Investigator and Author Says People Are Mysteriously Missing in National Parks

A 2019 documentary, Missing 411: The Hunted, reports as many as 1,200 individuals have disappeared, but also admits that number may be under-reported.

David Paulides, a former police detective turned private investigator, is the author of the popular Missing 411 series and documentaries of the same name, as well as the CanAm Missing Project.

He said, “We don't know how many people go missing from these locations because the USFS [United States Forest Service] and NPS [National Park Service] refuse to release a list of these missing people.”

Paulides is dedicated to investigating missing persons in national parks and forests. When asked how many cases he typically researches in a year, he responded, “We probably research several hundred people per year.”

Several Hundred Cases a Year

One thing is certain: people who hike and camp in national parks or hunt in national forests and wilderness areas have vanished.

These sobering stories are documented in Paulides' latest documentary, Missing 411: The UFO Connection (2022).

Exploring the great outdoors is a rewarding activity — especially when visiting America's prized national parks. But one thing that can derail plans while planning an outdoor adventure is safety. 

Mysterious Disappearances in National Parks

Those visiting national parks and forests can get lost, and, according to Paulides, there are reports of some tourists vanishing without a trace. 

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