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North Carolina Teacher Missing in Mexico City

Thirty-four-year-old Patrick Braxton-Andrew,a Charlotte, N.C., Spanish teacher has gone missing in Mexico.

He was  supposed to meet his brother, Kerry, in Mexico City on Tuesday, according to a message from their father that the college posted on its alumni Facebook page.…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on November 1, 2018 at 8:12pm — No Comments

New York Attorney Murdered While Vacationing in Turks and Caicos

The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands police are investigating the murder of an American tourist after her body was discovered near a popular vacation destination. Marie Kuhnla, a 61-year-old attorney from Wantagh, New York, had been traveling with two colleagues who also worked at Suffolk County Legal Aid in Long Island.…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on October 26, 2018 at 4:01pm — No Comments

New Hampshire Man, Missing in Guatemala, Believed Murdered

A Tamworth man, NH, man who was reported missing during a trip to Guatemala may have been murdered and will probably not be found, his family reported via their Go Fund Me account. The family says their search is over.

Justin Booska, 27, has been missing from Laguna de Ayarza, Guatemala since Jan. 6. He had been in the central American country with friends and family for a vacation. Until going there earlier this month, the family had  believed he might have drown when he tried to…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on October 18, 2018 at 9:26pm — No Comments

Update on Murder of Tom Cook in Jaco, Costa Rica

A Vermonter living in Costa Rica was found dead last week after being reported missing back in August, now his family is frustrated by what they say has been a slow investigation by authorities, WCAX in South Burlington reports.…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on October 17, 2018 at 8:26pm — No Comments

Remains of Tom Cook -- Vermont Retiree, Missing in Costa Rica -- Identified

Sometimes closure is all we can hope for. In these cases, success is necessarily bittersweet.

Last week, the earthly remains of Thomas Cook – a Vermont retiree living in Jaco, Costa Rica, and missing for more than six weeks – were positively identified. I won’t provide any details here, other to say foul…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on October 14, 2018 at 11:11am — No Comments

Missing Surfer Adam "Biff" D'Esposito Found Dead in Baja, MX

Carlsbad surfer Adam Francis D'Esposito, 39, who went missing three weeks ago, has been found dead in Northern Baja, Mexico, according to the D’Esposito’s family. A local news channel has reported drowning as the cause of death.…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on October 2, 2018 at 8:30pm — No Comments

U.S. Embassy Issues Travel Warning for Jamaica Amid State of Emergency in Kingston

The US Embassy in Jamaica issued a travel advisory on Sept. 24 warning citizens about travel to the island. The warning comes as the Jamaican Government declared a state of emergency in central downtown Kingston.

The state of emergency is intended to counter criminal activity. Jamaican security forces will be able to detain and deport suspicious people, enter premises, and seize property without a warrant.…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on September 26, 2018 at 8:28pm — No Comments

California Surfer Missing in Mexico

The family of a surfer from Carlsbad who went missing in Mexico is holding out hope that he will be found safe.

It has been over two full weeks since anyone has heard from 39-year-old Carlsbad native, Adam Francis D’Esposito.

According to his sister, Briana D’Espositio, the well-liked nomadic surfer, who had friends spanning the globe, was last spotted south of the border in the town of Baja Malibu. It’s a spot Adam had been frequenting since he was a teenager.…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on September 25, 2018 at 9:49pm — No Comments

Burlington, VT, Retiree Missing in Costa Rica

Thomas J. Cook, a retiree from Burlington, VT, has been missing since August 23. He moved to Costa Rica in July 2018, and his last known address is Malaga, Herradura. 

Anyone with any information regarding the Cook's location should contact his sister, …

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on September 16, 2018 at 5:35pm — No Comments

Female Remains - Possibly a Tourist - Found in Belize

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…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 23, 2018 at 2:40pm — No Comments

U.S. Family of 4, Missing in Mexico, Found Dead

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…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on March 24, 2018 at 6:01am — No Comments

Boater Missing After Leaving Dry Tortugas

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…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on March 22, 2018 at 7:43pm — No Comments

Search Underway for 3 Italians Detained by Mexican Police in Jalisco

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,…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on March 4, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

Explosive Attacks on Tourist Ferries in Mexico Lead to U.S. Travel Warning

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.…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on March 4, 2018 at 11:26am — No Comments

My Child Is Missing Abroad: What Do I Do Now?

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?…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 13, 2018 at 8:32am — No Comments

U.S. Issues New Warning for Nassau, Bahamas

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…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 10, 2018 at 6:46am — No Comments

U.S. State Department Rolls Out New Advisory Categories

If you’re planning on going to a country with a Level-4 warning, the U.S State Department suggests you draft your will and plan your funeral ahead of time.

It’s all part of their new system of travel advisories that rolled out on January 10, which ranks places on a scale of…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 2, 2018 at 4:09pm — No Comments

19 U.S. Visitors to Cuba Report Symptoms Similar to Those Suffered by Diplomats

Nineteen American citizens have reported symptoms similar to those suffered by U.S. diplomats who had been identified as victims of alleged attacks in Cuba.

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 2, 2018 at 4:01pm — No Comments

Jamaica Travel Advisories: What You Need to Know

Several countries, including the U.S., have issued travel warnings in the wake of a spate of violent crimes in Jamaica. The warnings come after a series of violent incidents, including one in which a Canadian couple was…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 2, 2018 at 4:00pm — No Comments

5 Mexican States Receive Sternest U.S. Travel Advisories

Five states in Mexico now have the sternest "do not travel" advisories under a revamped U.S. State Department system, putting them on the same level as war-torn countries like Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia. The five states are Tamaulipas on the U.S. border and Sinaloa, Colima, Michoacan and Guerrero on the Pacific coast. All the states are hotspots of drug…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 2, 2018 at 3:56pm — No Comments

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