Hi ceciliah--welcome! Glad you found your way here. It's an amazing collection of information, to be sure. Seems there is always more to discover.
Slobodin's death. The whole positioning of his body being face down... I think even if he had say, stumbled and fallen face first in the snow, he wouldn't have stayed that way for long. There is just something odd about it. Having fallen in snow before though under very different circumstances the first thing I would do would be at least roll onto my back to get my face out of it. Thoughts on this? Meaningful or holds no further investigation?
At a guess, I'd say it indicates that he was leaning forward to climb uphill and passed out and fell forward. I can imagine being exhausted and falling forward into the snow, and then trying to rise to my hands and knees to gather my strength. If there were no strength left, or if overcome by disorientation, I might allow myself to sink back onto my stomach.
Has there been any investigation of the timeline post leaving the tent? Did they stop in the cropping of Cedar trees first, attempt to make a fire and keep warm and when that was evidently not working did some attempt to head back to camp while others ventured further? Or had Slobodin, Dyatlov and Kolmogorova been with the four that had perished near the makeshift Den and headed back to the tent to obtain medical supplies? I am just wondering if there is there any idea of their movements in that regard or if it bears any weight of looking at.
I believe different persons have different ideas about this. The general idea is that the ones who lived longer used the clothing of the ones who died earlier, so there are some guesses about the first and the last to die based on that.
I believe I read that many of the tree branches had been cut, but I also keep noting that a knife wasn't found with any of the victims. Yet, the makeshift den could be the reason for the cut trees. It just seems weird to find one without the other.
Rustem is recorded to have had a pocket knife in the pocket of the ski pants he was wearing. There may have been another knife with the bodies, but I'm not sure. I believe Maslennikov says that there were knife marks on smaller trees around the cedar, as though they had tried to cut something and gave up. Dry/dead cedar branches were broken, not live ones, for firewood as far as I can tell. It is reported that in the snow den were "14 fir tree and 1 birch tops" as flooring.
Why did the four leave the makeshift den? What would have been the purpose of them leaving it at all before they could clearly see where they were and what they could do from that point? In addition, the missing soft bits and wounds seem a bit odd to me being that they were buried under so much snow for so long. Taking in account that it could have been some small critter or rodent, it would be odd that you wouldn't also see evidence of nesting as well, but in those temperatures would it be likely there would be many animals out in general? (I am unfamiliar with that aspect in the subject environment). And if there were animals that would have done the physical damage specifically to the eyes and tongue, wouldn't they have gone after the rest of their bodies for sustenance?
Well, yes. You will find that debated quite a bit on this forum. The case files state that the bodies of the ravine 4 were in a state of decomposition when they were found. It was May and they were in a stream of running water. Lyuda, particularly, was positioned with her face downward in the water and her head against the current of the stream. I feel sure that this is the reason for her missing features, but you will find others here who have different ideas.
These are just weird red flags that have popped up in my head as I have begun my descent through the massive quantities of information...
There are about a thousand red flags in this case, it seems. We all keep helping each other sort through them, disagree about them, and go back to working again.
If anyone knows how to set up your avatar photo by the URL. Please explain how to do that to me because I am at a loss and have never come across that before.
I think you have to upload a picture to something like Photobucket and then, from there, you get a url to use for your avatar. Obviously I haven't done this.