I love a mystery. I was raised on them, spending rainy school nights watching Poirot with my father in my childhood home in Mill Valley. We’d discuss the case, him smoking his pipe, me in footed pajamas and quite frankly, growing up to become a gay, Belgian detective seemed like an attractive option throughout my youth.

Marin is a relatively small place. Anyone going missing is a pretty big deal. And unlike most parts of the county that are overrun with designer moms pushing designer strollers in designer fleece, West Marin is still home to old timey locals in mud-covered Wellies, reading the local paper and discussing migratory patters.

At least that’s how I view it. It almost feels like rural England, and I love it out there.

Early last month, a 37-year old Alameda woman named Katherine Truitt was last seen hiking around McClure’s Beach at Point Reyes National Seashore. The local authorities, who incidentally have a fantastic reputation, chalked her disappearance up to a rogue wave. Weather’s been bad, the surf’s really dangerous. Sad as they are, these things happen.

In November of 1980, 4 bodies were found on the same day, and the murders turned out to be the work of David Carpenter, aka: The Trailside Killer.Last Sunday, 77-year old Silvia Lange of Nicaso disappeared while walking her dogs. Last seen at the Point Reyes Visitor Center at 11am, one of her dogs was found with his leash caught on the rocks at the North Beach Parking Lot at 12:30pm. 2 more dogs were found in her car.

Again, authorities are suggesting she fell into the ocean’s clutches somehow.

That’s 2 women in 2 weeks.

My folks and I discussed this over dinner. Weird, we thought. But without any kind of statistics on how often people fall into the ocean at Point Reyes, we figured it must be the storms. Maybe it’s just incredibly dangerous there. Odd, really, that I’ve been to Point Reyes on dozens of field trips, explored the Miwok village and walked the Earthquake Trail. Who knew the whole place was a casually regarded death trap.

Last week, my father forwarded on a Press Democrat news article that hadn’t yet trickled down south to the big city.

A 34-year old woman named Erica Shane from Glen Ellen was found dead in Cazadero Creek on Tuesday. Her car, parked “unusually” was found 200 yards away and no cause of death was given.

I looked up Cazadero Creek on the map. It’s a hell of a long way from Glen Ellen. And it’s 60 miles north of Point Reyes. But on the same road. Seriously.

My father and I were thinking the same thing.

It’s important to note a piece of Point Reyes history. In November of 1980, 4 bodies were found on the same day. 2 pairs, one couple and a pair of female hikers were killed 6 weeks apart, and the murders turned out to be the work of David Carpenter, aka: The Trailside Killer. Carpenter killed people in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Point Reyes National Seashore and Mount Tamalpais State Park, the same mountain on which I was watching those episodes of Poirot. David Carpenter is currently 79 years old, on Death Row in San Quentin and still looks pretty goddamn creepy.

The point I’m getting at is, could there be a serial killer working the same area? 3 perfectly healthy, happy women are GONE, 2 missing and 1 in a creek.

SFist editor and my very good friend, Brock Keeling and I drove up to Point Reyes yesterday to look around, see what the locals had to say and check out these rogue waves.

“I just love these criminis. So what’s up with the missing hikers?”We whizzed across the Golden Gate Bridge and passed San Quentin before heading west on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. The scenery gets pretty rural pretty fast, at least by my Starbucks standards, and a little over an hour from the city, pulled into the Point Reyes National Seashore Visitor Center Parking Lot. We hopped out of the car, ready to begin our investigation and check out the fungus fair, which happened to be going on and where Brock hoped to find a rich stew. He’d already planned his interview questions. “I just love these criminis. So what’s up with the missing hikers?”

But 10 feet from the car, right by the big “YOU ARE HERE” map of Point Reyes, was a missing poster for Katherine Truitt. Seeing it kind of jolted us back to somber reality. We quietly headed into the visitor’s center and grabbed a map, noting that this was the last place Silvia Lange bought a book at 11am exactly a week before.

Brock and I decided to head out to North Beach, where Lange’s car and dogs were found.

We stopped in Inverness and bought some jerky, asking the clerk if the town was a’buzz with the mystery of the missing women.

“Oh yeah.” He said, bagging our Diet Coke. “Everyone’s talking about it.”

Outside, another missing poster, this time one for Silvia Lange.

Parking at North Beach, Brock and I looked around. I guess we were expecting treacherous cliffs where one misstep could land someone in the water. But it’s a beach, just a regular, foggy, NorCal beach with bathrooms, warning signs and now, missing posters.

But head over a bluff, walk behind the bathrooms and you’re suddenly alone. It was spooky and Brock and I both got the creeps. Heading back to the car we noticed a man sitting in his Mercedes alone, drinking from a paper bag and staring at the ocean.

Mercedes became our first person of interest and we have his license plate number. I’ll admit, we need to work on our subtlety. Brock and I trying to take an iPhoto of this guys’ car had a Jack and Karen element to it we should have done without.

We decided to head out to the lighthouse, but found the road closed and a Park Ranger standing there, pointing at a detour. Apparently, it’s the beginning of tourist season out in Point Reyes, what with the whales leaping out of the water on their trip down south and wildflowers on their way. If we wanted to go to the lighthouse, we’d have to park and take a shuttle down there. With 800-900 cars a day, the lighthouse parking lot couldn’t handle the traffic, he explained.

“Oh, makes sense.” We said. “Hey, what do you think about the missing women?”

The Park Ranger, or as we now call him, Brock’s boyfriend, said several interesting things.

Before we drove off, the ranger did point out that “they usually wash up by now.”Basically, he thinks that Katherine Truitt, the woman who went missing from McClure’s Beach was “unprepared and caught in high tide.” But Silvia Lange was a former park worker. He mentioned this at least twice and it was clear he identified with her. She was used to Point Reyes and despite her age, in great shape. She knew what she was doing and as we saw, North Beach is just a plain old, seemingly harmless beach.

“She just vanished.” He said. “It’s really weird.”

But then, he offered, why would anyone kidnap her? She was 77 and she didn’t have a ton of money.

This isn’t Honduras. If she was kidnapped, she was grabbed by a nut. Why is no one considering this!?!? Looking around, a creepy guy seems a lot more likely than a rogue wave.

Before we drove off, the ranger did point out that “they usually wash up by now.” And he advised us that when visiting Point Reyes, “Come in numbers.”

Heading up to McClure’s Beach in the north end of the park, we passed a huge oil truck that had been run off the road. Stuck in the mud, the driver told us that a car had come barreling down the road in the opposite direction and he’d swerved to avoid a head-on collision. After checking that he was okay and help was on the way, Brock and I ventured onward.

“Getaway car?”

“I was thinking the same thing.”

We drove mostly in silence, gazing at the scenery and thinking about those missing women. It was all very Stand By Me. Passing Tomales Bay, Brock asked if anyone had dragged it. Seems like a good question to me, but again, it feels like the local authorities seem convinced the Pacific is to blame. I don’t know that the search parties are looking anywhere else.

We also passed several ranches, which we started calling the Alphabet Ranches. They were all named “B Ranch” and “D Ranch.” Some of them were obviously in use, in fact one seemed part of Clover Stornetta Dairy Farms, but others looked like abandoned buildings. Open doors swung back and forth in the breeze. Someone could wander around in there, undetected for ages.

By the time we made out way to McClure’s Beach, it was 4pm. It was getting a little dark.

As much as I love a mystery, I really wish I could convince myself this is all accidental.The parking lot where Katherine Truitt’s car was found was tiny. It was very different from the popular North Beach lot. To get to McClure’s, one needs to walk down a little winding trail through a narrow, isolated valley. Brock and I started down the trail but after that first bend, we suddenly felt very alone in the middle of nowhere.

“Someone’s coming up the trail!” Brock hissed.

You could kind of see through the bush, but it was basically that scene from Zodiac where the couple are having a picnic at Lake Berryessa and Zodiac appears in a mask from behind a tree. That’s all I could see, some dude in a mask pointing a gun at us and telling Brock and I to remain calm while he tied our hands and pulled us off the path into the untamed wilderness.

It was a fisherman, by the way, the man coming up the path. But we were scared, truly frightened at how isolated we were. A month ago, wandering down there would have seemed like no big deal. Yesterday, I’d have rather strolled down a Tenderloin alley at 3am than braved the trail at McClure’s Beach.

Brock and I called it a day and headed into Point Reyes Station, the little village with a population of 350. We took a seat at the bar of the Old Western Saloon, a watering hole right out of a movie, and over drinks asked the bartender what she thought of the recent mysteries.

The town was definitely talking about it, she said. But with the storms, the rough surf, who knows. “Maybe she was trying to get the dogs in the car and one ran back onto the beach.”

Maybe.

It was dark before we headed back to the city, and I think I can speak for both of us when I say that our day in Point Reyes was a pretty intense experience. I’m more convinced now than I was before that something is up.

And as much as I love a mystery, I really wish I could convince myself this is all accidental.

These ladies seem like nice, normal, interesting women. But looking at those parking lots and those beaches, talking to the ranger, seeing for ourselves just how isolated the whole park is, I can’t help but wonder.

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  • bloomsm

    Washed out to sea. I live near Ocean Beach and every summer, you will hear a Coast Guard helicopter, the sounds of a fire engine, and the SFFD’s surf/rescue truck. It means another unfortunate person has drowned. You get used to the sound; it’s part of life out hard by the Pacific. There’s no mystery about this disappearance. Occam’s razor.

  • bloomsm

    Washed out to sea. I live near Ocean Beach and every summer, you will hear a Coast Guard helicopter, the sounds of a fire engine, and the SFFD’s surf/rescue truck. It means another unfortunate person has drowned. You get used to the sound; it’s part of life out hard by the Pacific. There’s no mystery about this disappearance. Occam’s razor.

  • Beth S.

    These are disappearances. Plural.
    And you might be right. But if I go for a walk by the ocean and don’t come back, I hope my friends don’t shrug their shoulders and “get used to the sound.” I hope they at least consider every possibility and take a good look around before tossing a wreath off a pier and getting on with their lives.

  • Beth S.

    These are disappearances. Plural.
    And you might be right. But if I go for a walk by the ocean and don’t come back, I hope my friends don’t shrug their shoulders and “get used to the sound.” I hope they at least consider every possibility and take a good look around before tossing a wreath off a pier and getting on with their lives.

  • dragonfly

    hey, thanks for driving out there yesterday and doing this article. i went to north beach also- i knew silvia lange and her disappearance is very upsetting. she was an experienced
    hiker. i don’t think she would have gone down to the beach if the waves were that high. there is tons of great open space to walk a dog at north beach- away from the water. and the absence of the bodies is also disturbing. i think they should have washed ashore by now. the problem with the rogue wave theory is that no one saw one. there were surfers in the water there and they saw nothing extraordinary. and that theory allows the park service and the local authorities to stop the search. i live in marin and i sure hope there isn’t another nut case out here murdering women on the beach…. but i would feel better if i knew for sure that those women were actually accidental victims of a ‘rogue’ wave.
    i

  • dragonfly

    hey, thanks for driving out there yesterday and doing this article. i went to north beach also- i knew silvia lange and her disappearance is very upsetting. she was an experienced
    hiker. i don’t think she would have gone down to the beach if the waves were that high. there is tons of great open space to walk a dog at north beach- away from the water. and the absence of the bodies is also disturbing. i think they should have washed ashore by now. the problem with the rogue wave theory is that no one saw one. there were surfers in the water there and they saw nothing extraordinary. and that theory allows the park service and the local authorities to stop the search. i live in marin and i sure hope there isn’t another nut case out here murdering women on the beach…. but i would feel better if i knew for sure that those women were actually accidental victims of a ‘rogue’ wave.
    i

  • bloomsm

    I love a good mystery as much as the next guy, and obviously I have no idea what happened in this situation. I am also mindful of the young couple slain in Jenner several years ago while camping on the beach. I don’t mean to sound unsympathetic to the victims, either. It’s just, well, usually the obvious solution is correct. No signs of foul play, no motive, and a very plausible explanation (drowning). But this is a very well-written piece in any event.

  • bloomsm

    I love a good mystery as much as the next guy, and obviously I have no idea what happened in this situation. I am also mindful of the young couple slain in Jenner several years ago while camping on the beach. I don’t mean to sound unsympathetic to the victims, either. It’s just, well, usually the obvious solution is correct. No signs of foul play, no motive, and a very plausible explanation (drowning). But this is a very well-written piece in any event.

  • kl2real

    The remoteness of Point Reyes is what I love most about it. On a trip last summer, we passed by all those old ranches that seemed somewhat deserted, except we did see a new born calf sitting along the side of the road with its mother. It’s truly tragic that these women all disappeared, though. I wonder if law enforcement knows more than it is saying?

  • kl2real

    The remoteness of Point Reyes is what I love most about it. On a trip last summer, we passed by all those old ranches that seemed somewhat deserted, except we did see a new born calf sitting along the side of the road with its mother. It’s truly tragic that these women all disappeared, though. I wonder if law enforcement knows more than it is saying?

  • Bill Wilson

    WAIT….. Poirot was gay?

  • Bill Wilson

    WAIT….. Poirot was gay?

  • Kat

    Thanks for the video. I am one of Silvia’s nieces and hunger for answers. To see the beach where she went missing as you walked along discussing your ideas helped me connect by a frail gossamer thread to her. My memory of her is vivid, my love undying. I sit, perched on the edge of my chair waiting for news, something… anything.

  • Kat

    Thanks for the video. I am one of Silvia’s nieces and hunger for answers. To see the beach where she went missing as you walked along discussing your ideas helped me connect by a frail gossamer thread to her. My memory of her is vivid, my love undying. I sit, perched on the edge of my chair waiting for news, something… anything.

  • West Marinite

    You’re spot on that something about this whole thing doesn’t seem right. It hasn’t to me since the first woman went missing. After the second woman went missing, I was surprised that they were only considering the possibility of both of them washing out to sea.

    And, of course, that could have happened. But 2 in 2 weeks is weird. Both without a trace. And I hadn’t heard about the woman’s body found further north. That just creeps me out more.

    I was at North Beach the day before Silvia Lange went missing. I go there all the time and to McClure’s, too. At least I used to.

    My husband often goes walking off doing his photography thing and I’ll pick a quiet spot to enjoy the waves. This time I was creeped out. Can’t explain why but I was thinking of the woman who’d gone missing at McClures and did not feel safe sitting there. It was the first time I ever felt so unsafe that I got up and went to find my husband. Really.

    That was the day BEFORE Silvia Lange went missing. I’ve been going to those beaches for years and have never found the remoteness unsafe. Before now.

    Something is just not right with this whole situation. Because as the Park Ranger said, they’d usually wash up somewhere by now.

  • West Marinite

    You’re spot on that something about this whole thing doesn’t seem right. It hasn’t to me since the first woman went missing. After the second woman went missing, I was surprised that they were only considering the possibility of both of them washing out to sea.

    And, of course, that could have happened. But 2 in 2 weeks is weird. Both without a trace. And I hadn’t heard about the woman’s body found further north. That just creeps me out more.

    I was at North Beach the day before Silvia Lange went missing. I go there all the time and to McClure’s, too. At least I used to.

    My husband often goes walking off doing his photography thing and I’ll pick a quiet spot to enjoy the waves. This time I was creeped out. Can’t explain why but I was thinking of the woman who’d gone missing at McClures and did not feel safe sitting there. It was the first time I ever felt so unsafe that I got up and went to find my husband. Really.

    That was the day BEFORE Silvia Lange went missing. I’ve been going to those beaches for years and have never found the remoteness unsafe. Before now.

    Something is just not right with this whole situation. Because as the Park Ranger said, they’d usually wash up somewhere by now.

  • osakis

    If one is going to include the woman that drowned in Sonoma County then one should also include the Berkeley woman that died in the surf in Pacifica on Sat. As reported in the Chronicle: “Police say 37-year-old Amy Kellen Nicholson walking near the surf line when a wave knocked her down around 2:30 p.m. Saturday.” I suppose that the man that was swept into the ocean last week up in Humboldt County (Press Democrat: TRINIDAD The Coast Guard has ended the search for a man who was swept out to sea while walking on a remote Humboldt County beach) should be counted too. The Pacifica death and the Humboldt death were both witnessed so there are no conspiracy theories nor can you blame the boogeyman. By the way, they still have not found the Humboldt victim.

    North Beach and McClures Beach can be, and often times is, treacherous. I was at McClures recently and witnessed 25′ waves. After they hit the rocks the spray was 50′ high. I was at North Beach recently. There was no way that I would go on that beach. It’s like a witches’ stew with an undertow like no other.

    Others have drowned at North Beach including a man a few years ago that went in after his dog. The man drowned the man lived.

    Please people, stay away from the surf in the winter.

  • osakis

    If one is going to include the woman that drowned in Sonoma County then one should also include the Berkeley woman that died in the surf in Pacifica on Sat. As reported in the Chronicle: “Police say 37-year-old Amy Kellen Nicholson walking near the surf line when a wave knocked her down around 2:30 p.m. Saturday.” I suppose that the man that was swept into the ocean last week up in Humboldt County (Press Democrat: TRINIDAD The Coast Guard has ended the search for a man who was swept out to sea while walking on a remote Humboldt County beach) should be counted too. The Pacifica death and the Humboldt death were both witnessed so there are no conspiracy theories nor can you blame the boogeyman. By the way, they still have not found the Humboldt victim.

    North Beach and McClures Beach can be, and often times is, treacherous. I was at McClures recently and witnessed 25′ waves. After they hit the rocks the spray was 50′ high. I was at North Beach recently. There was no way that I would go on that beach. It’s like a witches’ stew with an undertow like no other.

    Others have drowned at North Beach including a man a few years ago that went in after his dog. The man drowned the man lived.

    Please people, stay away from the surf in the winter.

  • Kay

    Yes it is very strange these ladies are missing. I feel someone is doing this too. I also feel it is someone who is educated in law enforcement, and knows how to cover their tracks. Remember the young couple who was shot as they slept in Jenner.The gun was supposedly a rare gun. Many people I have known who had an interest in law enforcement, also had a gun collection.I am by no means taking a slap at law enforcement officers. But it is something to look at.It’s just a feeling I have. No bodies found recently except for the poor girl in the creek.And apparently her car was parked oddly.No this doesn’t look like an accident to me.I hope they don’t just close the case for lack of evidence.

  • Kay

    Yes it is very strange these ladies are missing. I feel someone is doing this too. I also feel it is someone who is educated in law enforcement, and knows how to cover their tracks. Remember the young couple who was shot as they slept in Jenner.The gun was supposedly a rare gun. Many people I have known who had an interest in law enforcement, also had a gun collection.I am by no means taking a slap at law enforcement officers. But it is something to look at.It’s just a feeling I have. No bodies found recently except for the poor girl in the creek.And apparently her car was parked oddly.No this doesn’t look like an accident to me.I hope they don’t just close the case for lack of evidence.

  • snaggs

    I saw the whole thing–some dude named Occam swooped down in a Coast Guard helicopter and knifed those chicks with his razor.

  • snaggs

    I saw the whole thing–some dude named Occam swooped down in a Coast Guard helicopter and knifed those chicks with his razor.

  • jenm

    You guys are like CSI:SF.

  • jenm

    You guys are like CSI:SF.

  • s marie

    hi beth, would it be possible for you to email me when you will be doing another update? katherine truitt is my aunt and a site has been made for the most recent news on her findings. http://findmykat.org

    thank you for the story, my family and friends truly do appreciate the interest. we also find it more than odd that she disappeared. she had been hiking this trail for over 20 years.

    facebook.com/lecakebox

    sarah marie.

  • s marie

    hi beth, would it be possible for you to email me when you will be doing another update? katherine truitt is my aunt and a site has been made for the most recent news on her findings. http://findmykat.org

    thank you for the story, my family and friends truly do appreciate the interest. we also find it more than odd that she disappeared. she had been hiking this trail for over 20 years.

    facebook.com/lecakebox

    sarah marie.

  • pupvolunteer

    Just a thought….
    Rogue Wave or Rogue Ranger?
    A park ranger is a trusted individual.
    The ranger’s comment you mentioned is just a bit curious.
    In San Diego an on duty CHP officer lured, and then killed, a young woman several years ago. He was interviewed on the news right after the murder. Creepy.
    Sure hope the authorities are checking ALL possibilities.

  • pupvolunteer

    Just a thought….
    Rogue Wave or Rogue Ranger?
    A park ranger is a trusted individual.
    The ranger’s comment you mentioned is just a bit curious.
    In San Diego an on duty CHP officer lured, and then killed, a young woman several years ago. He was interviewed on the news right after the murder. Creepy.
    Sure hope the authorities are checking ALL possibilities.

  • SarahT

    Katherine Truitt is my daughter–MISSING SINCE JANUARY 9, 2010 – MCCLURES BEACH, PT REYES, CA. I would appreciate any and all help in finding her; your article speaks volumes and ask that when the weather permits to go back out there and do a rewrite for Katherine. She has been going to Pt. Reyes, McClures for over 20 years; knows the beach; the waves; and will not rest until they find something………..it’s been over 30 days now…………this is the most painful heart hurting experience in our life; we cannot believe this happening………………….the newspapers have been unfair in their assumptions…………

  • SarahT

    Katherine Truitt is my daughter–MISSING SINCE JANUARY 9, 2010 – MCCLURES BEACH, PT REYES, CA. I would appreciate any and all help in finding her; your article speaks volumes and ask that when the weather permits to go back out there and do a rewrite for Katherine. She has been going to Pt. Reyes, McClures for over 20 years; knows the beach; the waves; and will not rest until they find something………..it’s been over 30 days now…………this is the most painful heart hurting experience in our life; we cannot believe this happening………………….the newspapers have been unfair in their assumptions…………

  • debinmonterey

    I watched the SF news coverage of these disappearances and I’m especially troubled by Sylvia Lange because she is an experienced hiker and familiar with her surroundings.
    Has anyone considered hiring a private investigator? The limited resources of government offers a thin veneer of actual investigation. I can’t help but wonder if the situation were different and several men were missing that we might see more concentrated efforts. I hate to even say that but some of the callous comments on this thread are written by men.

  • debinmonterey

    I watched the SF news coverage of these disappearances and I’m especially troubled by Sylvia Lange because she is an experienced hiker and familiar with her surroundings.
    Has anyone considered hiring a private investigator? The limited resources of government offers a thin veneer of actual investigation. I can’t help but wonder if the situation were different and several men were missing that we might see more concentrated efforts. I hate to even say that but some of the callous comments on this thread are written by men.

  • justlovesanimals

    Hi Kat
    I would love to talk to you about your aunt’s case
    If you would contact me direct at karen@karenanderson.net

  • justlovesanimals

    Hi Kat
    I would love to talk to you about your aunt’s case
    If you would contact me direct at karen@karenanderson.net

  • justlovesanimals

    Hi Sarah T,
    I would love to talk to you about your daughter’s case
    If you would contact me direct at karen@karenanderson.net

  • justlovesanimals

    Hi Sarah T,
    I would love to talk to you about your daughter’s case
    If you would contact me direct at karen@karenanderson.net

  • Betty

    Hi Kat:

    Could you contact me as I know your aunt. Thanks, Betty Drumm

  • Betty

    Hi Kat:

    Could you contact me as I know your aunt. Thanks, Betty Drumm

  • Kat

    Betty, I need your contact information please…

  • Kat

    Betty, I need your contact information please…

  • vallejobill

    Idle curiosity about disappearances strikes me as disrespectful to those who went missing.
    Do you go to house fires for entertainment, too?
    Do you imagine that you are being helpful, or do you have a book in mind?
    I have been hiking Pt. Reyes since 1968, and I feel safer there than wherever it is that you live.

  • vallejobill

    Idle curiosity about disappearances strikes me as disrespectful to those who went missing.
    Do you go to house fires for entertainment, too?
    Do you imagine that you are being helpful, or do you have a book in mind?
    I have been hiking Pt. Reyes since 1968, and I feel safer there than wherever it is that you live.

  • picturetellsastory

    I drove up and next to Sylvia’s car that day at North Beach, it was raining and the waves were horrific. I wanted to get some pictures of the huge waves and got out of my car to take a few shots of the waves. I noticed her car had two yellow labs in it, I had been there already for a while waiting for the rain to cease. Both dogs were in the back of the car one was tied so taunt it could only sit and not lay down. It was upsetting to me to see the dogs like this, who would go to the beach and leave their dogs tied up in the car this way?
    I looked up and down the beach saw no one except a surfer coming in with his gf heading to their car which was parked a distance to my left. I went to both restrooms to see if I could find the owner of the dogs, thought perhaps they slipped and fell in the restroom and needed help. No one around. There was a note on Sylvia’s car I thought perhaps it was a note stating the car broke down but didn’t touch it as I was a bit spooked. Then the Sheriff came by and picked up the note under the windshield wiper. Probably an hour after that the helicopter came out they started forming search teams but by then it was dark. The Sheriffs cars came in by a dozen or so, I could see in one of the Sheriffs SUV a young golden lab pup maybe 8 months old wired for sound jumping up and down wanting out, wanting to play. It was getting to be 9 PM I had arrived to the beach around 1230=or 1. I headed home. Next day I emailed a reporter from the IJ about the cars that came in and out that day and what I saw. He put me through to a detective I gave my statement, There was not a lot to tell as I never saw Sylvia. It was days later I was unloading my camera onto the computer, there were picture of Sylvias car…pictures of the beach undisturbed by the search teams, I started to blow them up bigger and bigger, I couldn’t believe the pictures of what I had taken. I called the investigators immediately they met me and took the card out of camera for evidence. There is a womans body imprint in the sand with water that washed it down it appears that the young eager pup must have launched out of the car when she opened the door she went after him trying to grab the leash leaving the other two tied up in the car as she bent over trying to stop him from going into the water a wave hit her from behind knocking her forcefully into the sand head first there was a strong impression of her eyes she had to be wearing glasses.

  • picturetellsastory

    I drove up and next to Sylvia’s car that day at North Beach, it was raining and the waves were horrific. I wanted to get some pictures of the huge waves and got out of my car to take a few shots of the waves. I noticed her car had two yellow labs in it, I had been there already for a while waiting for the rain to cease. Both dogs were in the back of the car one was tied so taunt it could only sit and not lay down. It was upsetting to me to see the dogs like this, who would go to the beach and leave their dogs tied up in the car this way?
    I looked up and down the beach saw no one except a surfer coming in with his gf heading to their car which was parked a distance to my left. I went to both restrooms to see if I could find the owner of the dogs, thought perhaps they slipped and fell in the restroom and needed help. No one around. There was a note on Sylvia’s car I thought perhaps it was a note stating the car broke down but didn’t touch it as I was a bit spooked. Then the Sheriff came by and picked up the note under the windshield wiper. Probably an hour after that the helicopter came out they started forming search teams but by then it was dark. The Sheriffs cars came in by a dozen or so, I could see in one of the Sheriffs SUV a young golden lab pup maybe 8 months old wired for sound jumping up and down wanting out, wanting to play. It was getting to be 9 PM I had arrived to the beach around 1230=or 1. I headed home. Next day I emailed a reporter from the IJ about the cars that came in and out that day and what I saw. He put me through to a detective I gave my statement, There was not a lot to tell as I never saw Sylvia. It was days later I was unloading my camera onto the computer, there were picture of Sylvias car…pictures of the beach undisturbed by the search teams, I started to blow them up bigger and bigger, I couldn’t believe the pictures of what I had taken. I called the investigators immediately they met me and took the card out of camera for evidence. There is a womans body imprint in the sand with water that washed it down it appears that the young eager pup must have launched out of the car when she opened the door she went after him trying to grab the leash leaving the other two tied up in the car as she bent over trying to stop him from going into the water a wave hit her from behind knocking her forcefully into the sand head first there was a strong impression of her eyes she had to be wearing glasses.

  • Tammy Livingston

    Here is a story that happened in 2003.. a women’s son disappeared William Meyers, he was a surfer. Same area as the women.. I google it and here is a blog that talks about his disappearce.. sounds like foul play regarding the cops/rangers..etc. I wouldn’t think anything really about a cop being responsible or ranger but they are human and can easily be killers as well.. some have such an ego/complex it is highly likely.. anyway, I just heard a story of a cop killing these young men in LA so I believe it is possible.. here is a link to Williaims disppearance at Point Reyes..http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?241629-CA-William-Carl-Myers-29-Point-Reyes-%28Marin-Co%29-9-Jun-2003

  • LaGioiella

    I was hiking with my then teenage friends in the late 1970’s when a woman was murdered and raped at Glen Camp in Point Reyes National Seashore. We were hiking out in the early evening when a man looking exactly like David Carpenter jumped out of the bushes at the fork in the road to Glen Camp or Wildcat Camp with camouflage on with a firearm sticking out of his backpack. I said, “Good evening sir.” He replied with a profound stutter. When I got home and found out what happened, I tried to call the Marin County Sheriff and tell them I could draw who I saw and spoke to him briefly. They were not interested in what I had to say. Women and children really had no public forum to be heard…especially in those days. Had they listened, they could have seen what rapist with a heavy stutter that totally fooled the parole board, and that they recently paroled on “good behavior.”