It began on March 13, when a user known only as “Ty” (@strayedaway) began tweeting about a mysterious voicemail message he received recently from an unknown number. Although Ty’s account is no longer online, his tweets were saved and shared by other users, and as a result the voicemail quickly went viral.
The original voicemail recording was also preserved. Have a listen:
While it first comes across as a recitation of random letters and numbers in NATO standard code, the recording becomes much more disturbing after it’s been decoded and transcribed:
S Danger SOS it is dire for you to evacuate be caution they are not human 042933964230 SOS Danger SOS
The message is even more haunting in the context of a later tweet from Ty… in which he claims to remember seeing someone trying to photograph his house a few days before he received the call.
But it gets weirder.
After the tweets went viral, Ty received a direct message via Twitter in a language he didn’t understand. Plugging the text into Google Translate, he discovered it was in Indonesian — and the translation was quite disturbing:
end the post you just shared about the recording in your phone
Ty claims he began receiving more cryptic DMs, which contained everything from Morse code to map coordinates, some of which pointed to Malaysia… and numbers corresponding to a website with Malaysian text.
Users like Uzumaki (@jvstinfox) and Erin Mahoney (@ErMahoney6) opened up the scope of the mystery when they identified the map coordinates as somewhere near Kuala Lumpur International Airport — from which Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 departed on March 8, 2014 before disappearing without a trace. Uzumaki speculated as to whether the voicemail was an excerpt from the plane’s “black box” flight recorder.
“That’s why it’s an SOS,” he tweeted. “It was trying to warn us.”
He went deeper into this theory, noting how the voicemail was received during the peak of a major solar flare.
“This is why random people would be getting this call,” Uzumaki wrote, “because the signal would be amplified and sent farther ranges, with the solar flares happening closer to Southern Asia/Australia.”
More and more theories are being tossed around — thanks in part to YouTube videos breaking down the details, and a Reddit megathread dedicated to solving the mystery — but at the heart of the matter is the sudden and unexplained disappearance of Ty’s Twitter account.