Two group of young girls went for a hiking trip in the Panamanian jungle on a bright day on April 1, 2014, but they were never heard from again. They were Lisanne Froon and Kris Kremers, and their tragic tale touched people from all over the world. The nice weather also disappeared quickly after the girls went missing. How many people or organizations were awakened, how detailed the searches were, none of that just seems to matter anymore. The girls have been and would continue to be lost.
People continue to be haunted by this tragic story to this day, and there have always been rumors about what actually happened to the missing girls. The mystery is supposedly resolved in the latest novel, Lost in the Jungle, by Dutch authors Marja West and Jürgen Snoeren. Despite the fact that numerous hypotheses have been put forth regarding what happened to Kremers and Froon, no definitive cause of death has been determined.
The Finding Of Ruins
New investigations along the Culubre River were conducted after the backpack was found. A few kilometers from the location where Froon’s backpack had been encountered, Kremers’ denim shorts were unearthed, resting just above rock on the other bank of the waterway. According to a conspiracy theory, the shorts were discovered tidily folded and zipped, but photos of the shorts accepted for publication in 2021 completely debunked this information.
A pelvis and a boot with a foot in it were discovered 2 months later, closer to the location of the backpack. Soon, on the same river bank, at least 33 dispersed bones were found. They are classified as belonging to Kremers and Froon, according to DNA testing. While Kremers’ bones showed up to have been washed, Froon’s bones retained some skin covering them.
A forensics expert from Panama later asserted that when the bones were magnified, “there are no detectable scratches of any sort on the bones, none of organic nor cultural origin – there are no marks on the bone fragments at all.”
Froon owned a Canon Powershot SX270 HS that was filled with pictures, many of which were taken in the days preceding the girls’ extinction. These were the typical holiday pictures that two young women would take. Images of them exploring the jungle on April 1 seem to confirm that everything is fine. There were no more pictures until April 8, when 90 uncanny night-time photographs with flash were collected in the center of the jungle with dates and times around 1:00 and 4:00 AM.
The majority of the images captured on April 8 depict absolute darkness, while others depict the jungle floor. However, two of the photographs—one of some of the girls’ personal items on a rock and the other of Kremers’s head with what initially appeared to be a bloodstain in her hair—are alarming. As with most digital cameras, the point-and-shoot camera digits its file types in increasing order. There was an obvious missing file when such Canon Powershot was found by Dutch authorities: IMG 0509.
This is important because picture 508 was the last one of them that didn’t have any kind of difficulty. On the other hand, picture 510 was captured on April 8 in the shadows of the jungle. It is mysterious why IMG 0509, which could be an important piece of evidence, is missing. It’s possible that the camera was broken, but this seems extremely unlikely. The likelihood of the image being deleted is higher. It is still possible to recover a deleted photo from a camera. Dutch investigators tried to retrieve the file but were unsuccessful; this suggests that the file was removed from a desktop rather than the camera while the camera was connected to a computer.
Was It An Accident?
The tragic deaths of Kremers and Froon have yet to be resolved, and the identities of the 2 bodies that have been managed to recover are still up in the air. In their novel Lost in the Jungle, Dutch authors Marja West and Jürgen Snoeren assert that the mystery has been settled. The pair came to the decision that the girls’ lives lost were an unfortunate incident after thoroughly examining all of the evidence and traveling to Panama to conduct their own inquiry. Even though we were surprised, we had to come to the conclusion that it was a coincidence.
“With all the questions in the police file now, there is no way it could be anything else… there was specific order and timeline to it, which had to be due to the region- and season-typical flood events. The mystery has not been completely resolved.