Jonathan Whitcomb, now of the Riverside Third Ward of the Murray Utah North Stake, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, led a brief expedition on Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea, in 2004. There a few men from the Baptist Church of Gomlongon Village guided him into the jungle, where they spent two nights waiting for the nocturnal ropen to fly down to the monitor-lizard bait near the tents where the six men slept.
The American failed to see anything like a prehistoric pterodactyl, but he was able to interview many eyewitnesses of the ropen.
Between 2005 and 2014, he wrote three nonfiction books on sighting reports of apparent modern pterosaurs. He also had a scientific paper published in a journal (peer-reviewed). He has been interviewed on radio and podcast talk shows with hosts from four countries: Australia, England, the USA, and Canada.
Bro. Whitcomb of Murray, Utah
Brother Whitcomb was a forensic videographer, working with a few attorney firms in Southern California, when he decided to lead the first of two ropen expeditions in the year 2004, on a remote tropical island in the southwest Pacific.
After the second expedition of 2004, led by two of Whitcomb's American associates, they all concluded that the ropen was a real animal and probably a Rhamphorhynchoid pterosaur.
Among all the cryptozoologists who have searched for modern pterosaurs in Papua New Guinea, Brother Whitcomb appears to be the only Mormon. His associates belong to other Christian churches.