Missing Vail resident

Missing Vail resident

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Irvine, CA

#1 Apr 29, 2011
I'm wondering if anyone knows a Vail resident by the name of John Garson? He is 48 years old and has been missing since March 24th when he attempted to cross from Peshawar, Pakistan to Iran through Afghanistan. He has been overseas since Christmas Day. First, in China, climbing,skiing Mustagh Ata, then Tibet, Nepal, India and Pakistan. He was supposed to be in Istanbul by April 1st. He said he had friends staying in his home in Vail and he also has a home in Carlsbad, Ca. If anyone has any information regarding him, I would really appreciate it.

San Pedro, CA

#2 Feb 15, 2012
Hi Lynne,
your post is interesting.
I was talking to a John Garson through email for a few months and he told me he was heading out on a 3 week trip on Dec 23rd 2011. I had not heard from him only a brief nod on January 16 and now I have been notified that he died in Pune India in January. Due to an automobile accident.
Your post is oddly similiar.
How did you know him?

Irvine, CA

#3 Feb 15, 2012
Hi Mary, Well perhaps we are going to finally find out something on this John Garson. He and I had a rather interesting relationship. I started an email conversation with him on Christmas Eve of 2010 as he said he was leaving for China. For some unexplained reason, he and I had an immediate connection and he called me Christmas morning. We talked for several hours and then emailed nearly everyday except when he was out of touch climbing/skiing in China, he said. At the time of his so-called accident, he was making his way to Paris where he wanted me to meet him. He had proposed going to spend a month in Europe, a month in Bali, via Thailand, and a month in Australia. I had begged and pleaded with him not to go through Pakistan and Afghanistan, but he said he was bound and determined to go on that crazy adventure and make his way to Paris on the most dangerous route he could fashion. I had even put a colonel in the army friend of mine whose sector was out near the Khyber Pass his info in case there were any issues. The last message I got was on March 24th at 5:30 am his time and he said he'd gotten a driver. He was to contact me later that day when he got to Kabul. I never heard from him. I spent weeks that stretched into months searching for him. It was maddening. He had given me passport and visa numbers and a few other things, who knows if they were real, but I had a state department representative and embassy people trying to help me locate him. That's why I posted the Topix mes.last April. I finally heard from him in July. And that's when I found out about the accident. We continued to chat some, but I was very suspect and so I distanced myself from him. And then I found another profile under his account on Match.com . So I sent him an email on Dec. 1st and he wrote me back right away and he seemed happy to connect with me, but couldn't answer about the match thing or any other pressing questions. He did, however, send me some pictures a number of poems and talked about how injured and disfigured he was and how often he wished he'd died and that many days there weren't enough opiates on the planet to stave off the pain. We corresponded all the way up to Christmas and then he said he was sick as a dog, thought he had pneumonia and I never heard another word until I got an email from someone, saying she was his stepsister, two weeks ago telling me he died in India on January 13th. Hmmmmmmmm. I sorta knew all along that I was probably being played, but he never once asked for anything. Not once. And he was incredibly nice and kind. So I don't know what his game is. Did you start the conversation with him through match? I can't tell you how glad I am to hear from you. I would love to get to the bottom of this.

San Diego, CA

#4 Feb 15, 2012
Interesting Ladies!
I too had email conversations with John Garson in December of 2010. It abruptly stopped in January as he was getting ready to climb a mountain in China.

I received an email from his friend that he had died during the climb. You must have known how surprised I was to see him reappear with the same photos and different name on line. I called him on his sick game and then he disappeared!

San Diego, CA

#5 Feb 15, 2012
Lynn our stories are identical, only his friend Bill contacted me.

Irvine, CA

#6 Feb 15, 2012
Well, well, well, ladies...The internet is certainly the wild wild west that's for sure and there are some pretty bad guys out there. I just don't get what his game was. Like I said, he never asked for anything from me. Perhaps all he wanted was a lot of female attention. Ugh.. Lily, a woman named Barb Matthews contacted me and she has a Facebook page and accepted my friend request. Wow!!!!

Anaheim, CA

#7 Feb 15, 2012
Okay, well, this is all very enlightening.
I met him on Lovecolors.com .
we only emailed..never spoke on the phone.
Same MO though..I"m traveling, I'm injured, I'm traveling..I'm sick. Talked about his 3 week long adventure and then nothing. I waved to him on Lovecolors on Jan 16th..he waved back..so that does not coincide with his date of death.
Then a couple of days ago I received an email from Lovecolors informing me that one of their members has passed away in Pune India due to an automoile accident. I emailed them and they said some distant family member contacted them. WOW!!
Anyway, this is the last energy I will waste on this Person. All the best to you ladies.
I will continue to travel on my own and snuggle up to my Loyal dog on Friday nights.

Irvine, CA

#8 Feb 15, 2012
You're absolutely right, Mary, none of us should expend anymore energy on this person and let's just all be grateful we didn't get taken for anything more than our time and as much affection as you can give to another human being in an email. Perhaps his wife busted him or he's gained a conscious. Whatever it is, all we can hope is that his so-called death puts an end to his fraudulent ways.

Best of luck to you both and thank you for helping me close this chapter and verse on the book that is my life.

Irvine, CA

#9 Feb 15, 2012
I also leave you with this ladies and for anyone else out there who may have found themselves giving their time and affection at some points in our lives to those who aren't exactly who they say they are or portray themselves or who we believe they might be...

"Don’t Take Anything Personally: Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering."

One of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite books, The Four Agreements.

San Diego, CA

#10 Feb 20, 2012
Just curious if we all have the same description, tall, fit and brunette? He sure could be charming!!

Irvine, CA

#11 Feb 20, 2012
Hi Lily, yeah, that's pretty much the description I got. He sent me several pictures, including one he sent in December, just before his final email to me and he's wearing a hat and his hair looks a little lighter than that, but it's a close up of his face and he's sitting with another guy in a restaurant.... And, yep, he was, indeed, incredibly charming.

San Diego, CA

#12 Feb 20, 2012
I meant of us...........

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