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Mystery skeleton found on Mount Williamson

By T.K. Randall
October 19, 2019 · Comment icon 15 comments

The body was found on a boulder field near a lake. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Daniel Mayer
Two climbers ascending California's second-highest peak recently uncovered a decades-old mystery.
Tyler Hofer and his climbing partner had been attempting to reach the top of Mount Williamson on October 7th when they came across a fractured human skull.

After moving some nearby rocks aside, they discovered an entire human skeleton. Whoever it was had seemingly been there a long time as all that was left were bones, a leather belt and some shoes.

Usually when a body is found in the mountains it is that of someone who has been reported missing, but not so in this case - police investigators could find no record of his or her disappearance.

"This is a huge mystery for us," said spokeswoman Carma Roper.

Investigators believe that the mystery climber had likely been lying there on the mountain for decades.
So who could it be ?

So far police have ruled out the possibility that it could be Matthew Kraft - a marine from Connecticut who disappeared earlier this year during a 320-kilometre ski trek through the region.

It is also unlikely to be Matthew Greene - a climber who disappeared in the area 6 years ago.

It is possible that the body had been buried by a climbing partner during an ascent that went wrong, or perhaps it was some solo adventurer whose disappearance went unreported.

As things stand, we may never know who the mystery climber is or what happened to them.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Comments (15)

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Comment icon #6 Posted by Jon the frog 5 years ago
Look like they probably found who is the skeleton !  
Comment icon #7 Posted by tortugabob 5 years ago
Comment icon #8 Posted by tortugabob 5 years ago
The skeleton was not in a location easily accessed by your normal person on a walk. Climbing over Shepards Pass is a two day adventure that will kick your butt. One report said the body appeared to have been placed deliberately with hands across chest. It probably is the Japanese-American.
Comment icon #9 Posted by ocpaul20 5 years ago
To me, this triggers thoughts of Missing 411 David Paulides books. Some of his accounts of missing persons were found in boulder fields, often after these areas had already been searched by S & R for the missing person. It sounds to me as if this person was taken by a cryptid and was left here as the others documented in David Paulides' books were. There is a theory that bright colours (which are often worn by hikers and climbers) , particularly yellow, trigger some kind of an attack response in this cryptid causing it to take and kill the hiker.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Rlyeh 5 years ago
Comment icon #11 Posted by Hankenhunter 5 years ago
Since when do cryptids cross a mans arms in peace?
Comment icon #12 Posted by Manwon Lender 5 years ago
You are joking right? 
Comment icon #13 Posted by ocpaul20 5 years ago
Who knows what cryptids do? Some may even be intelligent (Shock! Horror!) Whatever.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Hankenhunter 5 years ago
So, cryptids are adopting human burial customs? What type of cryptid do you imagine gave the man last rites?
Comment icon #15 Posted by ocpaul20 5 years ago
It does not need intelligence to destroy or to attack. Based on the theories of others, I was suggesting what perhaps happened. If you do not believe that, thats fine. Why should I care?

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