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I was at whiteface on sunday with a buddy from Plattsburgh. His north country friends were saying the local rumors are that something fishy was going on, possibly involving an insurance scam, and that the wife refused access to the credit card and banking records when requested by the NYSP
whiteface was crawling with dogs and cops and volunteer search parties poking every tree well
While this certainly could be a case of some sort of fraud or scam attempt...there's also a possibility of some sort of complete mental break here or something along those lines. He was found 5 days after disappearing wearing the same clothes including helmet and goggles that he was wearing while skiing? If I'm attempting to fake a disappearance, I'm not going to still be wearing my ski helmet and goggles nearly 3000 miles away 5 days later. There's much more to this story than has been released so far.
Good plan.Funny, Kusty - I was there too. But both Saturday and Sunday. If you think Sunday was crawling with dogs and search parties - you should have seen Saturday. National Guard and such.
Having seen what a huge undertaking it was - really makes me PO'd at the guy who did this. There were A LOT of resources tied up in that. A lot of people who gave up their weekends and spent it climbing around in the woods on a mountain in the snow. Included people having to rope and repel into the steeper areas of Whiteface & then get hauled back up. Watched them do it off of the left side of Wilmington Trail.
If this is a scam/dumb ass/drunk kind of thing - they should put a bunch of Chuckstah's ziplock bagged steak tips in his pockets and let those search dogs "find him" after starving them for a few days. . .