For the better part of his career, Darrell Miklos has been chasing anomalies found by the late astronaut Gordon Cooper. Copper recorded the anomalies while he participated in NASA’s Mercury program. While Cooper was sent on official duty to study the effects of zero-gravity on a human body, he came across several anomalies that did not add up. But instead of handing over the anomalies map to NASA, Copper began a personal investigation and later passed on his legacy to his dear friend, Darrell Miklos. Miklos has been chasing Copper’s map since 2005 and his adventures have been documented in the reality TV series, Copper’s Adventures. In this article, we will take a closer look at the life of its leading star, Darrell Miklos.
Darrell Miklos was born on the 19th of February 1963 into a family of treasure hunters who were involved in several successful underwater historical shipwreck recoveries in the 1960s & 70s. Born to Roger Miklos, Darrell shared his father’s passion for treasures. At the time Darrell was born, Roger worked as a police officer, but relocated to Florida where he met a fellow treasure hunter, Kip Wagner. It was around the same time that Roger and Darrell met Gordon Copper.
Roger’s friendship with Gordon allowed him to work as a collector of booster rockets for NASA’s Apollo Program. As a young kid, Darrell spent most of his time searching for booster rockets alongside his father. While working at NASA, Darrell got a chance to see the world of treasure hunting and fell in love with it. Since the early 1970s to the 1990s, Darrell left his work at NASA and started working on excavating several shipwreck sites off the Florida coast. In 1978, Roger was invited on The Merv Griffin Show which also featured Astronaut Gordon Cooper. Darrell and Cooper met at the show and were quickly into each other. The pair struck an amazing partnership and began a series of treasure-hunting excursions.
Darrell is also an NAUI certified diver and is a member of the American Academy of Underwater Scientists. In 2014, Darrell set up a shipwreck recovery business near his home in Southern California. Entitled Gemini Marine Exploration, the business works to salvage historic shipwrecks and artifacts.
The Map and TV show:
Back in 1963, Cooper was sent on a 122-hour long flight to discover nuclear sites. However, during his journey, Copper came across several anomalies and recorded them on a map. But instead of handing the details to NASA, Cooper began self-exploration alongside Darrell. So, when Cooper passed away in 2004, the map found its way to Darrell Miklos. Since then, Darrell has made it his life’s mission to search for the treasures Cooper pointe on the map. Darrell’s treasure hunt has been well-documented in the Discovery TV-series, Cooper’s Treasures. The series aired for two seasons, with the second season wrapping up in 2018.
While Darrell has been trying to decipher Cooper’s maps for nearly a decade, he has few things to show his findings. But in 2018, his team struck gold when the came across an unidentified submerged object. The structure stood 15, 300-foot-long arms jutting out from a center object and was presumed to be thousands of years old. Talking about the finding, Miklos revealed,
“There’s identical formations in three different areas and they don’t look nature made, they don’t look man made, certainly nothing I’ve ever seen based on my experience and I have years of experience at doing this. We’ve identified multiple different types of shipwreck material, this doesn’t match or look anything like that.”
Although Darrell rarely leaves clue on his personal life & relationship, he indeed is a married man. He has two daughters with his wife. Among two daughters Leilani Miklos is interested in drawing sketches. Off far and few details of their marriage, the couple celebrate the marriage anniversary every year on November 11. We can say unlike Darrell his wife tends to avoid the media spotlight even she is been able to keep her name a secret.
February 19, 1963
Los Angeles, California, United States
Television Personality, Treasure Hunter, Underwater Diver