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Mats
12-18-2011, 02:28 PM
Have somebody heard something about this case before?

http://www.illinoistimes.com/Springfield/article-1296-into-thin-air.html

tlcya
12-18-2011, 03:56 PM
I am local but this was before my time so I had never heard of this case before. Interesting read.

Mats
12-19-2011, 01:35 AM
As the second disappearance of this type is the family you only thinking of? If he went voluntarily in a pajamas so he probably had an accomplice. But again .. what would the reason for it have been? The assistant has since been silent all these years. Suicide? But why in the pajamas and the middle of the night in a strange place? There he would meet with his children and grandchildren? Probably he was murdered by a close relative who had an interest in the body never was recovered.

Cubby
12-19-2011, 10:14 AM
My first thoughts were he left willingly due to some type of business problems associated with being a stock investment counselor. Or he left with a girlfriend as suggested in the article.

His asking his wife repeatedly about the car doors being locked sounds off. Why didn't he just go check them? His asking and not checking them himself leads me to believe he purposely made it sound as if he was paranoid. I can't imagine being that tired after a long drive. Tired yes, but not so tired one would act irrationally.

Curious about the Sandman Hotel mentioned in the article, I found the following. At least it gives us an idea of what the hotel looked like.

http://minnesotaniche.ecrater.com/p/6820491/sandman-motel-cafe-jacksonville-il

(13) http://s.ecrater.com/stores/147897/4b69eac7ae49b_147897n.jpg (http://minnesotaniche.ecrater.com/p/6820491/sandman-motel-cafe-jacksonville-il#)

wfgodot
12-19-2011, 10:36 AM
I have my doubts about the efficacy of the original search; yes, scores of people - almost all untrained - turned out and did their best, but I doubt that professionals on the scene could provide much guidance to that big of a group, or that advanced grid search techniques were used. (True, a very tall man in very green pajamas might not have been that hard to spot!)

Without knowing more about the family situation, of course, it's impossible to say, but I see no reason why the fellow would have had to feign a near-breakdown and paranoia if he only wanted to leave his wife, or that he would have left her after a long drive to Illinois. Far easier to simply disappear in Massachusetts, and take your wallet with you.