If one of them was injured or deceased at that point, it was likely Kris. Even so, they would have been out of their league after crossing the Divide. Court-certified forensic photography analyst Keith Rosenthal says the women might already be lost at the time these images were made. Robberies have occurred on the trail before, and travel guides like Lonely Planet have warned about crime on the Pianista. Proponents of an abduction theory claim that Kris and Lisanne were either forced down into the web of native trails by a third party, or abducted after returning from their hike up to the Divide—possibly while walking the two-lane highway back into the small tourist town of Boquete in the valley below.
DNA tests confirmed a match, but the actual cause of death for the holandesas —as they came to be known throughout Panama—remains unsolved.
These same ravines, which can be up to 70 feet deep, must be traversed using notoriously unsteady cable bridges. And the spot makes the idea that they were abducted by kidnappers close to Boquete, as critics suggest, seem unlikely. Even so, they would have been out of their league after crossing the Divide. In the last few shots from that day we do indeed see Kris and Lisanne following an indigenous trail down the opposite side of the high ridge-crest that marks the division of the Pacific and Caribbean watersheds. At some point, says Weil, who also teaches survival tactics for U. The amateur shutterbug and college volleyball star had brought a Canon Powershot SX along on her post-graduate trip to Panama.