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1984 Cardigan State Park Missing Camper

In August of 1984, a man by the name of Nathaniel Thrumson disappeared while hiking in Cardigan Mountain State Forest, New Hampshire. It wasn't until ten years later, on August 13, 1994, that his body was discovered in Black Forest, Germany. It is unknown how he got there. Among his possessions was a diary. 

These passages were taken from the last few pages of his diary. Please note that the asterisked words are unreadable.

8/1/84

Got to Cardigan Mountain without a hitch, shame Mike got sick, he would have really liked this place. Set up tent and everything, and the weather's good, I think i'll have a wander around nearby, I think i'm all alone here so my stuff should be safe.

8/2/84

Had a lovely rest last night, though I think those **** I ate may be a little off, had a strange dream involving this forest and wandering around weirdly, it was pretty vivid but I can't describe much else about it. Today I moved the camp close to a nice brook, the sounds of it was quite calming. Took some more photos today, I hope they turn out alright.

8/3/84

Had another weird dream last night, but I **** up halfway through and the moon was out, the wind was still and I swear I heard someone moving about. But a quick look with my flashlight and all I could see was trees, though a trick of the light made it look like one was ***ing slightly in the distance, hah, how silly. It was a little foggy that night though, which was a bit strange. Today I found a really big, strange tree with this ***** marking on it, i'll try to get a sketch as well as a photo, I may have to come back here if it doesn't turn out well.

The page containing the sketch was missing, and the photograph was never recovered.

8/4/84

Found this **** late yesterday, decided to ***** in **** since the fog had *****red and I didn't want to be ****. Had really ***** dream last *****, the fog descended upon the ****m itself and a ****** stepped through it ***** the ****. I am **** worried because I ***** tracks leading into *** cave, they were strange, ****** slender and k**d of like but *** quite shoeprints, **** blank though. Something ***** different, as I explore the forest further, the fog hasn't gone and it seems colder and taller and spookier.

8/5/84

I can barely sleep, I thought I *** someone yesterday, afar in the fog, man in a suit wandering out here of all places. I ran ****** him shouting greetings as I was starting to get creeped out and lost in the trees, but **** lonely. But I lost him as he disappeared into the fog he came from, I decided to get out of here from that point and kept going what I remember being westwards although the compass wasn't pointing it as west anymore. I kept going but I didn't get anywhere, just more and **** trees, am I still in Cardigan Mountain?

8/6/84

Today upon awakening I ***** a huge tree, deciding to climb it to see if I can find a way out of here I climbed to the very top. All that I could see were trees in every direction and fog, fog and trees, trees *** fog. The dreams were still there last ***** but I don't want to write about them in case they start to make sense. Something smells wrong about here, like ***** but worse, much worse.


The following pages were either destroyed by water, torn out, or smudged beyond legibility. Occasional sketches of shapes that had been distorted by water damage litter the pages as well. 

In the following entry, his handwriting had changed drastically, almost as if someone else had been writing it, though signs of his style still remain.

??/??/??

I don't know how long I have been here for, why won't he let me leave. My food supplies ran out weeks(???) ago, but I keep finding berries or mishapen fish lying in stagnant pools. All there is here is forest and him. I wonder if I let myself starve, would I win? Would he want me to do that? I don't know anymore. I think I hear him coming, I don't feel like fighting or running or chasing anymore. I will lie down and await the peace of death, perhaps I will find repose then. Perhaps I will find home.


Shortly after the recovery of his body, the following article was printed in his hometown.

Remains of Missing Camper Found

After a ten year long manhunt following the mysterious disappearance of Nathaniel Thrumson (age 24 at the time of disappearance), what have been identified as his remains were found on the outskirts of Black Forest, Germany. Nathaniel went missing in August of 1984 while camping in Cardigan Mountain State Forest, New Hampshire. His remains were in a state of great discretion, but the decay indicated that he died less than a week before he was found, raising further questions. Near him was found the tattered remains of his clothes camping equipment, including a heavily damaged camera and a battered diary. The scene was discovered by Niklas Baumgaertner (23) and Lena Junker (22), who were quoted as saying that they felt something "eerie" was happening in the area prior to finding the remains. Unfortunately, a proper statement has not been released at the time of this writing. 

The author of the article is unknown.