Local man, 31, disappears on way to campgrounds

Full story: Hampton Roads Daily Press

Police and family members are asking for the public's help in locating a James City County man who left for a camping trip a week ago and never reached his destination.

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Towelhead

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That is what happens when democrat campers eat their psychedelic mushrooms and wander off into the woods with kayaks strapped on their heads
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Thank goodness.
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Doh!

“Simply DeeLightfull”

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I'm glad he is safe. What a nightmare he gave his friends and family. I wonder how much all the man power to find him cost, and why that money comes from our taxes. People who behave irresponsibly should pay the consequences.
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must be nice to have a week off!
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DeeLight wrote:
I'm glad he is safe. What a nightmare he gave his friends and family. I wonder how much all the man power to find him cost, and why that money comes from our taxes. People who behave irresponsibly should pay the consequences.
I agree
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DeeLight wrote:
I'm glad he is safe. What a nightmare he gave his friends and family. I wonder how much all the man power to find him cost, and why that money comes from our taxes. People who behave irresponsibly should pay the consequences.
That's ridiculous. It was simply a little over-reaction on the family's part. The man is 31 years old and has the freedom to go to a different campground if he so chooses. He doesn't have to "notify" anyone. They were worried and put out an alert...maybe a little over-reactive, but they were worried. He should have to pay for changing his mind on where he decided to camp?
Perhaps it was a top story because the Daily Press was having a slow news day....
Sunshine

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He is pretty cute too. Looks like a happy guy!
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He just needed to be away with his girlfriend.
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We need new legislation that will prevent this from ever happening again.

I propose calling it a Jeffery Alert.

This emergency alert would mobilize all local and state police, and maybe even the National Guard. It would specifically be used to track down and locate rugged individuals who have no need for help from others.

What are men thinking? That they can do things on their own without everyone elses help!?!

/sarcasm off/
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Chet wrote:
We need new legislation that will prevent this from ever happening again.

I propose calling it a Jeffery Alert.

This emergency alert would mobilize all local and state police, and maybe even the National Guard.

It would specifically be used to track down and locate rugged individuals who have no need for help from others.

What are men thinking? That they can do things on their own without everyone elses help!?!

/sarcasm off/
ROFL! Thank you for that!

I'd add that under the new Obama presidency, the a subject of the 'Jeffery Alert' could be fined if he failed to renounce his independence and individuality, accept the offered taxpayer-funded help, and publically admit that he was a fool for not realizing that dependency on government aid from womb to tomb is Patriotic.
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It's not funny folks glad he was found safe and sound just hoping none of you ever have to deal with this I have and it is not a damn bit funny..
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I wish my wife would disappear for a week or two.
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Glad the grown-up is safe and sound.

That's why I go camping. To get away from the cell phones and enjoy the peace and quiet.

Until the search helicopters arrive...

“Boldly going nowhere...”

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Glad he is okay, but does seem to be an extreme over-reaction by the family...
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White Trailer Trash wrote:
I wish my wife would disappear for a week or two.
Maybe 3?
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Thoughtless individual.
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I was surprised when I saw this article, because I had a similar experience. The only difference was that our son went camping out west (alone) and he is also 31 yrs old. He gave very little information as to his camping location. He called on his way to the camping site, but never called back upon his arrival. I worried the entire time he was gone, but didn't call the authorities, because our son (an only child) is very independent. I prayed daily and worried about him although my husband and family members thought it was ok.
The state of the world today is a scary place and my son is a very trusting person. I called his cell phone, but due to his location, that didn't work. I knew when he was expected back, so I waited on pins and needles until that time (12 days).
He called,and I was relieved. I wish that he would have dropped a note or something, but he is an adult. He likes to rough it and I have to accept that. To these parents, I feel your pain. To my son and your son, I say, "shame on you for being inconsiderate!!" Wait until you have children and you'll understand.
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Sunshine wrote:
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That's ridiculous. It was simply a little over-reaction on the family's part....They were worried and put out an alert...maybe a little over-reactive, but they were worried. He should have to pay for changing his mind on where he decided to camp?...
No. You missed the point, which was that if the worried family wants to "put out an alert" that likely uses thousands of dollars of taxpayer-funded manpower, equipment and services, and there is no real emergency other than the general inconsiderate irresponsibility on one side and hysteria on the other, of the parties involved, why should that cost fall on hard-working taxpayers who are already involuntarily funding so many thousands of things they would never agree to if given an item-by-item choice by government.

Assuming you have a job and make enough to pay taxes, doesnít it bother you that likely nearly a quarter of your money is taken before you even get paid? And that if you own property and buy the usual things that the share taken by taxes can rises to nearly one-half if you are very much above average in income?

You say its "simply a little over-reaction" like there should be no personal responsibility for that even if costs thousands of dollars. Taxes could be much less if so many people were not so cavalier about the wasting of public resources.

Some countries have laws that make the "alarmist" or the folks in trouble ultimately responsible for search and rescue operation that are needed because of irresponsibility rather than genuine random chance or "acts of God".

If you are sailing off New Zealand without the proper safety gear on your boat, and as a result must call for assistance, say, in the form of a helicopter and highly skilled and equipped manpower, you will be billed for it, and it ain't cheap (which is the entire point). As opposed to if you are properly-equipped and are overcome by unusually severe weather and need assistance for something that isnít directly caused by poor judgment on your part.

"I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents...."
-- James Madison

"The great leading objects of the federal government, in which revenue is concerned, are to maintain domestic peace, and provide for the common defense."
-ó Alexander Hamilton
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I can see both sides here. I understand this man's family and their concern. Because a similiar situation happened with my Dad several years ago. He didn't show up for work and didn't call in. Which was not like him at all. We were unable to find him at his apartment and noone had seen him anywhere for at least a week. My Grandmother was very worry and asked me to call the police. Which I did and they filled out a report but said there was nothing they could do. I was worried because he was dating a crazy lady who had an ex boyfriend that had theatened my Dad. Thank goodness we located him a couple days later. He couldn't understand why everyone was so worry. As he was fine and in the mountains at one of his places he owns there. But we were worried.
I can also understand this mans situation. He is 31 years old and wanted to get away and had just changed his mind about where he was camping. I don't think he should be held responsible for the cost involved for the worry of his family and neither should his family.

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