Well there is a title I never thought I would use on this blog.
Around this time in 2011 I was preparing for my second trip to Micronesia during a blizzard. I felt fully prepared as I assembled my new arsenal of research tools to include: a ground penetrating radar kit (HUGE Kudos to GSSI for their help: http://www.geophysical.com), a new camera and a new plan, and with all that, to find the long lost tomb of those buried on the island. Fast forward two years later on another snow day, I am reminded that I am no closer than I was back then to finding proof of the Hawaii Clipper kidnapping. The good news is that I have a colleague on the island that is putting new eyes and ears on my previous path; the bad news is there are many more slabs of concrete than ever imagined. However we are undaunted in our effort, and along with trusted friends made on previous trips, I am even more convinced of our eventual success.
So, what’s next? Good question. I intend to return early in 2014 with other co-researchers and solve this riddle once and for all. I currently have enough data, imagery, interviews and archive material to make a very compelling argument, book and perhaps even a documentary. But is that enough? Hardly. I owe it to the relatives of the passengers and crew of Flight 229 to bring their remains back home for proper burial. Without their constant voiced support, photographs and stories, I would be nothing more than a relic hunter. So, on this snow day, I again make preparations for the warm waters and welcoming climate of Micronesia.