A massive search operation was launched after Kris Kremers, 21, and Lisanne Froon, 22, of the Netherlands, disappeared while hiking through the jungle in Boquete, Panama
A found camera revealed the mysterious final moments of two girls disappearing into a jungle.
Kris Kremers, 21, and Lisanne Froon, 22, were walking through the forests around Mount Baru in Boquete, Panama when they disappeared in 2014.
They had spent six months planning the trip and trekked through the jungle for two weeks before disappearing after saying goodbye to a host family they were staying with on April 1.
More than two months later, two bodies were found in strange conditions.
Numerous theories about her fate have emerged in the eight years since her disappearance.
Dick Steffens, a former detective from her hometown of Amsterdam, speculated that Kris might still be alive today after being kidnapped by a sex trafficker.
The ex-cop argued that the investigation into her disappearance had been botched by the Panamanian police.
Others have suggested the couple died in an accident, while multiple failed attempts to access Kris’ phone led some to believe she had died and Lisanne had to try to get help.
The girls’ disappearance first raised alarm after they missed a private tour of Boquete on April 2.
A wide-ranging search of the jungle and surrounding villages failed to find the women, resulting in their parents and Dutch detectives being flown out on April 6.
Ten days later – with no clear leads found and investigations nearing completion – a local woman handed over a blue backpack.
She said she found it in a rice field on the banks of the river.
The bag contained two pairs of sunglasses, a small amount of cash, two bras, a water bottle and Lisanne’s passport. Tebigreek reports.
Also in the backpack was Lisanne’s camera, which contained 90 photos taken in the jungle between 1am and 4am on April 8.
Few of the images retrieved from the memory card showed clear images, with most capturing near complete darkness.
Some of the pictures show the couple’s belongings spread out on some rocks next to a plastic bag and candy wrappers.
Mounds of earth and a mirror were also captured in the recordings.
Another of the images appeared to show the back of Kris’s head, with some suggesting that blood was coming from her temple.
The identity of the person who took the pictures and why they were taken remains a mystery.
The contents of the backpack also contained other clues as to what Kris and Lisanne’s final moments may have been.
Their call logs showed how they had desperately tried to call the police.
77 ring attempts were made over the course of four days, but only one connected – and only for two seconds due to poor reception.
On April 11, ten days after her disappearance, both phones finally ran out of battery.
Police searched the area where the bag was found and discovered Kris’s clothes neatly folded along a nearby river.
Two months later, a pelvic bone and a foot – still in a boot – were found in the same place. La Estrella de Panama reported.
The bodies, which most believe belonged to the two women, were found a short time later.
While Lisanne’s body appeared to have decomposed naturally, Kris’ bones were brilliantly white, as if they had been bleached.
Their causes of death were never determined.
Dutch authors Marja West and Jürgen Snoeren believe they solved the mystery in their book Lost in the Jungle.
They argue the deaths were an accident caused by flash flooding, which is common in the area at this time of year.
The authors told The daily beast : “It actually came as a surprise to us too, but our conclusion had to be that it was an accident.
“It took us quite a long time to get there.”
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