Chilling photos found on camera of missing hikers show mysterious final moments before girls vanish in Panamanian jungle
EERIE photos discovered on a camera belonging to two missing hikers have revealed their mysterious last moments before the two girls disappeared into the jungle in Panama.
Kris Kremers, 21, and Lisanne Froon, 22, wandered through the scenic forests around Baru Volcano in Boquete – and never returned.
The students from Amersfoort in the Netherlands had spent six months planning their dream trip to Panama, hoping to spend time hiking, volunteering and learning Spanish.
The couple had been hiking in the jungle for two weeks as part of a backpacking trip – and they planned to stay another four weeks with their host family to volunteer at a local school.
But after saying goodbye to local family for a mid-morning walk on April 1, 2014, they were never seen alive again.
To this day, the disappearance and tragic death of Kris and Lisanne remains a poignant mystery.
In a mind-blowing theory, Dick Steffens, a former detective from Amsterdam, has claimed that Kris may still be alive after being trafficked into the sex trade by a wandering jungle kidnapper.
While some believe Kris and Lisanne died in an accident, the ex-cop called the police investigation in Panama shoddy and said it should be redone.
Disturbing evidence also showed there had been a number of failed attempts to unlock Kris’ phone – sparking another theory that Kris had died and Lisanne was frantically trying to access her phone for help .
The alarm was first raised by the disappearance of the girls after missing a private walking tour of Boquete on April 2.
A desperate search for the students was launched, with rescuers scouring the jungle and nearby villages.
But on April 6, the girls were still missing.
Kris and Lisanne’s families decided to fly to Panama and bring Dutch detectives with them.
The jungle was searched for another ten days with help from the Dutch cops – but there was no sign of the girls.
As the search began to wind down, a local woman handed over a blue backpack, claiming to have found it in a rice paddy along the banks of the river.
The backpack contained two pairs of sunglasses, $83 in cash, two bras, a bottle of water – and most importantly, Lisanne’s passport.
It also contained Lisanne’s camera and their two phones.
In a chilling discovery, 90 photos had been taken on the camera deep in the jungle in the dead of night on April 8 between 1am and 4am – raising questions about who took the photos.
Only a handful of images pulled from the memory card showed clear images, with most showing near complete darkness.
Photos showed the girls’ belongings spread out on rocks, along with plastic bags and candy wrappers, mounds of dirt and a mirror.
And one of the images chillingly showed the back of Kris’ head with what some detectives believe is blood dripping from her temple.
According to a web sleuth, the snaps taken with the camera a week after the girls disappeared could have been taken with the flash to light the way as they stumbled through the dark jungle.
But others have suggested the chilling photos could have been taken by someone else after killing the girls.
The identity of the person who took the images remains a mystery.
The students’ phone records also tragically revealed how they desperately tried to call the police.
In four days, 77 separate attempts were made to call the cops – using emergency numbers in the Netherlands and Panama.
Of the dozens of calls, only one managed to connect, but dropped after just two seconds due to lack of reception.
But the call logs gave cops a rough snapshot of how much time the girls spent missing in the jungle.
Both of their phones eventually ran out of battery on April 11, ten days after they disappeared.
After cops searched the area where the backpack was found, they discovered Kris’ clothes neatly folded along the edge of the river.
And two months later, a pelvic bone and a foot – still inside a boot – were found in the same area, according to La Estrella de Panama.
The remains of the two women were found shortly afterwards.
Lisanne’s bones appeared to have decayed naturally – but Kris’s bones were mysteriously bright white as if bleached, raising questions about whether anyone had been involved in her death.
Their causes of death have never been determined.
The tragic deaths of Kris and Lisanne remain a disturbing mystery.
Cops questioned locals, tour guides and other hikers, but only photos and call logs provided evidence of what happened.
However, 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.
The authors told The Daily Beast: “It also surprised us, but our conclusion had to be that it was an accident. It took us a while to get there.”
Snoeren had called West and said, “With everything I’m reading 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 floods. sudden, typical of the region and the season.
“These flash floods made it impossible to stage scenes or strategically place objects.”
The mystery remains unsolved to this day, and there is still little certainty surrounding the tragic deaths of the two Dutch students.