Eerie Photos Reveal Last Moments Before Women Vanished in Panama

A disturbing set of photographs is at the center of a mystery of the disappearance and death of two young women in Panama and local authorities are currently baffled by an apparently missing photo file on their SD card.

In 2014, Kris Kremers and Lisanne Froon, both from the Netherlands, were traveling and exploring the Central American country of Panama.

On April 1, the 21- and 22-year-olds took a walk through the scenic forests around Baru Volcano in Boquete. The two were never seen again, The sun reports.

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Lisanne Froon April 1st

After the alarm was raised on April 2, a search party was sent to find them, but nothing was found until ten weeks later when a local woman who found the backpack Froon Blue turned him over to the authorities.

The bag contained his camera as well as two pairs of sunglasses, $83 in cash, Froon’s passport, a bottle of water, two bras and the two women’s phones. Phones showed that just hours into their hike, someone dialed 112 and then 911. None of the calls ever went through due to lack of signal.

Later analysis revealed that on April 4, Froon’s phone battery ran out, but between April 5 and April 11, Kremer’s iPhone was turned on several times, but whoever turned it on didn’t. has entered the PIN code incorrectly.

Two months after the discovery of the backpack, a pelvic bone and a foot – still inside a boot – were discovered in the same area, according to La Estrella de Panama. Complete remains were found shortly afterwards and were assumed to be the two missing women.

Froon’s bones appeared to have decayed naturally, but Kremers’ bones were mysteriously bright white as if bleached, raising the question of whether anyone had been involved in their deaths.

Photographic clues

Froon had a Canon Powershot SX270 HS which contained numerous photos, many of which related to the time leading up to the day the girls disappeared. These were standard vacation photos that two young women took while traveling.

There are pictures of them exploring the jungle on April Fool’s Day which seem to show that all is well. Then there are no images until April 8, when 90 disturbing nighttime photos were taken with flash in the middle of the jungle with timestamps between 1:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m.

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A photo of a rock with some of the girls’ belongings, taken on April 8

Kremer head

Most of the photos taken on April 8 are in total darkness while some show the jungle floor, but two photos are alarming: one is a shot of some of the girls’ belongings on a rock, and the other shows the back of Kremers’ head with what appears to be a bloodstain in his hair.

The compact camera numbers its files in ascending order, like most digital cameras do. When the Canon Powershot was recovered by the Dutch authorities, there was a clearly visible missing file: IMG_0509. This is important because frame 508 was the last photo of them where they had no issues. However, frame 510 was taken on April 8, in the darkness of the jungle.

The missing file

The Canon Powershot SX270 HS has two methods for numbering images. “Auto reset” and “Continuous”. This is relevant because if the camera was on “Auto Reset” and 509 was deleted before 510 was taken, the camera would use the 509 image again.

However, if “Continuous” mode was used, even if 509 was removed, the next frame will be 510. Unfortunately, this camera setting is not publicly known, but the default mode is “Continuous”. “.

Canon Powershot SX270 HS
A Canon Powershot SX270 HS

Why IMG_0509 is missing, which could be a crucial piece of evidence, is anyone’s guess. The camera might have malfunctioned, but that seems highly unlikely. More likely is that the image has been deleted.

If an image is deleted from a camera, it is still possible to recover it. Dutch investigators attempted to recover the file but were unsuccessful in recovering the data, suggesting the camera was plugged into a computer and the file was deleted rather than deleted from the camera.

Most fingers seem to be pointing at Panamanian authorities, who were also blamed for a poor initial search in the days immediately following the disappearance. Some suggest they might have seen something they didn’t want the rest of the world to see. It’s also possible that someone unknown, possibly the one responsible for the girls’ deaths, deleted the file for some reason but not the others on the map with a laptop in the middle of the jungle.

An accident?

The causes of Kremers and Froon’s tragic death were never determined and the two bodies that were found were not even conclusively discovered to be one of the girls. Dutch authors Marja West and Jürgen Snoeren claim to have solved the mystery in their book lost in the jungle.

After digging into all the evidence and flying to Panama to conduct their own investigation, the couple concluded the girls’ death was an accident.

“It also surprised us, but our conclusion had to be that it was an accident. It took us quite a while to get there,” the authors explain to The daily beast.

Snoeren and West believe that flash flooding, which is typical of this region, would make strategic placement of objects impossible.

“With everything I read now in the police file, it couldn’t have been anything else…there was a certain sequence and timing, which must have been caused by the flash floods, typical of the area and the region. season.”

The mystery remains intact.

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