It was in the winter of 1959 when 9 college students – 2 women and 7 men embarked on a trek into the Ural Mountains. The leader of the group was Igor Dyatlov. They were all well-trained, experienced hikers. When the students did not call their relatives as scheduled on February 18, people began to worry. A search party was assembled to look for the missing hikers. Their parents soon learned what was supposed to be at most a 16-day trip, had met with disaster. The students were never heard from again.


For years this case was hidden within the files of the Russian government. The Dyatlov Incident was classified as top-secret and the investigation remained hidden within Soviet archives until recently when the case was de-classified and reopened by seasoned investigators.


The official explanation was never published. The investigation was shut down, following the sighting of a ball of light that seen descending into the Ural Mountains. Many eyewitnesses, including the students, saw this UFO. This was confirmed when photographs of the object were found on the photo-negatives of one of their cameras. Next to the UFO in the photograph, was a box-shaped object that no one could explain. It could have been a lens flare from the ball-shaped UFO. There are those, who still believe that the 9 students were the collateral damage of a secret soviet missile test at a nearby base in the Urals.



Searchers followed their ski tracks until the found what remained of the hikers’ tent near the crest of a hill. Everything was in disarray. “Their tents were in tatters and all their survival equipment was left strewn around.” – Narrator. Another strange piece of evidence was the condition of one side of the tent. Their appeared to be slits in the tent fabric about eye level which some suggest was for peering out at something near the tent. There was one big slit down the side.


One very important issue that was not addressed by the investigators was that some of the slits in the side made at eye level appeared to have been crudely made by the finger or claw of an animal. It had to stand around eye level for this type of damage to be made. From the outset, it would appear that not all of the tears were made by the campers, but by something else.


It would appear that they had exited the tent from the side after cutting through their tent. During one of my research expeditions near a Bigfoot nest in Washington State, I noted that same thing happened to my tent used for fieldwork. The creature made it known that it was present in the area, and I was quick to establish territorial boundaries early on. The rip or tear was also in the side of the tent, noting the damage when I returned to collect the remainder of my gear. The damage rendered the tent useless, so I was forced to abandon it.


So why would these seasoned outdoorsmen abandon their tent and their gear in such a cold and harsh environment? That is what the searchers were about to find out. The rescue team became a recovery team, when it was learned that all of the students had died of mysterious circumstances.


The first two campers, Yuri Doroshenko and Yuri Krivonishenko were found about a mile from their tent at the foot of the hill, below their encampment. It was along the tree line of the forest. It was learned that they had tried to start a fire to keep warm. The evidence that remained suggested that the wood was too wet and the fire eventually died out. Another thing that puzzled searchers was why the tree line? That was another thing an experienced hiker would never do. Any woodsman would know to bivouac in the forest, an area that was more hospitable and sheltered from the elements. What’s more it has been reported that they were only wearing their underwear, suggesting they left their tent in a hurry.


Their bodies looked like they had been posed; their heads were found next to one another, as they lay on their abdomen face first in the snow. What began as a search and rescue operation was looking more and more like a murder investigation. Yuri Kuntsevitch, President of the Dyatlov Foundation says, “The investigation was given to Lev Ivanov who worked as an investigator for particularly important cases.”



Following the discovery of the two men at the edge of the forest, three more bodies were found one right after another in a straight line, which suggests that they were murdered one by one. It was as if they were killed one right after the other as they tried to elude their killer. Their attempt to escape their killer was futile. The forensic examiner reported severe damage to the knuckles and fists of the leader group leader Igor Dyatlov. They must have put up a hell of a fight, as the other two also showed signs of a struggle.


The two other campers that were found were a man and a woman. Rustem Slobodin also had injuries to his fists as well as what may have been a fatal blow to the side of the head. The third person found was a woman by the name of Zina Kolmogrova.


The final four victims of this ferocious attack were found later, during the spring snow melt. Their injuries were the worse of all, more severe by far than the other five. They were found near a stream that was no doubt frozen over during their stay in the Urals. The injuries included head trauma, missing eyeballs from their sockets and other injuries.


The three male students found at the stream were Alexander Zolotariov, Alexander Kolevatov and Nicholai Thibeaux. They suffered the strangest injuries, severe enough to break ribs and crush their skulls. The missing eyeballs suggest that the Yeti-like creature didn’t want them to see what it was about to do to the female, who no doubt was screaming hysterically.


Let me set the stage for what occurred and why the students were killed the way they were in the manner in which they found them. Having studied the Yeti, ABSM and other man-ape creatures of myth and legend, I have discovered they have human like qualities, as well as simian like qualities. The problems generated by the students were probably unintentionally but to the man-ape, it was a challenge to its territorial habitat. I discovered this quite by accident myself, when urinating near my tent near the Bigfoot nest. The act of urination as well as the smell of it is a clear marker to any creature that the creature making it controls the area. In Bigfoot country this can be very dangerous, especially when a long way from captivity like tee students were in the remotest part of Siberia. The males urinating in the creature’s habitat would send a clear and strong signal that they were establishing their territory in the middle of the Yeti’s territory a direct threat whereby the very act of it would be making their territory.


Now when we add the women to the mix, it adds another dimension to the problems experienced by the campers. That would be especially true for the females (there were two) when urinating in the Yeti territory were claimed by the men was an even more direct affront to this creature. Add to that the fact that they had their menses or periods during their stay there and the smell of it sent a signal to the monster that they were females’ cohabitating within its territorial area


I say this for two reasons. There are the more obvious clues as to the careless voiding of body fluids. But there is another realm that adds another dimension to this story. On one of the cameras found near the campers owned by Ludmila there was a Bigfoot like creature in one of the photonegatives. The posture of the ape-man suggests it was posing for the woman, showing off its maleness while crouching like a predator. These are all clear signs that there was some type of contact being made by the female camper. Whether she realized it or not, she was unwittingly setting the stage for the horrible aftermath that followed.


The evidence suggests that here tongue was ripped from her mouth to stifle her screams. The Yeti probably raped her and despite the fact that there wasn’t any rape kit produced and the fact that no one would have suspected a yeti was clear. But the absence of eyeballs and the crushing injuries that befell the three other males would suggest this was the case.


One entry in the diary of Lyudmila Dubinina claimed “We now know the snowman exists.” She wrote “The existence of Yeti is a hot topic amongst scientists – they think that it lives in the northern Urals.” Whether she actually made contact is not clear. But the photograph and the entries in her journal clearly suggest some type of contact had been made. For Lyudmila, it was probably purely scientific. But for the Yeti, it was pure chemistry and animal magnetism.


The lone female in this series of attacks was named Lyudmila Alexandrovna Dubinina. This female had the strangest injuries of all: whomever or whatever attacked these students, was dexterous enough to rip out her tongue yet strong enough to inflict severe head trauma, which would explain the crushed and fractured skulls of some of the students. There was a large amount of blood in her stomach and tongue was missing.


Investigators concluded that a huge force killed the students.  “According to Dr. Boris Vozrozhdenny, the force required to cause such damage would have been extremely high, comparing it to the force of a car crash” (WIKI).


A group of nomads known as the Mansi were deemed persons of interest but were later dismissed as possible suspects. For one they helped in the search for the missing students. Secondly, these nomadic groups were peace loving, and they would not have killed anyone, especially the Russian people. They were summarily ruled out.


Yuri Kuntsevich aided in the investigation. It took the Russian intelligence agencies 20 years to unlock the secret files and even longer before serious investigators took on this mysterious case. Kuntsevitch examined the film from 2 of the cameras. On one the photographs taken by the Dyatlov group show a bright ball of light. “It was obvious it was a bright object falling towards the ground at high speed.” I noted that there was another photograph; it was a glowing specter caught on the film.  The image was box-like but glowing all around.  “12-year-old Yury Kuntsevich, who would later become head of the Yekaterinburg-based Dyatlov Foundation (snip), attended five of the hiker’s funerals and recalls their skin had a ‘deep brown tan.’” (WIKI).  Radiation had been detected on some of the hikers clothing.


“Many people say they saw a glowing ball over the pass during the night of February 1st. It was seen by reliable witnesses.” It was after that the Russian government deemed the files classified ‘Top-Secret’ and the deaths remained unexplained” (-Narrator).  The files became available in the 1990’s.  Lev Ivanov led the official inquest into the Dyatlov Pass incident.  In an article published by the former police officer, Ivanov maintained that “they had seen flying spheres.”  Lev Ivanov would later assert that “he then received direct orders from high-ranking regional officials to dismiss this claim.”


Some parts of the report would later mysteriously vanish.  For example, the archives of one researcher, including photographs diaries and manuscripts, have been lost.


Cases where UFOs were seen in conjunction with sightings of Bigfoot, Yeti or other ABSMs (Abominable Snowmen) are extremely and this is one case for the textbooks. I document it here for posterity, as there does seem to be a connection between unidentified flying objects and Yeti. The Dyatlov Pass incident is one such example.


Most scientists believe that the story of the yeti is just a myth. But Dr. Igor Bourtsev believes otherwise. Bourtsev is with the International Center of Hominology. He believes this type of creature is capable of inflicting the type of injuries the students succumbed to during their violent assault in the Ural Mountains. “To this day the Dyatlov incident remains unexplained.”


Christopher Montgomery is an investigative journalist who has combed the world for interesting and timely matters of interest.  Wikipedia also contributed to this story