The 13th Floor

Chilling Tale of “Phantom Hitchhiker” Spreading Through Argentina

The mystery allegedly began on the night of February 26: Pedro Peirone, a businessman from San Jose de la Esquina, Argentina, was driving home when he stopped to offer a ride to a mysterious young hitchhiker.

Peirone described the unnamed teen as very shy, but otherwise ordinary-looking, and hitchhiking is a fairly common practice in the region, so the driver thought little of the situation… until they drove near a road which leads to a local cemetery. At this point, Peirone claims the young man — who would only tell him he was 17 and lived in the nearby town of Arteaga — asked to be dropped off.

That’s when things got weird.

“As soon as I got there, I sensed an awful burning smell,” Peirone told San Jose Videocable. “I stopped to see if something had caught fire, got out to check the back of the truck, and as soon as I turned around, I noticed there was no one inside.”

Image Credit: San Jose Videocable

Upon closer examination, Peirone found two footprints which he claimed were melted into the rubber floor mat on the passenger side.

After searching for the mystery hitchhiker, Peirone found no traces of him in the surrounding area… only the footprints and the lingering smell of burnt rubber from the car remained.

Reporters soon seized on the story, and Peirone brought them back to the site of the alleged incident, showing them the melted shoeprints as well:

Reporters also investigated Peirone’s background, and found nothing to suggest he was the kind of person to perpetrate a hoax. In fact, he asserts he’s never believed in ghosts or any other supernatural phenomena… at least before that fateful night.