Man finds missing person ‘shrine’ in NY woods

HUNTINGTON, NY (NEWS10) – A man hiking through woods in Long Island on Monday came across a missing person “shrine”.

The hiker, James Rankin, recorded video of a number of trees containing missing person flyers from around the country. The fliers dated back at least 10 years.

There also appeared to be some kind of campsite in the woods.

Watch the video on Rankin’s Facebook profile. The video does contain explicit language. Viewer discretion is advised.

missing-4According to Rankin’s Facebook post, he says he reported the incident to police and was told that the homeowner of adjacent property claimed the circle of flyers was set up for a Halloween party.

Rankin says he’s not buying that idea because the papers have been up for too long to be considered Halloween decorations.

He went back later that day and recorded another video. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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