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Pico de Orizaba III
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Third Pico de Orizaba
Age Appeared to be 25 years old
Sex Male
Status Unknown
Height Unknown
Source
Culture Unknown
Date(s) 1975-2000
Site Pico de Orizaba Mountain
Current Location
Location Veracruz-Puebla, Mexico
Catalog # N/A

Early February of 2015, two corpses were discovered in a glacier on Pico de Orizaba, Mexico's highest peak, at an altitude of 17, 290 feet. The two bodies were thought to be two of seven Mexican climbers that had been missing in an avalanche for that happened in 1959.  This led the Juan Navarro, the mayor of a town near Pico de Orizaba, to believe there must be a third body because there were a total of three climbers reported caught in the avalanche. Months later, the unidentified body of a young male was found by mountaineers early June of 2015. The body was found at an altitude of about 17, 000 feet.  

Mummification

The body of the young man was found frozen in the extremely cold and harsh landscape of Pico de Orizaba. There is not a sufficient amount of information about the mummification of the the third mummy.

Studies

Oddly, the remains of the third corpse were found on the complete opposite side of the mountain than the pervious two climbers were found. In addition to this, he had also been found wearing a white shirt, pants, a grey sweater and his shoes were not found. This sparked speculation to the researchers that the body may have not been a climber because he was in no way dressed for cold mountain terrain. They believed that the man may have, in fact, been a victim of a plane crash that happened in the 1990's.

Pathology

There is not much information available about the condition of the young man's body other than the fact that he may of been a victim of a plane crash in the 1990's leaving him to freeze and mummify for years. 

Additional Info

  • Body remains unidentified
  • Pico de Orizaba is home to Mexico's largest and last remaining glaciers. 

References

Gerken, J. (2015, June 8). Climbers Find Third Mummified Body In 3 Months On Mexico'S Highest Peak. Retrieved November 18, 2017 from http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/mexico-mummy-pico-de-orizaba_n_7535722

Holl, C. (2015, June 8). Third Mummified Body Found on Mexico's Pico de Orizaba. Retrieved November 18, 2017 from https://www.inquisitr.com/2155696/third-mummified-body-found-on-mexicos-pico-de-orizaba/

Third Frozen Body Found on Mexico's Pico de Orizaba. (2015, June 6). Retrieved on Nomember 18, 2017 from http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-33033749

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