Kolb skeleton

The Kolb Skeleton

Real Name: Unknown
Case: Unidentified Remains
Date: 1976
Location: Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona


Details: In 1976, a male skeleton was found in the home of a photographer named Emery Kolb. Some began to believe that the remains belonged to a man who knew Kolb, Glen Hyde, who vanished with his wife Bessie decades earlier. Glen and Bessie Hyde were a newlywed couple who vanished while taking a trip down the Colorado River at the Grand Canyon in 1928. Glen was an experienced river rafter who wanted to set a new speed record for traveling through the canyon, which would have put Bessie in the book as the first documented woman to do so. Glen and Bessie were last seen on November 18; they were photographed by Emery Kolb at his studio and home near the rim. Adolph G. Sutro was one of the last people to see them. When the Hydes failed to re-appear by December, a full search was made for them. Their scow with their supplies fully strapped in around River Mile 237. There is evidence they made it as far as River mile 225 where they may have made camp. Their bodies were never found, but it is possible their were lost around River Mile 232. In 1971, a woman appeared on a commericial rafting trip claiming to be Bessie appeared to some vacationers and reported that she had killed Glen down river and disposed of his remains, but she later recanted this tale. When the skeleton was found on Kolb's property, it was believed to be Glen, until analysis of the bones showed this person was too young to have been Glen. When famous river-runner, Georgie White Clark passed away in 1992, many believed she was actually Bessie, especially since property of the Hydes was found in her possessions. The two women didn't even resemble each other and it's more likely the items were souvenirs. So far, no one is exactly sure what happened to the Hydes, nor do they know the identity of the mystery skeleton, which has been nicknamed the "Kolb Skeleton."
Kolb skeleton identify

Photograph of the suicide victim

Extra Notes: The case was featured as a part of the November 28, 1987 episode.
Results: Unresolved. In 2008, investigators determined that the remains belong to an unidentified man that had commited suicide at Shoeshone Point in the Grand Canyon in 1933 after finding a photo of the victim. However, he has never been positively identified and Glen and Bessie Hyde remain missing.

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