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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Man Confesses to Murdering U.S Scientist Suzanne Eaton in Crete

A 27-year-old man has confessed to killing US scientist Suzanne Eaton on the Greek island of Crete, a police spokesperson told CNN Monday (7/15). The local man had been detained by police for questioning, after the 59-year-old molecular biologist went missing July 2 while attending a conference.

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Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on July 15, 2019 at 8:56pm

Interview With Wife of Derrick Keller, U.S. Navy Vet Being Held in Thailand

Below is an interview I recently conducted with Tanya Keller, wife of Derrick Keller, a U.S. citizen and Navy veteran who has spent nearly a year in a Thai prison. His crime? Performing in a promotional video for a company that turned out to be an international Ponzi scheme.

Please watch and share widely. This is not only important for getting the Kellers the help they need -- it also contains important information for anyone who travels as to how easy it is to get incarcerated abroad for literally doing nothing wrong.

Watch the interview (just under an hour)

Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on July 14, 2019 at 10:00pm

28 Canadians Have Died in Dominican Republic This Year

As the FBI probes deaths of American tourists in the Dominican Republic, Global News has learned 28 Canadians died there so far in 2019.

Data obtained by Global News from Global Affairs shows an average of 39 Canadians died each year in the Dominican Republic over the past decade. More recently, from 2015 to 2018, that average is higher: 47 death cases opened each year.

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Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on July 11, 2019 at 7:35pm

Mother Begs for Answers after Son Dies in Dominican Republic

Melody Moore wants answers after her son died in the Dominican Republic. She feels there's a connection to the other deaths of American tourists in that country. 

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Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on July 11, 2019 at 7:30pm

Suzanne Eaton, US Scientist, Found Killed in Crete WWII Bunker

Suzanne Eaton, who went missing more than a week ago after going on a run, died of suffocation, police confirmed to the BBC. They said they are investigating the case as a criminal act.

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Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on July 10, 2019 at 7:33pm

Missing NJ Couple's Jet Ski Reportedly Found in Guadeloupe

Authorities recovered a jet ski over the weekend bearing the same registration number as the one an American couple was riding before they went missing in Barbados last month. French Navy officers found the missing jet ski hundreds of miles away in Guadeloupe on Saturday, nearly two weeks after Magdalena Devil and Oscar Suarez, of New Jersey, vanished at sea, authorities said.

There were no signs of the missing couple.

The pair disappeared on June 24 after renting a jet ski at Holetown Beach on the western coast of Barbados, authorities said.

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Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on July 10, 2019 at 6:13am

U.S. Scientist, Missing on Greek island, Found Dead

The body of a U.S. biologist who went missing on the Greek island of Crete a week ago has been found, according to her employer. Suzanne Eaton, 59, had been attending a conference at the Orthodox Academy in northwest Crete, when she is believed to have disappeared during a run on July 2.

Greek police found her body on Monday evening, according to the Max Planck Institute at Dresden University in Germany, where she worked. Local authorities "have not yet completed their investigation regarding the events that may have transpired" on the afternoon Eaton went missing, the institute said in a …

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Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on July 10, 2019 at 6:00am

Bipartisan Bill Would Require Reporting on Student Deaths Abroad

This could be huge!

U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) have introduced bipartisan legislation – the American Students Abroad Act – to improve the sharing of information between the Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the deaths of American students that occur while they are studying abroad.

Specifically, the bill will require the Department of State to produce quarterly reports from U.S. Embassies and Consulates on the death of any U.S. citizens in a foreign country. These reports will then be shared with the CDC, which will analyze the reports to identify trends that may be helpful in mitigating future harm to U.S. citizens overseas.…

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Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on July 3, 2019 at 12:30pm

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