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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.
Reported by a MAP member living in Belize:
"A body has been found in an advance state of decomposition.
"The morning of Friday 22 June, 2018, at about 6:24 a.m., police discovered the body of a female who was found dead on the beach in Hopkins Village. The Belize Police Department is seeking the assistance of the public in identifying the body of a female. She is of a clear complexion, with long blond hair, wearing at the time a khaki blouse with a waist band and a short green pants. Below is the only picture provided by police as a clue. It is the necklace she apparently was wearing.
"She may be a tourist outside Belize or a local visitor to the area. Please if you…
Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on June 23, 2018 at 2:40pm
A family of four that was reported missing overnight has been found dead in Mexico. The bodies of Kevin, Amy, Sterling and Adrianna Sharp were discovered Friday inside a condominium, CBS Des Moines affiliate KCCI reports.
"Autopsies are being performed in Mexico and results are pending," the Creston Police Department said in a statement.
There were no signs of foul play, according to police, KCCI reported. A local news outlet in Mexico reports investigators are looking into whether food poisoning or a gas leak could have been responsible.
Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on March 24, 2018 at 6:01am
A boater who sailed from Charlotte County is missing.
Benjamin Hartman left Charlot Harbor on Feb. 22 to sail to St. Augustine.
He was last seen on Feb. 27 when he left Dry Tortugas en route to Key West.
Hartman is sailing by himself on his 31-foot 1970 Kenner Sailboat that is blue and white. Its registration number is FL3831SK.
The Coast Guard is searching for Hartman and the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office has asked that anyone with information contact Detective Stephen Burke at 941-639-2101 or email@example.com.
Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on March 22, 2018 at 7:43pm
Authorities are investigating the disappearance of three Italians who went missing after they were detained by police at a petrol station in Tecalitlán, Jalisco, on the Jan. 31. Friends and family marched in Naples, "demanding answers from the Mexican government."
The three men have been identified as Raffaele Russo, 60; his son Antonio Russo, 25, and his nephew Vincenzo Cimmino, 29. Authorities have stated that the three were on a business trip at the time of their disappearance. Raffaele Russo sells electric generators, and the group was staying in Guadalajara.
Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on March 4, 2018 at 11:30am
On March 1, undetonated explosive devices were found by Mexican law enforcement on a tourist ferry that operates between Cozumel-Playa del Carmen, Mexico. On February 21, an explosive device detonated on a tourist ferry in Playa del Carmen resulting in injuries, including to U.S. citizens. U.S. Government employees are prohibited from using all tourist ferries on this route until further notice. Mexican and U.S. law enforcement continue to investigate.
Notably, the warning advises: "Purchase travel insurance that specifically covers you in Mexico and includes medical evacuation insurance." This is good advice whenever and wherever you travel. Also buy coverage for repatriation of remains.
Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on March 4, 2018 at 11:26am
Having a family member suddenly go missing is a terrifying experience; having this happen while your loved one is traveling in a foreign country compounds the fear with myriad complications.
What do you do when you get the phone call? Or, worse, when there is no call; when your traveling child or sibling or parent or friend, who has been diligently staying in touch throughout his or her trip, suddenly falls silent?
Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on February 13, 2018 at 8:32am
The U.S. government has issued more crime warnings for the Bahamas than for all locations in the Caribbean.
Violent crime, such as burglaries, armed robberies, and sexual assault is common, even during daylight hours and in tourist areas. U.S. government personnel are not permitted to visit the Sand Trap area in Nassau due to crime. Jet-ski operators are known to commit sexual assaults against tourists, including minors. As a result, U.S. government personnel are not permitted to use jet-ski rentals on New Providence and Paradise Islands."
Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on February 10, 2018 at 6:46am
It’s all part of their new system of travel advisories that rolled out on January 10, which ranks places on a scale of one to four with a corresponding color code.
Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on February 2, 2018 at 4:09pm
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