Here are a few pictures from today. It was an exciting day for us. We were in the mountains all day like we are most days off. At the peak of a mountain, my wife points out something shiny. Women are naturally attracted to shiny things.
Turned out to be shattered vehicle glass. Shattered, but in one piece held together by the tint. Since there is much wind and dust in the mountains and the glass was clean, we believed it to be recent.
We followed the trail of various vehicle parts right over the cliff and found this. You can see it around 2:00 of center.
We weren't able to see the rust on the hood until we downloaded the pictures later. Had we seen it, we would have known it was an old wreck and let the police know a helicopter wasn't needed. They weren't upset at all. One of them told me they enjoy getting out to the mountains even if it is work related.
Not long after the helicopter arrived on scene, another police officer arrived at our location above in a truck. I was able to listen to his communications with the helicoter crew. Fortunately, the vehicle was empty.
What a terrible way that would have been to die. I imagine anyone going over that cliff would have pressed the brake pedal the whole way down. No dead bodies. The helicopter circled for another hour looking for any potentional victims.
As it turns out, it was a stolen vehicle.
Here is a better view of the helicopter as it circled behind us.