“Trick Questions”

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Trick Questions.”

A Pulitzer-winning reporter is writing an in-depth piece — about you. What are the three questions you hope she doesn’t ask you?


I was in Palayan City in the Philippines when I stopped at the Joross Internet cafe for an online interview with an investigative reporter from the Huffington Post.

The reporter wanted to learn of my involvement with two Eco-tourist, who disappeared in the rainforest of Aurora Memorial National Park located in the Phillippines.

I explain how I came upon the retired married couple from Grand Island Nebraska suspended in their tree hammocks where they spent the night. They asked for me to search for the ladder someone removed during the evening. I did, and after twenty minutes, I was unable to locate the ladder.

Thier hammocks were suspended forty to fifty feet into the air with ropes tied to several trees further up. They suggested, and I agreed to walk back to the trailhead and locate a park ranger to assist in helping to remove the two from their bedroom in the sky. When I last saw the two, they were inside their hammocks. Their tour guide was supposed to return to serve them breakfast, but the woman had not been seen since she left the night before.

I dropped my backpack and returned three miles to the trailhead to alert park officials. I met a hiker along the trail. I explained what I was doing, and she agreed to go to the location and stay with the couple.

When I returned with park officials and equipment to help, the couple were gone. Their hammocks were still suspended in the air, and their backpacks were at the base of the tree below. Their personal identification and money were still inside the backpacks.

Park officials soon began to search for the couple from the air and with over two hundred local town residents, military, police and volunteers on foot searching the 25-acre densely covered rain forest park.

The woman hiker was found several miles along the trail. Authorities interviewed her, and she explained the couple asked for her to continue because they were ok.

The tour guide’s family reported her missing the night before because she never returned home. After searching for two weeks, the search was called off.

One week after the search ended on Halloween morning. All three were found alive by park employees laying in front of the entrance doors of the Hundred Islands National Park headquarters. The park is located 200 kilometers west of their original reported missing location on the Philippine Island. They were emaciated, wearing only tattered, dirty underwear, and all of their body hair was removed. They showed no other signs of physical harm or injury.

They had no memory of where they were before being found or the cause of their disappearance. The couple recalls seeing me returning for help, but they did not recall the hiker who I walked past. The tour guide’s last memory was walking along the trail towards her home.

The circumstances of their disappearance and return remain a mystery. As I finished the interview, I expected the same three repetitive questions.

Why didn’t I help them down?
What do, I believe happened?
Where do I think they went?

Over the passing month’s I have provided the same statement which reads as follows. It is my opinion, the whole ordeal was a disappearing trick and a treat for their return. 🙂

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