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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. Several people have speculated that it belonged to Glen Hyde, a man who knew Kolb and who vanished with his wife, Bessie, decades earlier. The Hydes were a newlywed couple who vanished while taking a trip down the Colorado River at the Grand Canyon in 1928. He was an experienced river rafter who wanted to set a new speed record for traveling through the canyon, which would have put her in the book as the first documented woman to do so. They were last seen on November 18; they were photographed by Kolb at his studio and home near the rim. Adolph G. Sutro was one of the last people to see them. When they failed to reappear by December, a full search was made for them. Their boat with their supplies fully strapped in was found 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 that they were lost around River Mile 232. In 1971, a woman claiming to be Bessie appeared to some vacationers on a commercial rafting trip and reported that she had killed Glen down the 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's, until analysis of it showed the person was too young to have been him. When famous river-runner Georgie White Clark passed away in 1992, many believed she was actually Bessie, especially since items of theirs was found in her possessions. They 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."
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the November 28, 1987 episode.
Results: Unresolved. In 2008, investigators determined that the skeleton belonged to an unidentified man that had committed suicide at Shoshone Point in the Grand Canyon in 1933 after finding a photo of him. However, he has never been positively identified and the Hydes remain missing.