Aubrey Sacco disappearance remains a mystery

KUSA - Four years later, Greeley family of woman missing in Nepal hopes for answers.

In April 2010, Aubrey Sacco of Greeley disappeared when hiking in Nepal.

A Nederland-based journalist has since hiked in 23-year-old Aubrey's footsteps, and found that she is just one of many western hikers to disappear.

"It is an amazingly beautiful place, but there are these weird things that keep happening," said Tracy Ross.

"As soon as I started looking into Aubrey, all of these other people showed up who had gone missing," she added.

Ross says she discovered dozens of missing hikers over the last decade.

"A Belgian girl, also 23, like Aubrey, went hiking and that's where she disappeared. And where her body was later found with her head detached from her body," said Ross.

"This is a lot of people, and there's something weird going on here. And why have none of these cases been solved?" she added.

Ross wrote an article for Backpacker Magazine called "Gone Girl: Aubrey Sacco's Disappearance while hiking in Nepal."

"It's the most human of stories, you lose someone you love – and, what do you do. How far will you go? How long will you continue searching?" said Ross.

She has been following the story since April of 2010. Family say Aubrey was a free spirit who had been traveling before reaching Nepal. She went hiking there without a guide.

"She said I've talked to people, I've checked this out, and you don't have to have a guide – and, I'm a grown-up dad, I'm gonna do this," said Paul Sacco, her father.

Aubrey's parents have spent every day since trying to figure out what happened to her.
Theories abound about what has been happening. The government has changed, and the Sacco's contacts there have too.

"We feel like we're having to start over," said Paul.

Last year, three men came forward saying they'd murdered Aubrey, only to be let out of prison about a month later.

The Saccos plan another trip to Nepal in April, and they want to keep the pressure on local officials to search for their daughter. They want people to know not to hike alone in Nepal.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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