DEADLY ROADS: What We Can Learn Missing & Found Actor Charles Levin

today on Ratan and Cat -killer roads and what
we can learn from actor Charles Levin’s tragic end welcome to Rat and Cat where we search
survive and explore I’m Nikia new details have emerged over the death of
Charles Levin age 70 who disappeared this summer
Levin appeared in television comedies such as Seinfeld and Night Court and
dramas like NYPD Blue his disappearance exhibits bizarre yet familiar lost
person behavior Levin was last seen on June 28 2019 and then was reported
missing on July 8 the actor was found deceased in a remote area of Oregon on
July 13 reports from Grants Pass the Department of Public Safety reveals that
Levin got lost on a remote mountain road in his orange Fiat which was found in an
area of downed trees about four miles off the nearest asphalt road the police
report stated that the terrain was arduous and that the officers had to
walk 1/4 of a mile from there emergency vehicles to get to the final location of
the car which had the passenger side mirror sheared off responders reportedly
said there were several fallen trees in the area that made getting to the
vehicle particularly difficult I would have never thought that the Fiat could
have been able to make the progress down this section of the roadway the police
report stated noting that the car was finally hopelessly stuck on mounds of
Earth and material the area around the front tires appeared to have been
disturbed in an apparent attempt to free the vehicle in the car were the remains
of Levin’s pet dog pug named boo boo bear searching at night through thick
overgrowth police found Levin’s unclothed body and badly decomposed
remains at the bottom of a treacherously steep ravine there were signs of animal
scavenging likely from turkey vultures the report stated the road was in such
rough terrain that police ATVs leaving the scene were damaged from traversing
the same road the Fiat was found on police ruled out foul play and suicide
as the cause of death the autopsy report stated the cause of
death was accidental here on rat & cat we look at stories of
those who have gone missing so others can learn how to survive in looking at
Levin’s case we see some familiar patterns first lost people are often
found in places that seem nearly impossible to get to secondly Levin left
his car and was found a ways away unclothed but what seems like really
unusual behaviors are actually quite common signs that the subject is
suffering from hypothermia mild hypothermia results in high blood
pressure shivering rapid breathing and heart rate
constricted blood vessels apathy fatigue impaired judgment and lack of
coordination it’s this first stage of hypothermia that people seem to exhibit
superhuman abilities to travel long distances and which some people
attribute to supernatural causes but in fact your higher brain functions from
your frontal cortex have already shut down and you’re starting to be driven
more by your primal brain your medulla which is responsible for survival drive
an instinct next comes moderate hypothermia which includes irregular
heartbeat a slower heart rate and breathing lower levels of consciousness
dilated pupils low blood pressure and a decrease in reflexes finally severe
hypothermia results in labored breathing nonreactive pupils heart failure
pulmonary edema and cardiac arrest but what about his clothes missing if you’ve
watched my channel much you already know about paradoxical undressing I’ll put up
a link to a video with more details on that but in short paradoxical undressing
frequently occurs with lethal cases of hypothermia shortly before death the
person will remove all their clothes as if they’re burning up when in fact
they’re freezing according to the International Journal of legal medicine
the reason for this paradoxical behavior seems to be the effect of cold induced
paralysis of the nerves in the vessel walls which lead to the blood vessels in
your skin expanding giving the feeling of warmth another theory proposes that
the reflex vasoconstriction which happens in the first stage of
hypothermia leads to paralysis of the vasomotor Center giving the sensation
that the body temperature is higher than it really is in a paradox reaction the
person undresses but it was the end of June summer right
how can someone be too cold in summer hypothermia often sets in when people
are cold and wet even at temperatures as high as 70 degrees Fahrenheit Levin’s
son had reported him missing on June 28th after the 70 year old actor called
a friend to say he was lost in a cave junction Oregon looking at the weather
history for June 28 in cave junction Oregon there was some slight rainfall
0.91 inches enough to get someone’s clothes damp the average temperature was
64 degrees with a low of 49 degrees and Levin was likely found at a higher
elevation than cave junction which would have made the temperatures even lower
and well within the danger zone for getting hypothermia but what would have
caused Levin to go down the remote unmaintained Road in the first place
there are several possibilities and some might alarm you one possibility is that
panic or desperation caused Levin to get out of his car in the rain perhaps even
before he went down the unmaintained Road but you’d think his car heater
would have kept him warm well the fact is often people with early hypothermia
don’t realize it setting in that’s why some older people have died of
hypothermia in their own home another possibility is early dementia leading to
a few bad choices that got worse drug use could also lead to impaired judgment
that led to being stranded but reports so far don’t mention either these
possibilities in their findings mental illness is another option but again the
reports don’t mention that in Levin’s history sill
Levin’s phone call to a friend for help before he disappeared reminds me of
Bellingham Washington residents Brad Hale who called to say that he was lost
and wanted to come home but despite getting a ping from his phone was never
found Hale did struggle with mental illness
but what if the early steps that led to Levin missing are much simpler what if
you and I are susceptible to the same thing that led Levin to his end what if
Levin was the victim of poor navigation for example in 2009 Elisha Sanchez was
traveling with her six-year-old son in Death Valley National Park when her GPS
sent her on an ever-shifting path it eventually sent her 20 miles down a
remote road with a dead end at the south end of Death Valley’s Owls Head mountain
where her Jeep Cherokee became stuck in the sand in the 115 degree heat they
soon exhausted their water supply after five days in the desert Elisha Sanchez
was finally found alive but unfortunately her six-year-old son
didn’t make it you can find similar stories of GPS related fatalities from
around the world maps can also fatally lead people astray in fact the Kim
family story from 2007 is nearly identical with 11th the Kim family took
a wrong turn and ended up stranded in snow miles up a remote mountain road on
some maps Bear Camp Road looks like a straight shot across the Oregon Coast
Range but the road between Gold Beach and Grants Pass is a winding cliffhanger
in the best conditions and impassable once snow hits higher elevations after
the Kim family took the wrong turn the father James Kim walked back 16 miles to
get help before succumbing to hypothermia and paradoxical undressing
fortunately his wife 4 year old and 7 month old children survived in the van
for two weeks as tragic as their story is the Kim’s were not the first to
perish on that road in the same way but that’s another story for another time
what survival tips can we learn from these tragedies it’s important not to
rely on GPS or single map when looking for shortcuts both often show old
unmaintained roads miss named roads and roads that simply don’t exist if you’re
not familiar with an area don’t take shortcuts on the backroads stick to
highways and freeways if you become stranded in the winter
move everything you need from the truck into the vehicle run the car for 10
minutes every hour making sure that the snow is not covering the exhaust pipe
and keeping the windows open a crack to prevent the build-up of fumes also
create winter and summer survival kits to keep in your car the kit should
contain non-perishable foods shelter blankets first-aid kits water and
necessary medications I’m finally in this video in my youtube playlist called
odd ways people die in the wilderness and how you can avoid them I’ll put up a
link to that here and at the end of the video if you
watch more videos like this and I want to hear from you too have you been
stranded in a remote area has your map or GPS led you astray also please share
this video with others and support my channel on patreon you could save a life
until next time this is rat and cat and I’m Nikia encouraging you to get out
there be safe enjoy the wild

23 thoughts on “DEADLY ROADS: What We Can Learn Missing & Found Actor Charles Levin

  1. Hi Nikia! Love your vids where you working on your house, but these kinds are my favorite. Interesting and you give good advice. Luckily I have never been lost or stranded, but I do like to wander in the woods. I take precautions and stay on the path I know.

  2. I knew this person not personally but we both got videos from same video store and I just adored his little boo boo dog he had that orange FIAT his dog love attention so sweet I never knew he was an actor though and he never said anything of course, I'm so sorry to hear that they died. may they both rest in heaven.

  3. Very sad for the families and for the actor and his friends and family. Thank you for the tips–always learn something new from your videos!

  4. Our rule when using GPS is, if it takes us off pavement we stop using it and get back on the pavement. Continuing on the paved road until GPS gives us a paved path. It might take longer route, but better safe than not. I grew up out in country 4x4ing and know that roads can peter out without warning leaving you in tight spots trying to get turned around, or backing out for long distances.

  5. May God bless you and your family Nikia! I have learned so much from watching your videos. Keep up the great work! You may have helped save someone's life without knowing it…

  6. …..on the Ley lines point area, much strange night time activity also millions of illegal aliens in the new America in the forest..ive shot 3! they will kIll YOU for a ID.

  7. Never trust a compass, Let alone a map, Depending on the maps "date of reprint" and always take the magnetic inclination for the declination into account and you won't be caught out, Give you an example" Stand on the edge of a 900 ft drop, And then ask your climbing partner to take his gps out and get a fix, Congrats" you are now 45 ft over the edge of a 900 ft drop in a white out. Even if the cornice is overhanging by 20 ft you are still 25 ft over the edge, opps! On chess board terrain it won't matter, But use it in 1 km of steep curved 1000 ft cliff terrain and that gimik will kill you. And if the rocks are magnetic, then forget the use of your compass too. 1, study the area the day before so in your mind you have a mental idea of the area, 2, escape route if the weather changes with the "wind on your back" if possible, Where i come from a storm can kill you within 30 min, No matter how strong you are, Having the right equipment and knowing how to use it is very important, And always have a plan "B"

  8. Nakia please keep putting it out there that gps or maps on phones especially are not always reliable and to know where you are and if you don't back track or call someone and stay put.

  9. My husband and I go out into the Oregon wilderness fairly often and nearly always get lost. Google Map signals will be lost in the trees and valleys, then when the signal comes back, will reroute us if we are on the wrong road. It's very confusing. We ALWAYS are prepared with two survival backpacks complete with food, water, fire starter, tarps, and weapons. We have never yet had to stay overnight, however we have come home extremely late and tired! We use common sense and don't rely solely on GPS or Forest Service maps. We watch the weather and we only have dependable 4×4 trucks. We also always tell our son approximately where we're going and I share my location with him on Google Maps, just in case.
    It pays to be prepared and also makes the outing far more enjoyable. I wish Levin would have thought ahead and prepared accordingly.
    Thank you for posting this, Nikia. Maybe it will help someone. 💖

  10. Another excellent and informative video . Add a big old jar of crunchy peanut butter to the winter box, in less of course you are alergic to nuts. Good source of protein .

  11. Usually you go from paved road to gravel road to dirt road to no road. If I was in a fiat and it went from paved road to gravel or dirt that would be my indication to turn around which should not be difficult for this small car. It's tragic. It seems he was suffering from irrational thought from something quite possibly hypothermia. Primary indication is leaving his car and especially leaving the dog behind locked in the car. The dog could have been a source of warmth for him. The car was shelter. Odd.

  12. I drive the 199 route through Cave Junction all the time to get to our families beach house in No. Cali. In the Summer months Cave Junction is normally the hottest place, but not in 2019. I was completely unaware of Charles's story, never saw a single flyer etc…I will say that I drove up a "well traveled" mountain road (with family) off of 199 one time. It's gorgeous, but not something I would ever do alone or in Winter months. When alone those thick, mysterious mountains can affect one's thinking. There are many towns and amenities along 199, but take a road off the main route and you will be in complete isolation with just your own thoughts and experience to hopefully keep you safe and sensible. Very sad to hear of this tragedy 😞; very sad.

  13. As an avid and experienced hiker, familiar with the nature of remote forest roads and trails, I'm usually always well prepared whenever heading out into the backcountry.
    Whenever I drive out into the wilderness (usually in Oregon and Washington) to go hiking, usually dozens of times a year and often via rough road access, I always carry most or all of the 10 essentials, including warm gear even if the weather looks good in the summer. I do not believe in using guns or weapons, though. We always bring headlights for hiking back during dusk or night. Driving to trailheads, I use GPS on my phone primarily, but also carry a spare map of the area at all times. I usually try to get a good overview of the driving route on Google Maps from home first, to make sure that the route it sends me on is most likely the correct route. In cases where it sends us the wrong way, we have offline maps downloaded onto Google Maps, and paper maps as a third backup. I also track our hiking route with GPS on an iOS app called Maps3D Pro, especially useful when hiking off trail. I also bring a map and compass as well, for backup while hiking. In terms of bringing survival gear, since most of the times when I go out into the wilderness is to hike or camp, I'm always carrying extra gear.

  14. this was sp informative, thank you for sharing! good to seew you again, I hope everyone is doing well, and feeling good. Enjoy all of your videos!!

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