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Some of the info on the page was taken from an article on Joseph Giacalone's blog
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"Mystery on the Mountain: The Disappearance of Joseph Helt"
The Disappearance of Joseph Helt Ellenville New York Case Still Haunts Town:


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On January 16, 1987 Joseph David Helt, age 17, who lived in Ellenville NY, left a party with
3 young men he had an altercation with earlier that night
and mysteriously and disappeared. For 25 years, no trace of him has ever been found
But Someone knows what happened to him

On that cold night in 1987, just like many other Friday nights, Joe and other teenagers and friends of his were
at their "hang out" - The Mount Cathalia Ski Lodge, Which was in Cragsmoor, NY just 3 miles outside of Ellenville NY
The Lodge had been long ago abandoned, having had a fire in the late 1970s. But the building next to the lodge,
which served as a full bar with a fire pit when the lodge was in operation, remained intact.
It was this building the kids used as their party spot.

That evening, witnesses have told police, Joe spent time at Mt. Cathalia talking with different people and at one
point he got into a fight with three particular individuals:
The fight got so heated people started to move away,
for fear it was about to get more violent. After the fight Joe nervously asked someone for a ride home,
but this person already had a car full of people and could not take Joe.
About an hour later, Joe left the party with these three individuals one of their cars car.
Little did Joe's friends know, it was the last time anyone would see him.

From the time Joe left the Lodge, the only people to see him were the three in the car with him.
They claim they went for a ride down a road not far from the party called Sam's Point Road,
about 2 1/2 miles away. They claim the car got stuck in a ditch about 1 mile from the Sam's Point Preserve gatehouse
Near Lake Martanza

and also said after several failed attempts to get the car out, Joe got upset and decided to walk the 5+ miles back
to Ellenville alone. By this time it was around 3:30am in the middle of January. It was well below freezing and Joe was NOT wearing a winter coat
all witnesses said he wore a camouflage jacket and sweatshirt that night and he did not have gloves or a hat.
He was wearing high top sneakers. BUT had No winter gear at all.

Two of the boys with Joe, claim to have left 20 minutes after Joe and walked the 2+ miles to one of their houses
The third claims to have walked alone to his home
What really happened that night ? The three Joe Fought with earlier made it safely back home,
but Joe was never seen again.

In a Times Herald Record article dated Jan. 20th, entitled "Buddies Join in Search on Ridge", one of those with Joe
told the reporter, another of the three called him at 3:30pm on Sat. Jan 17th to tell him, Joe was missing
http://tinyurl.com/7kzbdxs here is a link to That INFO ABOUT jOE story:

However, there is a timeline discrepancy as - no one knew Joe was actually missing
until after 5pm on Sat. Jan 17th.
One of the boys who fought with Joe is quoted in the article stating he and another of them had knowledge Joe was missing
a full two hours before it was known he was actually missing.

Joe's mother, Lee Ann, had expected Joe to stay with friends the night of the 16th and
then go to work the night of the 17th at the Napanoch Auction Barn. When Joe failed to show up for his shift,
his boss, Vic, called Joe's mother, who then checked around for Joe and when it became apparent Joe was
nowhere to be found, she contacted Ellenville Police.

Searchers got up to the mountain late afternoon, Sat. Jan. 17th to start looking for Joe.
It started to snow that night, and over the next few days a heavy snow storm moved into the area
dumping over 2 feet of snow on the area. The search was called off after just 6 days.

Even through the storm, search and rescue teams scoured the mountain for 6 days,
searching near Sam's Point and the surrounding area. The search teams included NY State Forest Rangers,
State Police helicopters, tracking dogs, local police, numerous friends,
relatives and neighbors.
But no trace of Joe, no evidence he had even been on the mountain. Joe simply disappeared without a trace.
In fact, one of the NYS DEC rangers stated in newspaper articles "no tracks were ever found where the three claimed the car got stuck"
The ranger also voiced his belief "there was more to this story than was told".
see article in Times Herald Record, 4/1/1990 "Mystery on Mountain Goes Unsolved" HERE
Spring came and the snow thawed, additional search efforts commenced, but again, no trace of Joe was found.

Within weeks of Joe's disappearance, one of the boys he fought with was mysteriously packed up by his father and
sent to Tennessee to live with his mother. After many years in Tennessee (Hamilton County),
and a brief return to New York, the boy then moved to Vermont where he still lives to this day.

Witnesses have come forward, each of whom had direct conversation with the three boys Joe fought with on that fateful night.
According to the witnesses, the three each made different statements, which indicating their initial account
of the night's events were inaccurate THEY TOLD POLICE there was no altercation between them and Joe
BUT One of the three made statements of questionable behavior on the part of one of the three and it led to something happening to Joe.

Joe's case was assigned in 2010 to a State Police Detective, Thomas Fortuna, and a missing persons flier was put together.
It was at that time, 23 years after Joe disappeared, he was first registered with the
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Joe's case was added to the NYS Police Missing Person's site in April 2011.
Why he was never added to these sites earlier remains a mystery. Curiously, in an NBC interview in February 2011,
a NYS Police spokesperson stated "the three have never and are not considered persons of interest or suspects"
Who is looking the other way ??????

New evidence has recently come to light which has given a couple of new leads to investigators.
The investigators are in the process of following these leads right now. If things are followed up on,
these leads could very well lead to answers in Joe's case.

Please get more info on Joe's case on facebook bY Googling 'Joe Helt is Missing"
You will find news articles, watch news videos and take a look at photos of Joe on the sites in the return of the search
Joe's family is currently raising a reward for information in his case.
To donate, please go to

If you have any information, we urge you to call the lead investigator in Joe's case, Mr. Thomas Fortuna of the NYS Police.
His direct phone number is 845-626-2863. You can also reach the private investigator working with Joe's family,
Mr. Robert Rahn, at 1-800-490-2267.

Additional news accounts on Joe's case from 1987 to current:

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