Help! Trying to find my friend, left a suicide note

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Post by B-spec » Mon Jan 26, 2015 4:40 pm

Dezdan wrote:His photos bounce around, but are a session of him driving up Beatty Cutoff from DV, stopping at various points, walking a few feet off the road and taking a photo. His most recent photos (not posted here) taken 2 hours ago, show him just off the road near DV Buttes pointing to the backside of the Buttes indicating that is the place he wants to end his life...
Yup.. What he said..

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Post by agtoau » Mon Jan 26, 2015 5:48 pm

Looks like he was just off the Daylight Pass within sight of the Death Valley Buttes. Not exactly remote.

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Post by Gowergulch42 » Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:15 pm

I new I recognized that saddle. . .
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Post by TacoLand » Mon Feb 23, 2015 10:56 am

TonyG wrote:Is this the same person?
No. Two different people.

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Post by TonyG » Mon Feb 23, 2015 11:03 am

OK, thanks; I could not reconcile the fact that one was found alive and one dead, after 6 days.

Anyway, what a sad coincidence to have two cases in such a short period of time. I wonder what draws some people to try to end their life in DV: is it its desolate beauty or just the name?

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Post by D.A. Wright » Mon Feb 23, 2015 1:53 pm

TonyG wrote:I wonder what draws some people to try to end their life in DV: is it its desolate beauty or just the name?
I think the name has a lot to do with it. And the reputation. And then the facts. In summer, DV will kill you quickly if you know where and how to do it.

However, I do find it strange/disturbing to see a recent trend of social media melodrama connected to successful / unsuccessful suicide attempts. It seems young people today have lost the concept that when you die you don't simply hit the reset button and start playing again.
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Post by TacoLand » Mon Feb 23, 2015 2:08 pm

I don't know that "young people today" are any different. Suicide rates in the United States ebb up and down, but statistically speaking 2013 just about matched 1986 ... so I think the key point there is "social media" which makes some of us more aware of that which happens all around us.

Looking at CDC data from 2003-2009, Death Valley ranked #14 with 4 other National Parks for number of suicides committed in a National Park. Not exactly the Golden Gate Bridge.

Finally, every person who commits suicide tends to have their own unique reason. I'd rather not speculate why someone did something to their own self when it's such a sensitive subject for many folks.

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Post by Dezdan » Mon Feb 23, 2015 10:12 pm

On/off topic, but at Golden Gate, when they installed the new fence around the bases of the bridge back in 2008/9, they specific designed it so every ~100ft there was a special gate in the fence that would fit a sideways litter/body through. Adaptive engineering b the NPS/DHS.

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Post by stan » Tue Feb 24, 2015 9:04 pm

A permanent solution to a temporary problem… sad...

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