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February 2013 Blog Posts (9)

Couple Missing in Peru Found and Are Safe

Nice to have a happy ending! Read full article.

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 28, 2013 at 6:21pm — No Comments

Families of Couple Missing in Peru Hopeful, Skeptical About Reports They've Been Found Alive

Peru's top tourism official says an American couple who went missing on a bike trek through Peru has been spotted "safe and sound," but the families of Jamie Neal and Garrett Hand remain skeptical.

Jamie and Garrett are heading upstream in a small boat on a jungle river, said Jose Luis Silva, Peru's minister of tourism and commerce. But even as authorities trumpeted the news, Garrett's mother said in a statement that she won't believe it until she hears directly from her…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 27, 2013 at 1:18am — No Comments

U.S. State Dept. Issues Travel Warning for Cusco, Peru, Including Macchu Pichu

Citing a heightened risk of kidnapping around Machu Picchu, Peru's No. 1 tourist attraction, the State Department has issued a security alert for U.S. travelers and has banned embassy employees from non-essential travel to the mountaintop Incan ruins and the Cusco region at large.

"The embassy has received information that members of a criminal organization may be planning to kidnap U.S. citizen tourists in the Cusco and Machu Picchu area," the alert reads. "Possible targets and…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 24, 2013 at 7:04pm — No Comments

U.S. Couple Missing In Peru

Jennifer Neal and her sister Stacy Fingers haven’t been able to sleep much. Not since their sister, Jamie — Stacy’s twin — was last heard from a month ago in Peru.

“She’s my sister. I’m just not gonna listen to anybody until she calls me,” Jennifer said, as a tear rolled down her cheek.

Jamie’s twin’s biggest fear: “That she’s not safe,” Stacy said.

“We’re all three pretty close. We’ve all three really had each other for a long time,” Jennifer  added.

Jamie Neal…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 24, 2013 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Mother Keeps Up the Search for Daughter Missing in Mexico

As months turn into years, ‘Maria’ still holds out hope that her daughter Jessica Solis Lozano is alive.

“I’m not going to give up,” Maria said. “I hope that she's still alive."

What keeps her going is Jessica’s two young children. Both are left to wonder if their mother will ever come home.

"Her kids ask for her every day."

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 7, 2013 at 10:19pm — No Comments

Bodies Found in Mexico May Be Those of Missing Band

Bodies found dumped in a well in northeastern Mexico may be those of the 18 musicians and staff of a band that went missing after a Thursday night performance, authorities said. The members of Kombo Kolombia were reported missing Friday by family members who said they lost contact with the group after it performed at a bar…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 7, 2013 at 10:15pm — No Comments

Mexico: Officials Launch Protocol to Investigate More Than 20,800 Missing Persons

The Office of Victims of Mexico has launched protocols to try to find the more than 20,800 persons who have disappeared in the past six years nationwide, according to Patricia Bugarín, deputy prosecutor for missing persons in the Office of Victims (Províctima). The protocols, which have been presented and accepted in 30 of 32 states, include methods for collecting information provided by…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 7, 2013 at 10:07pm — No Comments

Rumors Complicate Police Search for Sarai Sierra's Killer

Read the full story on The Daily Beast

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 7, 2013 at 9:57pm — No Comments

Sarai Sierra's Story Ends Sadly; Please Share Prayers & Positive Energy -- Not Idiotic Theories or Judgments -- With The Family

Ever since my brother's disappearance in 2009 -- and throughout the ordeals of every family in the Missing Americans Project -- I have endured and tried to deal in a civilized fashion with the Internet Trolls who think (or think they think) they know or understand something about what happened to the missing loved one. YOU KNOW NOTHING apart from the shreds the media have been able to obtain -- and yet you feel entitled to cast your idoitic theories and judgments out to the…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 3, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments

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