No sign of missing Henderson couple

No sign of missing Henderson couple

There are 24 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Nov 7, 2007, titled No sign of missing Henderson couple. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

A search for a missing Henderson County couple in the rugged Pisgah National Forest on Wednesday turned up no clues in their disappearance, and authorities said odds are slim they are still alive.

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Since: Feb 07

Fletcher, NC

#1 Nov 7, 2007
The cynic in me would say murder/suicide.

Pragmatically, it seems that the couple just loved the outdoors and ended up in a place and situation they just couldn't get out of.

Still can't shake the cynicism, though.

My prayers go out to the family. The outcome will not likely be good for them, however, at least they lived good (and pretty long) lives.
native

Auburn, AL

#2 Nov 8, 2007
Local rescue folks know what they are doing, but, hopefully, they have done more than search the 100+ miles of trails...The trail systems around this area are just not that dangerous...with the exception of Pilot Rock/Laurel Mtn...The base of these rock faces would be the first place to look.

An 84 year old woman could go how far from the car on trail? Maybe 5 miles?

Pilot Rock (and it's remote 80 foot face) is 2 miles off Yellow Gap Rd.
jobaddict1974

Eddyville, KY

#4 Nov 8, 2007
The news has not said whether they have checked the rivers and streams yet. Past experience in SAR reminds me of people accidentally walking into streams and rivers and drowning, especially late at night.

Our prayers are with the family.
anon

Eddyville, KY

#5 Nov 8, 2007
what i am curous about is why we are just now learning of a disappearnce that happended on oct. 21? why has this not been on the news?
what the

Sherrills Ford, NC

#7 Nov 8, 2007
more than 2 weeks in the woods..noboby closer than their kids,(who apparently live some distance away) missed them,not neighbors or local friends??????????sounds fishy to me..also after more than 2 weeks missing in the woods the only place this couple will be found is in bear and coyote feces....that is if they realy did disapear in the woods and their killers just drove the car to where it was found to throw us off.
what

Wilmington, NC

#8 Nov 8, 2007
WYFF has an update on their website:

http://www.wyff4.com/news/14531861/detail.htm...

“you dont know me”

Since: Jul 07

asheville

#9 Nov 8, 2007
so how do you volunteer to search?
mtnliving

Asheville, NC

#10 Nov 8, 2007
We meet this couple last August while hiking in the Smokies. They stopped to talk to us and our young kids. They were so nice and told us all kinds of stories about their recent hikes. They had already hiked over five miles that day and it was only 11 in the morning. I so hope they are able to find them as they were really wonderful people. My thoughts and prayers go out to them and their family and friends. They really seemed to love hiking and nature. I am truely saddened that they are missing.
Jim

United States

#11 Nov 8, 2007
ghost1 wrote:
so how do you volunteer to search?
We volunteered today, searched for over 4 hours in some very rugged terrain. Individuals are assigned to teams at the Cradle of Forestry and taken to a drop point. No leads today. Our prayers to the family.
Robert

United States

#13 Nov 9, 2007
I'm wondering why the cell phone system, if it had a record of an attempt to call 911, did not go ahead and notify the 911 call center? May have made a lot of difference.

“RadicalDudette”

Since: Feb 07

Location hidden

#14 Nov 9, 2007
Robert wrote:
I'm wondering why the cell phone system, if it had a record of an attempt to call 911, did not go ahead and notify the 911 call center? May have made a lot of difference.
Not all cell phones get a decent signal in the forest or in Asheville or Brevard.

Since: Feb 07

Fletcher, NC

#15 Nov 9, 2007
Robert wrote:
I'm wondering why the cell phone system, if it had a record of an attempt to call 911, did not go ahead and notify the 911 call center? May have made a lot of difference.
Good question. The call might have been dropped for a variety of reasons, however if the call logged as placed ... they should have tried to call it back?

GPS could have mades some difference here, when the call was placed.

“RadicalDudette”

Since: Feb 07

Location hidden

#16 Nov 10, 2007
Skidoo wrote:
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Good question. The call might have been dropped for a variety of reasons, however if the call logged as placed ... they should have tried to call it back?
GPS could have mades some difference here, when the call was placed.
That is the bad thing about cell phones. Some do not have a built in GPS.

Some cell phones like mine to not receive a signal
when the boss calls, even if he leaves a message until I move it to a particular are in the house. And I do not live in a cave or in a valley.

Also, these phones will lose battery power.
And being in Pisgah Forest off of NC Hwy 276, I would not even think a phone would get any signal.

Very sad.
wolfe

Princeton Junction, NJ

#17 Nov 11, 2007
who was the body they found within a mile of the car the other day?
Jeanne Pisgah Forest NC

Columbia, SC

#18 Nov 11, 2007
MurphyMobile wrote:
<quoted text>
That is the bad thing about cell phones. Some do not have a built in GPS.
Some cell phones like mine to not receive a signal
when the boss calls, even if he leaves a message until I move it to a particular are in the house. And I do not live in a cave or in a valley.
Also, these phones will lose battery power.
And being in Pisgah Forest off of NC Hwy 276, I would not even think a phone would get any signal.
Very sad.
If our national forests and parkway lands had cell phone towers this could possibly have been a rescue search and not a recovery effort. Maybe the people need to push the government to allow towers erected on their/our lands to help save lives. Searching for the Bryants is a good example of why cell phone capabilities is a must. They tried but no one received the call for help!!

However, I think when their 911 call was received the search for or efforts to find information about this number should have begun then.

“RadicalDudette”

Since: Feb 07

Location hidden

#19 Nov 11, 2007
The Blue Ridge Parkway has special restrictions
about building withing a specified distance.

And if we start putting towers for cell phones in the forest, especially National Forests, we will then destroy the beauty.

What people need to do is let someone they know and trust and inform them of their plans.

“Man, 2 mo' years...Whew!”

Since: Feb 07

Location hidden

#20 Nov 11, 2007
MurphyMobile wrote:
The Blue Ridge Parkway has special restrictions
about building withing a specified distance.
And if we start putting towers for cell phones in the forest, especially National Forests, we will then destroy the beauty.
What people need to do is let someone they know and trust and inform them of their plans.
You're right about always letting someone know about your plans.

As to the towers, I think technology will solve that problem in the not to distant future.
whatmeworry

United States

#21 Nov 11, 2007
Maybe Jeanne will let them put a Cell Tower in her back yard.
lost in the woods

Canton, NC

#22 Nov 11, 2007
The pink beds trail is about a 11/2 hike with the Appalachian cutting through the middle of it. Few years ago i learned a lesson in the pinks bed trail my family with small children started hike to late in evening with a glance at sign with the loop,but i wasn't counting on a heavy thunderstorm and beavers damming the loop. after turning back thinking we were going to spend the night in the woods,soaking wet both cell phone ruined by rain we ran into some experienced hikers showed us the trail and we made out in 20 minutes. cell don't work in this area.
kim

AOL

#23 Nov 11, 2007
I pray they will be found.May God be with them and the family.But why were they gone so long before they were missed? Why havent their children called earlier? Why havent they been in touch with their parents in such a long time?To go 3 weeks without calling is so unforgivable.

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