It’s not unusual for climbers to find bodies of people who died on mountain years and sometimes decades earlier. In Mexico, climbers found two bodies on Pico de Orizaba in March.

Pico de Orizaba in Mexico where the mummies were found.  Photo Wikipedia
Pico de Orizaba in Mexico where the mummies were found. Photo Wikipedia

In 1959, seven hikers climbed Pico de Orizaba, the highest mountain in Mexico, but only four returned. The story of the missing climbers turned into a local mystery among those who knew about it.

Nearly a month ago, climbers were on the same slope as the three who went missing and discovered a pair of bodies protruding out of the snow.

One of the mummies head's protruding from the snow.  Photo HILARIO AGUILAR/AFP/GETTY IMAGE
One of the mummies head’s protruding from the snow. Photo HILARIO AGUILAR/AFP/GETTY IMAGE

The bodies are mummified and have remnants of clothing and even hair. Many people are wondering if these could be two of Pico de Prizaba’s missing three.

A snow storm had delayed an expedition to recover the cadavers, raising concerns that the remains could be lost again on the 5,610-metre volcano, also known as Citlaltepetl.

Luis Espinosa, 78, is sure the bodies belong to his missing friends. “It’s them, without a doubt,” Espinosa said, showing a newspaper he saved from November 4, 1959, which describes the “intense search” for Alberto Rodriguez, Manuel Campos and expedition chief Enrique Garcia following an avalanche. Espinosa said the clothing matches that of his friend.

The discovery prompted the government to restrict access to the peak because people are trying to sneak up to see the bodies.

There is no word yet as of the status of the recovery mission.

One of the mummies that was discovered high on a Mexican mountain. Photo HILARIO AGUILAR/AFP/GETTY IMAGE
One of the mummies that was discovered high on a Mexican mountain. Photo HILARIO AGUILAR/AFP/GETTY IMAGE

Source: Daily Mail, Wikipedia

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