The Indiana sand dune named Mr. Baldy will remain closed for research after a six-year-old boy was buried alive inside it. The incident happened three years ago, but the authorities still have not discovered how it happened or why.
Mt. Baldy has recorded a decrease in the number of tourists since its access was closed to visitors. However, during the time when anyone could approach it, a family wanted to take a closer look at the sand dune that measures 120 feet in height. While walking around the place, the six-year-old son of the couple named Nathan Woessner fell and ended up buried alive beneath the sand.
His extraction lasted for a considerable amount of time since he was located several feet below the tricky sand, and authorities encountered many difficulties in getting him out. After the incident, the boy was taken to the closest hospital and received medical care. In spite of the fact that Nathan is now out of any danger, Mt. Baldy has remained off-limits until authorities can figure out what is going on.
A team of researchers from Indiana Geological Survey is currently observing the place where Nathan was swallowed by the earth. They will hopefully find out the reason why this happened and more precisely, how the boy ended up trapped in the sand.
Previous studies have been conducted in the area, and it appears that trees are to blame for this phenomenon. When the trees start rotting in the soil located around the dune, a hole is made in their place. However, these cavities are covered by tricky sand and were detected by researchers who used ground-penetrating radars while they were searching for buried rotting trunks and other hollow structures.
If this theory is true, Nathan must have fallen in such a hole. Since the researchers did not find any cavity in the place where he fell, the case remains a mystery. According to the spokesman of the park, Bruce Rowe,
“Whatever we say will turn out to be accurate, or as accurate as science can tell us.”
Mt. Baldy is situated in Indiana and surrounds Lake Michigan. One of the most popular landmarks in the state, the sand dune draws more than 1.5 million tourists annually. Mt. Baldy will remain closed until authorities deem the place safe for visitors.
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