Glen and Bessie Hyde #MysteryMonday

Hey, everyone. I first heard this week’s Mystery Monday years ago on the television show Unsolved Mysteries. You may or may not have heard of this story, but it is an intriguing mystery.

Glen and Bessie Hyde met in 1927 while traveling on a passenger ship to Los Angeles. They married on April 10, 1928, one day after Bessie’s divorce from her first husband was finalized.

Glen and Bessie Hyde

Glen Hyde was from Twin Falls, Idaho and had some experience with river running. The couple went to Green River, Utah with the idea of running the Green and Colorado rivers as a honeymoon trip. Glen built his own boat, a twenty-foot wooden sweep scow. He and Bessie departed Green River on October 28.

Twenty-six days later, they arrived at Bright Angel Trail in the heart of Grand Canyon where they met famed photographer Emory Kolb. Supposedly, Bessie was tired of the trip. Kolb asked them to stay with him through the winter and warned then of the dangers ahead.

Glen refused to heed any warnings and declined the loan of Kolb’s life jackets. November 18, 1928, was the last time anyone saw the couple.

Weeks later, when the couple failed to appear, a search team was organized. They located the boat floating intact near an area called Diamond Creek. Bessie’s diary was inside, with the last entry made on November 30. Nothing indicated the couple was in distress. A more extensive search yielded no clues. The search team never located their bodies.

That’s when speculation began. Some claimed Bessie killed Glen because she was unhappy and wanted to get out of the trip.

In the early 1970s, a group rafting down the Colorado stopped for the night near Diamond Creek. The guide relayed the story of Glen and Bessie. An older woman claimed she was Bessie and that she killed Glen. She later recanted the story.

After the death of Emory Kolb in 1976, a man’s skeleton was found in his boathouse. Many thought it to be Glen Hyde and that Kolb killed Hyde because he was in love with Bessie. But experts compared the skull to a photograph of Glen and determined the skeleton didn’t belong to him.

In 1992, a famed rafter named Georgie Clark passed away. Friends discovered her first name was Bessie, and she had a copy of Glen and Bessie’s marriage certificate. However, Georgie Clark had no resemblance to Bessie Hyde. It’s unclear why she had these items.

The mystery of the Hyde’s disappearance will likely never be solved, but it does make for a good story. Especially if rafting along the Colorado River and stopping for the night at Diamond Creek.

23 thoughts on “Glen and Bessie Hyde #MysteryMonday

  1. Georgie’s part in all this makes me wonder more than the missing couple. I’ve never seen it, but would guess the Colorado is a big, fast-moving river, it would be easy for drowning victims to travel quite far before settling into a nook or cranny somewhere- not necessarily together. Then, with animals preying on the remains, they could be stretched out even further.
    But, Georgie… that has me wondering 🙂

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  2. I’ve never heard this story before, Joan. Fascinating and sad. It’s very weird that Georgie had the marriage license belonging to Glen and Bessie. Surely she must have encountered them (or one of them) at some point. Was she related in any type of way?

    The other thing this makes me think of is an ongoing mystery about how thousands of people have disappeared from National Parks across the country without explanation. Most likely due to inexperience in the wilderness, but there are a host of conspiracy theories out there.

    A fascinating Mystery Monday!

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    1. How neat that you’ve rafted the Colorado! I’ve only seen it from the rim of the canyon. I agree, this is probably one of those mysteries we’ll never know the answer to. Thanks for the visit.

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  3. What a strange story. It would make a neat ghost story as a modern person tries to unravel the mystery with a bit of supernatural help. People have to take the wilderness seriously. There might not be anything nefarious here, but the wilderness can be cruel and unforgiving.

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    1. Modern DNA would certainly answer a lot of questions. The skeleton was later thought to be a hiker who disappeared in the canyon decades later. It’s still a mystery at why Mr. Kolb had it in his boathouse.

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    1. That’s an interesting thought, Denise. If I recall, Georgie’s whereabouts were well documented during the time of Bessie’s disappearance. However, it’s interesting she had their marriage certificate and other things.

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