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 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.
Tip: Ray Gorman