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

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#121 Mar 2nd, 2012, 11:44
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I contacted the McLeod Ganj Weathergeek and he is in touch with the Dharamsala Expats group to spread the word and get some posters up there. So many travelers pass through that town one of them might have seen him.
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Hi

I pray for your son's safe return. India is a vast country and at times it is difficult to locate some one but pls take help of Local Police and I am sure they will be able to help you to find him.
I live in Delhi and I dont know if I can be of any help to you.

what I can suggest is that a telecast on TV and a missing report / photo in local newspaper can also be helpful.

All the best and I pray you meet him soon.
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It might be prudent at this point to include his name in the thread title with the word 'missing'. He has traveled in India before & the keywords will assist the search engine ratings & hopefully the search itself. Perhaps something like:


Have you seen Jonathan Spollen? Missing in Rishikesh, India since February 3/12.
We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. ~
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Mod Note
I have modified the title of this thread. Good idea.
"Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing." ~ Camille Pissarro
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<cross-posted with Theyyam just now>

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Originally Posted by PeakXV View Post It might be prudent at this point to include his name in the thread title with the word 'missing'.
Duly and diligently fixed by the mods already, I see (And they're really giving it their best, aren't they. Bravo )

Along those lines:

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Originally Posted by JuliaF View Post Is this your son? JonathanSpollen.com
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Originally Posted by davidgreen100 View Post That's my boy, Julia F. Thanks so much for your reply.
I really don't think this has any priority, nor do I know if he has any readership to speak of on that homepage/blog of his, but I'd been thinking if you can somehow gain access to that page, it could be worth putting up a note on the situation there, too. (Perhaps via the blog's host, if nothing else?)

(The thought being partly inspired by previous cases where a person might be missing or something else amiss, and with all sorts of web and on-the-ground efforts going on, but their own homepage never being updated to that effect.)
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It looks like he's been employed at the International Herald Tribune office in Hong Kong. We don't know yet if he's on assignment, vacation or working vacation? I did notice that his website application embedded an 'is_mobile' cookie on my computer upon entering the page. These cookies are normally employed by those who are 'very active' with mobile devices. I would think that both his communications provider & website service provider may hold important time/location information of his last communications/contact.
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Good ideas there Mach and Peak. I'm pretty clueless about these technical things, and thinking of David there on the ground in Rishikesh, how would he actually go about contacting the blog host/website service provider etc?
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With the website provider you would call them & speak to the technical department. Obviously there are security clearance questions but the seriousness of the situation would explain itself in this case.

They(tech department) are easily able to access all passwords & records. They would be able to know if/when he picked up &/or accessed his email or otherwise accessed the site. They may well know if email was forwarded/redirected to his mobile & either accessed or not accessed with the specific time/date/hub of these specific transactions.

The mobile provider will have similar if not more pertinent information.
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Originally Posted by tkantesaria View Post Hello! David. Can you please according to some IMERS give some info on your sons travelling itenary to India specifically when he went to India and how long was he going to be in India for. Though i wont be much help since i am not located in india this information will be useful to determine that he is really lost or just went to a differnt place than he was supposed to and have no connection to phone or internet as there are places in India which does not have either and are really good palces to visit. So if he is still supposed to be in india he might have gone on a spontaneous trip to somewhere in no land man and might have gotten stuck there or enjoying there.

Anyways god be with you and with him and you will have some great news for us soon
Good question. Jonathan had finished work in Hong Kong and was looking for somewhere to relax, in peaceful and beautiful surroundings. He has a spiritual, inquiring mind, so places like Rishakesh and Dharmsala would attract him. However, he likes trekking too so mountain regions would attract him too. He mentioned a couple of places, such as Dehradan and Vipassana. If anyone is in those places, please have a look at his photo and look out for him.
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Hello David,

This is the Vipassana web page in Dehradun:
http://www.salila.dhamma.org/

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Dehradun Vipassana Centre - Dhamma Salila
c/o Mr T.S. Bhandari
16, Tagore Villa, Chakrata Road
Dehradun 248 001
Uttarakhand, India

Tel: [91](0135) 271-5189
Tel: [91](0135) 275-4880
Fax: [91](0135) 271-5580
Email: info@salila.dhamma.org
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Originally Posted by davidgreen100 View Post He mentioned a couple of places, such as Dehradan and Vipassana. If anyone is in those places, please have a look at his photo and look out for him.
Hi David,

This is good information. Vipassana is a kind of meditation involving silent retreats. If that is what he was interested in doing then that could (we hope!) be a reason for his lack of contact with the family. Other members here will have contacts for popular Vipassana centres.

Dehradun is a city at the foot of the hills. There are several members of Indiamike with contacts in the area; we will do all we can to get the posters out there too.
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Originally Posted by kullukid View Post Here's a few favourites.
Phool Chaati Ashram is popular you could give them a call;
http://www.phoolchattiyoga.com/

http://www.sanatansociety.org/semina...uri_ashram.htm

Also Swami Dayananda; http://www.dayananda.org/

& Sivananda Ashram in Uttarkashi; http://www.sivananda.org/uttarkashi/


The list is endless but here's a few centres you could contact by phone
http://www.yoga-centers-directory.ne.../rishikesh.htm

Thanks for that , Kullukid. Will look into that
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Originally Posted by JuliaF View Post Hi David,

This is good information. Vipassana is a kind of meditation involving silent retreats. If that is what he was interested in doing then that could (we hope!) be a reason for his lack of contact with the family. Other members here will have contacts for popular Vipassana centres.

Dehradun is a city at the foot of the hills. There are several members of Indiamike with contacts in the area; we will do all we can to get the posters out there too.
Hi Julia F, thanks for your work on the posters...will have to comeback to you on that, as I have to make a couple of changes.
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David, please do share with us anything Jonathan might have mentioned so we can give you the best advice we can. I appreciate this is a very difficult time for you, and we're just a bunch of strangers on the internet, but there are members here with a lot of experience who are willing to help.
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Just to update you guys, I have been slogging it out on the streets here in Laxman Jhula. The monkeys and me are on first name terms. Jonathan is now registered as missing and the wheels of the system are moving into gear. It has been reported in the local papers and I have written a report for the Hindustan Times which, hopefully, they will publish.
We should be getting telephone reports in the next day or two and finding out more about where he stayed after 3rd February. People on the streets in Laxman Jhula have been terrific, but only one confirmed sighting, back in early Feb.
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