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The search for a ranger who was lost and never found (outsideonline.com)
76 points by Thevet 11 days ago | hide | past | favorite | 10 comments

I found the idiosyncratic use of a semicolon in the salutation to be a bit too peculiar to ignore. Maybe this is a common thing in Anglophonic countries, however I've never seen a semicolon used in this way. Online language and grammar sources[1] seem to indicate that this is incorrect. I think it's a bit too much of a coincidence that both his wife and the writer of the 'tips' used this incorrectly in the same way.

[1] https://learnenglishwithdemi.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/comma-...

"In the absence of any hard evidence about Paul’s whereabouts, the Park Service formally fired him for abandoning his post, a move that was grounds for denying Dody survivor’s benefits and Paul’s retirement funds for nearly a decade."

That's pretty odd, it doesn't sound like there was any evidence that he abandoned his post.

Where I worked (I'm retired now), failing to show up to work for 3 days in a row without notifying them meant you were fired. I think that this is pretty normal; employers can't keep paying people who simply stop coming to work.

The issue wasn't salary, it was disqualifying survivor's benefits and retirement funds for someone who disappeared while on work premises, perhaps due to something beyond their control.

A lot of the places from this article feel lawless in person. I backpack and hike a lot of parks in the US, and only carry a firearm in the southern part of Arizona. There’s hidden camera footage on YouTube of smugglers in the mountains an hour north of the border, carrying automatic weapons. There’s sections north of the border that have been closed to the public because the government is unable to deal with the crime there. My cousin who lives there confronted a trespasser on their property who was arrested an hour later for murdering someone the night before in the national park. Every theory in this article seems plausible.

>There’s sections north of the border that have been closed to the public because the government is unable to deal with the crime there.

I don't think this is true. Outside of the area closed for border wall construction (eg in Coronado), can you provide a reference?

I'd be interested in seeing if Paul's sister would do a DNA test to see if she has any nieces or nephews born after his disappearance. From the description, I can imagine a man like Paul laying low and just getting on with a new life, but it seems really unlikely he would stop having sex with random women and possibly fathering children.

Wow, loved this! Beautiful mystery, Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid.

A great story, with a solid cliffhanger at the end. And, no paywall.

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