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

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#526 Mar 19th, 2012, 01:07
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Sorry Lynda here, yet again. I meant to add just in relation to the reward that our main reason for holding off on this course of action for the moment is that of safety - we do not want people, perhaps even children, putting themselves in danger particularly when the search site is focused around dangerous terrain such as the waterfall area. We would never forgive ourselves if someone had an accident in those circumstances.
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Lynda, his wallet was not among the found items, but some money, stored seperately in his backpack? And his phone was also not there?

Could still be robbery/theft and that robber/thief had to leave fast
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Hi guys,

Saidhbh here again, we had to make one more small change so here is the latest poster! Thank you for putting the last one to the front of the thread, if you could replace it with this one i'd be very grateful.
Thanks for the advice, yes I think just a translation to Hindi would be extremely helpful then if any of you indiamikers could assist with it? Thank you so much again.

Warm regards from Dublin,

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they were the trousers he was wearing on the 1st/ 2nd feb

hope and prayers for his well being. Strange but I think he is still ok but that is what one says when they meet one of life's good people. He is a nice person. All of us (Stef, dermot, who met him and ruth who didnt but has been following it all) really hope he is ok.
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Originally Posted by davidgreen100 View Post Hi Lynda here, Thanks machadinha for prompt on where we are at. This the story so far…
Lynda, thank you very much for your update.

Can you or David tell us what is the local police's take (or that of other involved authorities) on the story by now?
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Hi Everyone,
I just joined IM but have been following this thread since early on.
Just wondering about the packs Jonathan was carrying while travelling. Lynda, you mentioned that the pack found by the waterfall was larger than a day pack. I noticed in some photos of Jonathan on facebook that he is carrying a smaller day / hike style pack. Maybe Jonathan was carrying more than first thought from his camp if he had this smaller pack with him.
IMO it seems he was only planning a day trip somewhere considering he left his sleeping bag laid out and book ready to go. With the cold wet weather we have been experiencing until recently I would imagine he would store the sleeping bag somewhere out of the weather if he did not plan to return that day.
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hi Tom, your link (from a Facebook photo I think) has not worked. Maybe try again?
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Thanks theyyamdancer,
New to all this... hope this works

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Actually this is a much better photo of the day pack

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i hope you will get him as soon as possible. we all will try our best to get him back. i will prey for his safety
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Have been reading through this thread and just wanted to add that my thoughts are with all of Jonathan's family and friends.

I cannot be of any real use at all, but I will say one thing. Since his visa was so near to running out when he disappeared, it may be that his intention was to "disappear" in some remote area and quietly make a life for himself in India. This kind of dream is not uncommon amongst travlers to India, though very very few attempt it. The good news is he may be healthy and safe, but if he has come to his senses he may be embarassed and scared of the consequences of overstaying his visa.

I suggest you talk to the authorities about this and try to get some sort of reassuring statement out. If he has any contact withocals or tourists, he may hear the message.
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Originally Posted by StefRuth View Post they were the trousers he was wearing on the 1st/ 2nd feb
He is wearing different clothes from the photos taken with the same holy man in this post. He was sufficiently interested in this man and/or spirituality generally to make more than one visit.

Just an observation, sorry I don't have anything constructive to offer.
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Originally Posted by JuliaF View Post He is wearing different clothes from the photos taken with the same holy man in this post. He was sufficiently interested in this man and/or spirituality generally to make more than one visit.

Just an observation, sorry I don't have anything constructive to offer.
The holy man in the picture is Baba Prahlad Jani also known as "Mata Ji" because he dresses up like a female devotee of the goddess Amba. He lives in Gujarat (the Indian state adjoining Rajasthan)

The baba ji claims to have not taken water or food since last six decades i.e. 60 years.

Jonathan seems to be impressed with this Babaji as he went to meet him twice. So does this gives a hint about his future plans??

In one of my previous posts, I raised this issue

"It is relatively easy to do away with materialistic possesions; however, one requires regular intake (even if after elongated periods) of food for sustenance. For which, one needs to be living closer to the source of food."

PS: I believe in logical reasoning and despise speculations like any rational person would; however, at times wild theories can show us the way forward.
Secondly, though psychology is one of my favorite subjects, I consider it almost defamatory to discuss a person's behaviour with out knowning him personally. But at times we need to resort to it, if it does not causes anguish and helps someway or the other.
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Originally Posted by JuliaF View Post He is wearing different clothes from the photos taken with the same holy man in this post. He was sufficiently interested in this man and/or spirituality generally to make more than one visit.

Just an observation, sorry I don't have anything constructive to offer.
Well spotted, Julia. Thanks, David
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