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I have never found a human body while geocaching, despite sometimes heading to caches in thick bush, off trails (if fact some areas have no trails). If someone died in those remote areas and no-one knew they went there, they would only be discovered by chance and likely years later. Hence I NEVER cache alone in those areas. A small group is best.

 

I did though find someone's hidden stash of fresh fruit and vegetables in a polystyrene box under leaves. It was near a cache and I unearthed it in my search for the cache. It was also just before a fruit and vegetable quarantine border, where they might be searched and the produce confiscated. Obviously they needed to go through the border, but planned to return soon after and collect their purchases.

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Actually, friends of ours found a dead body at GZ of one of our caches. The cache is on a trail which isn't used much (in an otherwise urban area) and a guy hung himself on the tree where our cache is hidden. The guy was dead for almost a week when he was found... Needless to say, our friends were - and still are - a bit traumatized. They actually thought, upon arriving, that the guy was logging the cache, as he was "leaning" against the tree...

 

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2 hours ago, JoLTeam said:

Actually, friends of ours found a dead body at GZ of one of our caches. The cache is on a trail which isn't used much (in an otherwise urban area) and a guy hung himself on the tree where our cache is hidden. The guy was dead for almost a week when he was found... Needless to say, our friends were - and still are - a bit traumatized. They actually thought, upon arriving, that the guy was logging the cache, as he was "leaning" against the tree...

 

 

PLEASE post a link to that log. Not out of any salacious intent, but out of real interest. I'd seriously like to know how they dealt with it and how, if at all, they chose to share the experience.

 

Yes, I could go through your hides, but I'm asking, in case you don't want this discussed further. Personally, I think it's very much on-topic for this thread.

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Spend most time in the woods, so figured sooner-or-later that's bound to happen.  Not yet thankfully.  

 A few counties here have seen a few instances of "found a body" by outdoors folks. 

Now it seems to be folks wandering off and succumbing to the elements, and we still see people miles away with no water.

When I was a rookie, and the only thing around the poconos was resorts and  a whole lotta woods, well ... some ended up here.

 

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18 hours ago, TeamRabbitRun said:

 

PLEASE post a link to that log. Not out of any salacious intent, but out of real interest. I'd seriously like to know how they dealt with it and how, if at all, they chose to share the experience.

 

Yes, I could go through your hides, but I'm asking, in case you don't want this discussed further. Personally, I think it's very much on-topic for this thread.

 

Well, they chose to not mention anything in their log. They just chose to share the experiency orally.

And I just disabled the cache for a month, and afterwards reactivated the cache.

The guy's family erected a small memorial at the tree, and that memorial is mentioned several times in the logs afterwards.

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This old multi near us was unavailable for a while this summer due to a murder investigation.  I saw memorials on the fence when I parked and didn't connect it until the owner told me to watch out for crime scene tape and holes.

 

The case has been in and out of German headlines since then, as the head of the German federal police has been investigated on kidnapping charges -- the murder suspect was picked up in Kurdistan and returned to Germany without going through formal extradition.

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Last Sunday a body was found near one of my caches.  News said it was found by residents walking along the highway, so it was probably closer to the highway than to the cache itself.

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Didn't spot that one in the news, Nan, since we don't get much Pueblo area news up here.  Where was it? 

 

I found a 'body' at the periphery of a visitor's lay-by just outside of Estes Park a few years back (GCQ6Q0).  OK, it wasn't a body per se, it was cremains in a very nice engraved brass box that gave the name of the deceased and a few particulars, including that person's love of the Estes Park area.  Silly place for someone to leave the box since this is high muggle territory during tourist season, but ...

 

A geocache had been hidden nearby, and in our search, we were the first to uncover the box under some large rocks within about 5' of the cache.  We suggested to the CO that the cache should be moved so as to prevent other cachers from making the same discovery, and to keep muggles from checking out the area.  Thankfully, the CO complied, having no previous idea that there was an issue, and gave the cache a 230+ foot shove.

 

 

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12 hours ago, ecanderson said:

Didn't spot that one in the news, Nan, since we don't get much Pueblo area news up here.  Where was it? 

Not  Pueblo news per se.  Woman from Aurora found between Trinidad and Walsenburg. 

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I know it's old question but yes, this happened to me once. It was bit of a shock and put me off caching for some time.

 

I was heading toward a cache and decided to shortcut through a small urban forest. It was suspiciously empty of caches and I went in to see if I can't BF a cache there, because there is a lot of mystery caches in that area. I noticed someone standing by a group of small trees reaching up. I naturally thought that's another cacher, so I made little noise to no response. As I approached I noticed yikes, that's a body and it's not a hand going up that tree.

 

I don't know what would have happened if I didn't go there. The closest cache (the one I was heading to) was couple hundred meters away so probably not many go in that isolated patch of woods and have a look around. The body could have been gone for weeks until found. It was wintertime. 

 

Strangest thing was, I went to this skeleton cache right after this. It had lots of FP's but I was not amused. Luckily, I knew what to expect so I didn't freak up.

 

 

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When I first started caching, I did not make myself really familiar with the rules before starting out.

I thought the talk of buried treasures would be fun and exciting, boy was I wrong.

Get to my very first GZ, could not find anything, so back to the truck, grab my shovel and I start digging (not knowing any better)

Ended up digging up human remains... Called police..bla..bla..bla...

 

Long story short, I did DNF the cache and I'm no longer allowed back at that cemetery. LOL

 

 

 

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Not whilst Geocaching but I smelled a body many years ago. It was about a week later it was discovered to be a dead body. 

 

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On 1/14/2019 at 10:22 AM, coman123 said:

When I first started caching, I did not make myself really familiar with the rules before starting out.

I thought the talk of buried treasures would be fun and exciting, boy was I wrong.

Get to my very first GZ, could not find anything, so back to the truck, grab my shovel and I start digging (not knowing any better)

Ended up digging up human remains... Called police..bla..bla..bla...

 

Long story short, I did DNF the cache and I'm no longer allowed back at that cemetery. LOL

 

 

 

One of the funnier geojokes I've read (I hope it is a joke.) 

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Not when caching, but I have been involved in the search for, and retrieval of, quite a few dead bodies as part of a volunteer emergency group. Its the ones that have been in the water for an extended period of time that are usually the worst. We used to have a stretcher frame fitted with chicken wire, to strain them when getting them out of the water. If you grabbed an arm or a leg, it usually came off in your hands. I was allocated the head end of a body once, that had been ejected out of a piece of heavy machinery as it went over the side of a cliff. When we went to pick him up, my hands disappeared into the back of his skull, he had lost the back of his skull, and we didn't realise it. One really bad car accident I was involved in had parts of human scattered over a very wide area, skull and brain fragments thrown at least 300 metres from the site of impact. Nasty stuff. 

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Some time ago while caching in the Katy, Tx area with a geobuddy, we found a little kid (maybe 2 or 3 yo) in his pj's running alone down the street in forty degree weather. He was just as happy as could be. After a little coaxing he was able to point out his house and we knocked on the door to have the presumed mother quickly snatch the kid up and take him inside without much of a thank you. Does that count as a body?

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One time I thought I might see a body.  I lived about an hour away from the Sam Houston National Forest.  I was going out there for a spate and it so happened to be the summer months so I strived to get out there pretty early before the heat.  For those who don't know the forest is pretty large but it doesn't attract many visitors.  A lot of trails but it isn't that exciting, I guess.  Anyway, it is the type of forest where there are often spider webs (or at least strands of them) across the path so you pretty much know you are the first one to trek there  that day if you are encountering them.  So, JUST as I'm starting out at one of the many little-used trailheads I'm going through occasional spider webs at around 8 AM on a weekend and I encounter a curious sight about 200 feet in.  Right by the trail is a neatly-folded track-suit with a pair of running shoes also neatly placed on top of them.  I can tell they haven't been there long using cues like lack of dew, etc... Needless to say I debated on just turning around right then but I had invested some time and effort and I had a goal of a cache or two to get.  I reluctantly pressed on.  I had a knife ready and I was on edge to encounter some naked maniac.  Fortunately that didn't happen.  Whoever it was must have hiked to that location from the other direction, I guess.  I don't know if he was perhaps wanting to traipse around the woods au naturel  or maybe a suicide or what.  Never found out.  But I sure was spooked more than just about any other time in my life.

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Not humans but the occasional deer / rabbit carcass in different stages of decay.

Gathering the numbers for https://coord.info/GC149B5 took a while, and my son who was about 4 at the time and getting bored, danced on Agatha Christie's grave... hard to explain to a small kid that that is NOT the done thing...

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13 hours ago, Oxford Stone said:

Not humans but the occasional deer / rabbit carcass in different stages of decay.

Gathering the numbers for https://coord.info/GC149B5 took a while, and my son who was about 4 at the time and getting bored, danced on Agatha Christie's grave... hard to explain to a small kid that that is NOT the done thing...

 

Well, it's not a 'body story', but Oxford Stone's account puts me in mind of the time when my college roommate, my young son (he was about four) and I were wandering through the cemetery at the West Point Military Academy, not too far from where I live. For those of you who are not Americans, please look it up. ("West Point", not "where I live".)

 

Many famous military graves, historic figures all.

 

After a while, we looked behind us and we saw that young Taylor, the adventures of whom I have written about in many cache logs, was carrying two small American flags and a handful of pennies.

 

"Where did you get that stuff?"

 

Circuitously, he led us back to a VERY tall monolithic grave marker. It's common here for people to leave coins on gravestones to mark their visit.

 

Yes, my son had robbed General George Custer's grave.

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14 hours ago, Oxford Stone said:

... my son who was about 4 at the time and getting bored, danced on Agatha Christie's grave... hard to explain to a small kid that that is NOT the done thing...

 

It’s positively encouraged here: https://coord.info/GC4YX5G :-)

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Robbing Custer's grave - brilliant!

:) also buried in Oxfordshire: Winston Churchill, JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, John Buchan (39 Steps), Jerome K Jerome (Three Men In A Boat), George Orwell... many of these used in multi caches.

 

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