Missing Woman Found on Mountain After 40 Years

A mummified woman found on mountain is thought to be a climber missing for over 40 years.

Marta Emilia Altamirano, better known as Patty, died during an expedition in the Andes in March 1981.

She was then aged 20 and slipped on ice at an altitude of around 5,000 meters.

Marta is believed to have fallen hundreds of meters to her death, according to the sister who accompanied her.

At least four expeditions have taken place over the years to find the young woman’s body, however without any success.

Over the years, the search was dropped and her disappearance became a legend in the mountain village of Barreal in Argentina’s San Juan province.

Part of the story includes Patty’s father, a retired police officer who searched for her body for many years until eventually passing away in the town where she stayed for the last time.

But on 28 January a body was found on the Cerro Mercedario, the highest peak of the Cordillera de la Ramada range and the eighth-highest mountain in the Andes.

It was discovered at an altitude of around 5,000 meters and was first presumed to be a German mountaineer called Andreas Colli who disappeared in the area in 2002.

But it was soon confirmed the mummified remains belonged to a woman aged between 18 and 30 years.

The climber’s body was found attached to a glacier and the authorities had to break the ice to extract it.

According to a news report of the time, Patty embarked on the fateful expedition with her sister Corina and experienced climber Sergio Bossini on 23 March 1981 from Barreal.

A guide accompanied the group part of the way before they continued alone.

On the evening of March 24 that year, the trio set up base at the foot of a glacier at an altitude of 4,300 meters.

They then embarked on their ascent to the summit three days later and stopped to set up camp on the ice at an altitude of over 5,000 meters at around 7pm.

According to the report, Patty went off to survey the surrounding area alone and lost her footing, sliding hundreds of metres down an icy slope.

Corina and Sergio searched for her throughout the night, but to no avail.

They managed to find her the following morning, but Patty had already passed away.

Because of the weather conditions and difficult terrain, the pair decided they would not be able to bring her body back with them so they left to ask for help.

Corina and Sergio arrived at the nearest gendarmerie post on 29 March 1981 to report the tragedy.

However, snow and ice had buried Patty’s body in the time it took the authorities to assemble a search team and they were unable to find her.

Another search operation was organized the following year, but again with no luck.

In the subsequent years, at least two other search operations were carried out to find Patty’s remains.

Doctor Jorge Prieto, who took part in the second search operation, said after the mummified body was found last week: “There is no doubt that it is her. I am absolutely sure.

“There is no other missing person, much less a woman. Everything matches.”

Orlando Bravo, a family friend and experienced climber who also took part in the search operations in the early 80s, said: “I’ve spoken with Patty’s brother and they are considering coming to San Juan.

“I’m concerned about the emotional state of all of them. We are all very surprised.”

He added: “This is all very strong for the family. We have to wait for them to identify the body. But it is also about closing a chapter. Over 41 years have passed.”

The results of forensic tests on the mummified body have yet to be announced.

Plane Carrying 321 Tourists Bursts into Flames

An engine erupted into flames on a tourist plane carrying 321 people in Thailand as its tyres exploded during takeoff, leading to the pilot abruptly aborting the departure.

In the emergency 309 passengers and 12 crew on a Russian tourist plane in Phuket, Thailand, were offloaded and forced to await a new aircraft.

Dramatic pictures and footage showed the Boeing 767-306ER hit by sudden fire due to an ‘engine surge’.

There were reports of a ‘loud bang’ in the takeoff emergency.

The landing gear also ignited in flames on the same right side of the aircraft as the aircraft aborted its departure, said reports.

A suspicion is that Russian airlines are cutting corners with safety and seeking to operate ageing aircraft without proper maintenance following tough Western sanctions over Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine.

This 26-year-old plane operated by charter company Azur Air was en route from Phuket International Airport to Moscow when it was hit by the drama.

Passengers on board included families of men hiding from Putin’s mobilisation decree.

Some had left their men in Thailand – seen as a ‘friendly’ country by Russia – amid suspicions of a new round of conscription.

Other men were returning to Russia after running out of money, despite the fear they could be mobilised in a feared new forced recruitment drive and sent to the front.

The images and footage shows the frightening twin problems on the plane which had a total of 321 on board.

‘Airline technical specialists have already started work to eliminate the malfunctions,’ said a statement from the Russian airline.

‘Passengers of flight ZF-3604 will be provided with a hotel, hot meals and soft drinks while waiting for departure to Moscow.’

Passengers were told they would now fly on Sunday on a replacement aircraft.

‘The vacation continues,’ one posted.

‘At first the takeoff was normal,’ a passenger told Izvestia.

‘But then there was a surge and I heard the sound of crackling.

‘When passengers left the plane, it was clear that the landing gear of the aircraft was damaged.’

One report said the plane had been close to taking off at 120mph when problems arose.

On Wednesday a top Russian aviation official said Western-made airliners – which are not undergoing normal service in Russian currently due to sanctions – can be used until 2030.

‘I am confident that it has not become more dangerous to fly – and it has nothing to do with the presence or absence of original spare parts,’ said Head of the Russian Federal Agency for Air Transport, Alexander Neradko.

He demanded that people stop describing as ‘cannibalisation’ for the way planes are being kept flying in Russia by using spare parts from other aircraft.

‘It appeared at the behest of those who have never worked in civil aviation and who are unaware of the fact that the practice of interchanging serviceable spare parts from jet to jet has always been widespread, even during the Soviet times,’ he claimed.

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Coast Guard Makes Incredible Save After Boat Gets Caught in Huge Waves (VIDEOS)

The mouth of the Columbia River can be an extremely treacherous place for mariners. The recent videos posted by the U.S. Coast Guard are a case in point. In it, we see just how absurdly brave Coasties can be – notably those hardened by the at times very hostile seas off the Pacific Northwest. This is especially true of one rescue swimmer who faced down a huge, sudden wave, en route to his target, and went on to still make the save.

The mouth of the Columbia River separates the states of Washington and Oregon. It’s a body of water notorious for its extremely powerful currents that can become too difficult for even the most experienced sailors to navigate. 

While conducting a routine training mission from their base in nearby Astoria, two USCG aircrews aboard MH-60T Jayhawk helicopters received a distress call from the skipper of the private vessel Sandpiper. After alerting watch standers at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, who ordered the launch of the incredibly capable 47-foot motor lifeboats from USCG Station Cape Disappointment, aircrews quickly found the Sandpiper being thrashed-about by large waves.

In the video linked above, Sandpiper is seen next to a USCG Motor Lifeboat. With the waves as strong as they were, rescue from the lifeboat was deemed too dangerous, so a rescue swimmer was dropped from the Jayhawk into the storm-punished waters below.

In the additional video, we can see the rescue swimmer battling the swells as they approach Sandpiper. The Coast Guard notes that the intention here was to have Sandpiper’s captain also enter the water for the rescue to be performed. 

At least that was the plan.

Suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, an absolutely huge and fast-moving wave comes barreling toward the boat and the swimmer, who was still between his drop point and the boat in peril. You can see the ‘oh shit’ moment as the rescue swimmer stops, sees the wave, and prepares to ride it out. An instant later it engulfs the rescue swimmer and tosses the Sandpiper like a toy, capsizing it with its captain still aboard.

The scene looked like a catastrophe.

Lo and behold, and somewhat astonishingly, the rescue swimmer was still able to safely recover the individual after the wave passed. Lifted aboard USCG MH-60T ‘6009,’ the individual was then flown to Coast Guard Air Station Astoria where emergency medical services were waiting. At this time, we do not know the condition of the rescued individual, but they were carried off the helicopter without a stretcher. All in all, the videos go to show just how important the work of the USCG really is, and underscore the bravery and persistence demonstrated by USCG personnel in risking their own lives every day in order to save others. Well done!

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UPDATE:

This story has gotten way weirder. It turns out, the man that was rescued stole the boat after leaving a dead fish on the front porch of the famed house in Astoria that was used in the ’80s smash hit Goonies.

Police identified the alleged dead-fish deliverer as 35-year-old Jericho Lobonte of Victoria, B.C.

KGW, a local NBC affiliate in Portland, Oregon, reported that, following the rescue, Lobonte was released from medical care before it was understood he was wanted by police, but was later arrested in nearby Seaside, Oregon.

The fact that the man put other lives at direct risk due to his failed escape antics isn’t likely to help him in the eyes of the law.

We will update this post over the next 24 hours with any new information about this bizarre story.

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Trump Fears Melania’s Wrath Over Proposed Stormy Daniels Defense

Former President Donald Trump’s lawyers think they have a surefire defense if he gets hit with charges over his hush-money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels — but Rolling Stone reports that he’s been reluctant to pull the trigger.

According to Rolling Stone’s sources, Trump’s lawyers are telling him to claim that he made hush-money payments to Daniels so as not to hurt his marriage with wife Melania Trump, rather than trying to cover up news of their affair ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

The trouble is, however, that Trump has insisted to Melania that the affair never happened, and that admitting it did happen would invite her wrath.

Former Trump White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham told Rolling Stone that Trump has long seemed particularly fearful of Melania’s reaction to his affair with Daniels, which occurred shortly after the former first lady had given birth to their first child, Barron Trump.

“He at one point called me, after the Stormy Daniels news broke, to ask if we [in the first lady’s office] would be responding to her allegations — and I could tell he was trying to take my temperature to see if his wife was pissed off,” she explained. “He never, ever called me to ask if the East Wing was going to respond to something. Never. And he never did again.”

Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to facilitating the hush payments on Trump’s behalf, but Trump himself has never been charged for authorizing them.

Missing Hiker Shares Eerie Final Video Before Disappearing (VIDEO)

A Utah hiker has gone missing after sending a friend an eerie final video of a snowy mountain as cops find his empty truck and a trail of footprints. 

Austin Madsen, 32, of Mapleton, was hiking at Mount Dutton in Kanab, Utah, when he disappeared on Thursday after telling his family he was going to Arizona. 

Before his disappearance, he sent a video of the snowy mountain to an unidentified friend, where he can be heard saying: ‘The ocean’s coming back, brother.’ 

His wife, Emily Eliza Madsen, posted the video in a local Facebook group, saying the video showed that ‘last place we heard from him’ and asked the public if they could identify the area. 

‘It’s not common for him to go this long without any sort of communication,’ Emily told 2 KTVU. ‘I talked to him via FaceTime and he was snowshoeing and looked like he was having fun, but then he was looking for the truck… I haven’t heard from him since.’ 

She last heard from him on Friday morning and said he had been facing some mental health problems lately 

The father-of-two was last seen wearing a brown fuzzy hat, black sunglasses, and a camo puffer jacket.

Emily does not believe her husband has been to Mount Dutton before. 

‘He’s a mountain guy, adventure guy, he loves the outdoors,’ she told the outlet, but said his ‘go-to spot’ was running trails. 

Police were notified of his disappearance on January 29 and the Mapleton Police Department pinged Madsen’s phone and located it in Garfield County, south of Monroe Mountain. 

On Tuesday, authorities managed to track down his black 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche in the Dry Hollow area on Mount Dutton and a trail of footprints leading into the wilderness, believed to have been left by the hiker. 

However, the search was called off at 2.30am following torrential weather, but was later resumed via helicopter, despite weather conditions making it ‘incredibly difficult.’

‘The rough terrain and deep snow complicated travel throughout the area,’ Garfield County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. 

Police are still searching for the hiker as rescue crews from Piute, Iron, and Sevier counties assist the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office. 

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21 Skiers Buried in Avalanche at Tourist Resort – 2 Reported Deaths

A total of 21 people and their two Kashmiri guides were caught in a massive avalanche and buried under the snow as they were skiing high in the mountains near the tourist town of Gulmarg, according to a police statement.

Two Polish skiers have died after an avalanche at a Himalayan ski resort in Indian-controlled Kashmir, as 21 other people are rescued. The Pirpanjal mountain range in the western Himalayas is a popular skiing destination for both Indians and foreigners. The group were buried under the snow while they were skiing in the mountains.

Avalanches and landslides are common in Kashmir and have caused heavy death tolls for the Indian and Pakistani armies camped near the mountainous and forested militarised Line of Control that divides Kashmir between the nuclear-armed rivals.

In 2017, at least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in three avalanches, and in 2012 a massive avalanche in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir killed 140 people, including 129 Pakistani soldiers.

High-altitude rescue teams rushed to the site on snow scooters and retrieved the bodies of the two Polish skiers, police officer Amod Nagpuri told MailOnline.

Police said 19 foreign tourists and the two local guides have been rescued, adding that the bodies of the two deceased skiers have been transported to a hospital.

“During the rescue ops, 19 foreign nationals and 2 local guides have been rescued,” a police statement said. “Unfortunately, two foreign nationals lost their lives in the avalanche, and their dead bodies have also been recovered.”

The rescued skiers have been treated at a local clinic.

A cable car that transports visitors to the top of Mount Apharwat was closed after the avalanche hit.

The resort is currently covered in several feet of snow after days of snowfall in the area.

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Suspect Confesses After 10 Mysterious Beheadings in Mali

Investigations into a string of beheadings in southern Mali that have shocked the nation in Africa’s Sahel region have scored a breakthrough, judicial and police sources said on Monday.

Ten people in the cotton-growing town of Fana have been decapitated since 2018, sparking fears of ritual killings. 

“We have arrested the main suspect,” local prosecutor Boubacar Moussa Diarra told AFP by phone.

“The details he gave of the crimes correspond to the nature of the murders,” he said.

A police official who declined to be named revealed the suspect had been arrested a year ago but had only confessed last week to the grisly murders.

Neither the prosecutor nor the police official revealed the possible motive for the crimes.

The victims included a former soldier, a housewife, a five-year-old albino child and a 2-year-old girl, and had apparently nothing in common.

In most cases, their heads were found, but their blood had been collected, sparking fears of ritual murders and demands for a local police station that were met in 2019.

The local authorities have urged caution regarding theories surrounding the killings and stress that the investigation is continuing.

Mali has continued to be a danger zone for civilians and peacekeepers, especially since a 2020 military coup and the “activities of extremist groups,” the United Nations said last week. The U.N. warned about continuing violence in the nation after the abduction of a doctor working for the U.N. health agency.

A U.N. mission in Mali launched about a decade ago following insecurity in the north and the military coup. On Friday, U.N. Special Representative El-Ghassim Wane told the Security Council that stabilizing Mali is crucial, “not only for the country but for the entire region.”

Wane said the U.N. mission “has continued to make a sustained effort to protect civilians.”

“It’s done so despite the difficult environment in which it operates and the gaps in capacity, which are significant,” he said.

Royal Tragedy as Queen’s ‘Most Mischievous Friend’ Passes Away

Lady Rupert Nevill was a good friend of Queen Elizabeth II and had known her since childhood – she died last week aged 97

The late Queen ‘s best pal who helped her go in public unrecognised has died aged 97.

Lady Rupert Nevill was a good friend of Queen Elizabeth II and had known her since childhood.

Known as “Micky” by friends, including the Queen, they met while they were in a troop of Girl Guides on the grounds of Buckingham Palace.

The Queen and Prince Philip would stay with Micky and her husband and drive to nearby Brighton to go to the theatre.

An old article from the 1970s reported how the Queen loved to go in public unrecognized.

It read: “The Queen relishes seeing whether out of royal context she can go unrecognized,’ reported an article in the 1970s.

“She once queued at the ticket office ­without being noticed.

“Another night, when slow-­moving crowds jammed the foyer, the manager recognised Micky Nevill and suddenly realised that, elbow-deep in the crush and enjoying it, was the Queen.”

Those paying tribute to Micky include Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes.

He told Richard Eden : “I will miss her tremendously,’ he tells me. ‘We had been friends for more than half a century.

“In fact, she was one of the main influences in my life. Her knowledge, her judgment, her taste, were all extraordinary, and I consider knowing her as one of my ­greatest blessings.”

She was born Camilla Wallop, and was the daughter of the 9th Earl of Portsmouth.

Micky married Lord Rupert Nevill in East Sussex, and their home was said to have been a location where Princess Margaret and Peter Townsend had their romance.

Lord Rupert served as treasurer to Prince Philip as well as the private secretary.

Lady Rupert’s funeral is next week as it is thought senior royals are likely to be there.

Prince Philip and Charles were mourners at her husband’s funeral in 1982.

Micky and her husband’s son was the Queen’s first godson, who was born in 1945 – two years before she was coronated.

The Queen’s first godson was born in 1945, two years before she ascended to the throne, and was the son of her childhood friend Lady Anne Camilla Wallop and Lord Rupert Nevill, who worked in Prince Philip’s office. He died in 1993 aged just 47.

The Queen had many friends throughout her life, including Angela Kelly.

Last year, she was thought to have moved into Windsor Castle to help her Majesty handle the mobility difficulties that come with old age.

Angela was born eight weeks after The Queen ascended to the throne in 1952.

She comes from a humble background and was one of six children born in Walton, Merseyside.

Sister of Kim Jong-un Makes Chilling Comments

North Korea has warned the West ‘crossed a line’ with its decision to supply tanks to Ukraine.

The influential sister of Kim Jong-un – Kim Yo Jung – says Washington is escalating a ‘proxy war’ aimed at destroying Moscow.

Her comments come after the US announced plans to supply Ukraine with advanced battle tanks to help fight off Russia’s invasion.

North Korea has displayed a deepening alignment with Russia throughout the war in Ukraine.

Kim has now claimed the Biden administration has been ‘further crossing the red line’ by sending support to Ukraine.

The decision reflects a ‘sinister intention to realise its hegemonic aim by further expanding the proxy war for destroying Russia’, she fumed in comments carried by North Korean state media.

She said: ‘The US is the arch criminal which poses serious threat and challenge to the strategic security of Russia and pushes the regional situation to the present grave phase.

‘I do not doubt that any military hardware the US and the West boast of will be burnt into pieces in the face of the indomitable fighting spirit and might of the heroic Russian army and people.’

She added that North Korea will always ‘stand in the same trench’ with Russia.

North Korea is the only nation other than Russia and Syria to recognise the independence of Donetsk and Luhansk, two Russian-backed separatist regions in eastern Ukraine.

It has also hinted at plans to send workers there to help with rebuilding efforts.

The United States previously accused Pyongyang of supplying weapons to the Wagner Group, Russia’s mercenary army.

In turn, North Korea has repeatedly blamed Washington for the crisis in Ukraine, insisting the West’s ‘hegemonic policy’ forced Moscow to take military action to protect its security interests.

The US decision to send tanks to Ukraine followed Germany’s agreement to send 14 Leopard 2 A6 tanks from its own stocks.

Who is Kim Yo Jung?

Kim is a politician in her native North Korea.

Her exact date of birth is not known – The U.S. Treasury has it that her birthday is 26 September 1989, however, South Korean sources have it that she was born on the same day in 1987.

She’s often photographed next to her brother, and analysts have previously predicted that she could take over if he was suddenly unable to rule.

Mr Kim and Ms Kim are said to have a close relationship as a result of spending 1996 to 2000 studying in isolation together in Switzerland.

When she got back to North Korea, it’s thought Kim continued her education at the Kim Il-sung Military University and went on to study computer science at the Kim Il-sung University.

She was removed from the politburo – an executive committee for communist political parties – in April 2019, but was reinstated again in April 2020.

This has further added to the speculation that she could be being lined up to take over if her brother is unable to rule.

Florida Mass Shooting Leaves 10 Injured

Florida police are investigating a shooting that left 10 people injured Monday afternoon.

Investigators said the shooting happened around 3:43 p.m. in the city of Lakeland, which lies about 35 miles east of Tampa.

Police said there are 10 victims, two with critical injuries and eight with non-life-threatening injuries. One man was shot in the abdomen and another was shot in the face.

Police Chief Sam Taylor said the victims are all men between 20 and 35 years old.

As of this report, authorities have not identified a suspect or released a motive for the shooting.

According to Taylor, a dark-colored Nissan four-door pulled up to the scene and four male shooters started firing from both sides of the car.

“This is something that doesn’t happen in Lakeland,” Taylor said. “I have never worked an event where this many people have been shot at one time.”

Taylor said the suspects may have been wearing masks.

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“We consider ourselves a small town … when stuff like this happens, it hits home,” Taylor said.

Taylor noted the public should not be concerned for their safety. Detectives believe the shooting was targeted.

Investigators are looking for the dark-colored Nissan four-door. It has dark windows and a temporary tag. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the police department.

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