6. Dennis Martin May Have Been Kidnapped By A Mountain Man.
Six-year old Dennis Martin was visiting the Smoky Mountains National Park with his family on Father’s Day Weekend of 1969. A man approached Dennis’ father, asking if their kids could play together in a game of “hide and go seek”. Mr. Martin agreed, but he kept his eye on Dennis from a distance. The boy went behind a tree to hide, but when it was time to come out, he never emerged. Mr. Martin immediately jumped up and started running. He continue to run for 2 miles down the Appalachian Trail screaming Dennis’ name, but he could not find his boy. He and the park rangers stayed up all night to look for him, but there were no clues about his whereabouts.
Over the next few days, thousands of people began to comb the Smoky Mountains National Park looking for Dennis Martin. Even the FBI and the green berets showed up to look through some of the most difficult areas to search. In the end, the only remains of Dennis they found was a single sock and shoe.
Years later, an investigator named David Paulides interviewed both Dennis Martin’s father, and potential witnesses in the case. The Key Family claimed that they were picnicing at the park on the same day, and they had witnessed “a hairy man” carrying something in his arms, and they heard a child’s scream. They tried to tell the police about what they saw, but they never put two and two together. Since they never found the boy’s body, it is very likely that he was kidnapped, but the description of this villain is very scary, and only adds to the mystery.