I won't respond to any of markj emotionalism, or his continued historical personal attacks and vendettas against me on CF. He doesn't know me and I certainly don't have the time for him.
To all: put away your emotions and your politics, and look to help this case rationally.
The criminal information provided is relevant. If you disagree with me (which you certainly can), please call the homicide detective on the case and ask her whether she thinks its relevant, or if it might spark someone's memory out here which leads to dormant clues that can help resolve this case.
I now stress something very strongly and very differently...
Relevance is one thing. But Probabilities
are something else entirely.
And my opinions here only - take them or leave them:
What is the probability that they might have been on some great adventure with criminal intent at their age? IMHO, probably low since its so complex and so dangerous today. Still, someone I am sure is looking into this.
More important: what is the probability that they might have been reliving
the same route
as when they were young in 1991 w/ or w/o intent? IMHO very high. Wouldn't you want to relive a great adventure in your bucket list?
What is the probability they might have been hit by a ship following their old 1991 route
with their lights off (in retrospective), or because they were careless in some other way (based on their history) given that a life preserver was found on the gulf side (at least according to Net reports)? IMHO high.
And now I also stress this: this is not the entire set of channels. This is only one epic of scenarios worth exploring and weighing.
For example: what about the other parts
of their lives - information we do not have? e.g. what about their medical history
Another example: What was the weather
like during this timeframe? I attempted to download data from NOAA on the weather
history to see if they might have run into something. I wasn't able to do this effectively in large batches and had difficulty reading and understanding it. Maybe one of you can?
I leave you with this - with the information we have been given and some of these constructs...
Based on these scenarios, do any conversations come to your memory that might help solve this case - something you might have heard in public?
Forget the boat colour etc...did you SEE anything unusual? Sailing vessels with their lights out? etc. When and where?
These are things which I believe someone might be able to answer w/ the sparks we have been given.