Devils Den Arkansas

Rodney Letterman - strange disappearances in the US wilderness

Rodney Letterman disappearance Devil's Den

Rodney Letterman, disappeared 28 August 2017, Devil's Den State park, West Fork, Arkansas.

Rodney Letterman, age 33 of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, was last seen hiking on the Butterfield Trail in the Devil's Den State Park in Arkansas with a friend Sunday 28th August 2017, when they were separated.

Rodney's friend went back to the car around noon to get high blood pressure medication for him. When he returned to the trail, his partner was gone. The weather was fortunately mild at the time, but plenty of drinking water is advisable at that time of the year.

Butterfield hiking trail Devils den sign

Butterfield Hiking Trail is a 14.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near West Fork, Arkansas that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail gets its name from the Butterfield Stagecoach.  It starts at the Devil's Den State Park.  The terrain is pretty rough, lots of uphills and loose rocks with downed trees covering the trail and overgrown vegetation.

Rodney was carrying water (only 1.5 litres) but no back pack.

Butterfield hiking trail Devils Den

Search and rescue teams from several counties as well as the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism scoured the area of Devil’s Den State Park on foot as well as using ATVs and horses.   Searchers located the cellphone belonging to Rodney but other clues were not disclosed. His wife Stacia said "“He wasn’t feeling good before he went and was exhausted and didn’t have his medicine and we know he doesn’t have his phone; it was found at the campsite.”

As of December 2017, no trace of Rodney has been located. Like many similar cases, a group of hikers become separated and one disappears for good. It was interesting that the cellphone was found at the campsite. Foul play or just wandered off the trail waiting for his friend?