I know this is a VERY old story, but there was so much mystery surrounding it I assumed it would show up here on a search so I could voice my opinion. Now that it’s not I guess this would be the place to start it! Rather than waste space repeating the entire story you can Google “Charles McCullar Body Found” and get all the information you need. It’s also one of the more famous and predominate David Paulides missing persons, as in his own words, it’s one of the few cases that still haunts him till today. But if you want to skip all that reading, in short he was a photographer who hitchhiked to crater lake in the winter of 1974 to take pictures and went missing, later to have his backpack and bones found by lost hikers in 1975. What made it so mysterious and a major topic of interest / discussion that STILL goes on today is not only where he was found, but much more importantly, the manner in which he was found. First, he was found in an area that no one could’ve made it to on foot to begin with. It was a very remote, rugged and off trail area located a full 12 miles from the trail head combined with the fact that 5 to 7 foot of fresh soft snow had just fallen. They say it would have simply been impossible to get there on foot, as even people with skis and snowshoes were sinking up to their chest. Said even a snowmobile would’ve had a tough time, but moot point as he was walking. When found, his expensive camera equipment and cash was missing and all that was found in addition to the backpack was a pair of empty jeans propped up and sitting on a log, completely empty, except for a pair of socks sticking out the bottom and inside the socks where the bones of his feet!!! It appeared as if his body had just disappeared out of his jeans, which is why some articles refer to him as “The Melting Man” In addition, the belt was undone on his jeans and unzippered and opened as if he had just ate a full meal Another 10 feet away they found part of his skull and small bone fragments. But that’s it. That’s all. No shirt, no coat, no boots. Just a pair of jeans with his severed feet inside of his socks sticking out as if he was the invisible man. The thing is, and I try to look at cases very logically, even with all that, I just don’t really see ANYTHING to me that’s strange, at all, and in my mind I see possibilities that has not been discussed or even touched upon after 45 years of discussion!!! And THAT’S what I am having such a hard time with. I have been researching this now for a couple days and I have yet to come across anything even remotely discussing what I’m getting ready to discuss and I just find that to be implausible and I want to know if others agree with me?? So many discussions and speculation about how that could happen, how it’s impossible, how there must be bigger things at play here. His relatives convinced that foul play is involved and here’s what I see which is simple to me. So let’s say he got lost and start there. That’s definitely the most plausible explanation especially if it’s snowing and you can’t make out the trails! Next, who is to say he traveled there through the snow that first day? He could’ve easily got lost 3 miles from the trail head and when it started to snow he camped out somewhere for a couple weeks and survived. Once the snow disappeared he continued his walk of being lost and “wound up there” at a later time ve “being there” when he died. That easily takes care of the how did he get there with so much snow question. Now for the big thing, the severed ankles and missing body. He fell. That’s it. Do you how many cases have ended with somebody falling down a cliff or embankmen? OMG!!! Almost all of them. I can speculate with almost absolute certainty that 8 out of 10 missing hikers whose bodies have been found were due to a fall!!! They were found at the base or bottom of a mountain or cliff or whatever. So this guy who is ill prepared to begin with, is bouncing around lost in a rugged area with heavy snow and he falls down from a “high place” and he lands on his FEET and breaks / almost severs both of his ankles, which again is a very common injury!!! No telling what other bones were broken as well. Still alive now, he drags himself to a log and sits on top of it, perched with his back against a rest, and sits there in extreme agony probably already very close to death. He unbuttons his belt and loosens his zipper because why not? He’s in absolute agony and pain and he’s trying to relieve the pressure!!! He sits there and dies. Food is extremely precious and rare in the winter and trust me it isn’t long until some animals come by for a nice meal. He’s already a very skinny guy and upon his death and being lost without food for sometime I guarantee you his body has shrunk by at least 20% and started to wilder away and so most probably if a large animal like a bear grabbed him by the head (which is what they always go for) it could have very easily removed him from a pair of loose jeans that were already unbelted and zipped down!!!! Don’t know about you but I have seen hundreds of pictures of deceased people inside clothing and the clothing was extremely loose because the body had shriveled to almost nothing as it decomposed. Since the angles were already almost completely severed to begin with I think once he died the body would’ve easily separated from them as it was being pulled. The BIG mystery of WHY the missing boots? I mean come on, what’s the first thing you’re going to do if you have broken both angles and they are swollen? You’re going to take off your boots and critters can easily take those and run off with them!!! OK I realize this is NOT a perfect explanation by far and a bit of a convenient stretch for my purposes, especially that a body could be removed from the pants and not disturb them at all and have them still sitting perfectly on the log. But all I’m saying is even though it may not be perfect, it is possible and of all the possibilities, to me it’s most probable versus Bigfoot or foul play or aliens or any of the other major question marks surrounding this that everybody always talks about!!!