On February 2, 1959 nine young students went hiking in the Ural Mountains of Russia, and never returned. The deaths of the nine hikers remains a phenomenal mystery to this day. Investigators found the abandoned tent ripped open from the inside, with all of the hiker’s belonging still inside. Five of the hikers were found frozen to death near the campsite; the bodies were found with nearly bare, suggesting the hikers ran from the tent in a terror, leaving behind shoes, jackets and other necessities to survive the mountain. There was no sign of a struggle. The last victims were found over 80 yards away from the campsite.
These four bodies were found with strange injuries including internal damage, crushed skulls, and According to Dr. Boris Vozrozhdenny, the force required to cause such damage would have been extremely high. He compared it to the force of a car crash. Notably, the bodies had no external wounds, as if they were crippled by a high level of pressure.
One victim was even missing her tongue. The clothes of these victims were found to have high levels of radiation. Another group of hikers reported that they saw strange orange spheres in the night sky on the night of the incident. Some reports suggest that there was a lot of scrap metal in the area, leading to speculation that the military had utilized the area secretly and might be engaged in a cover-up.
Soviet investigators determined only that “a compelling unknown force” had caused the deaths. The case files were sent to a secret archive, and the photocopies of the case became available only in the 1990s, with some parts missing.