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Thousands of people have mysteriously vanished in America’s wilderness. Join us as we dive into the deep end of the unexplainable and try to piece together what happened. You are listening to Locations Unknown.

September 16, 2019

EP. #11: Yuba City Five - Plumas National Forest

On February 24th, 1978 a group of five adults set out from Yuba City California heading north to Chico to watch a college basketball game.  After the conclusion of the game, the five men were to return to Yuba City, where they had a basketball tournament the next day. What unfolded next in the following days and weeks is shocking and unexplainable.  Instead of driving back to Chico, their car was found abandoned, deep in the Plumas National Forest on a high mountain dirt road, more than 50 miles in the wrong direction near the Rogers Cow Camp site. Searchers attempted to find the missing men, but hampered by severe weather, the search was called off after only a few days.  Months later, a group of motorcyclists made a grizzly discovery, almost 20 miles deeper into the forest, near a Forest Service trailer used used by backpackers for shelter.  Adding to the mystery, several locals claimed to have seen the missing men after their disappearance, with one man claiming to have experienced a very eerie, almost paranormal sighting near the location of the abandoned car.  What caused the five men to drive into the Forest that night? Why did they abandon their car and hike deeper into the forest? Was someone or something chasing them? Join us this week as we try to figure out what happened to the Yuba City Five.

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July 10, 2019

EP. #10: Alfred Beilhartz - Rocky Mountain National Park

July 2nd, 1938, 4-year-old Alfred Beilhartz is camping with family and friends in Rocky Mountain National Park. Alfred and his father went to the nearby Fall River to bathe and prepare for the start of their day. When Alfred ran off to spend time with other campers in their party, he was never seen again.  In the hours following his disappearance over a 150 searchers and bloodhounds scoured the surrounding area, diverted river waters, and drained a nearby reservoir, sadly turning up no sign of Alfred. Even stranger, hikers reported possible sightings of Alfred thousands of feet up from Fall River on a treacherous ledge named Devils Nest.  When the hikers reached Devils Nest there was no sign of him. What happened to Alfred? What did the hikers see? How could a 4 year old hike thousands of feet in only a few hours? Join us this week as we cover the mysterious disappearance of Alfred Beilhartz and try to figure out what happened.

Thanks for listening to Locations Unknown - this is our last episode for the summer.  We'll be on break until mid September.  We have a lot of exciting cases in the works for Fall 2019 and some big news in the Arvin Nelson case.  You won't want to miss it!  

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June 11, 2019

EP. #9: Carl Landers - Shasta-Trinity National Forest

May 25th, 1999 - Carl Landers was on his second summit attempt of Mt Shasta in the California wilderness.  An avid outdoorsman and runner, Carl was no stranger to the perils and the difficulties of a technical mountain climb.  While ascending Mt Shasta with his two close friends, Carl decided to head up the trail first while his friends pack up camp.  When they arrived at the next stop - Carl was gone. He had vanished into thin air! What happened to Carl? Where did he go? Are there any logical explanations?  Join us this week as we try to uncover the truth behind the mysterious disappearance of Carl Landers.

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May 21, 2019

EP. #8: The Mystery Surrounding The Alaska Triangle

There are certain areas of the planet that seem to be magnets for mysterious disappearances that defy our understanding of science and nature.  For decades, these hot spots of unexplained activity have captivated our imaginations and ignited stories of government conspiracies and UFO encounters.  In Alaska, A vast, untouched wilderness of sprawling forests, icy mountain peaks, and desolate tundra, known as the Alaska Triangle, has been at the center of over 16,000 disappearances since 1988.  What's going on in this remote, unexplored wilderness that causes so many people to disappear without a trace?  Is there a scientific explanation for why so many have gone missing or is something more sinister happening?  Join us this week as we try to uncover the truth behind the Alaska Triangle.

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April 23, 2019

EP. #7: Laura Bradbury - Joshua Tree National Park

The date is October 18, 1984, three-and-a-half-year-old Laura Bradbury was on a camping trip with her family at the Indian Cove Campground in the Joshua Tree National Park. The Bradbury family were regular visitors to the park.

Joshua tree served as a nice break for the family of five that lived nearby in a cramped two-bed condominium. Laura and her 8-year-old brother Travis went to the restroom. While Travis used the restroom, Laura waited outside for her brother to return.

When Travis came out, Laura had vanished. In a desperate attempt to solve the mystery, recreations of the disappearance were played out.

On this weeks episode, we will cover the timeline and details that led up to Laura's disappearance, the bizarre events that unfolded during the search, and the shocking murders that opened the door to a potential conspiracy and cover-up.

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April 4, 2019

EP. #6: Charles McCullar - Crater Lake National Park

The year was 1975….. Charles McCullar, a young man from Virginia, was traveling cross country to visit a friend in Eugene Oregon. Charles, a hobbyist photographer, spent his free time hiking and focusing on his craft. During his stay in Oregon, he planned a two-day hiking trip to Crater Lake National Park to photograph the parks winter scenes.  Reports claim Charles was ill prepared for the conditions he met on his arrival at the park. This did not deter Charles as he planned a two-day photography session. Once finished, Charles planned to return to his friend's house before heading back home. When Charles never returned, the search began.  In the year following his disappearance, a startling discovery was made by backcountry hikers deep in a desolate section of the park that creates more questions than answers.  Join us as we discuss what Charles experienced in the park and the mystery surrounding what park rangers uncovered.

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March 3, 2019

EP. #5: Arvin Nelson - Big Sur State Park

In episode 5, we discuss the disappearance of Arvin Nelson, who went missing in Big Sur State Park/ Ventana Wilderness area along California's coast on August 6th, 2014.  When Nelson failed to arrive at the Big Sur Station on August 14th, a massive search and rescue operation was started on August 16th.  The search and rescue operation failed to turn up any clues in his disappearance and to this day Nelson has never been heard from again.  Join hosts Mike Van de Bogert & Joe Erato as they try to piece together the strange disappearance of Arvin Nelson.

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February 12, 2019

EP. #4: Bonus Content - Current Events - The Strange Case of Casey Hathaway “Bear Boy”

On January 22, 2019 - 3 year old Casey Hathaway went missing while playing outside his grandmothers home in Ernul, North Carolina.  Then, 2 days later, Casey miraculously appears less than a half mile away from his grandmothers house, stuck in a tangle of vines and thorns.  When reunited with his family, Casey tells them he hung out with a bear for companionship while missing.  What did Casey see?  How did the massive search and rescue operation not find Casey?  How did he survive two days in the cold and rainy North Carolina wilderness?  Join hosts Mike & Joe on a bonus edition of the Locations Unknown podcast as they try to figure out what happened.  

Original story: 3-year old boy lost in NC woods tells his family he 'hung out with a bear for 2 days' - The Charlotte Observer 

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February 8, 2019

EP. #4: Michael Allen Ficery - Yosemite National Park

In episode 4, we discuss the disappearance of Michael Allen Ficery, who went missing in Yosemite National Park on June 15th, 2005 while backcountry hiking a loop near the the Pacific Crest Trail.  A massive SAR operation was conducted after Michael was reported missing which only turned up his backpack.  Michael's case remains a mystery to this day.  Join hosts Mike Van de Bogert & Joe Erato as they try to piece together what could have happened to Michael Allen Ficery.

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January 27, 2019

EP. #3: Bonus Content - Full Interview with Dave Haskin

In episode 3 we interviewed the Director of Search and Rescue for Rampart Search and Rescue in Colorado, Dave Haskin.  Due to time constraints we couldn't air the entire interview during the original show but wanted to eventually release the entire interview.  Dave has over 46 years of Search and Rescue experience in Colorado and currently leads a team of over 40.  Join us as we try to piece together what happened to Bobby Bizup.  

Original Episode - https://locationsunknown.podbean.com/e/ep-3-bobby-bizup-rocky-mountain-national-park/

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