Clues to the mystery behind a Stornoway man’s last movements on a quest to find Noah’s
Ark are claimed to have been found on Mount Ararat, where he was last seen.
Donald Mackenzie of Napier Hill is presumed dead after vanishing on a solo expedition
to try unlock the secret of the Biblical event. He disappeared two years ago this
Now locals say they have discovered some of his belongings in a cave on the mountain
- the Biblical’s vessel’s legendary resting place in eastern Turkey.
There is no trace of the 47-year-old missing islander and no confirmation the items
Donald Mackenzie was a self styled missionary who evangelised and distributed Turkish-language
bibles to villagers living by the mountain.
His family believe he may have been attacked by people opposed to his efforts or
angered by his disregard of regulations.
Another suggestion is he met an accident in bad weather on the mountain.
The islander worked on building sites in London to pay for his treks up Mount Ararat
- the Ark’s legendary resting place in eastern Turkey.
His last contact was with his brother Ross, who is in Luxemburg. A friend called
Musa who lives in a village at the bottom of the peak raised the alarm after he failed
to return when expected.
Repeated messages sent to Donald’s two mobile phones and by e-mail received no response.
Mr Mackenzie normally goes every year to Mount Ararat. He resolved to return in 2010
after a group of Chinese and Turkish evangelical Christians claimed to have uncovered
the remains of the Ark.
The location of the Ark has puzzled historians for centuries. The Bible describes
how God commanded Noah to build the wooden ship to save his family and the world’s
animals from a giant flood which covered the earth.
The Book of Genesis says it came to rest in the mountains of Ararat. Theologians
believe the spot is located in modern Armenia and eastern Turkey.
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