Saturday, April 09, 2016

H Is for Hikers

This month I'm participating in the A to Z ChallengeMy theme this year is Unsolved Mysteries. Today's letter is:




Lisanne Froon and Kris Kremers aren't the first people to disappear while hiking. But their story gained attention because of what was discovered on their cameras when their backpack was found.



The tragic, mysterious deaths of Lisanne Froon and Kris Kremers began with a hiking trip to Panama. Their journey was documented with more than 100 photos, all found after their deaths. Here they are at the airport.


Photo credit: Imgur

On April 1st, they set out from their hostel to travel through the rainforest.



They never told anyone where they were going. Nobody knows why they didn't go with their appointed guide. When they never returned, an extensive search began.



More than two months later, a backpack was found across the continental divide, many, many miles away. Its contents were confirmed as belonging to the missing girls. Nearby? A shoe containing (without being too explicit) evidence at least one of the girls was likely dead. The remains were found soon after.



In addition to the discovery of the girls' remains, forensics hint that the girls may have been murdered. The details are too explicit for this blog, but if you want to read about it, this guy has a detailed account.



In the backpack, which was found in pristine condition despite supposedly being out in the elements for two months, were a camera and a cell phone. At 4:30 p.m. on April 1st, someone tried to dial 911 on the phone. A second call was placed 20 minutes later. Just over two hours before that 911 call, the girls took this photograph:


Photo credit: Imgur

And this one:


Photo credit: Imgur

The camera recorded no other activity until eight days later, when 90 photos were taken in complete darkness. This was one:



And another:



The first 911 call was made 12 hours from where the bodies were discovered. It's possible they somehow got lost out there and eventually perished, but who took those final pictures?



What do you think happened to Lisanne Froon and Kris Kremers?

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72 comments:

  1. Nothing good. And it sounds as if whatever happened, it wasn't fast. Which is very, very scary. And nasty.

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    1. I know. I try not to think about that part of it. I'm fascinated with mysteries, but more with the unknown...once I get details, I can't take it!

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  2. I wonder if perhaps one of the girls fell and got hurt and the other one stayed to help but they were attacked by some kind of animal. Without knowing what exact condition their bodies were in, it's hard to tell. As for the pictures. If they were in the rainforest, perhaps some curious monkey? That's my best guess anyway. So scary, I would never travel alone into the Rainforest.

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    1. There are plenty of details about how their bodies were found...it's been tough this month to give the facts while still staying on the PG side of things. I don't want to offend anyone...and I don't really want to read those details myself, but the part I read was indicating foul play. Click on that "Mostly Mystery" banner if you want to read all the gory details...

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    2. This story makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up and I didn't read the gory parts yet. Perhaps captured by drug lords and placed in a deep dark hole and eventually murdered?

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  3. That was scary to read. I can only imagine what it was like for the girls.

    Greetings from London.

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    1. I can't even imagine why they'd go out on their own.

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  4. That is sad and scary. I have hiked and backpacked solo a lot--I know it can be risky for a man, even more so for a woman.

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    1. And they weren't even solo...well, at least not at first. I think it's probably best to stick with a group unless you know what you're doing...and it sounds like you do!

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  5. I've seen a couple of scary films on a similar topic. I guess we'll never know what mystery surrounds the photos. I don't get why backpackers would go off and not tell a soul where they intend to go.
    Fran
    @FranClarkAuthor
    Writing Women’s Fiction

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    1. It's an adventurous thing to do, but adventure can lead to danger.

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  6. There was a movie with Chris Helmsworth about a couple lost in the jungle with a crazy couple. Maybe they hooked up with some bad people? Maybe those final shots were them trying to scare off a wild animal? Very sad.

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    1. There were two guys in some of their photos from the day before, I think? They were both questioned and cleared.

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  7. Well, that's a sad story. Poor girls. I wonder what happened to them? Weird about all of the photos at the end. Alex has a good point about the photos possibly being from trying to scare off an animal.

    Cheers - Ellen | http://thecynicalsailor.blogspot.com/2016/04/h-is-for-ham-radio-nancy-drew.html

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    1. Yes...I believe one theory is that one of the girls was injured and the other went for help. But their remains were found close together, so she didn't get far. And there was a strange substance found on the bones, as if someone had tried to destroy the remains.

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  8. A sad story. What could have happened? Again, another something new I've learned from your blog.
    I personally don't like hiking as I've never been the outdoor type. This is one of the things I've been recalling this in my rough draft.

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    1. Me, either. I don't enjoy that sort of thing, so it doesn't even tempt me. I'm an indoorsy person!

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  9. It's hard to say on this one. The murderer could have been mother nature herself.

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    1. If they weren't murdered, an animal was involved, based on the condition of their remains.

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  10. "Who took those final photos?" may be the most chilling question I've ever heard.

    On a side note, I don't even understand what that first mystery photo is showing. I keep staring at it but it doesn't compute. Is it red flowers? It kind of looks like underwater spiders?

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    1. I have to agree. I think I was more spooked by the pictures.

      I believe it's a branch/stick with two red plastic bags tangled in around it... It does look weird.

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    2. The photos are the spookiest part of this. I think there are many stories of dead hikers, but we don't have photos like that. My first thought of the red thing was that it was a piece of clothing? But I think it looks more plastic.

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  11. Another of those mysteries that likely will never be solved. I wonder why the 911 calls did not get through and bring help. Scary.

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    1. No cell signal, I'm sure...but even more mysterious was who was continuing to turn the phone on and finding the battery dead. And someone kept incorrectly entering a PIN...

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  12. I was thinking they got lost and died from dehydration until I read the post you linked to with details of how their bones turned up. That definitely makes it look a whole lot more sinister
    Debbie

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    1. Yes! That's what really got me thinking. I didn't want to write the details of how the remains were found, but there was a strange substance found on the girls' bones that made it possible someone was trying to destroy the remains.

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  13. Definitely a mystery. The fact that they tried to call 911 twice is sad because they were reaching out for help and I wonder if the calls didn't go through because they just didn't have a signal or for another reason. I don't know if 911 calls can go through from other places like they can in the US (where I believe 911 calls have to be put through on any available wireless provider within range).

    The pictures definitely make it seem as if they were murdered or that there was foul play. If they were hurt and lost I would hope those last 90 pictures would have been some type of message.

    I wonder if this one will ever be solved...

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    1. Oh my--I was just reading all the activity on their cell phones during those days. Someone entered the wrong PIN repeatedly on one of the phones. Could be one of the girls trying to access the other's... That was a little interesting.

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  14. I don't remember this story. How sad.

    I don't know the answer to your questions. It takes skill to hike in this environment. As for the photographs. That's really scary.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. I can't imagine what they were thinking to go off on their own like that. There was a dog with them...the dog returned to the camp.

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  15. I don't want the details, but it looks like they ran into someone bent on bad stuff.

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    1. That's exactly why I didn't post them. I know there are some people who don't want to read that stuff. There's no way I'm looking at the pictures of what was found. They're out there but there are some things you can't erase from your mind once they're in there!

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  16. This one has me baffled with more questions than answers. Whatever happened to these girls wasn't good. I read about the details and I personally think they met with foul play. May they rest in peace and i feel so sorry for their families who must be grieving without closure of what happened.
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    JB

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    1. I think those who dare to click over to that very wordy blog on the topic will agree. The writer of that blog tends to go off on strange tangents that have nothing to do with the case. Oddly written...but once you get past all that and get to the POINT, he has some seriously interesting details in there.

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  17. Honestly I think there's a thrill of 'hey, we're doing this alone! let's just do this and we can look back on it later and laugh and shudder and all the things'. Otherwise I don't see the appeal of going backpacking/hiking alone (even with one or two other people). Maybe I'd do it, with a gun and a Taser and black belt under all that hiking gear...

    It's like that part in a horror/psychological thriller where the main characters/cast decide to 'split up' for evidence or clues or whatever. *facepalm* I mean, why? WHY??! We're not talking a Scooby Doo mystery here.

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    1. I think you're right--youthful courage is always dangerous. They're sure nothing can happen to them! I remember being that age and people trying to pressure you into doing adventurous things. I was always the one saying, "No, that isn't a good idea" and being told I was "No fun." But I'm still alive...so there's that!

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  18. I am at a loss in this one. There seems little logic but logic isn't always a part of mystery I guess.

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  19. Unfortunately, they forgot the first rule of adventuring: Tell someone where you are going and leave the route with someone. Such a waste of young life. Poor girls.

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  20. This h-haunts, as it should~ So, horrible for these girls with so much life to live~

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  21. Stories like this always fascinate me. I'd love to know all of it.

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  22. I bet that Boquete guy is wondering where all the hits his page is getting are coming from.
    Such a shame, and such a difficult situation for everyone. One thing I wonder (since my phone doesn't automatically update to local time) is whether the time and date sequences were correct, or on Dutch time/date. I also wonder whether all those dark photos were the result of someone leaning against the phone in a pocket or somewhere else.
    But as the writer says - from these tragedies evolve our own stories. Sympathies to the girls' families.
    Jemima Pett

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  23. Oh that's so creepy. Of course I'll have to read more. Seems like murder to me, but with lots of chilling details.

    These stories make me sad. I wish it was safer to be a woman travelling.

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  24. Sad and a bit creepy!

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  25. So sad! And mysterious...

    You obviously did a lot of research for A to Z. Maybe some of it will work its way into a story?

    Yvonne V

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  26. These mysteries are so creepy and yet intriguing. This one reminds me of a Beyond Borders Criminal Minds episode.

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  27. So sad and those photos at night are strange. It is a good reminder that we should always tell someone where we are going or what our plans are!

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  28. Someone perhaps as part of a drug cartel? Maybe they saw something they shouldn't have seen? One of those then took pictures at night?

    Sad story, but for the families I'm "glad" they were found; at least there is closure (along with immense grief).

    A few years back in Southern California a family of 4 went missing; wife/husband and their 2 young children. Much speculation about them going into Mexico, leaving it all behind due to some problems they were having. Even had footage on cameras crossing the border of what could have been them. Finally a few years later (maybe as late as 4 years late) four shallow graves were found in the desert; the family. Murdered within days of when they had been reported missing (by a business associate).

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    1. The McStay family--one of my favorite episodes of Disappeared! That story haunted me for a long time, especially the footage of the lookalike family crossing the border. When I saw the story that their bodies had been found, it personally struck me because I'd gotten so emotionally involved in trying to figure it out.

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  30. I appreciate you thinking ahead for us by not sharing all the details. This must be so awful for the families.

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  31. I appreciate you thinking ahead for us by not sharing all the details. This must be so awful for the families.

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  32. That red rag pic looks weird, a mystery in itself. Poor, poor girls, it sounds like a horrific, long drawn out death. So terrible for their families. Appreciate your sparing us the details, truly.

    Nilanjana
    Madly-in-Verse

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  33. It's just so sad. And so many mysteries here, why did they go alone, why not stick to the path, why no photos for 8 days,...
    So many hikers and trekkers go missing around the world, and yet the call is strong and people don't stop braving the elements. I'm glad for that.
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  34. Very creepy and so sad.

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  35. Makes you think! Thanks for sharing.

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  36. My goodness, what a sad story. I actually got chills reading it. Not knowing what happened must be maddening for their families and I hope that they get some answers one day.

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  37. What a story! Worse than the tragedy of loss is the incredible ineptitude on the part of authorities. The public can't be warned of undiscovered danger and those two girls sure can't tell the story. Bless their hearts. While many aspects are indicative of wild animals, most definitely suggest criminal activity. Eesh.

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  38. I had to jump to the site you provided and read more about this story. There are so many unanswered questions. I find the photos particularly disturbing (to scare off animals sounds like a good reason), but why didn't they document any problems or concerns either by phone (in a saved text message)or camera? It just doesn't make sense.

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  39. I guess that just reinforces the advice to always tell someone where you are going. Wow. And those last photos are rather creepy. Sure sounds like they were either murdered or perished and became food for wildlife.

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  40. Hi Stephanie, Well...I love mysteries! This is odd and creepy but I am going to be reading with interest the remaining mysteries in your A to Z posts.

    And you're a children's writer! That is so awesome.

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  41. They look so happy - it's so sad they ended up lost, afraid and then died. Maybe they came across something they were not supposed to see.
    Tasha
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  42. 2 good looking young girls going on this type of trip is bad news. There are many people in the drug trade who decide to get rid of the bodies/witnesses. All around very sad

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  43. This is creepy. Shuddering!

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  44. Chills!!! Especially the final pictures, and the unknown of who was behind the camera.

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  45. Sounds pretty suspicious to me someone killed them. Perhaps someone offering them a special tour but very foolish on the girls part not to let anyone know.

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  46. I don't think I want to know what really happened to them and I'm not going to read that other link -- really sad.

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  47. Whatever happened the end result was bad

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  48. It was certainly an abduction by someone they met at the summit and who does not appear in the photos. They probably were acquainted with the person and didn't realize they were in danger for several hours. They were led to captivity and death. They attempted escape in early morning darkness of April 8th but were caught and murdered.

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