Missing person search spurred by psychic finds bear bones

At the urging of a psychic tip, the family and friends of a missing person find remains in a park. But… these are not the bones you are looking for.

Bones found in Harriman State Park ‘not human’; search for Eugene Palmer continues | The Journal News | lohud.com.

Bones found in Harriman State Park on Saturday, initially thought to possibly be Eugene Palmer’s, were from an animal, authorities said Sunday.

“It would have been nice to put this to bed,” Haverstraw Police Chief Charles Miller said. “The bones are not human. They are some kind of animal. We move on.”

The skeletal remains are thought to possibly be a bear because of a five-fingered hand. Bear remains are often mistaken as human.

The family said they were following directions from psychic, Phil Jordan. Kevin Rose, a friend of the Palmer family, said he found a forearm, shoulder parts and fingers about a mile and half off a main road where Palmer’s pickup was found. He was SURE that they belonged to Eugene Palmer. Wrong again. This original story was full of these “I KNOW!” claims.

“I know it’s human remains and they’ve been verified,” Palmer said. “It’s within the vicinity of where the psychic said and where they said my father was. There are no animal bones known to mankind that has five fingers.”

OK, these folks are really wrapped up in this case emotionally. They WANT badly for it to be over and for closure. But remember that confidence about your observation DOES NOT make it any more true. Lots of animals have five fingers – all types of apes, monkeys, bears, possums, koalas… This was a completely mistaken statement. It’s obvious how much they wish to believe. They are frustrated that the police, they feel, have given up on the search and have taken matters into their own hands. This is often where relatives consult psychics who offer their services but NEVER actually deliver information that directly leads to solving the case. Did you hear that? NEVER. No matter what you heard or what they promise, don’t waste your hope on nonsense. Consult a real investigator to help.

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  9 comments for “Missing person search spurred by psychic finds bear bones

  1. spookyparadigm
    December 2, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Remember kids, perhaps the most used excuse for why Bigfoot can exist as a physical creature is that the forest quickly destroys bones, which is why you don’t go around finding bear bones in the woods.

    So this story is two bad claims, one set of bones.

  2. December 2, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    so he guess a half credit for psychicing mammalian bones or human like bones (bear) or …? or maybe a letter grade: C, D, F? even a B? Naw! Flunk!

    • December 2, 2013 at 12:26 PM

      “so he gets a half … my error.

  3. matt crowley
    December 2, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Impossible. Grover Krantz taught us we don’t find bear bones in the woods.

  4. December 2, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    To be fair, the person who said he “knew” the bones that were found were human, in the second article a day or two later did say he accepted that what he found were not human bones. So while he has a strong emotional investment in the matter, he’s not completely blinded and cut off from correction.

  5. December 2, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Great post, Sharon. It really is a textbook paranormal / Bigfoot fail on several levels.

  6. December 2, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    so sad… if you have a missing family member, Project Jason is wonderful. They also warn against using psychics that scam the most helpless. http://projectjason.org/

  7. Eve
    December 2, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Well, maybe the bear’s family got closure. Bear psychics have an easier job: “I’m getting a ‘B.’ Is someone in your family a bear? Maybe an uncle, a grandfather or an older male?”

  8. December 2, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    This is one of those situations that leaves you wanting to know the full story, not just the bear bones.

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