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On a cold winter night in 1978, five men from Yuba County, California traveled to nearby Chico to see a UC Davis Aggies basketball game. None of them returned. What should have been a quick road tripturned into a mystery that has lasted for over 40 years. Their car was found abandoned 2.5 hours away in the opposite direction that would have taken them home. Their disappearance has baffled law enforcement for decades and the mystery has never been solved.
The friends, Bill Sterling, Jack Huett, Ted Weiher, Jack Madruga, and Gary Mathias were affectionally known as "The Boys." They had gotten to know each other through a local program for the mentally handicapped, and they all played basketball for that same program. Two of them had slight intellectual disabilities, two were simply declared “slow learners,” and Mathias was diagnosed with schizophrenia, possibly from drug use while in the U.S. Army.
The next day, when The Boys didn't return to their homes their families notified the police who urgently tried to locate the missing men. The drive from Yuba to Chico was straightforward and should only have taken about an hour. However, Mathias' car, his most prized possession, was found abandonded up the side of a mountain approximately 2 1/2 hours in the opposite direction as home.
Six months later, after the snow melted, the emaciated body of Ted was found in a forest service trailer. The bones of Sterling, Huett and Madruga were found not too far from the trailer. Gary Mathias' body has never been found. The bodies were 19 miles from the car, up the side of the mountain. It seemed that finding the bodies only raised more questions than answers
In Tonight’s episode is the third, and final, episode in a three-part series on the Yuba County Five. On the last two episodes, I’ve told you a little about The Boys, as they were called, and their mental disabilities, the trip they took and their disappearance. I’ve also taken a look at some of the evidence that was left behind and discussed my primary suspect, Joseph Schons. Tonight, I’ll finish up by going over my top six theories of what happened to The Boys.
Were they somehow forced up that mountain? It certainly seems so. If that's true, then who, or what, forced them to do so? Why were they hiding? Why didn't they start a fire in the Ranger shack or eat all of the C-Rations that were there? Was Gary Mathias the one responsible for all of them being there? If so, why?
Unfortunately, we will probably never know what happened to The Boys or why. What we do know is that they somehow made it to that mountain for some unknown reason. The families are left without much closure, and they, just like the rest of us, are continuing to seek out answers to riddles that may never be solved.
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ParaReality is an hour long podcast that talks to guests from all over the world as they explore paranormal/pagan/spiritual/inspirational topics and issues including subjects related to ghosts, spirits, hauntings, apparitions, electronic voice phenomena,, the unexplained, Wicca, the esoteric, the occult, magick, cryptids, UFO sightings, medicine, alternative healing, psychic abilities, conspiracy theories, and more.
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