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Friends of Missing Hiker Speak Out - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather

There are 5 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Nov 18, 2012, titled Friends of Missing Hiker Speak Out - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather. In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

Search teams have ended another day of looking for Robert Fitzgerald. The 60-year-old returned to the confederate breastworks trail Monday to find a cell phone he dropped during a hike there one week ago today.

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ComeOnScents

Charlottesville, VA

#1 Nov 19, 2012
If this gentleman left his trail companion to look for his phone; why didn't the companion stay a few minutes and call the phone to attempt to hear the ringing? How far off the trail, from the point of departure with the trail companion, could Mr. Robert be?
Slippy Slope

Charlottesville, VA

#2 Nov 19, 2012
Wow, a missing "guy" is being reported in the media? Is he rich or something?
County Resident

Raleigh, NC

#3 Nov 19, 2012
ComeOnScents wrote:
If this gentleman left his trail companion to look for his phone; why didn't the companion stay a few minutes and call the phone to attempt to hear the ringing? How far off the trail, from the point of departure with the trail companion, could Mr. Robert be?
He went alone to look for the phone. As a lifelong hiker and backwoods camper, I know you should never go into the woods alone. If you are injured, you could die before someone finds you. This doesn't make sense to me. I've been in that area camping and hiking. It's not wilderness. There are fire roads, regular roads, trails, streams...if you walked long enough you'd run into one of those and they lead to civilization. I don't understand how he could have gotten so far off the trail if he was retracing his steps to find his phone. Something has happened to him. If he had a heart attack or something else, they would have found him on the trail. I don't think a bear would have gotten him. This is a mystery to me. Where is he?????
oharamj

Gilbert, AZ

#4 Nov 24, 2012
Bobby is a 2nd cousin of my wife, so she's understandably concerned. Something doesn't seem right as this is reported to the media. If the victim of a wild animal attack then you would think there would be some remains or indication of a struggle. Why would an experienced hiker grasp going off by yourself is risky? If his return visit was to look for the phone, wouldn't he deliberately follow the same path taken before and not wander off it? Who is the unnamed companion of the first hike? What was so valuable about this phone to risk your life alone? Why would he leave food and other hiking accessories in a pack in his car? Several of these thoughts seem to suggest he didn't think he would have to travel far. Where - I.e., how far in - did this subsequent Charlottesville woman hiker find his phone? How would he, on his second visit but before she found it, have not seen it when she clearly did? Is five days of searching all he's entitled to? That us, couldn't the authorities spare a couple folks to keep on looking over a longer period of time, if only to locate the poor soul's remains? How about some of his reported running and hiking buddies? Aren't they motivated to try and keep searching? I know I would be.....

It just doesn't add up. The whole business feels like foul play as much - if not more - than any other half-baked theory. Something smells fishy.
ComeOnScents

Charlottesville, VA

#5 Nov 25, 2012
Could he have deliberately left this area and started a new life?

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