On January 16, 1987 Joseph David Helt, age 17, an Ellenville High School student, went missing without a trace. Joe was out late partying at the remnants of the old Mount Cathalia Lodge, just outside of Ellenville, NY. After spending some time at Mount Cathalia, Joe left with three friends. According to their accounts, the car they were in got stuck in a ditch and they were unable to get the car out.
They stated that Joe left to walk 5 miles back down the mountain to Ellenville, and shortly after the other three left to do the same. They all made it home safely, but Joe was never seen again. Nothing was ever found, no trace of Joe, no evidence that he had even been on the mountain. Joe simply disappeared without a trace.
Recently a witness came forward stating she had new information about what happened that night. She provided a statement to the police and also contacted CBS News to tell her story.
Hopefully this new information will help Joe’s family members learn what really happened to him that night.
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