What did they say?----- ----- The body was found 3/4th mile from the campsite, and ~1200 feet above the Sespe Creek (river bottom
The footprints found, were said to be heading in a southerly direction…from camp…along Sespe Creek.
The footprints also ‘said’ he was walking
), and apparently unimpaired, at the time they were made
(and ‘made/imprinted’ the weekend of Herdman’s disappearance
A lot of questions have been raised to the veracity of the claim that…Duke ran off from the campsite, and Mike went after the dog…dressed only in
board shorts, a t-shirt and…bare feet.
Numerous reports of this tale have stated that Mr. Byars’ accompanied Herdman initially, in the search…and that they became separated…and after
some fruitless effort at regaining contact with Herdman, Byars made his way back to camp…
And, the next morning (Saturday
), when neither Herdman or Duke had returned…Byars resumed his search for them…which lasted all
At some point (don’t know if it was Saturday or Sunday
), Byars reportedly decided that all involved would be better served if he
made his way back to civilization and brought others into the search effort.
Numerous reports say that Herdman and Duke were “inseparable”…
Herdman had apparently taken Duke on more than one such hiking adventure…
One could only imagine that, to take a dog on a multi-day hike into rugged back-country…Herdman must have been confident in Duke’s manner…and
that…the dog would not bolt.
Thus, I am inclined to believe the “inseparable” claims.
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If you check the location designated as “Possible Campsite” on the Google Earth image…you’ll find that it is, perhaps the best possible
location to set up a campsite in the general vicinity (for a mile or more in either direction
)…and yet…it still required a nice
climb (100 feet or so above the river bottom at its easiest ascent
)…which likewise means that…if the campsite was on this rise,
and Duke set off on some misadventure (spooked, curious, or otherwise
)…there were only two ways to go --- (1) up the mountainside,
or (2) down to the creek/river bottom.
The easiest of those options would have been…back down the same way they had climbed from the creek/river-bottom to the campsite.
That is, of course, assuming that the path of travel was dictated by ease…
If, though, Duke set off after something
in another direction (which would probably only have been East to East-Southeast along
the ridge overlooking the Sespe
)…said direction of travel (and pursuit
), being more strenuous and time consuming, might
return to the Sespe’…at or about the “fork” just south and around the bend from the “Possible Campsite”.
I have virtually ruled-out the ‘upper’ (East to East-Southeast
) course on the bases of (1) ‘ease’, and…more importantly –
(2) where the footprints were found, and what the ‘trackers’ interpreted from them.
Estimated Body Location
ATS Big Pic
Judging by the photos of ‘where’ the body was found (in one of the photos, Sheriff Dean said that his deputy was stationed precisely
where the body was found
)…I believe I have narrowed the probable location to somewhere in the red-outlined rectangle.
In the press conference, Sheriff Dean attempted to describe the only possible ways/paths Herdman could have taken to get to said location…
One such path, would have followed the aforementioned easterly “fork”…
The other path would have required a much longer trek (another mile or more south, before starting the/an ascent
)…and then, circling
The location-mark – “Spire It” – was identified incidentally, shortly after the body was found…while attempting to identify ‘where’ the
body was found…
When ‘spotting’ this ‘anomaly’…I had no idea, how close it was to the other points of interest (I was actually using the reported
location of Duke’s distance & direction from Sulfur Peak as a general guide
Now, however, that I see the relation of the ‘probable campsite’, and where the body was found…I have grown…frenzied … my dreams have
turned……difficult to…adjust to…
How many searchers were in the general area…including helicopters and drones…and…not one mention of said ‘structure/monolith’?
Is this a REAL structure?
Is it some…magnetic anomaly?
How can 10 separate satellite images…over 19 years…ALL…capture this ‘artefact’…in precisely the same location, and with the same geometric
it is not…actually…there?
(*Note – it also shows in Google Maps*
I don’t know…
Is it real (physical
Its peak is recorded, consistently at 2,824’, with the lowest point of its base showing at 2,599’.
I know that the Sheriff said that Search & Rescue efforts had focused on areas they would expect someone trying to survive to have gone… And –
this would be as ‘out of the expected route’ as…where the body was found…
But, it is so strange that no-one, in said efforts, saw or made note of this oddity.
So – to the real point of this post.
The most likely route Herdman would have taken to get to the top of the ‘sheer rock face’, where he apparently
met his demise…would have
been as identified by the lightish-blue dot-dot-dash line, ending at the gold star in the following Google Earth image…
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Do I think he chose to go there…while still looking for Duke?
You notice that the dot-dot-dash line passes within 500 feet or so, below the “Spire”…
My thoughts are racing toward this “Spire” having something to do with everything from Duke taking off, and Herdman following…barefoot…to
How? No clue…
I’ve read numerous hiking blogs that deal with this general vicinity…and no-one has mentioned this “Spire”…
Sorry to waste your time, if you do not consider this significant…
I have many thoughts on the matter, and may post them later.
At the time, however, it is difficult to get/gain a handle on ‘how’ to even consider this ‘weird coincidence’.
Thanks for your time.
edit on 8/24/2014 by WanDash because: dots