Mystery of the two frozen mummified corpses found on dormant volcano

Mystery of the two frozen mummified corpses found on dormant volcano A mummified frozen body sticks out from the snow (Picture: AP Photo/Israel Mijangos)
A mummified frozen body sticks out from the snow (Picture: AP Photo/Israel Mijangos)

A search party looking for what was believed to be a frozen body on Mexico’s highest mountain instead came across two mummified corpses.

Climbers reported seeing a frozen skull in the snow just 1,000 feet from the peak of the 5,610-metre Pico de Orizaba.

But when the 12 local civil protection mountaineers climbed to the top of mountain they made a second gruesome discovery.

The second body was just 500 feet away, and was also frozen and mummified, according to Juan Navarro, mayor of the town of Chalchicomula de Sesma.

Handout picture released by the town council of Chalchicomula showing one of the two mummified corpses found near the peak of the 5,636-metre Pico de Orizaba, also known as the Citlaltepetl volcano, on the border between the states of Veracruz and Puebla, on March 5, 2015. A team of Mexican climbers searching for a frozen body on the country's highest mountain -- and North America's third -- stumbled onto a second mummified cadaver during their expedition on March 5. The 12 local civil protection mountaineers had embarked on their mission after climbers reported seeing a frozen skull 310 metres (1,000 feet) from the peak of the Pico de Orizaba on Monday. The second body was found 150 metres away, and it was also frozen and mummified, said Juan Navarro, mayor of the town of Chalchicomula de Sesma, near the mountain.  AFP PHOTO / CHALCHICOMULA TOWN COUNCIL / HILARIO AGUILAR   ---   RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT

It is believed the corpses are those of climbers missing for more than half a century (Picture: Hilario Aguilar/AFP/Getty Images)

It is believed the bodies are from a party of three climbers who went missing 55 years ago.

But since the news emerged the authorities have received calls from Spain and Germany from relatives of other climbers who perished climbing the mountain.

However, their identities will not be known until the bodies can be removed from the mountainside.

epa04651177 An undated handout picture released on 06 March 2015 by the city hall of Chalchicomula shows the mummified body of a man found near the summit of of Pico de Orizaba, Mexico. Reports state that this was the second mummified corpse to be found this week near the summit of Pico de Orizaba. Authorities reportedly believe that the bodies are of two Mexican climbers who are presumed to have died in an avalanche over 50 years ago.  EPA/Hilario Aguilar Aguilar/ HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY

The mummies have yet to be identified (Picture:EPA/Hilario Aguilar Aguilar)

Rescue efforts have so far been hampered by the weather.

The bodies are due to be taken to the Puebla state prosecutor’s office to undergo DNA identification tests.

Pieces of clothing found on both bodies could help identify them, Navarro said.

‘It was impossible to conduct the rescue this time. Fog prevented the work,’ Navarro said, adding that only two of the climbers were able to reach the location of the bodies.

 
 
 
 
By Staff 03/07/2015 08:43:00
 
 

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