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|During the austral winter in 1981, two brothers, Enrique and José Botha, 6 and 8 years old respectively, were in their grandparent's house in Neuquén Province, some 100 kilometres away from their own home, in a small town called Cutral-Co.
One day and without any explanation the two brothers decided to return to their parent's house walking, without any food, proper clothing or real knowledge of the road.
They first followed railway tracks, but then decided to shorten their way by going thorough the mountains, believing that there was a shortcut.
The terrain in the area is barren and swept by strong winds. There is little cover from the environment and only scant liquid water which, of course, in winter turns into ice, and despite the fact that the area is relatively populated, the first search efforts did not contemplate such a scenario, and thus the children could not be found on their way home immediately.
Just after interrogating casual witnesses who saw them at one point or another, it was possible to deduce what was happening.
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