The Pecos Triangle gets it name from the Bermuda Triangle. Both places are ripe with unexplained vanishings. These mysterious disappearances baffle the authorities and seasoned searchers.
This section will concentrate on the strange goings on outside of the northern New Mexico town of Pecos. What is behind these vanishings? An animal, a lunatic, a monster, extra terrestrials or some type of portal? You be the judge, and if you have any info contact me--- main is at bottom of page.
Mel "Melvin" Nadel, age 61, vanished outside of Pecos, near Elk Mountain on Sunday Sept 6, 2009. His disappearance defies scientific explanation.
Mel was a successful businessman at the time of his mysterious vanishing he owned and ran a pilates gym, previous to that he owned a jewelry store.
Small in nature,5'2", 135 pounds, Brooklyn born Mel was martial artist who had attained the rank of Black Belt. Mel was in good shape, he was not some overweight bowling ball of man.
Mel had lived in Santa Fe since 1991, he was happily married and was the father of a 18 year old home schooled teenage daughter. He and his family lived in the exclusive El Dorado area which is south of Santa Fe.
On Sept 6, 2009, Mel who had a soft quiet voice joined two of his friends on Elk Mountain which is North of Pecos, New Mexico. Pecos is roughly 16 Miles from Santa Fe.
The Elk Mountain area is a forest that is bisected by trails, private lanes and logging roads. The mountain and landscapes around it are not the desolate Himalayas. The lights of Pecos and Santa Fe can be seen along with cabin lights, at night, depending on where you are at. The quadrant is filled with landmarks be it the Sangre De Cristo Mountains or the downwards slopes of the Pecos valley, cow creek, etc.
Mel parked his 2001 Cherokee jeep near his friends vehicles and walked over to the nearby base camp which was very close to a forest road. After discussing their plans, around 4:30 PM, Mel's two friends went into the back country to hunt Elk. Mel had decided to build a blind near the camp, if something came by that was fine, if he did not bag anything, that was fine.
When his pals, Joe Muniz and his brother in law returned to the base camp at 7PM, Mel was nowhere to be seen. The camp and surroundings were searched, however Mel's jeep was parked off the dirt road near the hunter's vehicles, that fact ruled out the notion that Mel had returned to Santa Fe.
The hunters became concerned and thought that Mel had somehow become lost. The two men blasted their air horn and fired off their weapons in hopes the noise would help Mel find the camp. After reasoning that enough time had elapsed, the men called the authorities and reported that Mel was missing.
When it comes to missing adults, the constables first consider the idea that the missing had run off with a member of the opposite sex. This idea was put to rest. Mel was a happily married man of 19 years, and had no financial problems.
The search for Mel commend the next day, the search quickly grew into one of the largest dragnets that Pecos New Mexico had ever had. During the search hundreds of "Official" rescuers looked for Mel while hundreds of "Unofficial" searchers scoured the area.
Airplanes, helicopters, all terrain vehicles, horsemen, and people on foot looked for the lost man. Sadly, Mel was never found.
On the day he went missing Mel was dressed for the wilderness. He wore polypropylene underwear, which is the best thermal clothes you can buy. He was also attired in thermal socks, a camflauge turtleneck, shirt and pants, along with a camouflage jacket and hiking boots.
Mel was armed with a Martin bow with arrows, a .44 Special revolver and a hunting knife. On his wrist was a black Seiko watch and around his neck was his lucky 13 pendant that he designed when he ran his jewelry store. Mel had been born on March 13th.
On wednesday September 9th, a storm ripped into the Pecos area and the search was called off and then resumed the next day.
What is so odd, is that during the first days of the search, Mel's footprints were found by search dogs, the prints led--depending on which report you read- 50 to 150 yards away from the camp, the prints followed a trail. Then Mel's prints are truncated, they go no farther. 50-150 yards from base camp is not a long distance, most people would feel very safe this close to their camp, a point of reference.
However, Mel's scent and footprints end at this point, 50-150 yards away from the camp, they do not go off to the left or right. At this location there is no sign of struggle as in Mel being attacked by an animal or human. There is no blood, torn clothing, spent shell casings, arrows or bear or mountain lion prints.
What happened to Mel? None of the limited evidence made sense.
If Mel had been drug off by an animal there would be evidence of that, if Mel had panicked and run away into the wilderness or had become delusional due to a heart attack again their would be evidence of it.
Mel's footprints just stop. Is it possible he carefully backtracked to the camp then to the road and had somebody pick him up, and he then went underground, as into a new life. According to the experts, no. None of Mel's monied accounts have ever been touched. Also, Mel was very happy with his family life.
How can a man not leave one shred of evidence behind as in what became of him? None of his arrows or bow or any shred of clothing have ever been found, and that area where he disappeared has been repeatedly searched through the years.
If Mel was at the camp when he disappeared, there is no evidence of a struggle at this site. At the camp there are no animal prints, drag marks, blood, bits of clothing, spent casings, etc.
During the search Mel's Philippina wife, Edna said , "People just don't disappear." In Mel's case, they do, and there is no shred of data indicating what overwhelmed him, or where he went or was taken to.
The road through PECOS to ELK MOUNTAIN where Mel vanished. The area where Mel vanished would be to the East of the Pecos canyon or to the right on this picture, but further up and off of dirt roads.
There are picnic areas and paths + timber roads + fire breaks in this area, look at the following photos, the area is not like a trackless AMAZON jungle or many layered VERMONT FOREST, there are fields and points of reference = mountains or repeater station (RADIO TOWER)..
Cows are found in some of the areas, ranchers pay a fee to the FED and the animals graze in the National forest, later on they are rounded up. Again-- this area is not TRACKLESS. To the unknowing eye-- the ELM MOUNTAIN may look like a WILDERNESS -- but it is not. Farther NORTH into the area beyond SANTA FE's HYDE PARK, the terrain gets rough, but not in the ELK MONTAIN AREA. The place has been hunted and trail blazed since the conquistadors first got here in the 1500s.
The area is not DARKEST AFRICA -- the place is cut with fire breaks, hiking trails, old Indian trails, paths to old abandoned pioneer tracts, etc. There are areas, where there are no trees, where you can get your bearings if you loose your compass, in other words with is not the HIMALAYAS. Point being, how could Mel have never been found? It was a many times over, thorough search, and Mel was no fool. Below: The area is cut by all kinds of creeks that feed into the Pecos River. If you go down into the valley you get to Soldier's Creek which intersect the Pecos, there are cabins and trails on this and other creeks, and eventually you get to the town of Pecos.
Below this area is where the HQ was located at for the big search, in front of the metal corals.
If lost, you can find a path, a trail, a road, an open field-----you will be found... With the search that was mobilized for Mel, a plane, helicopter, person on foot or horseback will find the missing person. The searchers scoured quadrants, and worked an area in a line movement, but remember--- MEL's FOOTPRINTS were found and they just truncated as if he had vanished at that spot.
Have any info on these mysteries or on other vanishings contact me (ALLAN) and send me the data--
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Stanley Vigil is 50 years old, 5'10" and about 200 lbs. He went missing November 7, 2017. More info on this to follow on the below page