On October 2, 1999, three-year-old Jaryd Atadaro was hiking with a church group in the Colorado Rockies when he wandered just out of sight. It was the last time the little boy was ever seen alive.
Three years later, someone found the boy's skull sitting near his tattered clothes. Investigators noticed something odd about Jaryd's remains. One person in particular saw chilling similarities between Jayrd's remains and those of other victims who have lost their lives in the mountains over the years.
Jaryd Atadaro wandered ahead of his church group while hiking in the Colorado Rockies in 1999. When the group rounded the corner, Jaryd was gone.
For three years, no clues were found...until his skull showed up in a nearby gorge.
His clothes were also found, but they were in almost perfect condition. That's strange, since they theoretically sat outside for three years. His pants were also turned inside out for some reason.
Many thought that the boy had been attacked by a mountain lion, but his clothes weren't tattered, and there was no blood on the clothing.
American mountain ranges account for the vast majority of missing persons cases in the country. Author David Paulides speculates that there is something more sinister than mountain lions out there that rangers don't want us to know about.
For more on these theories, check out the video below:video-player-present
Paulides lists some similarities between various disappearances over the years, and he points to the location of the skull and the condition of the clothing as evidence. To me, these seem a little too unremarkable to be part of a conspiracy, but I know for a fact that I'm never walking in the Colorado Rockies alone.