In 2008 a group of hikers were walking along the Kakoda Trail, a mountain pass in New Guinea that saw intense fighting between the Australians and Japanese forces in 1942. There they spotted what they thought were moss covered remains dangling from a parachute in a tree.
The remains were barely visible in the dense jungle foliage but the trekkers thought it was caught up in cables and appeared to be wearing goggles.
Many planes crashed in New Guinea during the second world war of which not a trace has been found yet thus it was not at all unlikely that the remains of an airman, missing for almost 70 years, had been found.
Within two weeks a team from the Australian military was sent to investigate the “body” but upon arrival they discovered that the remains were in fact a branch tangled in vines.
A statement by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) said that even though the location of the found remains was below a flight path used in WWII by Allied aircraft, the “remains” were in fact a moss-covered branch.
The ADF confirmed that no remains had been found.
“It appears the branch has broken off the main tree and fallen across some vines, which from the ground, could have been confused with the body of an airman,” the ADF statement continued.
Thus a story that for two weeks cause quite a stir in 2008 turned out to nothing more than an over active imagination.