The Missing Americans Project

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When a U.S. citizen disappears in a foreign country, the family quickly finds that they're on their own. We've been there and want to help.

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Looking for Americans Lost in Foreign Countries

Families of Americans who disappear in foreign countries should not have to invent the wheel. Unfortunately, this is what too often happens: people in deep distress have to learn how to run an international search and rescue operation, raise funds, cultivate relationships with nongovernmental organizations, and work with the media -- all within hours of learning their loved one is missing. The absence of clear standard operating procedures within and among U.S. embassies and a lack of State Department support leads to an unconscionable waste of time when time is of the essence.

The Missing Americans Project is intended to:

* Build awareness of the problems of Americans missing in foreign countries;
* Increase the accountability and transparency of U.S. State Department processes where missing Americans are concerned.
* Lobby for legal and policy changes where necessary.
* Develop a global rapid-response network that is not subject to the same bureaucratic wrangling as the U.S. State Department is.
* Advocate for the interests of the families of missing Americans.

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Natalee Holloway's Father Claims New Evidence in Daughter's Disappearance

Natalee Holloway disappeared in 2005 during a senior class trip to the island nation in May 2005 when she disappeared. Her body was never found, but her family believes that Dutchman Joran van der Sloot—who is serving time in a Peruvian prison for murdering a woman in 2010 in an unrelated case—is behind Holloway’s disappearance.

In the new “The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway,” set to premiere on Aug. 19, the viewers will follow Dave Holloway as he attempts to figure out what happened to his daughter.

“Twelve years and we still have nothing—until now,” Dave told People magazine.

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Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on July 25, 2017 at 11:21am

Update: U.S. Medical Student, Missing in Peru, Found Dead

24-year-old medical student, Seth Alexander Thomas from the United States, was found deceased on June 25, 2017, in the Cusco Department of Peru. Seth had begun a hike Friday afternoon on June 23, 2017, to Cerro Picol, San Jerónimo, in Cusco at about two in the afternoon. He did not return at sunset as planned and a search began early Saturday morning. Apparently, Mr. Thomas fell from a ledge while hiking resulting in injuries which caused his death. 

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Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on July 20, 2017 at 8:08pm

6 Sikh Pilgrims, Including 2 U.S. Citizens, Missing in Uttarakhand, India

Two U.S. citizens -- Harkewal Singh and Premjit Singh -- are among the six Sikh pilgrims reported missing in Uttarakhand, India.

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Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on July 20, 2017 at 8:00pm

Medical Student from U.S. reported missing in Cusco Peru

On June 23, 2017, 24 year-old second year U.S. medical student Seth Alexander Thomas began a hike from Lara, Peru in Cusco district to the Cerro Pico. He left the medical clinic where he was working in Lara at approximately 2:00 PM Friday afternoon by himself. He did take some provisions and had a jacket. Seth is considered to be in excellent physical condition and is an experienced hiker. He is 5’11″, 200 pounds. He has brown eyes and brown hair. Read Full Article

Posted by Nicholas Crowder on June 25, 2017 at 12:00am

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