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Strange missing person case from Antarctica. 3 deaths linked to US Antarctic Program.

 
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The formal search for Joshua Spillane, marine technician, ended at 1800 (EDT) on April 19. Joshua was discovered missing from the research vessel Laurence M. Gould on April 17. The ship was in routine transit from Palmer Station, Antarctica to Punta Arenas, Chile.

An exhaustive search has been underway since it was determined that Joshua was not onboard by the R/V Laurence M. Gould crew and passengers. In addition, the search has been augmented by a P3 aircraft flown by the Argentinean Air Defense search and rescue force. There has been no sighting of Joshua. The research vessel has begun slowly sailing northward and personnel will continue to look enroute parallel to their original course. The estimated time of arrival at Punta Arenas, Chile, is early morning April 22.

Tom Yelvington, Vice President of Raytheon Technical Services and Program Manager of Raytheon Polar Services Company: "It is with tremendous sadness that I announce the cessation of search operations for Joshua Spillane. Our Polar Family, especially our Marine Science division, has been shaken by this tragedy. To my knowledge, this sort of incident has never occurred on a United States Antarctic Program research vessel, and we will work diligently to learn more about the circumstances of his disappearance. All speak very highly of Joshua's expertise, experience, jovial personality, and numerous contributions to the United States Antarctic Program. Our thoughts and support go out to his family and friends. Our appreciation and thanks go out to all onboard the Gould, and the Chilean, Argentine, and U.S. authorities for their assistance in the search efforts."


[link to www.antarcticconnection.com]

"This Site is dedicated to Joshua Spillane. Our son, brother, uncle, and friend. Joshua disappeared off of a US research vessel on April 17th 2006, he is still missing. Nobody knows what happened to him. We still have no answers as to whether he is alive or gone. Neither the company he worked for or our government will help. They have lied to us and hidden things from us. Not everything written about his disappearance is accurate or honest and we have spent the last couple of years trying to find out why. We encourage you to leave any comments, messages, or anything you would like to add. Thanks, The Family"

From his myspace profile which was update by his family.



"When a young astrophysicist died in Antarctica, his death was blamed on natural causes. Now, David Fisher investigates whether Rodney Marks' death was the first murder on the ice"

"The search for answers raised more questions. Why were there needle marks in the young scientist's arm? Why did the National Science Foundation - which answers only to the United States President - appear to block Wormald's inquiries?"

"So, in November 1999, Marks returned. He was among about 250 people who spent the summer at the base, with the number reducing as winter closed in. Of those remaining, only 10 were scientists, with the remainder forming a maintenance and management crew employed by the science foundation or its contractor, Raytheon Polar Services."

"Wormald needed witnesses, but was unable to compel co-operation. The United States Department of Justice made it clear that the coronial inquest was considered an "informal" inquiry in the department's view, and Wormald would have to contact the science foundation directly and ask for whatever help it was willing to give.

Years later, he would give evidence in court that there was very little help, and that what help there was came slowly. The NSF disputes this: a spokesman says it had co-operated "fully"."
[link to www.nzherald.co.nz]

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One email from Joshua's sister.

I am Joshua's sister, unforunately I do not know what clearances he had. Joshua is somewhat private and quiet about his job. His position on the ship was as an EMT and a marine tech. He had an incrediably safe job performance over ten years. It has never been said one way or the other what happened that day on the ship. Just that he disappeared. We have not had much luck with the FBI or with Raytheon, for the most part what Raytheon did say or do was misinformation or untrue. We would find out later that they had misinformed us on many things. They told us that both Raytheon and the Chiliean authorities would investigate the disappearance, that was not true or they dont want to give us copies of the investigation. They also would not give us a death certificate. I know my brother did not fall off that ship or jump off that ship. What happened I do not know. It will be three years on the 17th, that we have been looking for answers.

One interesting note. The astrophysicist that died, his girlfriend that he was engaged to be married was on the ship as well when my brother disappeared.

Several of Joshuas personal belongings never came home, and they let crew read his personal letters and emails. Raytheon also sat in on the FBI interviews with crew members which I feel tainted the investigation. We (his family) was not invited to the memorial in Chile that they had for Joshua.

My brother is a smart, educated, trained man. He has survival training. He was extremly close to my children. We heard from him just days before he disappeared and had instant messaged my daughter weeks before on her birthday, stating he had bought her a birthda gift. Which we never got. He is an amazing person and we miss him more than I can put into words.


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Sounds like someone stumbled upon something they shouldn't have.
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sounds like they sacraficed him
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Makes you wonder why they didn't release the CCTV footage from the ship if it was a simple disappearance... And also what it was exactly Joshua found down there. He was a tech, whatever it was, it would have been accidental since he most likely would not have security clearances to allow him access to such information.
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Another email from his sister.

When my brother disappeared, they tried to hint that it was a suicide. I can promise you it was not. My brother had just bought all new furniture. He had been on line just days before paying for an EMT course that he was to attend in the Summer. He had made flight arrangements to fly to California to see his girlfriend, just a couple days before he went missing. He made all these plans and the disappeared. They told us nobody had seen him that morning. But, yet we found out that several people saw him that day. They want us to believe that in broad daylight, with people on the decks and with cameras running (yes they have cameras on the ship decks) that he jumped over board. He was on that ship for two nights, he was suppose to be on the ship another two nights before they docked, had he wanted to jump he could have at night when nobody would have seen him. They lied to us.
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Last email.

I wanted to let you know a few facts about Joshua disappearance. The vessel Joshua was on was not what they consider a "working" ship on the transit back form Palmer station. It did do some work on the way to Antarctica, but on the way back it was merely a transit, they were transporting people off the ice that would not be wintering over. No actual science was happeneing aboard on the way back. They are required to have an EMT aboard at all times, hence why my brother was there. Technically he was not suppose to be there at all. He was working in the warehouse in Punta Arenus for Raytheon. He left the states on February 28, 2006 and was only suppose to work warehouse for a couple months then come home, last minute they asked him to take the cruise, saying that somebody did not show for the trip, we do not know who that was. We have not been able to find any names on who didnt show for work, so I feel it is untrue.

They told us that only one person saw Joshua that morning on the 01 deck. I even think it was in news articles, that is also untrue. According to the half assed FBI report, several people saw him that day, inside the ship. A couple people stated they saw him speaking with another person aboard in a hall way. So, his last accounting was not outside on the deck.

The weather was very calm that day, even described as lake drake. So, the ship was not pitching or rolling.

The LM Gould can berth or sleep 28, they can place berthing vans on the ship to accomodate nine more people, the max is 37. There were 38 people aboard the vessel when Joshua disappeared. The strange thing is although the ship was at max capacity and there were people having to sleep in berthing vans, Joshua had a room alone with an empty bunk. That makes no sense at all.

When Joshua disappeared and it was apparent he was gone, raytheon employees did not seal off his room and await the FBI, the went thru all his belongings. As I said before, they logged onto his private hotmail account and printed off a draft he had wrote months earlier. We have the origianl draft, they added and changed things in his letter.

Joshua had several friends on the NB Palmer, the sister ship. When word got out that Joshua was missing it was assumed that the NB Palmer would assist in the search and rescue or the recovery. The Raytheon head man (jim Hollik) , refused to allow the NB PAlmer to assist. Causing almost a mutiny on the sea. Several people quit, one refused to work and was flown out. Even the lead raytheon man (Herb Baker) on the LM Gould could not understand why the NB Palmer did not assist.

Ironically my brother had quit once when an associate of his died aboard the vessel when it was docked in South America,this man had fallen down some stairs and died a couple days later in a hospital. For some reason that Joshua never explained to us, he quit over how or what was done, they eventually talked him into going back to work.

We were told that the LM Gould along with the Chilean coast guard would be looking for my brother. The aircraft was in the air looking for my brother for a total of six hours, thats it! Six fricken hours! One of the richest corporations in the world with all the resources and they looked for six hours!

In the news reports it says that Raytheon, the Chilean government and the FBi would be doing investigations. Well, our FBI report was ridiculous and took us a year to get. We only got half of it and was told we could appeal to get the remaining which we did two years ago and still do not have. Raytheon now claims they never did any investigation and have no report, although I found an NSF meeting where it states in the minutes they are awaiting a report from Raytheon, so obviously one exsists, they just do not want us to have it. My parents went to CHile just last month and once again were told that Chile never did an investigation either and no report.

Most of the people high up in Raytheon polar left within weeks or months of Joshua disappearing. Tom Yelvington was VP of Raytheon Polar and he vanished, he acutally flew to our house four days after Joshua disappeared, fed us a bunch of lies and then flew out. We dealt mostly with MAry TInkom who also left the company two months after Joshua disappeared. I finally tracked down Tom in Guam, hw was working for Day and Zimmerman another military contractor, and after numerous emails, he finally responded and said, that Raytheon did do an investigation and he had turned everything over to them when he left. he advised me to contact RTSC. Which I did and all I ever get back is from the current vice president Sam Feola, basically telling me there is nothing they can do.
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When not in 90 South, Marks could usually be found in the attached galley, at one of the tables near the “dish pit.” Or, during special occasions, on a small stage in the corner, playing his beat-up Gibson guitar, belting out a cover with his South Pole band, Fanny Pack and the Big Nancy Boys. His girlfriend, Sonja Wolter, 33 at the time, played bass. The two fell in love during the summer-winter transition, just as she was about to be shipped out at the end of her contract. They wanted to stay together so badly that she quickly applied for a winter position and was accepted just a week before the last plane out. For the start of the winter, he had dyed his hair purple, and she had dyed hers green. A few months later they were engaged. It was common for Polies to take an “ice wife” just for the winter, but this was different. By all accounts Rodney and Sonja were soul mates.
[link to www.mensjournal.com]

I find it a huge coincidence that Sonja Wolter just happens to be at the site of both strange events in Antarctica. Seems like he was a lonely guy who spent his time working and she took advantage of this to get close. Is she some sort of contract killer working for Raytheon?

One interesting note. The astrophysicist that died, his girlfriend that he was engaged to be married was on the ship as well when my brother disappeared. <- this was in reply to me showing her the story about the astrophycist dying under strange circumstances down there also. From these articles here;

When a young astrophysicist died in Antarctica, his death was blamed on natural causes. Now, David Fisher investigates whether Rodney Marks' death was the first murder on the ice
[link to www.nzherald.co.nz]

[link to www.nzherald.co.nz]
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PIN IT ! bump
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If this doesn't constitute a true conspiracy, I don't know what will... I hope this thread stays alive and gets the attention it deserves, this is after all a conspiracy and fringe forum isn't it?
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So who is Sonja Wolter? Why was she part of both events? One a murder and the other a disappearance. Why hasn't Raytheon explained the truth to Joshua's family? Why do they have so much power than even the governmental agencies in the US cower from them?

Doesn't anyone care? How can no one be interested in a real conspiracy on a conspiracy forum? Doesn't anyone find the Sonja Wolter being at both strange events in Antarctica even slightly oddly coincidental?
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So who is Sonja Wolter? Why was she part of both events? One a murder and the other a disappearance. Why hasn't Raytheon explained the truth to Joshua's family? Why do they have so much power than even the governmental agencies in the US cower from them?

Doesn't anyone care? How can no one be interested in a real conspiracy on a conspiracy forum? Doesn't anyone find the Sonja Wolter being at both strange events in Antarctica even slightly oddly coincidental?
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Raytheon is a VERY large company - having worked for them in the past all I can tell you is they walk between the raindrops, just like Halliburton !
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Very strange goings on...
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watch The Event.
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Very strange story.

I feel sad for his family, they probably will never find out the truth of the situation.
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Antartic Stargate.
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Very strange story.

I feel sad for his family, they probably will never find out the truth of the situation.
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The truth is there, someone in Raytheon knows. You can't destroy information, if people seek it, it will be found. If people demanded the truth they would get it, whether they accept it, or like it, is another matter. Raytheon can't make everyone disappear.
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This reminds me of a movie i saw a while ago. I wonder if theyre connected in some way.




Since this story was in 2006 aand the release of the movie in 2009, could it be connected in someway?

For those of you who havent seen the movie this basically sums it up.

[link to en.wikipedia.org]
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this is the clip
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So sorry for your loss. I truly hope you will eventually get the answers you seek. Keep digging!!
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Tio
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So sorry for your loss. I truly hope you will eventually get the answers you seek. Keep digging!!
kittykitty
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This has nothing to do with me, I just felt this needed some public attention. It surely is bizarre, especially the fact that Sonja Wolter happened to be connected to both events.
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he was prolly an annoying bitch and went for a swim , shit like that happens
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he was prolly an annoying bitch and went for a swim , shit like that happens
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Sounds like something you should be doing right now... go swim in some lava.
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he was prolly an annoying bitch and went for a swim , shit like that happens


Sounds like something you should be doing right now... go swim in some lava.
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lmao

Good thread...Im working on the old half dead lap top this morning...not sure of my password gahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

This is quite interesting scratching
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Indeed it is, I found it as one of the news entries on some scientific antarctic division website. To me it seemed strange before I even contacted Joshua's sister. Who disappears off a ship with no trace to be found and multiple conflicting stories to boot.
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Ok you won me over and you get a pin.

I am calling alien abduction here.

damned
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the lad discovered something in the warehouse, but he wasn't sure what it was - didn't make sense. So, he went to the file cabinet, but there was nothing about the crate. he thought he had been careful, but somebody figured it out - based on time, that it was he who had been snooping around. Poor guy didn't have it figured out. He was put on the boat as cover. His draft email shared his questions, but he was so unsure of it that he didn't send it. He was in wrong place at wrong time. It wasn't an issue with raytheon the company - but with the entity. best if the family lets it die with him, as the evidence is gone now and that part of the goings on can no longer be stopped. The girlfriend is not the assassin - she watches. Bigger bigger than raytheon. Leave it alone. it will come undone of its own devices.
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Ok you won me over and you get a pin.

I am calling alien abduction here.

damned
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Yay thanks, glad to see some mods still interested in legitimate conspiracies :)
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We still have no answers as to whether he is alive or gone.
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Strange wording... no?
Alive or .. gone?

I mean.. normally you would expect to hear alive.. or .. dead..

Gone?

Just struck me as odd

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