Mysterious Figure In Gas Mask Has Haunted Swiss Wilderness For A Decade

gasmaskImagine bumping into him alone on an isolated trail in the Alps. Via the Australian:

Known only as ‘Le Leyon’, the mysterious stranger has puzzled locals and authorities in Switzerland for years. He always wears the same outfit and nobody has ever seen his face. The mystery surrounding his identity and purpose in the area has been the subject of much concern and intrigue.

“He had a military cape, boots and an army gas mask – an antique type, I think,” said an unnamed local photographer who managed to snap a photograph of the man.

Some area residents have also expressed fears over the man’s intentions. “He came out of the woods with his military clothes,” said one woman. “We saw neither his face nor his eyes behind his big dark gas mask.”

Authorities are currently attempting to track down and identify the man but have so far come up empty.

32 Comments on "Mysterious Figure In Gas Mask Has Haunted Swiss Wilderness For A Decade"

  1. jasonpaulhayes | Sep 13, 2013 at 10:10 am |

    Maybe from his viewpoint, it’s everyone else that’s cloaked in camouflage and wearing a mask.

  2. The Well Dressed Man | Sep 13, 2013 at 10:11 am |

    are you my mummy?

  3. Rhoid Rager | Sep 13, 2013 at 10:39 am |

    He’s probably just camping.

  4. Björn Walwōn Wiberg | Sep 13, 2013 at 10:46 am |

    The Reeker?

  5. Matt Staggs | Sep 13, 2013 at 10:48 am |

    Well, first thing I read this morning and I’m already freaked the f’ out.

    • sonicbphuct | Sep 14, 2013 at 6:04 am |

      you have to take it with a grain of salt. the swiss are really terrified of anyone that doesn’t look like them. They’re affraid of the Albanians, the Serbs, the Africans, the North Africans… I mean, xenophobia is like allergies for these folks; they can get worked up into a hysteria over people they can’t easily identify as belonging to their group. But, this kind of thing is to be expect from a population of Herders, always being wary of whatever will eat their cows or sheep.

  6. Abbie Crane | Sep 13, 2013 at 11:10 am |

    Why are the photos always blurry!? This isn’t big foot, or loch ness, it’s a man…You can get a clear photo!

  7. You know what? I hope we never do find out. There should be some things denied the global netmind, a few secrets left… Good hunting, Leyon.

  8. Jeni Merritt Watkins | Sep 13, 2013 at 11:51 am |

    As long as he does not hurt anyone, who cares

  9. Noah_Nine | Sep 13, 2013 at 12:35 pm |

    off the grid…..

  10. bobyouruncle | Sep 13, 2013 at 12:37 pm |

    its Richard from ‘dead mans shoes’

  11. Anarchy Pony | Sep 13, 2013 at 1:15 pm |


  12. okay this whats going to happen in a few years from now, some teenager is going to show his/her grandpa or great-grandpa this image and say, “See I told you it was a creepy outfit, I do understand that you have seasonal allergies but that was taking it to extremes Papa..just use the damn rinse, please….” Yup that’s my theory… I blame seasonal allergies for the Le Leyon.

  13. Cortacespedes | Sep 13, 2013 at 6:34 pm |

    “The figure was also reportedly spotted clutching what appeared to be a bunch of flowers.”


  14. Cortacespedes | Sep 13, 2013 at 7:28 pm |

    Of course the biggest mystery here is; he’s been walking the same route for 10 years, and the “authorities” still can’t find him. Why?

  15. armain de codin | Sep 15, 2013 at 5:20 am |

    So because hes not wearing normal hiking gear this is a “haunting” ?

    • Matt Staggs | Sep 15, 2013 at 8:58 am |

      I’m not sure if this is a language thing or a joke, but “haunted” in this sense refers to continually reappear, rather than anything paranormal.

  16. No_Limitz | Sep 15, 2013 at 8:53 pm |


  17. Every country have their weird ones!!..if he’s not hurting anyone leave him be!…

  18. negativenate | Sep 24, 2013 at 9:27 am |

    Must be hunting the ellusive Aussie aborintroll

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