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via NationalDayCalendar:

Please note: Names have been changed to protect the identities of the victims.

On this day in 1979, a woman and four men were abducted from Grand Teton National Park.  According to witnesses, a group of a dozen hikers headed out on March 29th with enough gear and supplies to return that Sunday evening.

Allison Rockford of Boulder, Colorado said all the hikers were experienced, and they had no trouble navigating the trail to Two Ocean Lake.

“We set up camp. Roger even commented it all seemed too easy.”

Roger Moore of Denver was the first to disappear.  “We were just getting ready to eat.  He was just gone.  Everything was gone, even his walking stick,” Jeff King, also of Boulder, explained.  “There wasn’t any sign of struggle.”

The remaining 11 hikers started a search until darkness fell and then huddled around a fire, they took turns keeping watch until morning.

They watched in pairs, and they disappeared in pairs as well.  Griffin and Jennifer Rhodes of Douglas, Wyoming, took the first watch and when the next watch came, they were gone.

Jeff and Allison both took a turn and made it through their watch.  Then Bruce Hornsby (Preston, Idaho) and Tom Wolff (Monmouth, Oregon) stood watch.  They haven’t been seen since.

Before daylight returned a piercing sound filled the forest.  “It was electronic, high pitched and painful,” Allison explained.  “I can’t describe it any other way.  We all were doubled over in pain.”

HOW TO OBSERVE

Prepare your best pranks and practical jokes. Use #AprilFoolsDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

We would be fools to think we knew precisely when April Fools’ Day was originally celebrated.

April Fools Day shares similarities with other days full of fools, tricks and merry making.

Some believe the day is celebrated in honor of the trickery Mother Nature plays on us this time of year with her unpredictable weather.

The Indian tradition of Holi which is celebrated on March 31st has the same foolery as April Fools’ day as does the Roman festival of Hilaria which was celebrated on March 25th.

The earliest known reference to April Fools’ day is in Chaucer’s 1392 Nun’s Priest’s Tale. Even so, the reference is so vague, and possibly not even occurring on the first of April, leaving doubt as to whether it is the first reference.

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