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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Fourteen Killed In Bus Ambush In Southwestern Pakistan

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.

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Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on April 20, 2019 at 1:41pm

Probe After Tourist Bus Ambushed in Peru

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.

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Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on April 20, 2019 at 1:36pm

U.S. Flags Turkey Among Countries With High Risk for Kidnapping

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.

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Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on April 20, 2019 at 1:30pm

Catherine Shaw, U.K. Backpacker Missing in Guatemala, Found Dead; Likely an Accident; Funds Being Raised for Her Repatriation

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.

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However, foul play was “probably not involved,” according to the Lucie Blackman Trust – a…

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Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on March 17, 2019 at 9:25pm

U.K. Family 'Desperate' Over Woman Missing in Guatemala

The family of a 23-year-old British woman missing in Guatemala say they are "desperately worried" for her safety. 

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.

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Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on March 10, 2019 at 7:03pm

Amy Gerard 'Could Have Been Crime Victim'

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.

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Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on January 15, 2019 at 9:13pm

Tourist Murders, Rising Crime Jeopardize Costa Rica’s ‘Safe’ Destination Reputation

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…

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Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on January 8, 2019 at 9:00pm

Grace Millane Case: Man appears in New Zealand Court charged with U.K. Backpacker's Murder

A 26-year-old man has appeared in court in New Zealand charged with the murder of British backpacker Grace Millane.

Miss Millane, 22, disappeared in Auckland on 1 December - police ended their search on Sunday after finding a body in the outskirts of the city. The man, who cannot be named, is due back in court next month

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Posted by Jeff Dunsavage on December 10, 2018 at 6:31pm

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