Neil went to Chernarus as a final bid to escape the police that had been chasing him in Texas. After robbing nearly ten banks all the way from New England to Mexico, he was a wanted man with a large target on his back. Having survived a shoot out and two near captures by the police, he finally jumped a boat that he thought was heading for a different part of Russia. While he was in the middle of the ocean the outbreak reached its peak and by the time he finally arrived in Chernarus the only thing that awaited him was the dead. Soon after docking at a seemingly destroyed Cherno the boat was attacked by a flash wave of the dead that had been attracted to the sounds of the boats motor. He barely managed to survive by jumping into the water and swimming to the nearest dock. Since his near death encounter Neil hid out in the woods surrounding Cherno, living off what little he could gather. Though being alone for so long would drive any man mad, at long last he has decided to look for others to share the end of the world with.