The whereabouts of Scientology leader David Miscavige’s allegedly missing wife Shelly has long been the source of huge mystery, but stunning new aerial shots obtained by RadarOnline.com are provoking more frenzied debate over where she could be
In a photo exclusive, up-close aerial shots reveal a never-before-seen secret bunker in the grounds of Scientology’s Gold Base headquarters that’s located in a remote part of the Southern California desert.
It’s thought Shelly, who has not been seen publicly since 2007, could be within the bowels of the property, just a stone’s throw from the church’s Bonnie View mansion, which is being kept for the supposed return of their late founder, L. Ron Hubbard.
Former celebrity Scientologist Steven Mango told Radar that Hubbard’s writings may be kept in underground vaults at Gold Base – but since leaving the church, he has another much more chilling theory.
“Could there be underground bunkers to store others, such as David Miscavige or his allegedly missing wife Shelly, in case Gold Base was raided by law enforcement?” he wondered. “Could Shelly be possibly buried, or, if alive, imprisoned within Gold Base within one of these secretive bunkers?”
“My best bet, besides the above, would be that given David Miscavige is being sued by countless former members for abuse, he is going to be deposed,” continued Mango, explaining, “If he is ever wanted by law enforcement I can see there being extensive underground secretive shelters being set up to escape in.”
“I honestly believe he will go to any extent to protect Scientology, even if that means never being seen in public again,” he added, noting he holds the “same theory for Shelly – being deposed and needing to hide.”
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In an intriguing twist, Radar has learned Scientology may not have applied through official channels to build into the ground – despite it being a requirement by the Riverside County Planning Department.
A source within the department confirmed their system shows no sign of an application to build the bunker, which the Church of Scientology denies exists, noting the group “definitely would have needed to apply if they’re digging into the ground.”
Additionally, the property – which is zoned as a W2, a mix between commercial and residential, meaning there are no blueprints on record – is of “high paleontological sensitivity based on the occurrence of fossils below the surface.” The land is classed as a “High B”, indicating that “fossils are likely to be encountered at or below four feet of depth, and may be impacted during excavation by construction activities,” the documents spell out.
Land of the Living
Located deep in the desert near the city of San Jacinto, it’s the property where Hubbard planned to call home before he died in 1986. Bonnie View, his intended residence just meters from the bunker’s entrance, remains in immaculate condition. It is widely reported that Gold Base staff lay out meals for their beloved founder daily in the hope he will return to the land of the living.
Since she has last been seen publicly, there has been endless speculation about where Miscavige’s wife, Shelly, who would now be 58, could be housed. Theories have ranged from the church’s secretive property in New Mexico, their Twin Peaks facility in Lake Arrowhead, Calif., to even rumored sightings of her on their ship the Freewinds, which sails the Caribbean. But the common consensus among qualified Scientology experts has generally been Gold Base.
At the same time it’s widely believed the religion’s poster child, Tom Cruise, has been dividing his time between Clearwater, Florida, and Gold Base. In fact, the Mission: Impossible superstar has sold off millions in real estate in recent years, including homes in Beverly Hills and Telluride, Colorado. He also maintains a Penthouse apartment in Clearwater, Florida, a seaside town now overrun with Scientologists.
Other images show just how luxurious the grounds of Gold Base are. The 1000 elite Scientologists lucky enough to live on the property have a plethora of outdoor activities, including a pool with a ship-themed deck, soccer pitch, baseball diamond, tennis and basketball court. Former Gold Base staffer Tom DeVocht recently told anti-Scientology blogger Tony Ortega: “There are maybe just a couple of staff members in Bonnie View now. It has all of Hubbard’s artifacts. It’s supposed to be a museum and there was talk maybe someday it would be open to the public.”