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Miltonmonkey

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#1 13 years ago

'Drowned' man resurfaces 12 years later

By KATU Web Staff and Brian Barker SAINT HELENS, Ore. - The story would read like a good movie script if it wasn't all true: a businessman and father of three heads out for a day of fishing, never to return.

The police cannot find a body or solve the case, and eventually they file a death certificate. His business fails, his wife remarries, the kids grow up, his family moves on.

Then, 12 years later, the missing man turns up alive and well.

But this is no movie, and now a family, police and the people who lost their jobs when Rick McCullah disappeared want some answers.

People in Saint Helens first realized that something was strange when McCullah was named as a surviving relative in his father's obituary.

A former employee of McCullah read the obituary and contacted the St. Helens Chronicle newspaper to let them know they had made a mistake. Rick McCullah was dead. Or at least he was assumed to be dead.

The newspaper then contacted the family to confirm the information, only to be told that Rick McCullah was indeed alive and living in Idaho. The Chronicle then broke the story in a front-page article.

Last year, McCullah contacted his sister. Perhaps suffering from a guilty conscience, he asked her to contact his wife, now remarried, in a bid to catch up with his family. His sister had always kept in touch with his wife. Janet McCullah had changed her name and moved to California with the couple's kids.

Upon hearing the news that Rick was still alive, his now ex-wife contacted the Columbia County Sheriff's Office to inform them of Rick's whereabouts.

But the police told her that while laws may have been broken, the statute of limitations had run out, and there was nothing they could do.

However, questions remain: why did he pull the disappearing act? What has he been doing in the decade since the infamous fishing trip?

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#2 13 years ago

Perhaps he just faked his drowning then moved to Idaho, changed his name or hid, or something. So he was alive for 12 years but he never contacted anyone or had a slip-up with a credit card or a bill for 12 years. I think the real question is, how did he survive in Idaho for 12 years?




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#3 13 years ago
Phoenix_22Perhaps he just faked his drowning then moved to Idaho, changed his name or hid, or something.

Well he never said he "drowned" :lol: That is just what people believe after he disappeared. It was no doubt a plan, seems like he wasn't happy with his life, or his business and wanted an easy way out to restart his life. :uh




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#4 13 years ago

Hm...I wonder how he wasn't recognized in Idaho? Well now he's got a lot of explaining to do :p




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#5 13 years ago

I think a devorce would have been better for him financialy since if he was decleared "dead" his wife would heir all his property (money). Unless he had a secret swiss banl account, heh.




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#6 13 years ago

Maybe he hated his family, and hit the reset button, but he accidentally saved before, so, he ended up having to go back to the same level he was on, that same level he couldn't beat. Sorry if you don't get that, i just put it into a bit different perspective. Drugs're bad, m'kay?




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#7 13 years ago

wow tahts some crazy shit, really strange, well i bet that must have been a shock for the wife.




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#8 13 years ago

I bet is was a shock for everyone.

'Hi kids, heres your father, the one who disapeared 12 years ago...'




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#9 13 years ago

That's pretty weird. I agree with those who said that he was probably just looking for the way to restart his life, but I'm guess that perhaps something would have been easier than pulling that whole scheme.




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#10 13 years ago

But then again, why would you go to Idaho? I mean really, Idaho? That's one of the places you don't want to hide.




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