People Who Are Discovered Or Re-Surface After Long Disappearances

GNC

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That's a hell of a ski jump, Franz Klammer would be proud.

The fact he's still dressed in his ski clothes suggests a blackout, but he must have had some form of awareness to travel that distance, even if it was just a hitchhike to take him that far. Why go to California though? Wouldn't the driver have taken him to a police station if he was disoriented?
 

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That's a hell of a ski jump, Franz Klammer would be proud.

The fact he's still dressed in his ski clothes suggests a blackout, but he must have had some form of awareness to travel that distance, even if it was just a hitchhike to take him that far. Why go to California though? Wouldn't the driver have taken him to a police station if he was disoriented?

Yep - that's the general sense I get from the small amount of data provided so far ... I'm hoping (now that he's surfaced ... ) that additional clarification will be forthcoming.

He did mention some tidbits about a blow to the head, riding in a semi-truck, and sleeping a lot. My first guess would be a head injury or a helluva hangover. It should be straightforward to confirm at least some of the possible head injuries he may have suffered and / or signs of a concussion (even after a week).

I haven't seen anything in the news indicating who last saw him in New York and when / where that last sighting occurred.
 

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That's a hell of a ski jump, Franz Klammer would be proud.

He would be, but then, he wasn't a ski jumper...

Seriously, that's an odd tale, and as stated, it's particularly weird that he managed to cross the whole USA before becoming aware enough to call for help. Good that he's safe, though.
 

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I do hope we get more details on this. It's a classic mystery - man goes missing for 6 days & turns up 2,500 miles away, so he's done 400+ miles a day on average. How did he go missing? - he was skiing with colleagues - did he vanish from the group or did he go out on his own? where was he found - in a truck, on the street, in a cranial massage parlour?

If they printed his picture someone may be able to fill in some more details. He must have hitched or got a train. He slept somewhere. Someone would surely recognise him + he was wearing skiing gear, which must be a bit unusual. And did he use his bank card? they must be investigating that trackable stuff.

Personally I think aliens may be involved.
 

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I was wondering if he was still wearing his skis

No. He had his ski clothing and his helmet. To date I've seen no mention of skis, either MIA or found in NY.

Here are a couple of updates from NY news services:

Feb. 14 (RE: What he told California police)

http://www.newyorkupstate.com/adiro...issing_skier_told_deputies_he_crossed_th.html

Feb. 16 (RE: He's back in Canada, after checking in with NY authorities)

http://www.newyorkupstate.com/adiro...ronto_firefighter_returns_home_to_canada.html

As far as I can tell, he was dropped off in or near downtown Sacramento by a semi-truck in which he'd been riding. He was discovered at the Sacramento airport, but doesn't seem to know how he got there from the downtown area.

The Feb. 16 item mentions he'd been separated from his ski trip party because he wanted to get in one more run on the mountain slope.

NY State Police have issued an appeal for information from anyone who'd seen Filippidis between Feb. 7 and Feb. 13. I mention this because it suggests they're not sure he left the Lake Placid area all that soon after disappearing.

This Feb. 13 article (from the same site) has a few more details about the day he disappeared ...

http://www.newyorkupstate.com/adiro...in_is_outgoing_positive_larger_than_life.html
 

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After 35 years.

A man who deserted from the US Air Force in July 1983 has been apprehended in California, the US military says.

Capt William Howard Hughes Jr, who had top-secret clearance, was last seen withdrawing $28,500 (£21,300) from his bank account at 19 different locations in New Mexico.

A man claiming to be Barry O'Beirne was interviewed earlier this month by officials investigating passport fraud.

Pressed on inconsistencies, the man said his real name was William Hughes.

He claimed he had been depressed about being in the air force so left and created a false identity. He had been living in California ever since, he said.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44437348
 

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Found but sadly he was deceased.

A body found in woodland last month has been formally identified as a man who went missing three years ago.

Chris May, 28, was last seen at his home in Kelvedon, Essex, on 25 May 2015 - his car was discovered 10 miles away in Fairstead two days later.

His body was found near Braintree on 13 May following a call from a member of the public.

Cause of death is yet to be determined and a full inquest will be held in October.

Mr May's body was discovered at Troy's Farm in Faulkbourne, which is just under two miles away from where his car was found.

Essex Police said detectives were continuing to establish Mr May's final movements and appealed for anyone with information about his death to come forward.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-essex-44438319
 

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Man's body found 40 years after disappearing in Cyprus conflict due to 'unusual' tree

A missing man who was murdered more than 40 years ago has been found - after a seed from a fig in his stomach grew into a tree.
the dead man had been taken into a cave with two others and were killed by dynamite that was then thrown in after them.

the dynamite also blew a hole in the side of the cave, allowing light to flood into the darkened interior which in turn allowed the fig tree to grow from the man's body.

His sister, 87 year-old Munur Herguner, said: "We used to live in a village with a population of 4,000, half Greek, half Turkish. In 1974, the disturbances began. My brother Ahmet joined the Turkish Resistance Organization (TMT). On 10th June, the Greeks took him away."

She added: "For years we searched for my brother in vain."

But she said that unknown to her, the grave had ended up being marked by the fig tree that grew from the seed in his stomach.

The tree was spotted in 2011 by a researcher who was curious as to how the tree had ended up in the cave and especially in a mountainous area where it was not usually found.

While carrying out his research and digging around the tree, he was then horrified to find a human body underneath and raised the alarm. On digging further, police recovered a total of three bodies.

Munur Herguner added that her brother was believed to have been the one that had eaten the fig, and blood samples from her family matched DNA fragments which confirmed it was her brother's final resting place.

As detectives investigated the killing, they discovered that the brother Ahmet and the other two had been killed by dynamite in the cave, and the blast had made a hole in the cave that let in light. He had apparently eaten the fig shortly before he died.

His sister said: "The fig remnants in my brother's stomach grew into a tree as the sun crept into the cave through the hole made by the explosion. They found my brother thanks to that fig tree."
 

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Anyone know where Fan Bingbing is? Looks like she may have been "disappeared", either that or made herself disappear. Unusual to have someone that famous vanish.
 

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Longer article on Fan Bingbing story

According to reports, Fan was detained [for 3 months] at a “holiday resort” in Wuxi, under a 2013 legal framework known as “residential surveillance at a designated location”. It is essentially a legalistic euphemism for disappearance and forced detention. “In practice it often means someone is held in secret and denied all contact with the outside world,”

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We are unlikely to ever know what exactly Fan Bingbing underwent, but the implication is clear: if the authorities can get to the biggest celebrity in the land, they can get to anyone.
 

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She's probably being 're-educated'.
 

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"We are unlikely to ever know what exactly Fan Bingbing underwent, but the implication is clear: if the authorities can get to the biggest celebrity in the land, they can get to anyone."

Just to prove it, they decided to nab the chief of Interpol - although they couldn't keep that one under wraps for long and had to admit they have nicked him. Plenty of time for them to have worked on him so he'll confess to anything they put in front of him though.

They aren't alone, of course. The Saudis are denying all knowledge of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who has gone missing in Istanbul, having been seen going into the embassy, but not leaving.

Are we at the point now where govts just do what they wish*, bump off opponents or dissidents in foreign countries, safe in the knowledge that as long as they aren't caught in the act, they can just claim to know nothing and get away with it? I guess they think that we all want to avoid open conflict so much that no-one will take action against them committing blatant state-sponsored crimes on foreign soil.
I fear this is all going to end in tears when some slighted nation decides to kick one of the big boys up the arse after the international community just shrugs its collective shoulders, despite knowing full well who has done what.

* I'm not suggesting that govts throughout the world, down through the ages, haven't bumped enemies off, or kidnapped them abroad, just that they seem to not give a flying fuck about covering their tracks these days.
 

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She was abducted in 1986 so she wasn't part of the disappearances under the dictatorship.

An Argentine woman seized in the 1980s by people traffickers has been reunited with her family in a joint operation by Argentine and Bolivian police.

The whereabouts of the woman, who is now 45, had been unknown until earlier this year when police received a tip-off she was in Bermejo, south Bolivia. The police then located the house in which she was being held and freed her and her nine-year-old son. The names of the rescued mother and son have not been revealed.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-46682664
 

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Chinese student disappears for 4 years after failing in university:
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