August 10th, 2016

Plausibility/details check: how can I turn ~100 people into zombies with no one noticing

I'm not sure if this is *quite* appropriate for here, but I'm running out of ideas. My research has consisted of things like asking my boss (who is sort of a plane crash expert), positing probable scenarios on Yahoo Answers as questions, and so on. I have no idea how to actually search this one.

Time: now-ish. Probably either right before Christmas, or right before Spring Break. Location: ideally, western Colorado, though I can move them if I *have* to.

First, how my zombies work.Collapse )

But I'm trying to form the first zombie hive, back when only... maybe a few thousand people in the world are infected, and there have been a single-digit number of actual cases of zombieism.

So, I need a situation where:
1. ~100-120 people are in a relatively confined area.
2. One of them dies, at a time/in a situation where the rest of them can't get away easily, but are at least mostly still alive, though I'll need at least a few to be on the verge of dying.
3. Once we have ~100 zombies, I need them to be able to walk away from said confined area, *without* anyone being able to be *sure* that they did so for at least a month. This is the part that's proving tricky.

Scenarios that I've tried, that have been shot down:

A. Plane crash, with the survivors destroying the plane. It has been deemed implausible that they would, with the materials at hand, be able to destroy it thoroughly enough that investigators wouldn't be able to tell, fairly quickly, that there were no bodies.

B. Plane crash, with the survivors *hiding* the plane. Even with a helpful avalanche and the like, it has been deemed implausible that they could hide a crashed commercial flight long enough that it wouldn't be found and uncovered long before my hive of zombies have had a month or so to go about their business.

A few people suggested that I use a bus crash, but I think that would have, if anything, even *more* problems with the crash being found too soon, since busses tend to travel on, you know, actual roads.

So, any other suggestions, or any ways you can think of to make a plane or bus crash work?

I don't mind unlikely, as long as it's not actively implausible, or at least not so implausible that it breaks anyone's disbelief suspenders.