According to the Prescott Courier of Arizona, in 1988 on the night of Halloween, a man called Larry Rivers was driving along a dirt road in the desert when he came across a man out walking alone. Mr Rivers slowed his car down and after opening his window, he asked the man; “What are you doing out here?”
“I’m looking for the beast,” came the reply from the man on foot.
The man’s name was David Stone, and he was wearing just a T-shirt and shorts, despite it being winter. This would later be believed to be the last time he was seen alive. Nearly a week later, he was officially reported missing, although he would not actually be found until four years later. Former Deputy Sheriff, William Cavliere said, “It’s just about the strangest thing that ever happened round here.”
When David Stone was reported missing, the search effort to find him was massive. Planes flew over-head, teams of searchers covered and re-covered the ground with bloodhounds. His tracks were found; but it seemed they simply just stopped, in the middle of no-where. There was no sign of him. His footprints just suddenly stopped.
The missing man, David Stone, had been travelling en-route from San Diego to El Paso in Texas, where he was due to be best-man at a friend’s wedding. When he didn’t arrive for the wedding, his father contacted all of the Sheriff’s offices between San Diego and El Paso. None of them had received any reports about him, but the Sheriffs in New Mexico did subsequently locate his car abandoned on route 80, approximately fifteen miles south of Forks Road, parked at an odd angle.
The search for him lasted almost two weeks until it was called off. It would not be until four years later that three hunters stumbled across some bones in a granite outcrop in the desert, about a mile from the highway. Ken Melhberg, one of the hunters, said that he thought at first they were animal bones, but as he got closer to them, the first bone he picked up looked to him like a human jaw-bone. He realized then that the bones were probably not animal at all; they looked distinctly human. The hunter said the skull appeared to be shattered from the back, but the exact cause of the missing man’s death was unable to be determined by the medical examiner, Dr Mani Ehteshami. He said, “He did not sustain any injury before or at the time of his death.” Although his skull was in pieces, the Dr. believed this was due to animal predation.
No personal items were found with the bones; no car keys, wallet, clothes. They were all missing. The only thing that was found, were the remains of his shoes. Leader of the County Search team, Ralph Dawdy said that their search for the missing man was; “One of the strangest” in his long years of co-ordinated searches. The reason for this is that when David Stone walked into the desert, he left behind him some very mysterious and hard to fathom clues. He left his car near some pyramid shaped mountains, and as searchers followed his initial trail, which led them northwest from his car, they came across a pile of small rocks that appeared to have been formed into a pyramid shape and enclosed by a triangle of rocks.
The following day, the searchers found another pyramid of rocks further on, and beside this lay the missing man’s Rolex watch. Mr Stone had been a very successful Stock-broker and he was wealthy enough to have been able to afford a Rolex. A couple of miles further on, the searchers discovered some writing in the sand of the desert. As they looked more closely at the writing, they realized that it was the Fibonacci sequence of numbers, which is 0.1.1.2.18.104.22.168.21, except in this case, instead of the traditional ending of the number 21, it ended at 18. Why would David Stone change the configuration of the sequence? Over the years, people have theorized that this subtle alteration may have been Stone’s way of signalling that he needed help; that he was leaving a sign that he was in trouble and needed help. But, if he did need help, what was happening to him?
The bloodhounds led the searchers on a 13-mile trek, following Stone’s scent close to Highway 80, where it then just stopped. In his abandoned car, investigators discovered a note which said; “They think the WORD is in the safe. Six knives in Rob’s room. You buy your tea and you takes your chances Halloween….”
What did this message mean? And what did it have to do with Stone’s disappearance? Why was he building pyramids in the sand and writing the Fibonacci sequence deliberately wrongly? And even more strangely, what did he mean when he told the driver who stopped to ask if he was alright, “I’m looking for the beast….?”