History | October 29, 2017 9:00 am

The Mystifying Disappearance of Newlyweds in the Grand Canyon

Glen and Bessie Hyde’s boat was found perfectly intact. What happened to them and their bodies?

Glen Hyde in Grand Canyon 1928 (Grand Canyon National Park photo/Public domain)
Glen Hyde in Grand Canyon 1928 (Grand Canyon National Park photo/Public domain)

Glen and Bessie Hyde were married in 1928 and wanted to their honeymoon to be the adventure of a lifetime; boating the entire length of the Grand Canyon at that time in history had only been completed by 45 people, according to a new episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class from HowStuffWorks, and Bessie would’ve been the first woman to do so. As for Glen? He wanted to be the fastest.

But the two started their journey in October 20 of that year, and were last seen nearly a month later, on Nov. 18. When they didn’t make it to Needles, California, on their expected arrival date, military aerial surveillance and Native American trackers found their abandoned boat on Christmas Eve day. What searchers found was absolutely bizarre.

“They had made it 600 miles on the Green and Colorado rivers,” Tracy V. Wilson, co-host of the podcast, says. “The boat was found just 46 miles from the mouth of the Grand Canyon, and according to the details of the journal, they had actually been ahead of schedule.”

Not only ahead of schedule, but their supplies were reportedly accounted for — cleanly packed, organized, and absolutely no evidence of a wreck. Their bodies were never found, either.

Take a listen to the creepy story below.