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Travel Channel to explore missing adventurer cases in “Lost in the Wild”

Discovery-owned Travel Channel is gearing up to launch Lost in the Wild, which will journey into the wilderness to track down answers to puzzling missing persons cases. The 8 x 60-minute ...
December 3, 2019

Discovery-owned Travel Channel is gearing up to launch Lost in the Wild, which will journey into the wilderness to track down answers to puzzling missing persons cases.

The 8 x 60-minute series will follow veteran explorers J.J. Kelley and journalist Kinga Philipps as they traverse the globe to investigate mysterious cases in which adventurous travelers have inexplicably gone missing, leaving behind little evidence and fragmented clues.

Each episode of the Ping Pong Productions-made series will retrace the steps of each ill-fated adventurer, picking up where the official investigation ended years earlier. Kelley and Philipps will set off on foot to follow the path they believe will lead them to answers, interviewing witnesses and locals along the way.

The pair will trek deep into the Panamanian jungle to solve the mystery of what happened to two young Dutch women who disappeared on a hiking trail in 2014; venture into the heart of the Amazon jungle where three travelers went missing while searching for the fabled city of Akakor; investigate the disappearances of two men who disappeared mere months apart in the same mountains above Silver Plume, Colorado; and examine the mysterious 2016 disappearance of adventurer and social media star Justin Alexander, who journeyed into India’s Valley of Death and never returned.

Ping Pong’s Brea Tisdale, Casey Brumels¬†and Brad Kuhlman¬†serve as executive producers alongside Travel Channel’s Daniel A. Schwartz.

Lost in the Wild launches Dec. 29 at 11 p.m. ET/PT on Travel Channel.

“I’ve spent my life documenting the underbelly of the world, and the truth is always a few layers deep,” said Kelley in a statement. “The answers to these stories may lie far off the beaten path, in a place where others didn’t think – or dare – to look before. And that’s where Kinga and I are headed.”

“Between our investigative nature, wilderness expertise and relentless determination, J.J. and I will go as far as we can to find closure,” added Philipps.

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Jillian Morgan is a staff writer at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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