New Travel Channel Series ‘Lost in the Wild’ Looks at Baffling Cases of People Who Disappeared in the Wilderness

There’s nothing like spending time in the great outdoors. But what happens when your quest for relaxation or adventure turns into a fight for survival? What if you go for a walk in the woods and never come home at all? Lost in the Wild, a new Travel Channel series, looks at some of the most perplexing cases of people who’ve gone missing in the wilderness and attempts to discover the truth about what really happened. 

‘Lost in the Wild’ is hosted by J.J. Kelley and Kinga Phillipps 

J.J. Kelley and Kinga Philipps
Filmmaker and explorer J.J. Kelley and journalist Kinga Philipps of Lost in the Wild | Courtesy of Travel Channel

Filmmaker and explorer J.J. Kelley and journalist Kinga Philipps host the new eight-episode series, which premieres Sundays, December 29 at 11/10c. They’ll pick up the thread of official investigations, venturing into the wild themselves as they try to discover the truth about these mysterious disappearances. 

“I’ve spent my life documenting the underbelly of the world, and the truth is always a few layers deep,” said Kelley in a statement. “The answers to these stories may lie far off the beaten path, in a place where others didn’t think – or dare – to look before. And that’s where Kinga and I are headed.”

“As a journalist and avid explorer, I readily dive headfirst into uncharted territory and take the unmarked road in order to reach new grounds,” Philipps said. “Between our investigative nature, wilderness expertise and relentless determination, J.J. and I will go as far as we can to find closure.”

The missing Dutch hikers, lost explorers in the Amazon, and more strange disappearances 

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Missing persons poster featuring Kris Kremers and Lisanne Froon | RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP via Getty Images

The first hour-long episode of Lost in the Wild will explore the strange disappearance of Lisanne Froon and Kris Kremers, two young Dutch women who vanished while hiking in Panama in 2014. Philipps and Kelley trace the women’s last known steps using phone records, talk with a couple who discovered a backpack belonging to one of the missing hikers, and speak to a forensic pathologist who shares evidence that calls into question the official story of what happened to the women. 

Future episodes include “Amazon’s Atlantis,” which looks at three adventurers who went missing while searching for the mythical city of Akakor in the Amazon. Philipps and Kelley investigate the truth about the supposedly lost city and interview a tour guide named Tatunca Nara who claims to be the chieftain of Akakor.

Other episodes will look at the cases of Tom Young and Keith Reinhard, who both vanished in the mountains near Silver Plume, Colorado, as well as the disappearance of Justin Alexander, a 25-year-old man who traveled into India’s “Valley of Death” in 2016 and died under mysterious circumstances. 

Lost in the Wild airs Sundays at 11/10c on Travel Channel. 

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