10 Mysterious Trips Into The Wilderness That Went Horribly Wrong

The Disappearances Of David Tyll And Brian Ognjan

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David Tyll and Brian Ognjan were 27-year-old residents from the Detroit area who traveled to northern Michigan for a hunting trip on November 22, 1985. They were planning to stay the weekend at Tyll’s cabin, but both men disappeared and were never seen again. The Ford Bronco they drove also went missing which seemed to indicate they never arrived at their destination. In fact, they never even got around to purchasing their hunting licenses so it seemed unlikely that they simply got lost in the wilderness. The case remained cold until 2003 when a witness named Barbara Boudro was subpoenaed by the authorities and shared a horrifying story.

According to Boudro, Tyll and Ognjan stopped off at a bar called the Linker’s Lounge in the rural community of Mio. It was there that they ran afoul of Raymond and Donald Duvall, a pair of brothers who lived in the surrounding woods. The Duvalls allegedly beat Tyll and Ognjan to death outside the bar while they begged for mercy. Afterward, they chopped up the victims’ bodies and fed the remains to their pigs. Apparently, numerous people witnessed this incident and the Duvall brothers repeatedly bragged about it over the years.

However, since the Duvalls were known for being intimidating characters in the community, everyone was too frightened to go the authorities. In their defense, aside from eyewitness testimony there was no physical evidence linking the Duvalls to the disappearances, and Boudro was reportedly intoxicated on the night she witnessed the murders. Nevertheless, the Duvall brothers were both convicted on two counts of first-degree murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. The remains of David Tyll and Brian Ognjan have still not been found and, if the story about the pigs is true, they never will be.

The Disappearance Of James Harrod

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During the 18th century, James Harrod was one of America’s most notable explorers. He founded the very first settlement in Kentucky which became known as Harrodsburg. In 1792, the same year Kentucky officially became a state, Harrod was living in Harrodsburg with his wife and daughter. He decided to go into the wilderness on a hunting trip with two companions.

Harrod never returned, and there were numerous theories about what happened to him. Some believed that Harrod deliberately abandoned his family and traveled to another part of the country. There were unconfirmed rumors that Harrod’s wife was often flirtatious with other men and may have had extramarital affairs. While Mrs. Harrod got remarried after his disappearance, she managed to get a divorce in 1804 on the grounds that she believed her husband was still alive.

However, Mrs. Harrod had only used that as an excuse to get a divorce. In actuality, she believed her husband was murdered by one of his companions.

Apparently, the real purpose of his trip was not to go hunting, but to find a silver mine for a mysterious man known only as “Bridges.” The third man who accompanied Harrod and Bridges on the trip claimed that Harrod disappeared after Bridges told him he was attacked by Native Americans, but the man never actually witnessed anything to support Bridges’s story.

Later on, Bridges was seen pawning off some silver buttons which matched the buttons Harrod had on his shirt. Shortly thereafter, Harrod’s friends found a skeleton in a cave wearing a shirt with its buttons missing. In the end, the skeletal remains were left behind and never identified as Harrod, and Bridges disappeared before he could be questioned. The truth about what happened to James Harrod remains unknown.

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