Julia Thorne aka Sydney Bristow helped Andrian Lazarey fake his own death and he was rescued by the CIA. Lazarey had spent 30 years of his life locating 12 keys that would open a vault inside a Rambaldi cave. After his death was faked, both he and Sydney were sent to collect the box within the vault. However, upon retrieving it, a large rock crushed Lazarey's hand and the cave began to collapse. With no other option, Sydney cut off Lazarey's arm and the two escaped.