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Mountain man on the loose: Armed recluse has eluded capture for five years
Daily Mail ^ | 2/17/12 | Associated Press

Posted on 02/17/2012 9:40:53 AM PST by Teflonic

He's eluded authorities for more than five years, a mountain man who roams the wilderness of southern Utah, breaking into remote cabins in winter, living in luxury off hot food, alcohol and coffee before stealing provisions and vanishing into the woods.

Investigators have clawed for clues, scouring cabins for fingerprints that match no one and chasing reports of brief encounters only to come up short, always a step behind the mysterious recluse.

They've found abandoned camps, dozens of guns, high-end outdoor gear stolen from the homes and trash strewn around the forest floor.

But the man authorities say is armed and dangerous and responsible for more than two dozen burglaries has continued to outrun the law across a swath of mountains not far from Zion National Park.

He's roamed across 1,000 square miles of rugged wilderness where snow can pile 10 feet deep in winter.

And while there have been no violent confrontations, detectives say he's a time bomb.

The coffee and alcohol the survivalist favors plays into some cabin owners' assessment that he could be a castaway from the nearby twin towns of Hildale or Colorado City on the Utah-Arizona border. The so-called lost boys are said to be regularly booted from the polygamous sect there by elders looking to increase their marriage opportunities with young women.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: banglist; utah

Heck I'd give the guy my cabin to use if he agreed to stop stealing...

1 posted on 02/17/2012 9:41:06 AM PST by Teflonic
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To: Teflonic

You are right. If I was some of those wealthy cabin owners I hire the guy to provide security for my place.


2 posted on 02/17/2012 9:47:08 AM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: Teflonic

I have no use for thieves.


3 posted on 02/17/2012 9:48:43 AM PST by Dead Corpse (Steampunk- Yesterday's Tomorrow, Today)
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To: Teflonic
When the left thinks of TEA party members, this is the image they get.

4 posted on 02/17/2012 9:52:53 AM PST by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Dead Corpse

I view what he is doing as the least egregious form of theft, for survival rather than for profit. He’s likely saved the taxpayers more than he has stolen anyway by living off the grid (not including investigation costs). He’d still have to stop stealing to get any support from me though as I noted.


5 posted on 02/17/2012 9:53:31 AM PST by Teflonic
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To: Teflonic

Anyone notice Al Gore has been strangely missing for the last year or so? I’m thinking he headed to the mountains ...


6 posted on 02/17/2012 9:55:05 AM PST by Scythian
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To: Teflonic
The coffee and alcohol the survivalist favors...

...so we know he isn't a Mormon...

7 posted on 02/17/2012 9:56:08 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Teflonic

He needs to steal dozens of guns for his own survival?

A couple guns maybe, not dozens.


8 posted on 02/17/2012 9:59:52 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Teflonic

I know a couple of guys in Northern Michigan who keep an eye on remote houses during the winters. Some people pay with cash, others food and firewood. Its kind of an ideal life for someone who likes to be alone like that.


9 posted on 02/17/2012 10:03:05 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: who knows what evil?

Not necessarily.


10 posted on 02/17/2012 10:03:11 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Teflonic
It's not this guy.
11 posted on 02/17/2012 10:10:35 AM PST by inkfarmer
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To: Teflonic
"I view what he is doing as the least egregious form of theft, for survival rather than for profit."

Rationalization. At some point, his need for survival will include holding a gun to somebody's head. He's a predator exhibiting predatory behaviour, and investigators correctly assessed that he will indeed grow increasingly destructive and violent. The first face-to-face encounter with a cabin occupant, intended or not, will be unpleasant in the extreme.
12 posted on 02/17/2012 10:17:44 AM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: Teflonic

I’d agree more with you if he wasn’t tapping into liquor cabinets as well. It also sounds like he’s just dumping crap all over the place instead of making the best use of everything he has.


13 posted on 02/17/2012 10:18:10 AM PST by Dead Corpse (Steampunk- Yesterday's Tomorrow, Today)
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To: inkfarmer
Nor this one: Seldom Seen Smith
14 posted on 02/17/2012 10:19:23 AM PST by CedarDave (Donna Brazile: "... we we believe that the weakest candidate ... [is] Mitt Romney.")
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To: Teflonic

the article says that he leaves some cabins in bad shape, dirty etc., but others he leaves clean and tidy. that actually made me think that there are TWO people doing this, maybe. one who leaves things tidy, and the other who likes to vandalize stuff. (?)


15 posted on 02/17/2012 10:21:34 AM PST by zorro8987
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To: Teflonic

Interesting rifle he carries, thats a Remington Mohawk and it came in limited calibers with 308 and 350 remington mag being the largest. I don’t see him carring a 350 but if he did ammo is not that easy to find. Should he slip into town every now and then for supplies that might be a pretty good thing to know. Nice Leupold scope also.


16 posted on 02/17/2012 10:24:44 AM PST by Dusty Road
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To: Teflonic

Did you see his camp or read where he defaces property and shoots holes into people’s cabins? Great guy!


17 posted on 02/17/2012 10:24:44 AM PST by Sawdring
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To: zorro8987

Or perhaps he only sullies the cabins that show evidence of being owned by liberals...


18 posted on 02/17/2012 10:26:17 AM PST by Teflonic
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To: zorro8987
In the article:

lately he has been leaving the cabins in disarray and riddled with bullets after defacing religious icons, and a recent note left behind in one cabin warned, ‘Get off my mountain.’

Other parts talk about anti-religious. It may be if he finds religious items, he trashes the place.

19 posted on 02/17/2012 10:26:26 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Teflonic

Hey, that is Jeremiah Johnson.


20 posted on 02/17/2012 10:27:13 AM PST by crusty old prospector
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To: Kartographer; CedarDave

Sort of reminds me of the “Cookie Bandit” up in the Jemez. He was later linked to about 5 murders, (2 in LA, 2 in Canada, and the NM hiker where he hot the gun he used to kill the Deputy.)


21 posted on 02/17/2012 10:29:01 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Dusty Road

It’s not a 350, they were produced with a laminated stock.


22 posted on 02/17/2012 10:30:09 AM PST by Dusty Road
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To: Teflonic

riddled with bullets after defacing religious icons

Somehow, I don’t think his targets are liberals.


23 posted on 02/17/2012 10:35:26 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney
If I had been kicked out of the religious community I was born and raised in so that the old child molesters in charge wouldn't have competition I'd have a sore spot for religion as well.

I doubt he'd harm anyone either, he hasn't so far and I'm sure he's had plenty of opportunities. Not sure why I feel for the guy - perhaps because he has gained experience that could save lives, or he seems to be a victim of unfortunate circumstances, or perhaps that he is in need of help and caring guidance.

24 posted on 02/17/2012 10:37:46 AM PST by Teflonic
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To: Teflonic

Coffee? In Southern Utah? I was at a conference once in Southern Utah and getting the caterer to serve coffee was like pulling teeth. The Mormon coordinator of the conference was finally informed that most of the attendees were not Mormons and these gentiles wanted their coffee and let the caterer know that in no uncertain terms.


25 posted on 02/17/2012 10:39:59 AM PST by CommerceComet (If Mitt can leave the GOP to protest Reagan, why can't I do the same in protest of Romney?)
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To: Teflonic

I would tend to doubt that law enforcement is making much of a special effort to find this guy...who wants to actively hunt for a mtn man that has a scope high powered rifle and likely knows how to shoot it.

He’ll mess up eventually on his own.


26 posted on 02/17/2012 10:41:53 AM PST by DJlaysitup
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To: Teflonic

Not sure why I feel for the guy

I don’t understand it either. From the excerpted portion posted here, some might view him as a guy who just wants to be left alone.

But the rest of the details in the article show differently. He isn’t just trying to get by, he is being overly destructive of multiple peoples property.

He doesn’t just have a sore spot for religion, he is trying to destroy it in others homes. And he is telling them they shouldn’t own their property on his mountain.

I do agree he needs help, but giving him another place to hide isn’t the help he needs.


27 posted on 02/17/2012 10:43:07 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: zorro8987

It’s Felix and Oscar!


28 posted on 02/17/2012 10:44:28 AM PST by Nea Wood (Silly liberal . . . paychecks are for workers!)
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To: DJlaysitup

Snow on the ground should make for some easy tracking.

Over fights by air craft ect. I coulds see that in non snow months that he be hard to fine.

After he kills some one then they will spend millions hunting him down.


29 posted on 02/17/2012 10:49:59 AM PST by riverrunner
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To: Kartographer

Whats interesting in this case is they set up man hunts, scouring the countryside for an unknown burglar.


30 posted on 02/17/2012 10:56:45 AM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Teflonic
I don't believe this guy lives in the woods. He visits for extended periods, but he doesn't live there. Take a look at his appearance. He's clean. Shaves regularly. Look at the nape of his neck. He gets regular haircuts from a professional shop that shaves the back of his neck. Look at the clothes. No soiling of the elbows or knees. Good complexion. No bags or wrinkles. Eats good. Sleeps good. This guy is a townie.
31 posted on 02/17/2012 11:01:41 AM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: Teflonic

I wouldn’t cross him, that’s for sure. And I’d hate to be in the posse after him... I bet he can use that rifle.


32 posted on 02/17/2012 11:14:12 AM PST by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: Teflonic

Not that different from what’s going on along our southern border.... Shouldn’t he qualify for amnesty?


33 posted on 02/17/2012 11:16:45 AM PST by doc390
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To: Teflonic
Or perhaps he only sullies the cabins that show evidence of being owned by liberals...

I'd have thought the opposite...

34 posted on 02/17/2012 11:19:34 AM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: zorro8987

One is a copy cat, trying to make it look like it was the other guy. Probably where the guns are going.


35 posted on 02/17/2012 11:23:32 AM PST by org.whodat (Sorry bill, I should never have made all those jokes about you and Lewinsky, have fun.)
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To: PowderMonkey

>He’s a predator exhibiting predatory behaviour,

That doesn’t follow from his actions; if anything it’s a scavenger’s behavior he’s exhibiting.

>and investigators correctly assessed that he will indeed grow increasingly destructive and violent.

Ah, so the investigators have precognition? Is this related to the projections “for increased tax revenue” that was used to justify using imminent domain on Kelo*?

* — That projection was totally inaccurate as the project that concerned it was never built.


36 posted on 02/17/2012 11:26:18 AM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Scythian
Anyone notice Al Gore has been strangely missing for the last year or so? I’m thinking he headed to the mountains ...

Al wouldn't last five minutes in the wilderness.

37 posted on 02/17/2012 11:28:01 AM PST by Night Hides Not (My dream ticket for 2012 is John Galt & Dagny Taggart!)
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To: PowderMonkey

I think you are right.

Also, his gear is too new. The rifle is in near perfect condition, and look at the knife sheath—that looks like it was new last week.


38 posted on 02/17/2012 11:46:54 AM PST by CurlyDave
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To: Teflonic

must be the real Rambo...


39 posted on 02/17/2012 11:51:32 AM PST by goat granny
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To: PowderMonkey

You are looking at the picture of a guy outside an expensive modern dwelling, can’t we assume that he grooms himself, cleans his clothes and body in pretty nice homes with very modern luxuries and a wealth of goods, the article even mentions gun collections in these high end rich people houses, we can assume that he eats well and sleeps well most of the time, or at least during the period when those photos were taken, even his tarp camp site looked plenty comfortable and abundant for outdoor living.

In some wealthy cabins, freezers with steaks, and satellite service is the norm, not shacks with paper plates and candles.


40 posted on 02/17/2012 12:01:34 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: Dead Corpse

“I have no use for thieves.”

They make great moving targets.


41 posted on 02/17/2012 12:30:45 PM PST by IMR 4350
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To: OneWingedShark

A scavenger takes what has been abandonded. This guy arrives at your front door intent on entering by brute force, and taking what belongs to you. He arrives heavily armed. By definition he is a predatory thief, a dangerous criminal. It has been an undisputed pattern of criminal behaviour that trespass leads to breaking and entering, to breaking and entering of occupied dwellings, to breaking and entering with extreme violence. There’s no such thing as a harmless burglar.


42 posted on 02/17/2012 12:56:05 PM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: Teflonic

“Can I get one of them huntin’ licenses?”
This sounds like the work of a decorated Viet Nam vet.
Multiple purple hearts and Christmas in Cambodia will do this to a guy. Anyone seen Lurch? (he was in Viet Nam)


43 posted on 02/17/2012 1:01:26 PM PST by Fireone (Gingrich/West 2012. (did I mention FUBO?))
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To: inkfarmer

THAT guy is a Bada$$!


44 posted on 02/17/2012 1:35:53 PM PST by Sarajevo (Any connection between your reality and mine is purely coincidental)
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To: inkfarmer

Cool story.

Now THAT guy had an attitude and some skills!


45 posted on 02/17/2012 1:59:33 PM PST by 2111USMC (Not a hard man to track. Leaves dead men wherever he goes.)
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To: PowderMonkey
I don't believe this guy lives in the woods. He visits for extended periods, but he doesn't live there. Take a look at his appearance. He's clean. Shaves regularly. Look at the nape of his neck. He gets regular haircuts from a professional shop that shaves the back of his neck. Look at the clothes. No soiling of the elbows or knees. Good complexion. No bags or wrinkles. Eats good. Sleeps good. This guy is a townie.

Good analysis. It looks to me like he has some stubble, though. He may be out for a few days at a time. The knife could be a new theft or acquisition. Those clothes look like high tech hunting gear to me.

46 posted on 02/17/2012 2:02:56 PM PST by marktwain
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To: PowderMonkey
I don't believe this guy lives in the woods. He visits for extended periods, but he doesn't live there. Take a look at his appearance. He's clean. Shaves regularly. Look at the nape of his neck. He gets regular haircuts from a professional shop that shaves the back of his neck. Look at the clothes. No soiling of the elbows or knees. Good complexion. No bags or wrinkles. Eats good. Sleeps good. This guy is a townie.

Interesting analysis. It looks to me like he has some stubble, though. He may be out for a few days at a time. The knife could be a new theft or aquisition. Those clothes look like high tech hunting gear to me. Any idea on the discoloration on the back of his left hand?

47 posted on 02/17/2012 2:05:56 PM PST by marktwain
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To: PowderMonkey

>A scavenger takes what has been abandonded.

Not always; take racoons and bears — both will get into garbage (which you could view as abandoned, technically) for leftovers, even in active & populated areas.


48 posted on 02/17/2012 2:18:36 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: marktwain
"Any idea on the discoloration on the back of his left hand?"

Back of left hand looks like bruising. Right hand shows barked knuckles. If I were a betting man, I'd say this guy is either a diesel mechanic, or he's been beating his wife/girl friend. Either way, he's been working something hard with those hands. Whatever it is doesn't require gloves, and it's being done in warm temps.
49 posted on 02/17/2012 3:41:04 PM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: CurlyDave

Also, very small day pack. Very small. Probably only carrying burglar tools. That means either his camp or his means of transport back to town was close by.


50 posted on 02/17/2012 4:04:02 PM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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