On February 2, 1959, 9 experienced hikers died under extremely strange and frightening circumstances in the Ural Mountains of Western Russia.
Police and military investigators were baffled by what they found at the campsite. The tent had been sliced open from the inside and abandoned, with their belongings still inside. This happened while external conditions were as low as minus-25 degrees C, with wind speeds estimated between 8 and 16 meters per second.
Some of the hiker’s bodies were found nearly a mile away from the campsite buried 13 feet beneath the snow.
- Investigators found footprints in the snow of eight or nine people who were wearing socks, a single shoe or were barefoot.
- Two men were found barefoot and dressed only in their underclothes.
- Footprints in the snow indicated that the hikers fled the tent in a hurry.
- Four others were found in a ravine and appeared to have suffered traumatic pressure injuries like that of a car crash but no soft tissue damage.
- One was missing a tongue and eyes.
- Tests on their bodies and clothing showed small traces of radiation.
- Some were wearing clothes that belonged to other team members.
- Their bodies had a deep brown tan.
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