Campers and Hikers as Catnip

Is Evil Lurking in the Woods?

Planning a getaway to one of our nation’s national parks this summer? Before you go into the woods or canyons, you need to know about David Paulides series Missing 411. An astounding number of people are mysteriously disappearing from our national parks and he wants to know why. His research and collaboration with federal agencies, rescuers, searchers, and law enforcement spans decades and has uncovered “cluster areas” of missing persons in national parks all over North America, as well as presenting compelling evidence that something strange is amiss in the wilderness.

The series also uncovers the disturbing uncooperation of the National Park Service in tracking the missing and playing games with FOIA requests. You’ll be astounded to learn that, while the smallest of sheriff offices are required to document a missing person case, the National Park Service is not required to track data.

Paulides has put together some compelling and astounding data of people who have gone missing in our national parks:

  • Missing victims are often wearing brightly colored clothes.
  • Victims are found missing in clusters of the young, the old, or the infirm.
  • Recovered bodies are almost always found among boulders and rocks and near bodies of water, particularly creek beds.
  • Recovered bodies are often found in previously searched areas in plain view.
  • Children who are found almost never remember the event or won’t talk about it.
  • Many of the places where people go missing have names with the devil in it, such as Devil’s Outlook and Devil’s Nest.
  • Tracking dogs can’t find a scent or won’t track the victim.
  • An astounding 98% of disappearances are in the afternoon—in broad daylight and sometimes just yards away from family and friends.

Paulides has also uncovered some fascinating similarities in the disappearances:

  • Victims are almost always found naked or nearly naked.
  • Victims often are found with no shoes on but their feet are clean and undamaged in difficult terrain.
  • Coroners often cannot determine the cause of death, including victims found in water who did not drown.
  • The bodies are found in or very near bodies of water or in boulder fields surrounded by berries and thickets, often times miles away from where they disappeared.
  • An unusual weather phenomena occurs at the time or right after the time of disappearance, often hampering rescue and search operations.
  • Victims who survive report not feeling well right before the disappearance occurs.

I urge you to watch or listen to one of Paulides many YouTube interviews before venturing into the wild. You can also learn more about the 411 series at the author’s site, As a Christian, I belief Paulides’ data is confirmation of the dark spiritual forces at work in our universe. Although I know that we ultimately defeat the enemy, it’s important to know the enemy. Not a Christian? Tzu, in his book, the Art of War, also encourages us to know our enemy:

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” —Sun Tzu

It is unclear what is occurring in our national parks, and Paulides, a 20-year veteran of the police force, is careful not to inject his opinion on who or what may be behind the disappearances. He expertly steers clear of hypothesizing that the missing are a result of alien encounters, UFO phenomena, paranormal experiences, or spiritual encounters and leaves us to draw our own conclusions.

I believe the missing are victims of the forces of darkness. We are warned about the forces of darkness in Ephesians 6:10: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

It is hard to ignore Paulides’ data as it so beautifully confirms something dark is going on—bodies found in boulder fields, much like the boulder spirits of Iceland, the moans and growls heard by Henry McCabe in a recorded phone message to his girlfriend, and the unusual weather events that occur at or after disappearances. It’s a big, dangerous world out there. Find out what and who you are dealing with before your next big adventure. Reign well.




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