Our copy hasn't arrived yet. Regardless, I feel pressed to present some highlights of the information we've (my sister, Alicia, and I) gathered in the meantime. It's our desire to encourage you to get your own copy, or borrow one from the library as fast as you can. I'm referring to the book series related to the CanAm Missing Project headed by David Paulides.
Hundreds upon hundreds of people have gone missing. In some cases their bodies have been recovered. In fewer cases, they've been found alive but unable to relate what happened to them. All of them have striking similarities in the events occurring up to, during and after they disappeared.
David Paulides and his research team have gone to painstaking lengths to investigate and compile these cases into books to bring them to light in the entire public eye. Their aim is to gain further clues and knowledge from readers, as well as to educate readers on the things to be cautious of if they find themselves engaging in similar situations and environments.
The team has produced several books in a series outlining the known details of these cases. The first is titled Missing 411, which covers the common-thread disappearances with bizarre circumstances happening inside or on the edges of the U.S. National Parks system.
Their investigations have come up against walls of secrecy and an overall refusal to cooperate on a variety of levels by U.S. governing agencies from the national parks system to the federal level. You know--those employees riding on your tax dollars to serve and assist you?
Thankfully, Paulides is a well-versed professional of crime investigation in both a public detective and private detective capacity. His team has found their way through or around the public employee roadblocks and succeeded in gathering crucial data associated with these cases which may help others stay safe, and eventually, hopefully, help solve the mysteries of those who are lost and not yet found, or found lifeless.
A few commonalities
This is by no means a complete list of common threads within the cases, but it's enough give you an idea of at least some of the related factors in these disappearances.
Again, this isn't a complete list but it's sizable enough to share some of the odd similarities these cases exhibit.
Another thing worth noting, of the young-adult to middle-aged victims, most were not only possessing a high-IQ and elite physical abilities, but they were also vastly experienced with wilderness environments and survival.
Related urban cases
Elisa Lam went missing in 2013 from the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles. Elisa was a Canadian tourist. She was smart, in great shape and conscientiously reporting to her parents frequently during her stay in L.A.
The last images of Elisa were captured by an elevator video camera, which recorded her behaving in strange fashion. See video of news clip below which includes the video of her last known alive appearance in the hotel elevator.
Subsequent information regarding Elisa's case is listed below.
This is a highlight of only one of many, MANY cases linked to the CanAm Missing project.
Why the rush?
When I began this post, I wrote that I was going ahead with what data I have available to share, even though I didn't yet have a copy of any of the books in the series.
Just as I was finishing up the last section above, Alicia (my sister) walked in with a package ...
The book arrived while I was writing.
The sales of these books (there are several in the continually developing series) are available for purchase via the CanAm Missing Project website. You can also purchase them via amazon, however I'll warn you that they're only sold there by people who purchased them through the project and are reselling them at outrageous prices, sometimes for hundreds of dollars. I've personally seem them on Amazon priced in excess of $260 USD.
If you're determined to spend that much money on these books, I'll not deter you, but I hope you'll have the good sense to spend that much through the projects website, rather than spend it on a book scalper.
Instead, I implore you to make a donation to the CanAm Missing Project which is way more than what the book will cost you when buying it from the source. They run for $20-something each, plus shipping and handling.
The monies raised from the book sales are a large source of the funding for a movie the CanAm Missing Project is working to produce. It will encapsulate a good many of these cases and help spread the news to larger audiences in an effort to help both the families of the victims and to aid in preventing future cases from occurring, if possible.
Please consider not only buying one or more of these books yourself, but to also share information on them with your kith, kin, colleagues, local law enforcement and emergency rescue crews and your local libraries.
Nope--I'm not joking even a tiny bit about that last graph. It's seriously that important. In doing so, you may save a life, or lives, or help bring more light to the cases that already exist.
You can further follow the development of these cases and their related book collections via David Paulides Missing 411 on Facebook. (Link's already embedded for you.)
Another way of getting better acquainted with the cases and the CanAm Missing Project is via Coast to Coast A.M. radio broadcasts featuring interviews with Paulides. They usually air late on the weekends central time, but you can easily listen to them a day or two later via YouTube productions when it's more convenient for you.
Below is the most recent YouTube addition, as of this posting.
That's it for this one.
I hope I've spooked you. It was my intent, but with an honorable motive in hopes that good will come from it.
Here are a few more links to videos featuring David Paulides with a variety of information about the Missing 411 cases:
Dr. James McGrogan - Missing 411 with David Paulides
Maurice Dametz - Missing 411
That's it for this one.
God bless you, thanks for the read and please don't forget to thank a veteran at your next opportunity.
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