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.

Blog Posts

A.M. Costa Rica: Agents Raid Lawyer's Office as Part of Missing U.S. Ex-Pat Case

A.M. Costa Rica reports:

Judicial investigators searched a lawyer's office in Ciudad Quesada Thursday, and this appears to be related with an 

effort to find a missing U.S. expat.

The Judicial Investigating Organization issued a brief statement Thursday afternoon. It said that agents entered and searched a lawyer's office in an investigation of false paperwork. The paperwork was related to the presentation to the Registro Nacional in June documents that…


Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on November 21, 2015 at 9:50am

Missing American Expat Cuicocha Ecuador

On November 14th, 2015, U.S. citizen Jill Brown disappeared from outside her ranch in Cuicocha Ecuador. Apparently she was waiting for transportation at the time of her disappearance. Her approximate age is early 60's, and is 5'8 - 5'9. She is listed as African American and or possibly Cherokee. .

Police Contact Information:

Police contact: Santiago Ortiz: 0982414205 

Secondary Contact: Nicholas Crowder…


Posted by Nicholas Crowder on November 18, 2015 at 4:00am

Sad Update to Disappearance of American Woman Last Seen on Spain's Camino de Santiago

A man accused of murdering American pilgrim Denise Thiem is thought to have lured the woman to his farm and ultimately her death by painting fake signs to misdirect those walking along the Camino de Santiago trail in Northern Spain.

Miguel Angel Muñoz Blas, a 39-year-old man was remanded into custody by a judge on Monday, and accused of the murder of 41-year-old Ms. Thiem from Arizona. Police beleive Muñoz…


Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on September 16, 2015 at 11:34pm

North Carolina Student Missing in Another Costa Rica Riptide Incident

A junior at UNC Pembroke has been missing in Costa Rica since Tuesday, the University said. Deon D. Greene is studying abroad at The National University of Costa Rica in Heredia, Costa Rica. Heredia is just north of the Costa Rican capital San Jose. The University said it was contacted Sept. 7 regarding Greene’s disappearance. Greene went into the ocean and did not resurface.



Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on September 10, 2015 at 11:51am


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