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Unknown Skeleton found below Mount Williamson

Unknown Skeleton found below Mount Williamson


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 30 October 2019

 

 

MOUNTAIN SAFETY

Failure is Forever

APNewsBreak: Skeleton Unearthed Beneath California Peak,
AP, October 16, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Two Recent Climbers on Mount Williamson
Encountered skeletal remains, "...discovered Oct. 7 near a lake in the remote rock-filled bowl between the towering peaks of Mount Tyndall and Williamson, which rises to 14,374 feet."

Off Route Discovery
"The average person who was hiking to Williamson wouldn't have gone the route we went because we were a little bit lost, a little bit off course."

"...came upon the grisly discovery of what looked like a bone buried in a boulder field."

"...moved rocks aside and discovered an entire skeleton. It appeared to have been there long enough that all that remained were bones, a pair of leather shoes and a belt."

No Answers
"Who was the unfortunate hiker? How did he or she die? Was the person alone? Were they ever reported injured, dead or missing?"

Remote Location in a Remote Location
"It can take more than a day to hike over Shepherd Pass and then the trail ends, and climbers have to make a tedious scramble over rock fields and sand across Williamson Bowl — where the body was found — before climbing the final 2,000 feet (600 meters) up a chute that includes moments of breathtaking exposure while picking their way up a rock face."

Long Wait
"...so decomposed, investigators believe it's possibly been there for decades."

Lost Soul Found
"Investigators have gone back through decades of reports of people missing in the Inyo National Forest and come up empty."

Previously Lost & Found
"...Randy Morgenson, a Kings Canyon National Park ranger who vanished in 1996." (found)

"A World War II airman whose plane had crashed near Mount Mendel on a training flight in 1942 wasn't found until 2005 when a receding glacier gave up his body."

This Body Not Lost?
"...the body was intentionally buried. The skeleton was laid out on its back with the arms crossed over the chest."

Decades Old Burial?
"It was definitely a burial because it was very strategically covered with rocks."

Injured Climber, Team Failed Self-Rescue?
"...the shoes as the type worn by rock climbers."

"...the area is not well known for rock climbing. And, because most climbers work in pairs, it raised questions about what had happened to any partner or whether the death had been reported."

 

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UPDATE

Mountain Skeleton May Belong to Man from Manzanar,
LA Times, October 24, 2019.

Giichi Matsumura
"In the closing days of World War II, a Japanese American set out with other men from the infamous internment camp at Manzanar on a trip to the mountains, where he went off on his own to paint a watercolor and got caught in a freak summer snowstorm."

"The camp’s newspaper, the Manzanar Free Press, reported the story Sept. 8, 1945..."

 

 

 

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