous and sometimes unsuccessful FOIA requests, speaking to nearby law enforcement personnel and individual national park rangers, etc.
Only rarely does Paulides speak with the family members of the missing, simply out of respect for their loss — but when he does speak to those directly involved in the disappearances and searches, some truly disturbing facts often emerge. While people of all ages are among the missing, it is the story of the missing young children that are the most disturbing. They often disappear in close proximity to their parents or other children, and those who are eventually found only serve to deepen the mystery.
Many have no memory of what happened, or tell strange stories that make no logical sense. When the remains of some children and adults are eventually found, they add even further to the mystery. Children are found with shoes, socks, and sometimes pants missing; adult remains often consist of only a few scattered bones alongside weirdly organized bits of clothing.
Bigfoot or Sasquatch[ edit ] Main article: Bigfoot In his pursuit of Bigfoot , Paulides self-published two Bigfoot-related books  and created the research group  called "North America Bigfoot Search"  for which he serves as director. We orchestrated the search that led to picking Dr. Ketchum to conduct a study of bigfoot DNA. According to Paulides, his work on this subject began when he was doing research in a national park and an off-duty park ranger found him and expressed concern about the questionable nature of some of the missing person cases which occurred in the parks. According to A Sobering Coincidence, he does not yet have a theory on what is causing the disappearances, although he indicates that the "field of suspects is narrowing. After analyzing the missing person data, Polich concluded that these cases are not "outside the frequency that one would expect, or that there is anything unexplainable that I was able to identify.
I spent 8 years on the job and have investigated numerous strange cases. THE U. Read some of Mr. Paulides other books to get an idea of what may be happening to some of the missing people. An absolutely chilling, sad and enlightening read. Anyone spending time in the outdoors should read these books. I am buying the Eastern edition in a couple of days.