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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.
I just got off a Skype call with the family of Derrick Keller, a U.S. Navy veteran who has spent the past year in a jail cell in Thailand because, two years earlier, he was hired to perform in a promotional video for a business that turned out to be crooked.
The only thing more frustrating than this is the wilful lack of attention demonstrated by Derrick's representatives, including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and most of the media. With the exception of KHOU -- Houston's CBS affiliate -- the media have largely ignored the family's pleas to tell their story and swallowed whole the bogus, superficial account presented by the Thai authorities.
KHOU's Lauren Talarico is the only journalist to attempt to tell the story (click here); otherwise, efforts to get news media to share the…Continue
Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on June 18, 2019 at 11:24pm
Fourteen passengers have been killed after unidentified attackers halted their bus on a remote coastal highway in the restive southwestern Balochistan Province, officials said. Hours after the ambush on April 18, a new separatist group claimed responsibility for the killings.
Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on April 20, 2019 at 1:41pm
A travel company is investigating whether an area in Peru where a bus carrying 22 of its customers was ambushed by armed robbers is safe to visit. Masked men robbed 10 people travelling with G Adventures of their personal belongings on Sunday afternoon in the Amazon jungle.
Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on April 20, 2019 at 1:36pm
The US State Department has added a new indicator to its travel advisories to flag the high risk of kidnapping in 35 countries around the world, including Turkey and many Middle Eastern and African nations.
A “K” label will be added to some travel advisories to better communicate travel risks, the State Department said one day after President Donald Trump demanded that the kidnappers of an American tourist in Uganda be brought to justice.
Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on April 20, 2019 at 1:30pm
An English backpacker who went missing last week in Guatemala has been found dead — and authorities said she suffered “blows to the body” and died of hemorrhaging caused by a traumatic brain injury.
Tourist Catherine Shaw, 23, of the southeastern English county of Oxfordshire, was reported missing after she left a hotel in Guatemala’s San Juan La Laguna off Lake Atitlan on March 5, the BBC reported.
However, foul play was “probably not involved,” according to the Lucie Blackman Trust – a…Continue
Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on March 17, 2019 at 9:25pm
Catherine Shaw, from Witney, Oxfordshire, had been travelling and was reported missing on 5 March.
She was last seen the day before and had been staying in the San Pedro, Lake Atitlan area of the central American country with a friend, the Lucie Blackman Trust said.Continue
Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on March 10, 2019 at 7:03pm
The investigation into Amy Gerard’s death in Tenerife has taken a new turn as it emerges a secrecy order has been placed over the court probe. Police initially appeared to rule out the existence of a crime three days after a woman’s body Amy’s family later confirmed as hers was recovered from the sea off the northern coast city of Puerto de la Cruz. Afterward, it was revealed that the judicial investigation is the subject of a secrecy order - an exceptional measure adopted to safeguard the probe by trying to minimize publicity.
Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on January 15, 2019 at 9:13pm
The recent murders of Tom Cook and Carla Stefaniak in Costa Rica, combined with other murders, disappearances, and a general atmosphere of rising crime may be putting a crimp in the country's reputation as a safe destination.
An arrest has been made in the Stefaniak case (see picture), though her family has said they believe more people were involved in her murder than the Nicaraguan security guard who was taken into custody.
Stefaniak was just the latest in a string of violence against Costa Rican tourists. Two unidentified female travelers were found dead near Tortuguero National Park in August. One 31-year-old woman’s body was discovered with strangle marks around her neck, and a 25-year-old woman drowned after she was attacked by two men. Over the summer, a 19-year-old Canadian tourist was robbed and raped after a local tried to…Continue
Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on January 8, 2019 at 9:00pm
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