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Missing 411 Art Inspired by David Paulides

The Missing 411 Art Inspired by David Paulides is in response to help build awareness about a strange phenomenon happening around the world. He puts a spotlight on some of the most terrifying abductions in human history. I enjoy a good, real life mystery and David Paulides offers the best.

The idea that someone or something can abduct people in broad daylight; whether alone or in line on a hiking trail, taken to places unknown for reasons unknown and by means unknown is bone chilling. The perpetrators leave no tracks. Tracker dogs cannot or will not pick up a scent from the few clues found. It’s as if a metal claw appears in the sky and plucks people like a metal claw in a toy machine. Many of these people are never seen again. Those found are often found dead in places impossible to reach. The few who return alive provide nonsensical explanations about what happened or where they went. This can happen to anyone and this is what makes Missing 411 so frightening and eerie.

Missing 411: Shoes Archival Giclée Art Print
Missing 411 Art Inspired — “Missing 411: Shoes”

David Paulides is a retired police detective who is now an investigative researcher known for his self-published books. He began with proving the reality of Bigfoot and transitioned into researching strange disappearances. In his Missing 411 book series, he concentrates on the disappearance of people in national parks and elsewhere. These are the specific profile points identified by Mr. Paulides:

  • Subjects never being found
  • Subjects being found in an unusual position (face down on the ground, the wrong side up in water for their gender, or with unusual lividity or state of decay for the length of disappearance)
  • Subjects are seen or found in places that are unusual, seemingly too far away from the point where they got lost, or places that they otherwise shouldn’t have been able to reach
  • Subjects being found in a previously searched area, including areas that were searched many times
  • Subjects found alive having no memory of the disappearance, or giving an account that sounds incorrect, confused, or outright outlandish
  • Subjects found deceased having no identifiable cause of death, or an unexplained fever if found alive
  • Subjects getting quickly separated from the group before disappearing, often the first or the last person in line, and sometimes after the person in question says that they’re feeling unwell or tired and separate themselves
  • Subjects missing some or all articles of clothing, especially socks, shoes, or boots
  • Subjects forgetting wallets or phones at home or in the car before leaving either at strange times or to remote places, or becoming missing suddenly while on the phone (with the phone being hung up, losing power, or ending up missing, destroyed, dry, or unused when there was a signal)
  • Tracker dogs unable to track
  • Canines unable (or unwilling) to pick up a scent of living persons or cadavers
  • Sudden spell of bad weather immediately following the disappearance
  • Subjects disappearing with a dog, while dog often returns or is found unharmed
  • Subjects disappearing in the afternoon
  • Subjects disappearing while picking berries or mushrooms
  • Unusually high percentage of subjects being male, very young, college-age, or old, with some kind of apparent or hidden injury or disability, or with exceptionally high or low intelligence (including academically accomplished specifically such as physicists or physicians, very physically fit people like runners, athletes, or soldiers, or people connected to religion or Germany)
  • The locations often have “devil” in their name and tend to be close to water, boulder fields, and large granite formations
  • Strange coincidences occur in connection to some of the cases, typically involving similar names of the people involved
Missing 411: Hiker Archival Quality Giclée Art Print
Missing 411 Art Inspired — “Missing 411: Hiker “

People who haven’t read any of the books are often quick to point to animal predation or serial killers.

However, both would leave behind some sort of tracks or blood and cadaver dogs would pick up a scent. People seem to be falling off the face of the earth and Mr. Paulides is trying to bring as much attention to these occurrences as possible.

He talks about some of the strangest cases; old and new on his Youtube channel. His Missing 411 series of books listed below, are available in libraries and on his website, CanAm Missing.

Missing 411 Series

  • Missing 411 — Eastern United States: Unexplained Disappearances of North Americans That Have Never Been Solved (2012)
  • Missing 411 — Western United States & Canada: Unexplained Disappearances of North Americans that have never been solved (2012)
  • Missing 411 — North America and Beyond (2013)
  • Missing 411 — The Devil’s in the Details (2014)
  • Missing 411 — A Sobering Coincidence (2015)
  • Missing 411 — Hunters (2016)
  • Missing 411 — Off the Grid (2017)
  • Missing 411 — Law (2018)
  • Missing 411 Canada (2019)

 Bigfoot

  • Hoopa Project: Bigfoot Encounters (2008)
  • Tribal Bigfoot (2009)

Missing 411 Art Inspired by David Paulides

Missing 411: Orange Chairs Giclée Archival Art Print Alexandra Swistak
Missing 411 Art Inspired — “Missing 411: Orange Chairs”

In an effort to help spread awareness, my recent “Missing 411” landscapes have been commissioned and inspired by these mysterious cases.

The data Mr. Paulides offers is as horrifying as it gets and I apologize if you were going hiking. Seriously, enjoying nature is a simple right so go where you want, but check the weather first! Mr. Paulides recommends hiking with a personal locator beacon, food, water, blanket and fully charged cell phone. Tell someone you trust where you are going and when you expect to return. (Mr. Paulides himself also never visits national parks without a gun!)

Personally, I don’t plan on going anywhere near the cluster of Missing 411 cases in National Parks. Going forward, my tree loving forest adventures are going to be limited to small local parks packed with people. Unfortunately, the death of Elisa Lam in Los Angeles and her elevator footage demonstrates we’re not much safer in cities either. Yup, there are urban cases too.

In closing, if you meet any part of the criteria noted below, take extra care and be aware of your surroundings.

Unusually high percentage of subjects being male, very young, college-age, or old, with some kind of apparent or hidden injury or disability, or with exceptionally high or low intelligence (including academically accomplished specifically such as physicists or physicians, very physically fit people like runners, athletes, or soldiers, or people connected to religion or Germany)

Stay safe and thank you for reading.