STRANGE photos discovered on a camera belonging to two missing hikers revealed their mysterious final moments before the two girls disappeared into the jungle in Panama.
Kris Kremers, 21, and Lisanne Froon, 22, went for a walk through the scenic forests around the Baru volcano in Boquete – and never came back.
Students from Amersfoort, Netherlands spent six months planning their dream trip to Panama, hoping to spend some time backpacking, volunteering and learning Spanish.
The pair had been hiking through the jungle for two weeks as part of a backpacking trip – and they planned to stay for another four weeks with their host family to volunteer at a local school.
But after they said goodbye to the local family for a mid-morning walk on April 1, 2014, they were never seen alive again.
To this day, the disappearance and tragic deaths of Kris and Lisanne remain a harrowing mystery.
In a mind-blowing theory, Dick Steffens, a former detective in Amsterdam, claimed that Kris might still be alive after she was trafficked into the sex trade by a kidnapper wandering in the jungle.
While some believe Kris and Lisanne died in an accident, the former police officer called the police investigation in Panama of poor quality and said it should be redone.
Disturbing evidence also showed that there were multiple failed attempts to unlock Kris’ phone – sparking another theory that Kris had died and Lisanne was frantically trying to access her phone for help.
Alarm was initially raised over the girls’ disappearance after they missed a private walking tour of Boquete on April 2.
A desperate search for the students was launched, with rescue teams scouring the jungle and nearby villages.
But on April 6, the girls were still missing.
Kris and Lisanne’s families decided to fly to Panama and bring Dutch detectives with them.
The jungle was searched for another ten days with the help of Dutch police – but there was no sign of the girls.
As the search was beginning to end, a local woman handed over a blue backpack, claiming she found it in a rice paddy along the riverbanks.
The backpack contained two pairs of sunglasses, $83 in cash, two bras, a bottle of water – and most importantly, Lisanne’s passport.
It also contained Lisanne’s camera and both phones.
In a chilling discovery, 90 photos were taken on camera deep in the jungle in the dead of night on April 8 between 1am and 4pm – raising questions about who took the photos.
Only a handful of photos recovered from the memory card showed sharp images, with most showing near complete darkness.
The photos showed the girls’ belongings scattered on the rocks, along with plastic bags and candy wrappers, mounds of dirt and a mirror.
And one of the images eerily showed the back of Kris’ head with what some detectives believe is blood leaking from her temple.
According to a web detective, photos taken with the camera a week after the girls disappeared may have been taken with the flash to light the way as they stumbled through the dark jungle.
But others have suggested the chilling photos may have been taken by someone else after killing the girls.
The identity of the person who took the images remains a mystery.
The students’ phone records also tragically revealed how they desperately tried to call the police.
Over the course of four days, 77 different attempts were made to call the police – using the emergency numbers in the Netherlands and Panama.
Of the dozen calls, only one managed to connect, but it was interrupted in just two seconds due to lack of reception.
But the call logs gave officers an outline of the time the girls spent missing in the wild.
Both phones finally ran out of battery on April 11 – ten days after they disappeared.
After officers searched the area where the backpack was found, they discovered Kris’ clothes neatly folded along the river’s edge.
And two months later, a pelvic bone and a foot – still inside a boot – were found in the same area, according to La Estrella de Panama.
The remains of both women were found shortly thereafter.
Lisanne’s bones looked as if they had decomposed naturally – but Kris’s bones were eerily white as if they had been bleached, raising questions as to whether someone was involved in her death.
His causes of death were never determined.
The tragic deaths of Kris and Lisanne remain a disturbing mystery.
Police officers interrogated residents, tour guides and other hikers, but only the photos and call logs provided little evidence of what had happened.
However, Dutch authors Marja West and Jürgen Snoeren claim to have solved the mystery in their book Lost in The Jungle.
After diving deep into all the evidence and flying to Panama to do their own investigation, the duo concluded that the girls’ deaths were an accident.
The authors told The Daily Beast: “It actually came as a surprise to us too, but our conclusion had to be that it was an accident. It took us some time to get there.”
Snoeren called West and told her, “With everything I’m reading right now in the police file, it couldn’t be anything else… typical of the region and the time.
“These flash floods made staging scenes or strategically placing items impossible.”
The mystery remains unsolved to this day, and there is still little certainty about the tragic deaths of the two Dutch students.