Chris was born in El Segundo, California. His parents are Walt and Billie McCandless.
Chris graduated from Wilbert Tucker Woodson High School in Virginia. That summer he traveled through out the country. He returned home only two days before his college school year started. Christopher was a very educated young man he had a very unique way of looking at things.
Shortly after he graduated he donated $25,000 from his savings to OXFAM an organazation that was dedicated to fighting hunger.
Chris' car had been destroyed by a violet flash flood. So he took this mishap as an opportunity to rid himself of all unnecessary belongings. He buried his deer-hunting rifle, striped his car of its Virginia plates. Then burned all one hundred twenty-three dollars in his wallet.
Chris wanted to start a entirely new life for himself.
Wayne Westenberg had no work for Chris because of his imprisonment, so Chris left Carthage, South Dakota. Chris was a very determined worker, so he was well liked at the grain elevator.
Chris canoes on the Colorado River,and many other bodys of water. In January he abandons the canoe due to weather conditions. Chris had not spoken to or seen another human in thirty-six days.