Every crime has its unique twists and turns and these three mysteries are no exception. Each has its own strange photo that raises more questions than answers and will keep you up at night wondering: what on earth happened?
Lisanne Froon and Kris Kremers
Every pair of best friends has dreamed of traveling together. For Dutch students Lisanne Froon and Kris Kremers, that dream became a reality when they boarded a flight to Panama with the goal of exploring, learning Spanish, and doing volunteer work at a local school. Unfortunately, they would never board a flight back home.
On April 1, 2014, Kremers, 21, and Froon, 22, set off from the home of their host family for a nearby hike in the mountainous region of Boquete. Accompanying them was a furry, four-legged companion- a local dog. When the dog returned to its owners later that day without the girls, they grew concerned. By April 3, an official search was underway. On April 6, the girls’ parents arrived in Panama along with Dutch investigators and search dogs.
Ten weeks later, on June 14, a local woman turned in Froon’s blue backpack, which she found in a rice paddy along the riverbank near Alto Romero. She maintained that the bag had not been there the day before. It was clear that this was likely true since the bag did not show signs of being out in the jungle for long. Inside the bag were two pairs of sunglasses, $83 USD in cash, Froon’s passport, a water bottle, Froon’s camera, two bras, and the women’s phones.
Upon closer inspection of the phones, police determined that, over the course of the first four days of the women’s disappearance, they had tried contacting police several times, both via the Netherlands’ and Panama’s emergency numbers. The first two emergency calls had been made just hours after they began the hike. Neither of the phones had service in the dense jungle, so the calls never went through.
Police also learned that on April 6, after Froon’s phone had died, several attempts were made at unlocking Kremers’ phone but the wrong PIN number was entered every time. By April 11, both phones were dead.
Even more disturbing, investigators went through Kremers’ camera and found almost 100 mysterious images taken throughout the first ten days of their disappearance. The first set of photos seem completely normal- shots of each girl standing at a viewpoint on the hike along with a few selfies of the two. As time passes, the photos get stranger and stranger, taken with flash in complete darkness in what appears to be the deep jungle. Some photos show an indication of a nearby ravine, while others show candy wrappers on a rock, plastic bags wrapped around a twig (pictured above), what appears to be a mirror on a rock, and the back of Kremers’ head, to name a few. It’s been speculated that these pictures are a result of the women trying to use the camera flash as a flashlight.
Two months after the discovery of the backpack, the skeletal remains of Froon and Kremer were found not far from where the backpack was located. Froon’s bones seemed to be decomposing naturally while Kremers’ bones appeared to have been bleached.
Panamanian officials closed the case, stating that the hikers got lost and died from falling off a cliff, although an official cause of death was never determined due to the advanced decomposition of the bodies. Meanwhile, Dutch authorities believe that the deaths are suspicious and even went as far as accusing Panamanian authorities of failing to do a proper investigation and mishandling evidence.
The Dyatlov Pass Incident
For 69 years, people have been stunned by the Dyatlov Pass Incident. Theories as to what happened this fateful night have ranged from Soviet military experiments to Yetis, gravity anomalies, and aliens, to name a few.
On February first, 1959, nine members of the Urals Polytechnic Institute in Yekaterinburg, Russia (then the Soviet Union) died mysteriously while on a 200-mile adventure through the Ural Mountains. That evening seemingly went as planned- the eight students and one guide set up camp on a slope, ate dinner, and went to bed. At some point that night, an unsolved mystery took place, killing all nine members of the group.
Above is an image of investigators examining the hikers’ tent, which had been cut open from the inside.
In addition to the strange state of the tent, footprints were discovered in the snow, straying from the tent to the edge of the nearby woods. Even more strange, the footprints showed that some people were wearing socks, some were wearing a single shoe, and some were even barefoot- in the dead of the Russian winter.
On February 26, search parties found the bodies of the hikers scattered in the woods. Originally, it was believed that they had all died of hypothermia. This was changed when medical examiners found unexplainable anomalies in several of the bodies. One had severe blunt force trauma, another had vomited blood, another was missing a tongue, another had third-degree burns and several were missing eyes. On top of this, some articles of the hikers’ clothing were found to be radioactive.
Decades later, what happened to these nine young students remains a mystery, and likely always will.
The Delphi Murders
February 13, 2017, was an unusually sunny day in Delphi, Indiana. Best friends Liberty German, 14, and Abigail Williams, 13, decided to take advantage of this weather and head out for a hike on the Delphi Historic Trail which goes along the Moon High Bridge, which is an old trestle bridge known to locals.
When the girls didn’t arrive at the parking lot to meet Liberty’s grandpa at their designated time, he grew worried. A few hours later, both the girls’ families were out searching for them along with police and volunteers from their small town. It was volunteers who subsequently discovered the girls’ bodies in the woods by the trail the next day. Their cause of death has not been released to the public, other than the fact that they were murdered.
Upon closer inspection of Liberty’s phone, investigators found a video of who they believe to be Liberty and Abigail’s killer. Screengrabs from the video, shown above, reveal the man who’s white, wearing blue jeans, a blue coat/jacket, and a hoodie.
Police believe that Liberty, who was more commonly known as Libby, started filming when she sensed they were in danger. The video has not been released to the public but, according to investigators, the angle of the video indicates that Libby was holding her phone next to her pocket, and then placed it in her pocket with the camera still rolling as the man approached.
Police say the video captured the man saying “Guys, down the hill,” while likely threatening them with a weapon.
The killer is believed to be a local or someone who once lived in the area due to his familiarization with the bridge.
Anyone with information related to this case is urged to contact the Delphi Homicide Tipline, which allows callers to remain anonymous, at 844-459-5786.