Evidence showed that the tent had been cut open from inside. Eight or nine sets of footprints were discovered leaving the camp, but the tracks showed that they were wearing only socks, a single shoe, or were even barefoot. The tracks were followed down toward a wooded area, on the opposite side of the pass about 1.5 kilometers (0.93 mi) to the north-east, but after 500 meters (1,600 ft) these tracks were covered with snow.
Under a large cedar tree near the edge of the woods, the searchers found the remnants of a small fire, along with the first two bodies. Krivonischenko and Doroshenko were discovered shoe less and dressed only in their underwear. Three more corpses – Dyatlov, Kolmogorova and Slobodin – were discovered between the cedar tree and the campground. They appeared to have died in positions suggesting that they were attempting to return to the tent, and were found separately at distances of 300, 480 and 630 meters from the tree.
The remaining four travelers were finally found on May 4 under four meters of snow in a ravine 75 meters farther into the woods from the cedar tree. They were better dressed than the others, and had even taken some clothing from the members of the party that had already died. Zolotariov was wearing Dubinina’s faux fur coat and hat, and Dubinina’s foot was wrapped in a piece of Krivonishenko’s wool pants. Also, a camera was discovered around Zolotariov’s neck which had not been listed as part of the groups equipment. However, the film in the camera was reported to have been damaged by water.