Unravelling the mystery of Nanga Parbat

Parson,W.; Brandstätter,A.; Niederstätter,H.; Grubwieser,P.; Scheithauer,R.
Since the disappearance of Gunther Messner, brother of the world-famous mountaineer Reinhold Messner, on an expedition to Nanga Parbat in 1970, the circumstances of his death have given rise to controversy. Reinhold Messner claimed that he and Gunther descended the Diamir face together when an avalanche killed his brother, while other expedition members argued that Gunther was abandoned by Reinhold to descend the Rupal face. Now, 35 years after the event, Gunther's remains have been found at the Diamir face and have been identified by forensic DNA fingerprinting. The location of the remains supports Messner's version, thus putting to rest one of the climbing communities' most publicised controversies
Int J Legal Med 2007 121(4):309-310
Tags: Austria; DNA; DNA Fingerprinting; forensic; forensic archaeology; Messner; mtDNA
PubMed: 16673142
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