Body found at Russia's infamous Dyatlov Pass
January 14, 2016 | 31 comments
Russia's rugged and remote Ural Mountains. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Irina Kazanskaya
A new mystery has arisen in the area where nine hikers died under mysterious circumstances back in 1959.
One of the most enduring and chilling unsolved cases on the 20th century, the Dyatlov Pass incident involved a group of nine students who went missing after going for a trek in the Ural Mountains.
When rescue teams went to look for them they found the group's tent, which appeared to have been sliced open from the inside with a sharp instrument, on the slopes of Mount Kholat Syakhl.
The hikers' belongings were all strewn around the campsite and a trail of footprints indicated that they had got up and left in a hurry, some of them without any shoes or socks.
After following the trail for 1.5km the rescuers discovered five bodies, many exhibiting signs of physical trauma such as a cracked skull and broken ribs. One of the women in the group even appeared to have had her tongue removed.
No sign of the other four members of the group could be found however after an extensive search covering two months rescuers eventually located their remains in nearby woodland.
A criminal investigation in to the case blamed their deaths on an "unknown compelling force".
Fast forward to the present day and now news reports from Russia have revealed that a group of hikers walking along the same route have discovered the body of a 50-year-old man.
It is believed that poor weather conditions have prevented rescue teams from reaching the scene however a full investigation is likely to be carried out once the body is recovered.
Whether his death is in any way connected to the 1959 incident however remains to be seen.
Source: Russia Today
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