A recovered camera has revealed the mysterious final moments of two girls who disappeared into the jungle.
Kris Kremers, 21, and Lisanne Froon, 22, were hiking in the forests around Baru Volcano in Boquete, Panama, when they went missing in 2014.
They had spent six months planning the trip and walked through the jungle for two weeks before disappearing, after saying goodbye to a host family they were staying with on April 1.
More than two months later, two bodies in strange conditions were found.
In the eight years since their disappearance, many theories have emerged about their fate.
Dick Steffens, a former detective from their hometown of Amsterdam, speculated that Kris might still be alive today, having been kidnapped by a sex trafficker.
The ex-cop argued that the investigation into their disappearance had been botched by Panamanian police.
Others suggested the couple died in an accident, while several failed attempts to access Kris’ phone led some to believe she was dead, leaving Lisanne to try to get help.
The alarm was first raised by the disappearance of the girls after missing a private walking tour of Boquete on April 2.
An extensive search in the jungle and nearby villages failed to find the women, leading their parents and Dutch detectives to fly away on 6 April.
Ten days later – with no clear leads found and the investigation soon over – a local woman handed over a blue backpack.
She said she found him in a paddy field along the banks of the river.
The bag contained two pairs of sunglasses, a small sum of money, two bras, a bottle of water and Lisanne’s passport, Tebigreek reported.
Also in the backpack was Lisanne’s camera, which contained 90 photos taken in the jungle on April 8 between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m.
Only a few of the images pulled from the memory card showed clear images, with most capturing near complete darkness.
Some of the images show the couples’ belongings spread out on rocks alongside a plastic bag and candy wrappers.
Mounds of dirt and a mirror were also captured in the shots.
Another of the images appeared to show the back of Kris’ head, with what some have suggested is blood coming out of her temple.
The identity of the person who took the images, and why they were taken, remains a mystery.
The contents of the backpack also contained further clues to what may have been Kris and Lisanne’s final moments.
Their call logs showed how desperately they tried to call the police.
Over the course of four days, 77 ringing attempts were made, but only one connected – and for just two seconds due to poor reception.
Both of their phones eventually ran out of battery on April 11, ten days after they disappeared.
Police searched the area where the bag was found and discovered Kris’ clothes neatly folded along a nearby river.
Two months later, a pelvic bone and a foot – still inside a boot – were found in the same area, The Estrella of Panama reported.
The bodies of what most people admit belong to the two women were found shortly afterwards.
While Lisanne’s body had apparently decomposed naturally, Kris’ bones were bright white, as if they had been bleached.
Their causes of death have never been determined.
Dutch authors Marja West and Jürgen Snoeren believe they have solved the mystery in their book Lost in The Jungle.
They argue the deaths were an accident, caused by flash flooding which is common in the area at this time of year.
The authors said The daily beast “It was a surprise for us too, but our conclusion must have been that it was an accident.
“It took us a long time to get there.”