What I don’t understand is why the news reports aren’t including some obvious information that could help:
[li]Where did she emerge from the woods? A trailhead, a road, a farmhouse?[/li][li]How many hours elapsed between when she left her father and when she found her way out?[/li][/ul]
That information alone would really narrow down the search area and maybe help jog peoples’ memories of the structure.
<snip> … Searchers have walked through 4,000 of the park’s 66,000 acres and have not come up with any sign of the Rev. Thomas B. Hamilton. <snip>
I agree with an earlier comment. Why on earth didn’t they provide more information to the public? Like what area in all of the 65,000/66,000 acres!!! Doesn’t the daughter know where they went into the woods? What’s wrong with her? At 92 years old, they couldn’t have hiked too far, right? I wish I hadn’t read this. It’s so sad…
This was my first thought as well. If she could remember the details of that structure she should be able to remember where she came out and how long she hiked after she left him. It’s starting to sound really fishy to me.
I’m sure the police are asking if they normally go hiking a lot and if they normally go to this park. I wonder if anyone else saw them hiking there that day. I’m wondering if they’re going to find the receipt for a new pair of hiking boots for Dad.
On the other hand, in regard to old folks going hiking, I belong to the [NYNJTC](http://www.nynjtc.org/) and at one of their annual meetings I was on a hike that was mostly old people; the oldest was 89 and he was in better shape that I was. I heard a story about one of their friends who was in a nursing home, he cut a hole in the chain link fence out back and led some of his fellow "inmates" on hikes through the woods back there.
“New information” could be any tips they receive from anyone else who knows the park or thinks they saw them that day. Doesn’t look good.
Some children be they old are still idiots. My family was walking a trail when we met a nursing home patient shuffling along behind his old son about 1.5 miles down a trail in North Kettle Moraine state park Wisconsin. The dad was wearing nursing home slippers and complaining about his feet in as much as a nursing home patient can. He had slippers with only a cloth bottom on large rocks up and down hills in the full sun on this trail. His dad may have liked doing this years ago, but he and the nursing home should have realized this would endanger his health and life.
I find it hard to believe how the area to be searched needs to include the whole park. How far can this lady have hiked, and why don’t they say the entrance and exit points of her?
If the daughter has pressing financial trouble, she might be in a hurry. Alternately, they might be long-lived - my paternal grandfather lived a few years past 100 and was pretty darned healthy until about 100. He even went bicycle-riding with us grandkids in his late 80s, and would walk or bike into town for lunch too. Of course, he didn’t go off-road and people knew his routines, so if he fell ill along the way he’d be found by a passerby pretty quickly.