Administrator/True Crime Author
Donna G. Smith

Thursday, June 08, 2006

John Donovan Remains Found: Missing Mans Backpack Credited with Two Dallas Hikers Survival

Police and volunteers suspect they've found the remains of a Virginia man missing since vanishing in May 2005 while hiking in the Southern California wild.

The remains were found near John Donovan's backpack, which was discovered a month ago by two hikers who credited its contents for their survival. Donovan was last seen alive near the California's San Bernardino National Forest.

Last month, two hikers from Dallas -- Brandon Day and Gina Allen -- became separated from their group for three days when they found Donovan's backpack. They used matches from the pack to light a fire that signaled their location to searchers. They also used clothes found in the bag to stay warm.

The remains were found near a campsite believed to have been set up by Donovan.


  1. Anonymous1:14 PM

    its sad and also sweet how donovan left his remains for others two find if they are lost if john got out of the gourge gina and brandon wouldnt have made it he is now in gods hands

  2. Saw this on animal planet. This is bitter sweet. I also see it as a blessing. It allowed then to resources to signal for help and also gave closure to Johns family. May you rest in peace. God Bless!!