Secrets of the Dead: Lost in the Amazon

Secrets of the Dead: Lost in the Amazon

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 8:00pm

Pictured: Niall McCann, explorer/biologist; at Kamukuakua Falls- in the Mato Grosso, Brazil

Credit: Courtesy of Photo by Andy Dittrich

What happened to famed adventurer Col. Percy Fawcett who went looking for a city of gold and disappeared in the jungles of Brazil forever?

On April 20, 1925, Colonel Percy Fawcett, his elder son Jack Fawcett and Jack’s lifelong friend, Raleigh Rimmell, departed from Cuiabá, the capital city of the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, to find “Z” — Col. Fawcett’s name for what he believed to be an ancient city lost in the uncharted jungles of Brazil. The search for the mysterious Lost City of Z would be the great explorer’s last expedition. 

All three men would vanish without a trace. Eighty-six years later, Secrets of the Dead  has mounted a modern day quest with explorer Niall McCann to find the truth behind the disappearance of famed adventurer Col. Percy Fawcett and his party in Lost in the Amazon, airing Tuesday, June 10 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV.