Yeti Hunters Missing
by Foreign Correspondent Nigel Worsley
A team of four explorers is a week late returning to its base camp in the Himalayas. Miss Clarrie Bergman, 22, of King’s College London set out on 7th June for a one-month expedition in search of the so-called Abominable Snowman. A snow storm descended two days ago, and conditions have not improved.
Miss Bergman’s tutor, Professor of Anthropology Arnold Lampley said, “I offered advice to Miss Bergman on her dissertation which centred on the Yeti cult. It is now clear that she believes the Yeti to be a real creature. She concealed this belief, and her intention to search for this mythical creature, from me and the faculty. The expedition was not authorised nor financed by the college. My thoughts are with her family and the families of the other members at this time.”
He added, when pressed “No, there is no Yeti, any more than there is a Santa Claus or a Loch Ness monster.”
A fellow student at the college, who chose to remain anonymous, stated that Miss Bergman was also searching for evidence of her father, Victoria Cross winner Capt Edward Flint, who allegedly went missing in Nepal in the 50s. The Ministry of Defence confirmed that there was a person of that name in service, but that there is no record of his whereabouts after 1945.
Miss Bergman’s mother Clarice refused to comment on her daughter’s alleged father or her situation. A neighbour said of Clarice, “I noticed she was up the duff, and not married but she wouldn’t tell anyone who the father was. Me, I mind me own business, but people talk. Can’t say I approve, but each to their own? Hasn’t ended well, though, has it.”
Accompanying Miss Bergan are childhood friend Dan Argan, 23, fiancé Eric Lazenby, 22, both students at KCL, and Frank Stilley, 64, a retired caretaker who worked at the college. Professor Lampley referred to former sergeant Stilley, who had lost a leg in Korea, as “…kind and sentimental, but mentally unstable.”
Eric Lazenby’s father said “Eric told us that he and this girl had gotten engaged and were going on holiday together to San Tropez. Now it turns out they are hunting for monsters. This is a terrible shock. She’s got a lot to answer for. I just want my son back alive and in one piece.”
We spoke to climber and Himalayan explorer Elton Mosebury, who has mounted three expeditions to the region. He said “At least they weren’t conquering Everest, or their chances would be non-existent. The Himalayas are a vast area, so they may have found shelter in a local village, monastery or cave. It’s sparsely populated and they aren’t very experienced, but I think there’s a slim hope.”
The British Embassy in  is organising a search party of Sherpas to look for the lost woman and her companions, and Mosebury will take the lead. He has vowed to do “…search high and low and do whatever it takes” to find the missing Bergman and her companions.