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Three U.S. siblings found dead in Mexico in 2014 were executed by Mexican marines and a border mayor's paramilitary security team, the country's National Human Rights Commission said Thursday.
Erica Alvarado Salinas, 26, Alex Alvarado, 22, and Jose Angel Alvarado, 21, all U.S. citizens, disappeared in 2014 while visiting their father in El Control, a small town near Matamoros, a Mexican city in the dangerous state of Tamaulipas, across the border from Brownsville, Texas.
Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on January 21, 2018 at 8:45pm
The U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory for Belize on Wednesday, January 10, warning American citizens to exercise caution when in the country. The advisory states that violent crime, such as sexual assault, armed robbery, and murder are common in Belize and local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents.
Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on January 19, 2018 at 4:51pm
It never fails.
The moment an American or other foreigner comes to harm in an exotic locale, the first response of "community activists" is to undermine his/her story, to declare them unfit for public sympathy and their families unworthy of compassion and voluntary support.
My brother was alternately declared a CIA agent and a narco trafficker because, 72 hours too late to be helpful, we were able to get U.S. aircraft launched to assist in the search for him off the island of Roatan, where he'd gone adrift in a tiny pleasure craft. Part of the mission of the base where those Blackhawk helicopters reside is to participate in search and rescue. But nobody knew. We had to discover the base's existence on our own and then fight to get the Blackhawks into play. Now people know, and when someone goes adrift off Roatan or Utila, the Blackhawks are quickly brought in. Thanks to the knowledge and publicity generated by our loss, at least nine people who I know of are alive…Continue
Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on January 18, 2018 at 2:00pm
Costa Rica recorded its highest-ever annual murder rate in 2017, authorities said this week, blaming score-settling between gangs and drug trafficking for the rise.
The nation of about five million people, still considered one of the safest relative to others in Central America, saw 603 homicides last year, according to preliminary data from the police service responsible for investigating them. That works out to a rate of 12.1 murders per 100,000 inhabitants.
The number of killings “is the highest in the history of the country,” the deputy director of the Judicial Investigation Organism, Michael Soto, said at a news conference.
Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on January 16, 2018 at 11:27am
In May of 2014 my step-daughter left the US to go to Mexico to be with an abusive boyfriend. I didn't realize she was gone (I was recovering from bilateral hip replacement) until August when I couldn't contact her for weeks and weeks. I stopped by her place and ultimately called the police to do a "wellness check" on her. This is when I learned that she had left with her two daughters ages 2 1/2 and 5.
I found this site and Jeff Dunsavage was good enough to call me personally and talk to me and give me suggestions on where to look for help. His suggestions led me to find the girls!! My journey was long, difficult and well worth every step I took. I never gave up and when things got tough, I tried just that much harder. The two year old was burned intentionally with scalding water by the boyfriend and it nearly killed her; we ended up getting Shriner's Hospital involved and they airlifted her and her mother to the US. She would have died for certain if she…Continue
Ryan Messerschmidt, from Wisconsin, was tortured, stabbed and beaten -- attacked while on vacation in Costa Rica. He'd been missing for days, but his family has received word that he's alive. However, they said they're not convinced he's safe.
Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on January 11, 2018 at 9:00am
Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on January 10, 2018 at 4:37pm
please follow the link above. My friends brother was traveling alone in Costa Rica. He is now missing. She was sent a picture of him bloody and beaten and what she hopes is unconscious. However, all leads as to where he is have been dead ends. Trying to get the word out. Update: he has been found and was able to speak to his family. He was badly beaten, tortured and stabbed but ALIVE! Next step is they fly to Costa Rica to bring Him home. Prayers to them for safe travels and no issues while there.
Posted by Jaylene Stevenson on January 9, 2018 at 8:23pm
An American tourist was shot and killed while apparently being robbed in a resort town on Mexico’s Pacific Coast that has become popular with surfers and Hollywood stars.
Douglas Bradley was killed Thursday in the hotel zone of Ixtapa. He was on Christmas vacation in neighboring Zihuatanejo and would have turned 50 the next day. The city of Imperial Beach in San Diego County announced Bradley’s death on Friday. He was the city’s director of finance.
Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on December 31, 2017 at 4:59pm
She's been on the ground in Peru, working with local officials and search teams there. She also enlisted the help of an Israeli company the specializes in search and rescue.
Galganov, 22, left Montreal late September for an eight-month backpacking trip through South America and Asia.The last time Clamen heard from him was on Sept. 28, just before he embarked on what was supposed to be a four-day trek in the Cordillera Blanca mountains.…Continue
Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on December 1, 2017 at 12:55pm
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