Marcus Stamm, a Swiss teacher, was lost in the Amazon during the ill-fated trip depicted in the movie “Jungle.” Despite extensive searches, his fate remains unknown.
The movie “Jungle” is based on the true story of a group of friends who embarked on a journey into the Bolivian Amazon in 1981. The group consisted of Israeli adventurer Yossi Ghinsberg, American photographer Kevin Gale, Swiss teacher Marcus Stamm, and Austrian geologist Karl Ruprechter, who claimed to have knowledge of hidden gold. However, Ruprechter turned out to be a con artist with no such knowledge.
As the group ventured deeper into the jungle, they faced numerous hardships, including food scarcity, harsh weather, and disagreements. Eventually, they decided to split up, with Yossi and Kevin building a raft to travel downriver, while Marcus and Karl opted to return on foot.
The raft trip turned perilous, and Yossi and Kevin were separated. Yossi survived alone in the jungle for three weeks before being rescued. Kevin was also eventually found alive. However, Marcus and Karl were never seen again. Despite Yossi’s efforts to find Marcus after his rescue, no trace of Marcus Stamm or Karl Ruprechter was ever found. The mystery of what happened to Marcus in the jungle remains unsolved, adding a tragic layer to the harrowing tale of survival that “Jungle” portrays.