Man finds eerie missing person 'shrine' in N.Y. woods

(USA TODAY) -- A man hiking in New York earlier this week, stumbled upon what appeared to be an eerie shrine to missing people.

James Tiberius Rankin posted a video on Facebook, as he walked through the woods in Berkeley Jackson County Park on October 3. The video has been viewed over one million times.

In the video, Rankin says he was hiking when he found an area with laminated missing person flyers attached to trees. The missing people in the photos were real, and included Jennifer Kesse, a Florida woman who went missing in 2006.

“Look what these … are,” Rankin said in the video as he showed the missing person photos. “These are all different … people. This is Utah, Florida; they are all different… every single one.”

Rankin said on Facebook that he reported what he found to police, and was later told that the homeowner of a nearby property said the flyers were set up for a Halloween party.

“What I wanna know is, if these were "Halloween party" decorations, why have they been hanging there for weeks or months,” Rankin said on Facebook. “Because it was plainly obvious that the stuff had been there for quite a while, and not set up recently.”

Suffolk County Police confirmed to Patch that Rankin contacted them about what he found at Berkeley Jackson County Park on Monday. Officials said the situation is "active," but did not elaborate, Patch reported.

Warning: Explicit language is used in the video. 


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