Missing Persons and Unidentified Flying Creatures

I’ve finished reading the nonfiction Missing 411 Western United States & Canada, by David Paulides, an extraordinary book that brings up many questions. I have found one answer from the eleven years of my own investigation of sighting reports of unidentified flying creatures worldwide. Consider the following questions:

  1. Why do so many of these disappearances involve two-year-olds?
  2. Why are persons or their bodies found so many miles away?
  3. Why do tracking dogs have so much trouble tracking?
  4. Why is a small child sometimes found in a cave?
  5. Why is a shoe or some clothing separated from a person?
  6. Why are found children so often asleep or unconscious?
  7. Why do found adults so often have unclear memories?
  8. Why are people so often found at a higher elevation?
  9. Why do found children often have scratches?

The basic answer to all of the above is this: On rare occasions, an unidentified flying creature  (UFC) attacks a human instead of its normal prey. This usually happens in or near a remote wilderness. That’s the general model, but we need to consider details.

Model of an Attack From a UFC

This pertains especially to North American, in particular to Canada and the contiguous 48 states of the USA, but it may be relevant to other areas of the planet. Please be aware that the following model is my own concept, not from the book by Mr. Paulides. Here is the ideal attack, from the perspective of the flying predator.

  • At night, the UFC finds a prey animal small enough to carry away
  • The UFC slowly glides down, approaching it from its rear
  • The talons of the UFC grab the prey’s head or neck
  • The UFC directs a debilitating mist into the prey’s face
  • The talons are released and the UFC flies back up into the air
  • The UFC turns around to again approach the prey
  • Prey appears affected (after inhaling the noxious mist)
  • UFC dives at higher speed and picks up the prey
  • UFC carries away prey at low to medium height above ground
  • Prey is carried to a higher elevation, for privacy
  • Prey is consumed in a safe location, ideally in a nearby cave

From my own perspective, people of all ages have gone missing in ways that suggest an unidentified flying predator may have been involved. Using the above model as an attack from a large predatory flying creature, let’s consider the following.

Who are so many two-year-old humans involved?

In the book Missing 411 Western United States & Canada, I found 219 cases in which the age of the victim was listed. This book is not about ordinary cases of disappearances but the most bizarre ones. A significant portion of these have circumstantial evidence that a large flying predator was involved, and with one exception nothing very strange appears to relate to human age.

About 10% of these 219 cases are of missing two-year-olds (21). Only two were less than 24 months old and missing children older than two seem to have something like a limited immunity, at least compared with two-year-olds. Why?

An average toddler feels a growing need to explore the world. By about twenty-four months of age, walking ability has improved and mothers allow the little one more freedom to get around outside. In these 21 cases of missing two-year-olds, about half of them went missing from a yard of a house.

These are rural areas, some of them being near wildernesses in the USA and Canada. In most cases, no sound of alarm was heard by the parent. Often the two-year-old was out of sight for only a moment or for a very few minutes.

When the child or the body is found, how far away would you suppose it would be? Remember that two-year-olds cannot walk very far on their own through rough wilderness areas. The average distance from the missing location to the found location is 7.2 miles.

Remember, a two-year-old will not wander uphill in a wilderness for many miles, especially not by climbing over fences and crossing cold mountain streams. And if a two-year-old were able to wander 15 miles in a limited number of hours over flat land, he would not likely discover a cave and crawl into it, a cave that the grownups did not previously know existed.

Kids older than two years

Children older than two learn to do more than just walk. They can run faster and change direction quicker. They can also get around without looking at their feet so much, which allows them to observe their surroundings while they run around. This makes it more difficult for a flying predator to grab an older child before the parent is alerted.

Older preschoolers also would appear more challenging to a flying predator, especially if the UFC was only average in size or smaller. The larger the human or prey animal the fewer the UFCs that would consider a predatory attack.

1971 sketch of the two "pterodactyls" observed by the Marine Eskin Kuhn

Two very large “pterodactyls” observed by Eskin Kuhn in Cuba in 1971



Grabbing Hold of an Unidentified Flying Creature, by Whatever Name

What is a UFC? That’s what I call an unidentified flying creature; yet I use that phrase because of a weakness in western cultural mentality, not because of any doubt that I may have about modern pterosaurs.

Missing Persons in USA

Much of what I have learned so far has been from the nonfiction book Missing 411 – Western United States & Canada (by David Paulides) and from what I have learned from some reports of apparent pterosaurs.

Debilitating Mist Used in Attacks on Humans

I would say the substance ejaculated from the mouth or head of the pterosaur is a mist, described by one eyewitness as a “smoke.” This very well could be part of the origin of old legends of fire-breathing dragons.

Strange Flying Creatures – Who Believes?

Your belief depends a great deal on where you lived your childhood: in a village like Gomlongon on Umboi Island or in a western country like the United States. The fourth edition of the nonfiction book “Searching for Ropens and Finding God,” published on October 31, 2014, explains why religion has limited relevance to belief in the ropen.


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About Jonathan Whitcomb

American cryptozoologist who interviews eyewitnesses from various parts of the world
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