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The Terrifying Mystery of Russia’s “Devil’s Pass” Just Got Scarier

The so-called “Dyatlov Pass Incident” is considered one of the strangest, most controversial unsolved death cases of the past century… and now, after 57 years, a new disturbing epilogue to the story seems to be unfolding.

Image Credit: iStock/Gooddenka
Image Credit: iStock/Gooddenka

In February of 1959, a group of nine graduate students disappeared while hiking Russia’s Ural Mountains en route to Mount Otorten (which translates in the local dialect as “Don’t Go There”… yes, I’m totally serious). After they failed to arrive at a designated checkpoint in the village of Vizhay, rescue parties were dispatched, and found the team’s empty tent at Mount Kholat Syakhl (literally, “The Mountain of Death”… again, not kidding).

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Five bodies were found about a mile from the base camp, which had been abandoned, with nearly all the team’s gear, for reasons unknown. The corpses were missing most or all of their clothes, and showed signs of extreme injuries, including fractured skulls; one woman’s tongue was apparently ripped out. Extreme weather prevented rescuers from reaching the other four bodies until months later, but they were reportedly in similar condition.

After an intense criminal investigation, authorities were unable to determine the cause of death, ruling it to be an “unknown compelling force.” Ever since, theories have been tossed about, ranging from a freak accident (an avalanche may have driven them from their tent in a panic) to hypothermia-induced dementia… others suggest a secret Soviet experiment gone wrong, demonic forces, a Yeti attack, or… aliens. Almost all of the wildest theories came together for Renny Harlin’s recent found-footage horror film DEVIL’S PASS.

Now that you have the backstory, it may be time to re-open the Dyatlov case file, because another body has just been found in the same region… and as of this writing, the identity of this corpse is unknown.

According to RT News, a group of hikers en route to the town of Ivdel found the body, described as a middle-aged male, late last Friday, and contacted emergency services via satellite phone. Intense weather conditions have so far prevented the authorities from entering the area.

But that’s not the end of the story: Russian news site V-kurse recently reported that emergency services have lost contact with the hikers who found the body.

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