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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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

Most Dangerous Beaches in Costa Rica

A must read if you are planning to visit Costa Rica!

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Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on May 7, 2017 at 5:11pm

Belize Double Murder: 2 Suspects Arrested

Francesca Matus had been threatened in the days before her strangulation murder in a Belize sugar cane field.

And she was scared.

Cops say two suspects are now in custody but investigators are certain more people were involved in the deaths of Matus, 52, and her boyfriend, former Marine Drew DeVoursney, 36.

The duo disappeared a week ago Tuesday after spending the evening at Scotty’s Crocodile Cove bar - a popular ex-pat hangout. Their bodies were found Monday afternoon, ending a heartbreaking search.

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Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on May 3, 2017 at 8:02pm

Body of Missing U.S. Businessman Found in Ecuador

Ecuadorean officials say they've found the body of a U.S. businessmen buried beneath a house.

The prosecutor's office says a woman under investigation in the January disappearance of Jonathan Charles Gilchrist led them to the body of the 65-year-old, which was found beneath concrete about 6 feet (2 meters) deep at a house in the city of Guayaquil.

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Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on May 1, 2017 at 8:33pm

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