Story of missing hiker in Joshua Tree NP

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Re: Story of missing hiker in Joshua Tree NP

Postby Perry » Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:29 am

Some pages back, Tom mentioned that Ewasko had filed for bankruptcy twice after the subject came up, and I thought it odd that he offered financial advice to his clients. Of course, that doesn't prove anything.

An alleged former employee expressed an opinion in the comments here that is disputed by apparently Bill's fiance Mary:
https://ijustdisappear.com/wp/2018/05/2 ... mysteries/

All speculation. I do think that if there wasn't anything fishy or foul, then mental state played a role (early dementia, mild stroke, or medications). Some of his notes didn't make sense. He had directions to the Juniper Flats trailhead (was familiar with the park and had worked recon) but according to Mary he said he was going to Carey's Castle and Pappy and Harriet's when cell data had him travelling west on the I-10 I believe.
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Re: Story of missing hiker in Joshua Tree NP

Postby Myth » Tue Oct 08, 2019 12:13 pm

Mary didn't want him to be out hiking to remote places that she felt was dangerous to hike to, as I recall. Of course this is backwards, but he could have said he was going one place ( to reassure her ) and then gone another. So it would make sense if he said he was going to, say, Quail Mountain and then sneaking off to Carey's Castle, which was the remote place she was worried about. But that's not what the data points to. Just wanted to throw that out there - I know I've been really tempted to tell people I was going somewhere benign when I wanted to do an adventure I knew they'd balk at, worrying for my safety. Never done it though, because safety overrides my sense of adventure.
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Re: Story of missing hiker in Joshua Tree NP

Postby OtherHand » Tue Oct 08, 2019 4:52 pm

Perry wrote:... Some of his notes didn't make sense. He had directions to the Juniper Flats trailhead (was familiar with the park and had worked recon) but according to Mary he said he was going to Carey's Castle and Pappy and Harriet's when cell data had him travelling west on the I-10 I believe.


I've always found the existence of notes for the drive to the Juniper Flats trailhead to be odd, and inconsistent with Ewasko's knowledge of the park. But he had something of a reputation as an obsessive list maker so maybe that's all there is to it.

The statement that he told Mary he was going to Carey's seemed off with my recollections of the sequence, so I dug into it. The JTNP narrative says in the phone call Ewasko made to Mary enroute to the park he told her he was going to Carey's. However I wanted clarification because that sounded a bit odd, so I asked Mary for details about the phone call. Below is part of her emailed response (This is presumably the call that pinged the Thousand Palms tower at 8:00 AM):

He said it was a beautiful morning and he was very excited to be going out there.
All I know is that when he called me he was in the car on I-10. I have no idea what hike he was going on first. He was pretty good, in fact, a fanatic about making lists. He did not tell me where he was going first. He told me he had a lunch and snacks and water and if he needed more he had more water in the car. I do know he wanted to go to Carey's Castle and I had a creepy feeling about it after I researched it on the internet, I asked him to please not go there alone. He just laughed about it.


My take on it is Ewasko, while not explicitly saying he was going to Carey's, left enough ambiguity in Mary's mind that she insisted to park officials that's where he was headed. This may have resulted from the bad feelings she had about the place and the fact Bill was missing, thus adding to those feelings.
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Re: Story of missing hiker in Joshua Tree NP

Postby Perry » Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:53 pm

Once again, this is looking less strange and more like a normal hike. I had also meant notes of his itinerary: potential hikes listed near unrelated places, but everybody can make mistakes with details. The local media does (do) it all the time.

OtherHand wrote:
He told me he had a lunch and snacks and water and if he needed more he had more water in the car.

That's interesting. Kind of sounds like he had took more than 2 bottles but difficult to know for sure.
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