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Robert C. Ehlert (Bob) ~ Missing in the Republic of Panama


Robert C. Ehlert (Bob) ~ Missing in the Republic of Panama

~~ Bob was last seen leaving Shelter Bay Marina near Panama City in the Republic of Panama, on June 21, 2013. Both Bob and his car are missing.

~~ Family members across the USA have been contacting government officials to get support for FBI involvement in a search effort for Bob. 

~~ He left a note, letting friends know that he would be gone for two weeks to explore a property deal in Bocas del Toro. Since the note was a forgery, we now think that Bob may have been kidnapped.

~~ For the last 10 years, Bob has spent half the year in Panama and the other half in Minnesota. Missing person reports have been filed in both places and family representatives are now in Panama to follow up in person with the American Embassy and local authorities.

~~ Phone inquiries are not always helpful and barriers to information pop up at every turn. We are most concerned that Bob’s e-mail and phone connectivity went silent on June 21, 2013. Staying connected to family and friends is something that Bob cherishes the most. 

~~ Bob is a Vietnam Veteran who served his country during the peak period of the war. Now, it is our hope, that the U.S. will give back to Bob by helping the embassy and local authorities lead a search effort to sort out Bob’s disappearance.

~~ Bob is optimistic and has a zest for living that is contagious. He has been pursuing a lifelong dream of sailing around the world and using the land to grow native crops. We are all thinking the worst but holding on to a glimmer of hope that he has an opportunity to fulfill those dreams.

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Comment by Louis Seldon on January 5, 2014 at 3:26pm

We'll put Bob in our prayers, God Bless you all & family.

Comment by Patricia A. Beaver on January 5, 2014 at 2:55pm

Bob always loved yellow roses so I purchased a yellow candle to burn through the holidays to keep Bob close in spirit. His daughter is in Panama to try to get more answers from authorities. The family is appalled at the lack of attention to detail in this investigation. Local authorities have never prioritized any local efforts to find Bob or his car, which also limits FBI involvement. We are deeply saddened and frustrated about how slowly the case has progressed, but remain hopeful for more local engagement in 2014!

Comment by Jennifer Ehlert on January 2, 2014 at 6:46pm

I don't know how I missed this thread!   I did contact the Moynan family and they sent a very kind note but I sense they prefer to mourn quietly.

Comment by Louis Seldon on December 17, 2013 at 3:26pm

Jennifer, look under ExPatexchange topic "Armed Robberies San Carlos/Coronado" for the article or try 

LOL ~~ Lou


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Comment by Beth Leleck on December 17, 2013 at 3:13pm

This appears to be the link to the post Louis is referring to:

Comment by Jennifer Ehlert on December 17, 2013 at 2:42pm

Hi Lou,

Thank you for the info. I did go on the site but I could not find this article. Can you send along the article?

Thanks again,  Jennifer

Comment by Louis Seldon on December 17, 2013 at 12:37pm

Attn: Jeff Dunsavage

Comment by Jeff Dunsavage on December 17, 2013 at 10:42am

Louis: Thanks for sharing this. Can you provide a link to the forum it came from? It's really important to be able to provide this kind of intel to the broader community. Any other info resources would be greatly appreciated.


Comment by Louis Seldon on December 17, 2013 at 9:21am

From a Panama internet forum:

In the wake of a series of arrests, primarily in San Carlos, earlier this month, La Prensa reports that at least seven people have been charged in connection with a series of armed robberies of homes and businesses over the past year. One of the few details that have been reported was something always suspected: this gang operated with inside information about their victims. So, are you a foreigner thinking about moving to Panama? If conspicuous consumption is the whole reason for your existence, think again. You do not want to draw attention to what valuable things you have. Nor do you want to be all that trusting with people who clean your house, tend your garden, guard your gated community or conduct financial business with you — being inconspicuous and a bit mysterious gives you a measure of protection.

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Comment by Donna Tatting on December 16, 2013 at 9:33pm

We continue to keep Bob and his family in our thoughts and prayers.  Hoping the new year brings resolution and peace.


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