As you may have heard. Randy Bilyeu is missing in New Mexico. Randy is an avid searcher and attended the Gaspard Book Signing event last fall at the LaFonda Hotel in Santa Fe. Many of us had the opportunity to meet Randy and his dog Leo at that event. Randy referred to themselves as Whitebeard and Spongdog.
This morning (January 16th, 2016) Search and Rescue teams are out looking for Randy after he went missing during his most recent search in New Mexico. His dog Leo, his raft and his car were found along the Rio Grande. Forrest, who met Randy and Leo sent this note:
My heart reaches out to Randy and hopes he will be found safe. He came to my book signing at the La Fonda Hotel, and was all smiles. I remember petting his little dog and feeding him a treat. Shiloh is at Cochiti Lake looking around, and I am heading out Buckman Road to the river, just to get a feel. I don’t know what else to say, except that my hope is that Randy will soon be reunited with his little dog. f
Here is a note and photos Randy sent along last fall:
Dal and Goofy-
With the passing of another Labor Day… I wanted to send you guys some
photo’s of my 14 “labor’s of love” adventures with my dog, Leo. Please feel
free to post any of these pictures on your blog if you think other searchers
will enjoy a laugh and maybe benefit from them. I am keeping my current and
favorite search a secret between me, Forrest and my dog.
Our claim to “Fenn Fame” is from being the recipient of Scrapbook # 61.
I sent Forrest a letter around Easter of April 2014 explaining to him my theory
as a deep thinking/logical treasure hunter. This is my first entry to any of the
Fenn blogs because I was afraid of accidently giving out some clues. I guess
Forrest also considers writing “old school” letters a way of whispering?
Happy hunting everybody and I really hope that someone soon finds Forrest’s chest of Gold… but everyone knows that the real treasure is the journey of life itself and enjoying nature.
P.S. Forrest’s dog Tesuque has some real competition this year. Lol
Randy and Leo Bilyeu
WhiteBeard and SpongDog
Below are the pics Randy sent with that note:
Here is a link to the story in the Santa Fe New Mexican last night about Randy being missing:
Here are a few other news stories about the search:
Here is a pic of a search and rescue individual feeding Leo near the Rio Grande. The pic was submitted by Inthechaseto. You can see Randy’s boat in the background. I don’t know any more about this photo. You can click to enlarge it.
Here is an Update from the afternoon of January 17th, from Forrest.