Childress, described as an experienced hunter, was out in the rugged, treacherous terrain of the Tillamook forest on a hunting trip with his partner, Shane Luey. The two left for the trip on Oct. 15. Not long after, however, they lost track of their campsite. Luey told officials that the men spent two days searching for the spot where they had set up camp.
Luey and his 12-year-old son returned to their truck. But Childress was convinced that camp wasn’t far off. Leaving the two behind, he walked into the thick brush of the forest and disappeared. That was the last time anyone saw him.
The fully-loaded rifle, pocket knife, and pack of cigarettes he was carrying also vanished. His body still hasn’t been found. Whatever happened to him after he set off into the brush on Oct. 17, 2004, remains, to this day, a mystery.