Have you seen Jonathan Spollen? Missing in Rishikesh since February 3rd, 2012

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#1666 May 27th, 2012, 23:05
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Originally Posted by DaisyL View Post Knowing if he is going by Jon or Jonathan could be helpful if he has talked to people in the region who don't speak English as a native language, whether or not he has then gone off with a new name.
He is 'Jon' to lots of people especially friends and colleagues whose first language isn't English. Its just easier. This is why 'Jon' is on the reward cards / bus posters etc. Lyn
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Unhappy Missing

I feel so sorry to see that still there is no news about Jonathan Spollen. What can we say, but not to lose hope.
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Originally Posted by davidgreen100 View Post He is 'Jon' to lots of people especially friends and colleagues whose first language isn't English.

He may be using a different name,English or Indian, if he wants to avoid detection,so if you approach him & he uses a different name,don't let this put you off informing anyone if you think he looks like Jon.KK
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Please look at this thread: http://www.indiamike.com/india/uttar...012-a-t159252/

He could be anywhere now: You might have met him, be able to help, or give information.
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Well, if he's using an alias, changed his appearance & there's any kind of a 'code of silence' amongst the spiritual community - which I strongly suspect there might be - then he's got the upper hand for sure.

It seems a bit of a stretch though that he would go from being quite ill & wanting to return home -> straight into this international & energetic game of hide n' seek.

But it does seem to be the best case scenario given the region and past history of select foreigner's who gravitate there to clear the mind.

Fingers crossed.
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I would request David or Lynda to let us all know if there are any new updates. This would keep everyone here in right spirits.

P.S:- I hope no news is good news.
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There are reported ‘sightings’ still not entirely ruled out, for instance, 2 separate ones at Yamunotri on 4th and 5th May. Where a man was seen, once bathing in a hot pool, wearing rudraksha mala beads, then doing yoga dressed in a black kurta. This second time he was with a Baba and had a dark rucksack. The police believe it was the same man each day but can’t say as yet if it was Jonathan.
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Originally Posted by kullukid View Post That's great news Lynda, i'm sure you know that everyone here will be hoping/praying that these sightings were genuine. If so it may suggest that Jonathon is doing the Char Dham Yatra & could be in or on his way to Badrinath or Kedarnath by now,i know there are lot's of IMers currently in that area or heading that way in the next few weeks some of which i've already spoken with on other threads & they have said they will display posters along those routes. Any other IMers heading in that direction please be extra vigilant on your travels when you happen to see any westerners & bear in mind that Jonathon may have changed his appearance by cutting/shaving his hair or shaving/growing his beard. KK
This thread seems to have slowed down since Lynda made the post about possible sightings at Yamunotri,personally i'd hoped that this would have raised some encouragement from members who are visiting this area during Char Dham Yatra & trekking season & more members would have chirped in saying things like "i'll be visiting Kedarnath next week & will display some posters along the way & mention it to other travellers i come in contact with" etc etc, i know a few members i've spoken with have done this & there may be other shyer members who have done this without making any announcement about it, i'm sure there's a few, however it would be good if members who have done things like this can mention it here so we can keep a track of what ground is being covered & also to keep the thread active.KK
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Can somebody 'decipher' this post #5 - left on thorntree. Who are these 'peculiar babes' that live in the woods around Rishikesh? Have all these 'peculiar babes' been questioned/interviewed?
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I suggest that by now the local cops will have interviewed all the elephants and leopards.

Seriously, wild native animals do attack people in the forests around Rishikesh. This has been raised in this thread before. When I stayed in 2007 at a guesthouse in High Bank, Rishikesh, the owner mentioned that he had lost several dogs to leopards over the years.
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Originally Posted by unclelach View Post When I stayed in 2007 at a guesthouse in High Bank, Rishikesh, the owner mentioned that he had lost several dogs to leopards over the years.
Big difference between dogs & humans though. Maneaters are more apt to draw public attention/ire before too long. However & having said that - the stats in that particular state are quite staggering:
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Over the last 10 years 210 people have been killed by leopards and 350 have been injured in attacks.
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Hi,
I am coming to Haridwar, Rishikesh aand kedarnath this month. I will surely search for him during my trip.
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I don't mean to be negative, and I keep hoping to hear good news, but I was wondering what sort of ground search has been conducted and by whom? I don't know the police in Rishikesh but I do know that it is common for poor villagers to fear them particularly if a crime might have been involved. (A foreigner was found dead in the jungle by a lawyer in a town that I lived in. I've always wondered if his body had been seen by others but they were afraid to report it.) The police often seem to put on a show of investigating or conducting searches, but in my experience, in outlying areas often very little is actually done that involves substantial effort or expense. I am not saying that this is the case in this situation, but only those who were physically present during the search would know for sure.
In Canada, Search and Rescue a professionally trained volunteer organization often does much of the ground work unless a crime is known to be involved. It would be very expensive to conduct such searches with a similar number or police. India does not have SAR, nor does it have a lot of money for paying dozens of police officers to carefully comb the jungle looking for a missing person, who may have left the area.
I would consider either a reward (which could offset potential trouble for a local) or a carefully supervised search using professional techniques conducted by a team of outsiders or paid locals.
I'm sorry to be so blunt. I hope that Jonathan is found safe and sound.
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Cardinal Divide, If you search this now very long thread you will find that a ground search has been made by members of Jonathan Spollen's family, local people and others, all in cooperation with the police.

A reward has been offered by the family, see posters(several languages) in post #1 of this thread.
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Originally Posted by hardikjogi View Post Hi,
I am coming to Haridwar, Rishikesh aand kedarnath this month. I will surely search for him during my trip.
Good man! KK
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Seriously, wild native animals do attack people in the forests around Rishikesh. This has been raised in this thread before. When I stayed in 2007 at a guesthouse in High Bank, Rishikesh, the owner mentioned that he had lost several dogs to leopards over the years.
True,but they tend to leave a bit of a mess,which there was no evidence of when the area around the waterfall was searched & even if it was further afield you would imagine that some local or trekking agency of which there are many operating in that area would have stumbled across some evidence by now.KK
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