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

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#316 Mar 9th, 2012, 06:12
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Medical facilities are unlikely to contact the media; the cops, more likely. In any case the cops become crucial for many reasons- some previously mentioned- especially in less populated or remote areas. Law and order is a State subject in India; the police Chief David met will be in control -and can contact directly, by mobile phone and wireless- police stations across Uttarakhand, and immediately. In fact, that is the first thing he should/would have done.

The cops are also the best placed to get information from everybody including hotels, transport, guides, villages or hamlets. Mobile phones- except where signals don't exist-are owned everywhere, and the cops have a network in place in many areas even when they are not. Finally, a scammer is less likely to give cops wrong information.
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Evening all,

I'm a friend of Jonathan's from back home here in Ireland. First of all on behalf of all his friends, I'd just like to give the most heartfelt thanks to all of you who have contributed so much here so far. It means an unbelievable amount to all of us.

There are reinforcements from home arriving shortly to help with the search and your help to date will prove invaluable to them.

One quick question, David mentioned a place of a possible sighting called 'Nyaneth'. Would any of you know where this place is as I am having difficulty finding it on a map and even on google full stop.

Much thanks again.
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I suspect Nyaneth is a mistake, maybe David's interpretation of something heard. He does say he believes it is nearby Joshimath, so wildly guessing...

Govind Ghat? (also Gobind Ghat- this sounds closest to Nyaneth of all my guesses)
Ghangaria?
Nandprayag?
Ghat? (all these four are close to Joshimath, although Nandprayag is not that close,it is en route between Rishikesh and Joshimath. Ghangaria is the place for a valley of the flowers trek, except this is the wrong time of the year for that)

Ranikhet? (this is not geographically close to Joshimath- mentioning since Ranikhet sounds very close to Nyaneth phonetically)


Edit: A broadish map of the region...
http://www.dronagirihotel.com/other_...th_places.html

Of course, there may be small hamlets etc not seen on any normal map that can have similar sounding names
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Aye, aye Capitan . . Good job so far. . .

I tried looking for 'Nyaneth' but no luck. See if you could spot Nyaneth in these maps. ..
(U.S. A. Central Intelligence Agency Maps – U.S.A. Army Map Service 1955)

Map 44-05
Dehra Dun is at 78-79 & 405–406, and Joshimath at 82–83 & 79deg,30 sec

Map 44-06
Joshimath is at 83 & 421

Good Luck. ..

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I was thinking this Nyaneth, if phonetically noted down by an English speaker, might work out to be something like Nainet (hence my thinking of Nainital), but that doesn't lead me any further, either. The latter btw would again not be exactly close to Rishikesh, and I don't think it's what would be meant.

Hopefully David can specify in a next message which place he may have been thinking of, or try to verify it on the ground. (I do think David means he's been told it should be close to Rishikesh btw, not to Joshimath.)

Hmmm... looking at the wider region at Google Maps now, I come across places such as Nainidanda, Najibabad, Nanauta, Nagina, Nihtaur. It's not telling us much (and most of them I wouldn't know how they're locally pronounced), let David fill us in if he can, by all means.
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Ranikhet? (this is not geographically close to Joshimath- mentioning since Ranikhet sounds very close to Nyaneth phonetically)


Edit: A broadish map of the region...
http://www.dronagirihotel.com/other_...th_places.html

Of course, there may be small hamlets etc not seen on any normal map that can have similar sounding names
Could it be Nainital?
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Just read the last posts so excuse if this has been covered... 'Nyaneth' could be 'Nilkanth' near Rishikesh.
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David im an irish lad the same age as your son. im visiting india for three months in April, if you need me to do anything on the ground let me know
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Originally Posted by jituyadav View Post Just read the last posts so excuse if this has been covered... 'Nyaneth' could be 'Nilkanth' near Rishikesh.
Nilkanth is also spelt Neelkanth(e.g. in Google Maps). There is a Neelkanth Mahadev temple in the hills to the east of Rishikesh, see Google Maps and several web references including a recent blog description to be picked up with Google.

The Neelkanth Mahadev temple may be reached by the Neelkanth-Mandir Road from Rishikesh or by a 12 km walk through the forest.
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I was wondering whether "Nyaneth" could be a mishearing of Baijnath, famous for its 13th century temple dedicated to Shiva as Vaidyanath:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baijnath,_Himachal_Pradesh


This could, however, be wildly off the mark.
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Originally Posted by georgedargan View Post Evening all,

I'm a friend of Jonathan's from back home here in Ireland. First of all on behalf of all his friends, I'd just like to give the most heartfelt thanks to all of you who have contributed so much here so far. It means an unbelievable amount to all of us.

There are reinforcements from home arriving shortly to help with the search and your help to date will prove invaluable to them.
Hello George

I see you've set up a website, http://www.findspollen.com/, for fundraising and publicity.

If you or the others travelling to India to assist David in the search need any other advice, do please ask us here. We'll do what we can to help.

Have you or Lynda contacted this organisation Missing Abroad? They say they only have the resources to support the families of missing people from the UK but will promote other cases and offer advice and support.
http://www.missingabroad.org/forum/15
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So, updated/consolidated again (Have a feeling reaching end of contactable list* of people from kullukid's link, some numbers no reply for many days although no email has bounced back)

Jonathan is NOT at

-Phool Chatti
-Santoshpuri
-Dhamma Salila (Dehradun Vipassana centre)
-Satvik Sadan Bhimtal.
-Rishikesh Valley
-Sivananda Ashram
-Yog Ganga,
-Maharishi Yoga Vihar
-Rishikesh school of yoga
-Sivananda Kutir, Uttarkashi
-Dayanand Ashram, Rishikesh
-Pt. Dayaram Institute of Holistic Healings and Sciences
-Rishikesh Yoga Retreat
-Riskikesh Yog Peeth.
-Shiv Yoga Peeth- at Rishikesh
-Rishikesh Yoga Centre, Devprayag
-Bharat Heritage Ashram, Rishikesh
-Association for Yoga and Meditation,
-Ashtanga Rishikesh
-Yoga Chakra
-Sampoorna Yoga
-Sidharth Yoga
-Shailja Guest House, Joshimath (added on Mar 10)


* http://www.yoga.in/yoga-uttarakhand-4.html
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Hi George, David

I am Irish national living in India/Delhi for many years - I will check with some Indian friends from Uttarakand on the 'Nyaneth" in case this is a local name given to a place (sometimes the case here in India) We have also shared the missing posters and details with a no of contacts and links in Uttarakand. Let me know if I can be of any assistance, support or advice at any stage - No 9818391669. Gordon
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Thanks so much Gordon. The more help Lynda and David can get over there the better. We have a lot of eyes monitoring this thread. We are all trying to come up with ideas of things we can look into next that would be helpful.

If anyone here could come up with any ideas (that we likely would not think of/be aware of) on some big tasks that would be beneficial for us all to get cracking on over here it would be much appreciated.(lists of other places/people we should contact etc.)

Three of Jonathan's friends/cousins have flown over from Dublin this morning and should be in Rishikesh at some stage tomorrow.

Thanks again,
G
#330 Mar 9th, 2012, 21:06
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Absolutely no problem - please do pass on my no to Jonathan's friends/cousins - in case they need any advice or support en route via Delhi. I am sure the Irish Embassy here in Delhi (which is taking the case very seriously and extending its full support) is also providing support. We have a family friend who is Indian from Uttarakand who knows the higher and remote areas of Uttarakand such as Joshinath - I shall speak to him this evening to ask him about the area and trek routes etc Gordon
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