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Finder of Tyrol "Iceman" missing in Alps
Reuters ^ | Mon 18 October, 2004 12:00

Posted on 10/18/2004 10:22:51 AM PDT by 11th_VA

VIENNA (Reuters) - The man who 13 years ago found the frozen remains of a prehistoric iceman in an Alpine glacier has disappeared in the snow-covered Alps with little hope of being found.

A member of the mountain rescue team at Bad Hofgastein in Austria told Reuters on Monday that Helmut Simon, the German man who found the 5,300-year-old mummified body while hiking on the border of Austria and Italy in 1991 has been missing for three days.

"There's a lot of snow up there," the rescuer, who did not want to be named, said about the 2,467-metre (8,000-ft) Garmskarkogel mountain in the Salzburg region, where Simon vanished. "We've looked everywhere. He was hiking alone."

"We employed 93 men and search dogs in the search but we didn't find him," he said, adding that the team had suspended the rescue mission.

Simon, 67, and his wife, Erika, from Nuremberg in Germany found the neolithic iceman in September 1991 on the 3,000-metre (9,000-feet) high Similaun glacier in the Tyrolean Oetz Valley. The mummy was named "Oetzi" after the valley.

The rescuer said Simon probably did not have a tent with him and there were no signs he had been at any of the permanent huts on the mountain.

"You can imagine that the chances of survival outside in the snow are quite slim," the rescuer said.


TOPICS: Extended News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ancientautopsies; archaeology; ggg; godsgravesglyphs; helmutsimon; history; iceman; missing; mummyscurse; oetzi; oetziscurse; otzi; otziscurse; theiceman
I'm sure if someone announced he was an undecided voter, there'd be an all out effort to find him ...
1 posted on 10/18/2004 10:22:54 AM PDT by 11th_VA
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To: 11th_VA

Maybe they'll find him in 5,000 years.


2 posted on 10/18/2004 10:24:15 AM PDT by Koblenz (Not bad, not bad at all. -- Ronald Reagan, the Greatest President.)
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To: 11th_VA

This one merits nomination for irony of the year.


3 posted on 10/18/2004 10:24:24 AM PDT by dirtboy (Kerry could have left 'Nam within a week if Purple Hearts were awarded for shots to the foot.)
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To: 11th_VA

Irony at its finest. And who says God doesn't have a sense of humor.


4 posted on 10/18/2004 10:24:30 AM PDT by conrad metcalf 42
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To: 11th_VA
Finder of Tyrol "Iceman" missing in Alps

Well, the world DID need another iceman.

Apparently, the Alps giveth, and the Alps taketh away.

5 posted on 10/18/2004 10:25:52 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: 11th_VA

In a related story, 21 Dec, 5072.

A frozen man was found in the former Swiss Alps. Muslim spokesman Hamid Ali Benghazi said that the humanoid was oddly shaped with only TWO hands and not the normal three as seen in the Greater European Islamic Empire. An Imam appeared on the scene to quickly shoo everyone away saying, "nothing here folks, move along!"


6 posted on 10/18/2004 10:26:06 AM PDT by gunnygail (Founding member of the VRWC. --Black Helo crewman. (I operate the Liberal tinfoil hat scanner.)
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To: dirtboy

"Irony can be pretty ironic sometimes." - Bill Shatner Airplane II.


7 posted on 10/18/2004 10:26:17 AM PDT by dfwgator (It's sad that the news media treats Michael Jackson better than our military.)
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To: conrad metcalf 42

One night, I stepped on a Tylenal pain reliever tablet in our kitchen and hurt my foot. (True story.) Anyone else got real ironies?


8 posted on 10/18/2004 10:26:33 AM PDT by 50sDad ( ST3d - Star Trek Tri-D Chess! http://my.oh.voyager.net/~abartmes)
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To: Koblenz
Maybe they'll find him in 5,000 years.

Now it's his turn to be lost and found, Right out of The Twilight Zone...

9 posted on 10/18/2004 10:28:07 AM PDT by RJL
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To: Puppage

10 posted on 10/18/2004 10:28:48 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: RJL

What goes around comes around.


11 posted on 10/18/2004 10:29:10 AM PDT by johnnycap
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To: All

Help me out. Someone in a previous thread mentioned a book about WW1 soldiers serving in the Alps. I can't remember the title of the book.


12 posted on 10/18/2004 10:30:25 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: Puppage

13 posted on 10/18/2004 10:31:32 AM PDT by dfwgator (It's sad that the news media treats Michael Jackson better than our military.)
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To: Puppage

14 posted on 10/18/2004 10:32:18 AM PDT by dfwgator (It's sad that the news media treats Michael Jackson better than our military.)
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To: 11th_VA

15 posted on 10/18/2004 10:32:49 AM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (http://www.drunkenbuffoonery.com/mboards/)
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To: 11th_VA

Irony bump.


16 posted on 10/18/2004 10:36:10 AM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: Puppage

17 posted on 10/18/2004 10:36:34 AM PDT by cripplecreek (The economy won't matter if you're dead.)
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To: mhking

Just damn alert!


18 posted on 10/18/2004 10:37:08 AM PDT by Pyro7480 (Sub tuum praesidium confugimus, sancta Dei Genitrix.... sed a periculis cunctis libera nos semper...)
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To: FourtySeven

I have it on good authority that this is GWB and the JOOOOS fault


19 posted on 10/18/2004 10:37:25 AM PDT by rrrod
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To: 50sDad

nothing is popping into my head but I am still laughing at your reply. When I stop laughing I will be back.


20 posted on 10/18/2004 10:38:01 AM PDT by conrad metcalf 42
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To: 11th_VA

The Alps giveth, and the Alps taketh away.


21 posted on 10/18/2004 10:44:40 AM PDT by mondonico (Peace through Superior Firepower)
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To: Puppage

oops--didn't see your post (great minds think alike)


22 posted on 10/18/2004 10:46:16 AM PDT by mondonico (Peace through Superior Firepower)
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To: AppyPappy
a book about WW1 soldiers serving in the Alps

Probably the best known one would be Hemingway's "A Farewell to Arms", loosely based on his own Kerry-like brief service (with a real wound that did put him in the hospital). However, my favorites from that sector are several novels by John Biggin.

One title is something like "The Emperor's Colored Coat", can't remember the others. The central character is an old Austro-Hungarian officer, 100+ years old, reminiscing about his wartime exploits as a submarine officer and later an aviator in the Italian theater. Subtle humor along with a great deal of trivial knowledge about military affairs of an empire with eleven different languages in use.

23 posted on 10/18/2004 10:49:51 AM PDT by 19th LA Inf
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To: AppyPappy
a book about WW1 soldiers serving in the Alps

Probably the best known one would be Hemingway's "A Farewell to Arms", loosely based on his own Kerry-like brief service (with a real wound that did put him in the hospital). However, my favorites from that sector are several novels by John Biggin.

One title is something like "The Emperor's Colored Coat", can't remember the others. The central character is an old Austro-Hungarian officer, 100+ years old, reminiscing about his wartime exploits as a submarine officer and later an aviator in the Italian theater. Subtle humor along with a great deal of trivial knowledge about military affairs of an empire with eleven different languages in use.

24 posted on 10/18/2004 10:50:38 AM PDT by 19th LA Inf
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To: 11th_VA

Karma, Neh?


25 posted on 10/18/2004 10:55:25 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.)
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To: 19th LA Inf

That would be John Biggins, not Biggin, and the first of the series is "A Sailor of Austria".


26 posted on 10/18/2004 10:58:18 AM PDT by 19th LA Inf
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To: AppyPappy

This?
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1197091/posts


27 posted on 10/18/2004 11:04:48 AM PDT by Kirkwood (I think, therefore I am Republican!)
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To: 11th_VA

Sounds like X-Files. Perhaps the guy found his future self in the past. He is/was the Iceman! Time travel!


28 posted on 10/18/2004 11:15:51 AM PDT by 6SJ7
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To: Kirkwood

Allah be praised. Thanks!


29 posted on 10/18/2004 11:24:11 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: 11th_VA
Lesson learned... "Don't Eat Yellow Snow!"
30 posted on 10/18/2004 11:45:35 AM PDT by GeekDejure ( LOL = Liberals Obey Lucifer !!!)
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To: 11th_VA

In about 5,300 years he'll turn up, and be studied as a "Prehistoric" man...

Irony can be, well, Ironic at times.


31 posted on 10/18/2004 11:48:00 AM PDT by Chad Fairbanks ("I don't worry about Muggers. My biggest fear is Poachers." - Elizabeth Edwards)
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To: mhking

Ping


32 posted on 10/18/2004 12:01:49 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: 11th_VA

bump.


33 posted on 10/18/2004 4:09:53 PM PDT by vikingchick
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Just adding this to the GGG catalog, not sending a general distribution.
Please FREEPMAIL me if you want on, off, or alter the "Gods, Graves, Glyphs" PING list --
Archaeology/Anthropology/Ancient Cultures/Artifacts/Antiquities, etc.
The GGG Digest
-- Gods, Graves, Glyphs (alpha order)

34 posted on 06/15/2005 9:35:26 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FR profiled updated Tuesday, May 10, 2005. Fewer graphics, faster loading.)
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