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The Cold Vanish by Jon Billman


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The book is about the disappearance and ensuing search of Jacob Gray in Olympic National Park and Forest.  Jacob went cycling into the park (by Sol Duc River) but his touring bike was found on the side of the road with no trace of him on April 6, 2017. The author follows the father’s agonizing search for his missing son while the father pursues all sorts of routes and potential clues.


The author sprinkles the book with many other missing person cases from Michigan, Colorado, Idaho, Ontario, Hawaii, etc.  Some of these people are found alive, others dead, and others are still missing.  Nonetheless, he writes about these other cases to explain how search and rescue works in different parts of the USA and Canada and to introduce some of the experts in the SAR field and their techniques.


If you want to read the book as a thriller and participate in the father’s search into the numerous places he went to and the eccentric people he met along the way, then don’t search for the case’s outcome in the internet.  Knowing the ending, will spoil the intrigue on how a father and this family deals with the unknown and how far they are willing to go physically and mentally.


I enjoyed the book.  


This is not a Missing 411 book with clusters and filtering of cases with particular attributes.

It is refreshing to read a book about missing people that is not from Paulides.

The book gives you a different perspective and contains interviews of experts in the SAR field with their opinion on this and other cases.


While the author meets with David Paulides, quotes him several times, and gives him credit for bringing the missing persons in National Parks issue to the public’s attention, he does not support Paulides approach or suggested causes. 
Bigfoot and psychics are part of the book, as examples of what people claim, but the psychics do poorly.  


An interesting part of the book, for BFF members, is that Derek Randles and some of his Olympic Project members volunteered to help in the search for Jacob and let the father/family/friends stay at the “Bigfoot Barn” while they were searching.  The “Bigfoot Barn” is the bigfoot research headquarters for the Olympic Project and is a property that Wally Hersom purchased to do bigfoot research in the Olympic peninsula.  Kudos and great respect go to Derek and his team for giving time, energy, and the facilities to help the family find the missing son.  
 

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On 10/18/2020 at 4:26 PM, Explorer said:

The book is about the disappearance and ensuing search of Jacob Gray in Olympic National Park and Forest.  Jacob went cycling into the park (by Sol Duc River) but his touring bike was found on the side of the road with no trace of him on April 6, 2017. The author follows the father’s agonizing search for his missing son while the father pursues all sorts of routes and potential clues.


The author sprinkles the book with many other missing person cases from Michigan, Colorado, Idaho, Ontario, Hawaii, etc.  Some of these people are found alive, others dead, and others are still missing.  Nonetheless, he writes about these other cases to explain how search and rescue works in different parts of the USA and Canada and to introduce some of the experts in the SAR field and their techniques.


If you want to read the book as a thriller and participate in the father’s search into the numerous places he went to and the eccentric people he met along the way, then don’t search for the case’s outcome in the internet.  Knowing the ending, will spoil the intrigue on how a father and this family deals with the unknown and how far they are willing to go physically and mentally.


I enjoyed the book.  


This is not a Missing 411 book with clusters and filtering of cases with particular attributes.

It is refreshing to read a book about missing people that is not from Paulides.

The book gives you a different perspective and contains interviews of experts in the SAR field with their opinion on this and other cases.


While the author meets with David Paulides, quotes him several times, and gives him credit for bringing the missing persons in National Parks issue to the public’s attention, he does not support Paulides approach or suggested causes. 
Bigfoot and psychics are part of the book, as examples of what people claim, but the psychics do poorly.  


An interesting part of the book, for BFF members, is that Derek Randles and some of his Olympic Project members volunteered to help in the search for Jacob and let the father/family/friends stay at the “Bigfoot Barn” while they were searching.  The “Bigfoot Barn” is the bigfoot research headquarters for the Olympic Project and is a property that Wally Hersom purchased to do bigfoot research in the Olympic peninsula.  Kudos and great respect go to Derek and his team for giving time, energy, and the facilities to help the family find the missing son.  
 

Sounds like an interesting read.  I will check this one out.

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