On 23 January 1959, Igor Dyatlov and his group of hikers embarked upon an expedition through the northern Ural Mountains from which they would not return. The mysterious circumstances surrounding their deaths have become the stuff of legend not only in Russia, but around the world. Sixty years later, the case into their disappearance has been reopened and Ruptly went to the site in the northern... Еще Urals to find out if, after all this time, there is any chance the case can be closed.
This in-depth look into the tragedy retraces the final footsteps of the expedition and includes interviews with leading forensic expert and journalist who have been looking into the case for decades and both attended the scene of the death, local Mansi people and chance encounters with people who live near the site along the way.
The Soviet criminal probe at the time uncovered their tent in a remote area in the Urals, which had been slashed open from the inside by a sharp object, with all the group’s belongings, including shoes, left inside and intact.
The investigators later discovered the students' bodies, with several having suffered serious head wounds. It has never been established what forced the hikers to flee their campsite in the dead of night.
Medical tests conducted back then showed that six of the group died of hypothermia, the rest from other injuries.
For 60 years, there has been speculation about what exactly happened in Dyatlov Pass, with some suggesting an alien attack could be the explanation and others some talking about secret nuclear tests. The incident has even been the inspiration for numerous films, documentaries and TV series.
The investigators excluded all paranormal versions, and are currently considering three possible hypotheses: avalanche, hurricane, and what is called “snow board,” where a layer of fine snow consisting of crystals densely packed by wind moved and destroyed the tents and injuring the people.
Back in March 2019, Russian prosecutors conducted a week-long expedition to the eastern ridge of «Height 1079», known to indigenous Mansi people as Kholat Syakhl or the Deadly Mountain, where the incident occurred, to conduct various tests with the hope of better determining what happened there.
The investigation’s latest results are expected this Autumn.