I remember our VI saying his hat was missing and I remember that because I figured a hat might be easier to spot out in the woods. However, in one of the TV productions, his hat was on the shop counter. If anyone recalls that and knows which production it was, please let me know and I'll go back and hunt for that shot of his hat on the counter. The thing about the hat: if left behind, it suggests MC was hurt in his shop and taken away. I believe the VI said he always removed his hat when working in the shop. Was MC's disappearance set to look like there'd been an argument with a male family member and things got carried away and he was murdered in the process and then MC was taken somewhere and dumped?! (Sorry to use that term. I hate the picture it brings to mind.) But when that story didn't take, it became: he'd somehow hurt himself and walked away and succumbed somewhere. And then it became BC and friends murdered him and hid his body somewhere. And then, it morphed into suicide and how he rode his bike 16 miles so he could jump off a dang bridge. The "Moment of Truth"? I don't believe we've heard it yet. Is MC's family responsible to tell us what they know? No, probably not. But most of us here have invested our hearts and minds trying to find Papaw. And to mpnola: I share your frustration! There seem to be several elephants sitting in the room.