Kids missing after jungle jet crash leave clues and have hidden skill to survive

Four kids who have been missing since theirplane crashedhave left behind some eerie clues to their whereabouts.

A desperate search has been ongoing since 1 May after the aircraft they were aboard crashed in theColombian jungle .

But now, belongings of the children – who are siblings aged between 11 months and 13-years-old – have cropped up in two different locations in the rainforest.

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Lesly Jacobombaire Mucutuy, 13, Soleiny Jacobombaire Mucutuy, 9, Tien Noriel Ronoque Mucutuy, 4, and Cristin Neriman Ranoque Mucutuy, 11 months, went down with the plane near the Guaviare province.

The small propeller plan was carrying six passengers and a pilot when it signalled an emergency due to engine failure – before falling off the radar.

Their mother and two other adults on board the plane all died from the tragic accident.

Despite 100 soldiers combing the jungle for weeks, their efforts so far have been to no avail.

But in the early hours of Wednesday morning, an indigenous woman found an eerie haul of items, offering the greatest hope yet that the siblings are alive.

A soiled nappy, a green towel and a pair of shoes was found 500 metres away from the crash site.

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And a trail of footprints were spotted last Thursday which specialists believed to belong to the kids.

Other personal possessions such as a child’s drinking bottle, a pair of scissors and a hair tie were also discovered by search teams.

Giving most hope, however, that the kids are alive and well, was the discovery of a makeshift shelter made out of branches and a half eaten passion fruit.

In a separate location last week, they also found a mobile phone, a pink cap and another nappy and drinking bottle.

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The siblings belong to the Huitoto, an indigenous group from southeastern Colombia and northern Peru.

Armed with knowledge of the jungle, food-stuff and survival skills, they are in a better situation than most would be, despite their young age.

Their community is hopeful that their robust skill sets will offer them the best chance of survival possible until they’re discovered.

However, the Colombian army pointed out that the items had most likely been ditches “sometime between 3 and 8 May”.

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But they remained hopeful as none of the items or locations found had any traces of blood.

Indigenous people from near the Guaviare province have joined the army and its helicopter teams to search on foot, in a bid to find the children.

The grandmother of the siblings wrote a note in Huitoto language urging the kids to stop moving in order to give search squads a better chance of finding them.


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