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post #1 of 17 Old 08-30-2011, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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Something we came across in the desert.

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.

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Here it is at full zoom. We didn't know if it was recent, so to be sure we did call the police.
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Here is the rescue helicopter they sent.
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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.
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Here is a wider shot to give a little perspective. Helicopter near center on the valley floor. Well off in the distance, top left, you can see the entire Las Vegas Strip.
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Here is The Vegas Strip zoomed in from where we were. Stratosphere to the left. Luxor and Mandalay Bay to the right.
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post #7 of 17 Old 08-30-2011, 09:22 PM
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Wow, crazy. Bad news for the owners of the vehicle though.
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It may have even been the owners that dumped it there. So many people are in over their heads with home and car payments. It wouldn't surprise me if the owner did it for insurance.
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Hmm, wonder if anything on it is salvageable...

All about that unibody life.
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post #10 of 17 Old 08-31-2011, 01:14 AM
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Were you on Potosi?
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Just east of Potosi on the Cottonwood trail. We were trying to find an easier route to the Potosi mines.
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Wow, cool story and awesome pics.
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you never know what you might find, probably stolen for a crime then dumped off

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Hmm, wonder if anything on it is salvageable...
LOL i was thinking the same thing, possibly the rear? it must be a YJ thing
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you never know what you might find, probably stolen for a crime then dumped off
Excellent observation.

Could have also been an off-roading accident. I hope the people in there werent hurt.
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