He also hung out with Robert Simpson.
Yes, they were good friends
Wasn't his Danny's girlfriend, volunteer to help in the search? I believed he accompanied her with the search.
Both Danny and his girlfriend Stacey helped in the search for Trenny on October 9, 1976.
He was jock.
Why was Danny Johnson chosen to help assist in the search?
He was a well-known athlete and photographer at Bearden. His girlfriend was a track and field star.
Did anyone later send in cadaver dogs to the SMNP?
Have there been any sightings in the 44 years since?
Cadaver dogs was far more a specialized science in 1976. I have correspondence from Mr Gibson’s lawyer asking for the services of a dog from New York that was trained in recovering the deceased.
Was the coat given back, or was it removed?
Like the rings the comb was a trophy or souvenir of the moment.
Didn't her brother find it in Roberts car?
He retrieved his coat, the comb in the pocket. All that Trenny lost that day and he didn’t even lose his coat.
True it wouldn't but that's the unknown question. Several students claim they knew, other say they didn't.
45 year old memories in some cases. In others, it’s safer to say they knew where they were headed. Because if Trenny wanted to run away, she’d know where she was running from.
Just a National Forest wouldn't be a perfect place to plan a escape. Why didn't she wait till her mother was out of site than get in a car and leave from the school parking lot.
Exactly. Or leave from her job. Really, she could have left from anywhere in Knoxville if she wanted to leave that badly.
Don't forget to add the hour plus wasted before the Park was called.
From the NPS Report , some time after her disappearance a recently abandon campsite was discovered on the south face of Clingmans Dome. Not sure if Hazel Creek or Bone Valley Trails were searched.
But the drop and pick up points might've been two different addresses.
Touching Base. Would that be a good idea Leaving to return then retrieve to again leave. The area would be hot for a while.
Remember, Jack of Whitechapel collected ties
Robert beside not having having been seen or hiking with the others in the class. He also is quoted have been the last one back to the bus.
That's a enigma nothing is mentioned just that he drove the bus.
What did the bus driver do for the 6+ hours they were on the hike? Is Wayne Dunlap still alive?
The bus driver was mandated to remain with the bus. With that being said, we don’t know if he/she completely abided by that. Yes, Mr. Dunlap is alive.
Robert Simpsons dad was a lawyer. They say the dogs tracked her scent to the road. What if robert and his dad came back later that evening and took the body out of the park to hide it?
Were the cigarette butts and beer can kept as evidence.
The only thing that'd lure her off the path, thinking about that long ride back, someone was smoking off the trail. She probably smelled it as she was walking and they offered her one.
the Tower has been an enigma , it was encased in fog, and never searched when she was first discovered missing.
Strange that footprints were found in sand, that he could even tell precisely the make of the shoe when there had been a torrential downpour the evening/night that Trenny disappeared. Fresh prints?
Is there a roster of all of the students that attended the field trip?
It would be interesting to get insight from all of the 40 students, verses the few who gave statements to the police.
Yes there is. Some interviewed gave statements to the police, some did not. A few are deceased. Some silent. Some declined to participate.
I was at Wayne's and Lynn's wedding, I knew them from college while I was studying Agriculture.
Isn’t it more than a bit odd that a Quartermaster in the US Army can keep track of weapons, supplies, and what have you, and then loses a student on a field trip?
The Cataloochee Valley and National Park.
Rumoured a lot of illegal activities goes on in the park, like drug manufacturing.
Very true those mountains keep there secrets, legends from the Trail of Tears, though to today.
If you want, reach out to the author of STILL MISSING. He's Michael Bouchard. He'll be more than happy to assist with this.
The NPS will not admit to it but the same happened to Dennis Martin Jr in 1969. There have been individuals coming into that park and others as well committing crimes and getting away with it.
The coat having been worn by two different individuals, might've been a issue with the tracking dog's.
Very valid point. The mingled scents may have confused the dogs to some degree
Also, back several years ago, when Chris's Crime Forum was up, remember a post stating the owner of the coat, got it back before she disappeared.
NPS states she wore it when she vanished, but then again, they made several other mistakes. If Robert got the coat back, that may explain how he had her comb, we know he kept that, it was in his car.
True, he sent the student back to Andrew's Bald.
Interesting after losing one of the students, he and another student went on a search, he separated from the student and did a independent search in a opposite direction to Double Spring's.
Does anyone know if anybody besides Wayne Dunlap saw those footprints at the shelter that day? Has it ever been verified that they were even there, it could have been made up.
True, I forgot that trail, and a out of the way parking lot. The question is was she heading in that direction, or being driven?
Also the Road Prong Trail, has a parking lot, and a little over 3 miles from US 441.
There's a shelter at Mount Collins, on the Sugarland trail, about a klick from a junction with the AT.
Does anyone know if Trenny's parents are still alive?
Tell me it was just a dream. 10/08/76 3:15.
Yes, if the cigarette butts had been retained at least for a DNA sample. That was really the only tangible evidence besides the beer can, and a few broken ferns. The truth has a way of manifesting.
I'd be interested to know if they retained the evidence in this case, and whether they ever ran any DNA tests on the beer can. Its interesting that it was left unfinished.
Yes, prayer's for the missing hiker, her family, and the search and rescue team's, for there safe return.
Really makes one wonder about what’s going on. Nearly 42 years later, another hiker is missing in the same area that Trenny vanished from. Been missing a week today. Here’s hoping that she is found
It's sad, that another hiker, is missing in the same general area as Trenny, and at about the same time of year.
Yes, all they’d need to do would be to keep her from calling out or screaming. Granted, thick fog messes with sounds.
Very true, plus someone that actively knew the trails, could've moved her during the search, until the time was right, to exit her to a waiting vehicle.
The search stopped for awhile that evening and then picked up again. In the span of the halt in searching, she could have been taken to a waiting vehicle and whisked out of the Park.
True, the fog was thick, the tower was incased, with thick fog, sad, no one thought to check the tower, plus, misting rain on and off all day.
Likely hidden at the observation tower in the thick fog until it was deemed safe to move her. Dogs tracked her scent to the base of the tower. Park shouldn’t have been too full of people that day.