Charles Combs disappearance - Salt Lake Tribune 7 Jul 1936
Hunt Pressed For Man Lost At Fish Lake Sheriff Prohes Theory of Hoax or Violence Mysterious Case in FISH LAKE—A break in the weather here Sunday gave gheriff Vern M. Fairbanks and others assisting assisting in the .search for Charles Combs of Salt Lake City, missing since Wednesday, their first opportunity opportunity to make an extensive coverage coverage of the lake. They spent nearly five hours scanning scanning the surface and shore line from motor boats, but found no trace of Combs. Although facts and circumstances, says Sheriff Fairbanks, Fairbanks, do not definitely indicate Combs is in the lake, the investigation investigation will continue in that direction direction until sufficient time has elapsed for the body to come to the surface. Just how long this will take is not known but it is thought it will raise in from four to 12 days. Daily Storms Since Combs disappeared late ate Wednesday it has stormed each ay so that searchers could not emain on the lake. Evidence uncovered Saturday by heriff Fairbanks turned the inves- igation towards the possibility of iolejice or a hoax. It was thought y the investigators that Combs had een alone in the boat, but two men and two women reported Saturday Saturday having seen the boat with wo men in it near the south end of he lake. They gave an accurate escription of Combs and the boat o Sheriff Fairbanks and then posi- ively identified the boat. The informants were Mr. and Mrs. V. R. Coleman, 485 North Main treet, Logan; A. R. Love, 3824 South Fifth East street, Salt Lake City, rid Miss Elinore Perry, Mariti. According to Sheriff Fairbanks, he party of four was in a boat near the south end of the lake when hey first noticed the high powered loat coming towards them from the outh. Particular attention was ;iven the boat, due to the interest >f the men in speed boats and the act that it was headed directly for horn. When it was only about 20 ect from them it swerved sharply o avoid a collision, going between he shore and the boat containing ho four persons. On passing, il 'ollowed a zig zag course across he lake and turned to the south. Describe Boat In the meantime, while the boal vas passing within 10 or 12 feet oi he party, the quartet closely ob- >erved the boat and its occupants maintaining that they had not pre- Falling Temperatures in. Heart of Arid Region Aid Hope of Farmers GILLETTE, Wyo., June 12 UPI— Heavy rains accompanied by falling temperatures broke a. six-week drouth in the heart of the shriveled Wyoming-Montana-Dakota dry belt Sunday. Rains and temperatures in the 60s extended from Sheridan, Wyo., to South Dakota and into Montana. In many sections the rainfall was torrential. At Beulah, Wyo., groups of laugh- ,ng and chattering children played ,n mud puddles. Men and women, harassed by hot days and nights and rop failures, went about with beaming faces. Coats Donned Residents of Gillette donned coats for the first tims in weeks and collected collected in the streets to discuss animatedly animatedly the cool weather and heavy precipitation. "What will the rain and low temperatures temperatures do to the grasshoppers?" was the question on almost everyone's everyone's lips. Grasshoppers in this region have added to the desolation wrought by a pitiless sun. In swarming millions millions they have descended on range and farmland, finishing the ruin begun by the drouth. Worst This Year Except for last year, this part of Wyoming—northeastern—has suffered suffered from drouth for the last six years. But the consensus is that viously seen the boat, they described it accurately, even to the red reflector reflector on the rear, and the kind of clothes worn by Combs. They added that while watching it pass the man in the front seat of the boat pulled the seat cushion from under the prow and folded it to stand it on the seat. Then this man slumped in the seat He wore a brown coat similar to one borrowed by Combs from Bil! Clayton the day before. Combs, it was said, was wearing a dark sweater coat. Previously, witnesses had been the boat leave the wharf and head north and others had seen it coming towards towards the shore where it was later found. This was near the north end of the lake. Sheriff Fairbanks thought it possible possible that Combs had picked up a passenger after leaving the whar and then returned the to south enc of the lake. This could have been done in the hour that elapsed while he was missing and before the empty boat was found, he said. There is also the possibility of the second man in the boat being hidden hidden under the prow of the boal when Combs left the pier, presumably presumably alone.