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Old 01-04-2008, 07:58 PM   #65
Professor_Hefflin
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Misunderstandings about Douglas Legg disappearance.

I am going to address a few inaccuracies concerning the disappearance of Doug Legg.

First of all, his Uncle was not the last to see him. Originally the Syracuse Post Standard reported that Myron Melvin Jr. had been the last to see him. But when the rescue team from California came in, they reinterviewed all the family members. At this time, they realized that two of his cousins had been the last to see him, on the North Shore lumber road. This can be found in the Syracuse Post Standard perhaps around day 10 of the search.

The Camp Santanoni Property is a bit of a contradiction. Most of the 13000 acres were close to some sort of lumber tote road, as most of the property had been lumbered between 1895 and 1971. But the hurricane in the late 1950's had caused much blow down, and in turn, a tremendous growth in the undergrowth. So, the military group that helped out with the search remarked that the brush was denser than Vietnam.

The lumber roads and older roads extend into the Cold River Valley, hence why there are theories that he wandered to there. Of a side note is that there is a belief that this road system was once part of the Underground Railroad system. Think John Brown's farm, less than 20 rugged miles away.

As for Deer Island, the big island in Newcomb Lake where the remains may have been found....this is usually a peninsula. If you walk the North Shore tote road, the land connection is very visible. In heavy rain it's an Island.

If Douglas died there, then the searchers who looked on the Island (I believe most days it was searched), not only missed his remains, but the smell his decaying body as well. That does not make sense to me.

The Post Standard does discuss an event I consider ominous. Three days into the search, a search team believed they had found Douglas' footprints by Black Pond, in the hills just north of Newcomb Lake. They were on what they believed to be a clear track when there was a cloud burst, and they lost it. And there were also a lot of very cold nights at this time, with the temperatures falling to below freezing in mid July.

That spells out Douglas' fate pretty tragically. It does leave room for some pretty wild theories. But again, the reason for these theories come from the fact that one moment you're bushwacking through impossibly thick woods, and the next you stumble across an old road that someone knows well.

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Originally Posted by Gray Ghost View Post
Thanks for the info. Mavs. This story is a real haunter. Also, interesting info. on the lost hiker. There has gotta be a record out there of deaths and (still) unexplained disappearances in the Adirondacks. If anyone has any idea if and where a source like this exists, let me know. I think it is more than worth a hiker's time to read up on tragedies like this. It really makes one realize what they risk when traversing dangerous terrain.

As far as Douglas Legg, a couple of guys I have talked to who helped in the search are convinced it was foul play by a family member, but they never had the proof to pin it on the individual. Now that is totally hearsay, but that's what i've been told.
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