Part 1: “Missing 411,” 2017 Missing People Update with David Paulides
© 2017 by Linda Moulton Howe
“Something strange is going on because we should be able to determine
the cause of death in almost every instance, but we can't.”
- Coroners in interviews with investigator David Paulides
In 2011, retired police officer David Paulides launched the Can(ada)Am(erica)
Missing Project, which catalogs cases of people who mysteriously disappear —
or are found — across North America. David has released six books in his popular
Missing 411 series, and now in 2017, a documentary film, Missing 411: The Movie,
co-directed by his son, Ben Paulides. See Websites below.
July 28, 2017 Denver, Colorado - According to the FBI, in the year 2016 there were 647,435 missing people in the United States in all races — and split almost evenly in males and females - with slightly more males. [Males = 325, 129. Missing females = 322,263.] In the category of 17 or younger, nearly 60% were white and 40% were black. But keep in mind that many are teenage runaways that return to run away again and are counted over and over in the annual missing people statistics.
However, there is another mysterious category that is only about one-half of 1% of that total. Those are the people who disappear, searches are carried out without finding any trace of the missing person, but days later the dead body is suddenly found where dozens of family and law enforcement had been searching. Then local coroners or state and federal investigators are supposed to examine the body, but the family often can’t get a copy of an official report. Or coroners say the cause of death is unknown. Or sometimes drug overdose is used as a catch-all explanation to satisfy the public and media without telling the truth.
In that category was the strange death of Todd Sees in Northumberland, Pennsylvania, where the big Susquehanna River branches directly north of Harrisburg. I was able to interview an investigating attorney for my news website, Earthfiles.com. He told me that on August 2nd, 2002, 39-years-old Todd Sees told his wife and two young children he was going to drive his 4-wheel-truck up to the top of nearby Montour Ridge near their Northumberland home to look for deer hunting sites before the season opened.
His wife began to worry that afternoon when he hadn’t returned, so she called the local police. By August 4th, at least 200 people were searching around the house and beyond to Montour Ridge. Rumors began that a farmer saw a silver disk up over the ridge put down a beam of light in which the farmer saw a man’s body rise up inside the beam.
Then on August 6, 2002, Todd Sees body was found 140 yards from his house where so many people had searched. The attorney was told that Todd Sees was nude, except for underpants, and there was an unconfirmed rumor that the genitals had been removed or disfigured. The Northumberland Police Department suddenly placed a gag order on the case and wouldn’t let anyone talk to the wife. An autopsy was ordered in which cause of death was unknown. Then the FBI was supposed to be investigating.
Strangely two months later in October 2002, toxicology analysis done by Northumberland County Coroner James Kelly was reported to the media by the Point Township Police Chief Gary Steffen. He announced: “The immediate cause of death has been determined to be cocaine toxicity. The manner of death is listed as accidental.” The attorney told me he didn’t believe it, that whatever really happened to Todd Sees was being covered up.
One investigator of these strange missing people cases is David Paulides, age 52. Dave is an ex-policeman from San Jose, California, who began putting together a map of Canada and the United States where missing people were being reported the most. By 2006, Dave had 52 geographic sites where clusters of missing people were concentrated — and at that time, he had a total of 411 missing person cases.
On his map, two regions stood out: Yosemite Park in California, and all around the Great Lakes. He founded the CanAm Missing Project for Canadian and American missing people. Then he put that research into a 2-volume book entitled “Missing 411: Eastern United States: Unexplained Disappearances of North Americans That Have Never Been Solved.” The second volume covered the Western United States and Canada. Then he did four more books beyond North America that included very odd cases of experienced hunters disappearing and coroners that can’t find any cause of death in bodies that are finally found.
Now in July 2017, he has a new documentary under the title, “Missing 411: The Movie” that details some of his most bizarre cases in not only national parks and forests, but urban neighborhoods. He even has one current case from April this year in which authorities will not give the grieving parents an official report. Here from Denver, Colorado, is David Paulides.
David Paulides, founder of the Can(ada)/Am(erica) Missing Project
and author of a series of books since 2006 and newly released May 2017
documentary entitled Missing 411. Image courtesy David Paulides.
David Paulides, Founder of CanAm Missing Project, author of Missing 411 books and newly released May 2017 documentary Missing 41, Denver, Colorado: “I can almost guarantee that at least once a month somewhere in North America, there's a case that matches what we're doing. And when an incident first happens, it's very hard to get facts out about what really happened at the event. The police aren't going to say it, the relatives usually are closed mouth about it because they don't want to talk about it because they're still putting their trust in the police. The press doesn't like to talk about it and few facts come out. The background behind each case, wherever it happens, it usually takes three or four, maybe five months, for the information to finally get out. As for the park service, there's cases I know for a fact that happened in April 2017, that they still won't release the reports on the missing, even to the parents of the victim.
So why is that?
YEAH. WHY DO YOU THINK?
Well, what happened was this young man disappeared in Olympic National Park, and I get a note from his sister on Facebook saying, "Dave, you gotta talk to my dad." And I talk to him, and he said, "Mr. Paulides, the National Parks Service has refused to give me a copy of the report on my son when he was missing. They refused to bring in scent tracking dogs to look for my son. They only brought in cadaver dogs." He said, "My other son is an officer in the Coast Guard and got special permission from his commander in Washington to send in a Coast Guard helicopter with FLIR to look for my son, and the National Parks Service told the Coast Guard they wouldn't allow them in to search. Why would they do that?" That's what he's asking me.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
That's the million-dollar question. Why wouldn't you allow a Coast Guard helicopter that has expertise in tracking equipment to fly over your forest to look for somebody who's missing?
AND THIS IS APRIL OF 2017?
HOW DO YOU GO FORWARD WITH THEM ON THIS CASE TO INVESTIGATE?
Well, the first thing I tell families is that you push the Park Service hard, or you push any investigative service hard to get a copy of the report. And the reason being is I would say 50% of all law enforcement reports have the facts of the incident incorrect. Whether it's sloppy recordkeeping or specific errors in the report to make it lean one way or the other, I don't know. But it seems suspicious to me that a family can't read or get a copy of a missing person report. Because understand, a missing person is not a criminal investigation. There are no suspects. There's not going to be any criminal proceedings. There's just a missing person. So why not let the family ensure that they've got their report correct and let them read it? They won't even let them do that.
Most of the occurrences happen in the late afternoon/early evening. The predominant race is Caucasian. We have had blacks, Asians, but it's pretty rare. And the majority of the victims are males. Most of them occur in these geographical clustering areas. If the victim is found alive, the vast majority, they have no recollection of what happened. If they're found deceased, a larger percentage than most people would realize, the coroner cannot determine the cause of death. And we got onto this three years ago when I dealt with a series of disappearances of young men in bars and things along the East Coast and Wisconsin, Minnesota. Again, no tracks, no scent. And they're found in a body of water sometime later. It could be a day, it could be seven days. But many of those cases, the coroner couldn't determine the cause of death when on its face it should have been drowning. But they couldn't.
THAT MEANS NO WATER IN THE LUNGS.
AND THAT MEANS THEY WERE DEAD BEFORE THEY WERE PUT INTO THE WATER.
I agree with that. I've had two coroners from different parts of the U.S. contact me, and they said, "Dave, we've known about this for a long time. Something strange is going on. Because we should be able to determine the cause of death in almost every instance. And you've hit on a niche that's pretty obviously something unusual's happening."
Now, one big issue to me and to all other researchers is that many times the state that governs the coroner's agency has a law that says that coroner's reports won't be released. But there's many states that they do. And once I started to get these coroner's reports, I started to see "unknown cause of death." Well, that's kind of strange. How could that be?
A couple of coroners got a hold of me and said, "Dave, we know this has been going on for a long time. We don't know what's going on, but we do know that it's not as unusual as we initially thought. But something's wrong. Something's causing the deaths of these people. And we can't figure it out."
I still have these conversations with these coroners. The interesting part is that they told me, independently of each other — and for other researchers out there, keep this in mind — the coroner's medical examiners really have a much more open mind about things than many other physicians in the world. And the reason being is that they have to look at so many different things to bring a conclusion to the table.
Now, I found something very unusual. And that is that these small towns or small counties that contract with a coroner to come and do a decision, boy, I'll tell you what, if you or I ever have a family member, and they die and the small town coroner does it, you do everything you can to get a real coroner in there to do it again because the differences in the reports, sometimes the differences in the cause of death are huge! And there's a saying I have in some of my books, and I attribute it to a New York detective, "Small town cases, small town thinking, small town reports." And what it is — the smaller the city, you're going to find a report that appeals to the needs of that area, not necessarily the facts and the rational conclusion to what that incident should have been. These water cases, many times, they can't determine the cause of death. And many times, those men are sitting in the water in positions that don't make any sense and don't fit with the common death scene that you would read about going to homicide school.
LIKE WHAT? GIVE AN EXAMPLE OF A BODY THAT WAS WEIRD.
You come upon a scene, and first of all, a large pond has been searched five times in the previous weeks. Two weeks later, the body's found in that same pond, and it's found so that it's almost as though the person, the man, is floating on his back, face up. No. That doesn't happen. Men float face down.
BECAUSE OF DENSITY?
It's something about the chemical makeup or the muscle/fat ratio.
THEY'RE ON THEIR BACK, AND WHEN A CORONER EXAMINES THEM, THEY'RE NOT FINDING ANY WATER IN THE LUNGS?
No. No, that's the unusual part. And there's a guy named Kevin Gannon in New York that was working missing persons cases, and he knew that a series of people that disappeared in New York. And he knew approximately where they were near the Hudson River when they disappeared. Weeks later, the bodies are found in locations where the natural flow of the river would be impossible to carry them to those places. And he put that in the reports. And when you think about that — OK, if the person's not floating the right way, you can't determine the cause of death. If the person disappeared, and there's no explanation how they got to the water, and then they're found in the location that the flow, the current couldn't carry them, that's some strange stuff!
IT IMPLIES TO ME THAT THEY HAVE BEEN DROPPED FROM ABOVE INTO THE WATER.
I have heard that many times. I should probably say one more thing that will even add more confusion to this. The coroners that really, really go the extra mile will read the police report before they do the autopsy, and many of them have made comments about the body pulled out of the river, lake, creek, whatever. When a body is in water, it tells a lot about the condition of the body itself based upon the temperature of the water, the flow, etc. But the body does certain things when it's in water that it doesn't do on land. And these coroners have made statements that the bodies that were found didn't spend the entire time in the water. And in many of the instances — say the person's gone a week — they'll make a statement, 'Well, they've been gone a week, but they only show circumstances that they've been in the water for two days.' How disturbing is that?”
Continued in Part 2.
• 06/15/2005 — Pennsylvania MUFON Director Updates Strange August 2002 Todd Sees Case
• 10/05/2002 — Update on the Todd Sees Death in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania
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• 08/30/2013 — Part 2: Blond Being Describes E. T. Conflict about Humanity's Fate
• 06/16/2011 — Final Part 12: Private Detective's Encounters with Non-Humans
• 05/05/2011 — Part 11: Private Detective's Encounters with Non-Humans
• 03/21/2011 — Part 10: Private Detective's Encounters with Non-Humans
• 03/10/2011 — Part 9: Private Detective's Encounters with Non-Humans
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• 01/17/2011 — Part 2: Private Detective's Encounters with Non-Humans
• 01/15/2011 — UPDATED Part 1: Private Detective's Encounters with Non-Humans
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