GONE MISSING: Press Release

For Immediate Release


 -- Pilot Airs Sunday, November 2nd at 10 P.M. ET/PT --

Santa Fe, NM — October TK, 2008 – Outside magazine today announced that its TV division, Outside Television, has partnered with the Travel Channel to produce an upcoming pilot for a new mystery-adventure program called Gone Missing. The inaugural episode, titled “Vanished in Papua,” documents the real-life disappearance of Michael Rockefeller, son of Governor Nelson Rockefeller, who vanished without a trace in New Guinea on November 18, 1961.

“Gone Missing: Vanished in Papua” is hosted by Outside correspondent Tim Sohn, who retraced the 23-year-old oil heir’s final journey. Rockefeller had traveled to the remote Asmat region of New Guinea to collect intricate wood carvings by local artists for the Museum of Primitive Art in New York. While he was traveling in the coastal waters of the Arafura Sea, his boat swamped and lost power. He attempted to swim to shore and was never seen again. His fate remains one of the 20th century’s great unsolved mysteries.

Did Rockefeller drown battling the powerful tidal currents? Succumb to the sharks and crocodiles that inhabit the coastal waters? If he did make it to shore, was he eaten by cannibals? As Sohn attempts to solve the mystery of the missing heir, he follows Rockefeller’s final steps and uncovers some remarkable new clues. His search culminates with a swim through the same shark-infested waters where Rockefeller was last seen alive.

“Rockefeller's disappearance has stuck with me since I wrote about it for Outside in 2003,” said Sohn. “So I jumped at the opportunity to retrace his final days in New Guinea. But I didn’t fully appreciate how wild a place the Asmat region still is. There were times on the trip when I wondered if we would ever make it out of the jungle, and even when we did, it took me two weeks to recover from a fever I picked up along the way.”

Sohn’s story, which appears in the November 2008 issue of Outside and at Outside Online (http://outsideonline.com/gonemissing), reveals behind-the-scenes mishaps and scary moments that the film crew encountered while chasing Rockefeller’s ghost. Sohn, who frequently takes on risky assignments for Outside, like BASE jumping and training with Navy SEALS, first wrote about Rockefeller’s disappearance in an October 2003 Outside article.

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