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May 2010 Blog Posts (21)

Natalee Holloway's Mom Starts Missing-Persons Resource Center

Beth Holloway has created the Natalee Holloway Resource Center, named for her daughter who went missing during a high school graduation trip to Aruba, according to this Associated Press article. The center will be based at the National Museum of Crime & Punishment in downtown Washington. The nonprofit…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on May 28, 2010 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Mexico Backs U.S. Border Troops Plan -- As Long as No Mexicans Are Arrested

Mexico does not object to U.S. plans to station troops along the border between the two nations, as long as the soldiers do not arrest Mexicans trying to get into the United States, President Felipe Calderon said on Thursday. U.S. President Barack Obama, reacting to drug violence in northern Mexico, said Tuesday he would send 1,200 more National Guard troops and ask for an additional $500 million to secure the almost 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border.…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on May 27, 2010 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Increased Slave Trade in Costa Rica

Costa Rican authorities detected 50 cases of slavery and sexual and work exploitation of foreigners who are brought here by networks of person traffic, according to this Prensa Latina article. The National Coalition Against Illegal Traffic of Migrants and Traffic of Persons says the number of victims is 60% higher than in the same period of 2009.

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on May 27, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

NASA's New Satellite System Promises to Find Missing Boaters & Hikers in Seconds

My heart leapt when I saw this article, sent to me by my brother, Ed Dunsavage. The subject field in Ed's e-mail said, "I wish we'd had this a year ago."

As wonderful an advance as this NASA system is, it would not have helped us find Joe because Joe did not have a personal locator beacon…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on May 26, 2010 at 10:29pm — No Comments

Go Figure: Cruise Lines Plan to Keep Stopping in Jamaica, Despite Unrest, Travel Warnings

The Caribbean's biggest cruise lines including Carnival and Royal Caribbean say they plan to go ahead with calls in Jamaica this week despite growing unrest in the country's…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on May 25, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

BBC: Jamaica Drug Raid Toll Reaches 27

At least 27 people, almost all civilians, have died in gun battles in Jamaica, police have said, as the hunt continues for a suspected drug lord, the BBC reports. A state of emergency has been in place in parts of Kingston since Friday, when several police stations were attacked. The fighting has intermittently blocked the road to Kingston's airport and forced some flights to be cancelled. The U.S.…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on May 25, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Obama to Send 1,200 Guard Troops to Mexico Border

The New York Times reports that President Obama will send up to 1,200 National Guard troops to the Southwest border and increase spending on law enforcement, yielding to demands from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers there that border security be tightened. Calls to send troops to the border mounted after the shooting death of a rancher in southern Arizona on March 27; the police suspect the rancher was killed by…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on May 25, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Arpaio Says No to Mexico Travel. How About Honduras?

A blog post in ArizonaCentral.com: "Arpaio Says No to Mexico Travel. How About Honduras?"

While I know the suggestion is made with tongue firmly planted in cheek as a reference to a junket the sheriff's team apparently made to Roatan on the Arizona taxpayer's dime, Honduras IS being heavily promoted as a tourism destination and precious little media attention is being paid to the tourists and expats (as well as…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on May 25, 2010 at 10:50am — No Comments

Reuters: Yemeni tribesmen kidnap U.S. couple near Sanaa

Armed Yemeni tribesmen kidnapped two U.S. tourists, a husband and wife, near the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Monday and were demanding the release of a jailed relative, Yemeni security officials said.… Continue

Added by Steven L. Lubetkin on May 25, 2010 at 7:38am — No Comments

Breaking News Tuesday: North Jersey family fears missing man was carjacked

Story reported in Philadelphia Inquirer today.Police and family members were searching Monday for a North Jersey man

whose burned-out car was found in Camden County early Saturday, four

hours after he arrived at an Atlantic City casino with his family.
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Added by Steven L. Lubetkin on May 25, 2010 at 6:45am — 2 Comments

Help Find Tristan Ananda Perry, Apparently Abducted in Thailand

A Facebook group has been created to raise awareness of the case of Tristan Ananda Perry, the son of a British man and a Thai woman who allegedly has been abducted by his mother's family. The Missing Americans Project does not have many resources in Asia, but we hope our growing network will help the Perry's find someone who is willing and able to help them.

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on May 22, 2010 at 2:34pm — No Comments

Ben Vaughn - Assaulted in Costa Rica - Follow His Progress, Learn How to Help

Check the Friends of Ben Vaugh blog for updates and ways to help.

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on May 21, 2010 at 11:07am — No Comments

American Attacked in Costa Rica - Serious Head Injuries - Family Seeks Financial Help

I don't know anything more about this case, will look into it. A Facebook group has been created for anyone who wants to know more and help. If you know anything about this case, please post your information as a comment on this post. Thanks.

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on May 20, 2010 at 2:51pm — 1 Comment

From Interpol: Children Missing From Honduras

I don't know how I managed not to stumble upon this page earlier. It's a page (actually, 11 pages) on the…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on May 17, 2010 at 2:27pm — No Comments

2 Brothers Missing at Sea Between Roatan & Belize

Here is the link to the story in the Amandala newspaper website. Please read it and, if you can be of assistance, contact the family at the phone numbers provided in the article.

http://www.amandala.com.bz/index.php?id=9840

I will try to keep everyone posted.

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on May 15, 2010 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

AP Story: Still No Sign of McStay Family

Mexican investigators have ended a search in a tiny tourist town for a California family, marking another dead end in an investigation that began three months ago when the family disappeared. Baja California state police said Thursday that seven investigators searched over three days for Joseph and Summer McStay and their two young boys after an FBI alert of a possible sighting in El Rosario, 200 miles south of the border. The McStays were last heard from Feb. 4. They left their dogs hungry…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on May 14, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Security In Latin America

Although most people enjoy great vacations to Central America, there is an underlying danger that people must be made aware of. Our focus is on security. There are cases of tourist missing in our country ( Costa Rica ) and surrounding countries, however, there are also many more cases of expats being targeted for robbery, extortion, rape, even murder. In the past few years we have known more than 50 cases in Costa Rica alone that involved a great deal of violence, some resulting in death.… Continue

Added by Stasi Ballano on May 12, 2010 at 1:49pm — 1 Comment

What the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica Has to Say About Safety There

A-freakin'-mazing! This is the U.S. Embassy's page about safety in Costa Rica. Not a mention of the disappearances and murders over the past year. Here's the kind of thing the Embassy warns about:

  • A tire of a rental car went flat, and people who stopped to "help change the tire" stole U.S. passports, bags, cash, and camera.
  • A hotel room was broken into during the day, and items the tourist had hidden were…
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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on May 12, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

Two More Men Disappear From Roatan

I didn't know about this when I put up my earlier post:

"Luca Pagliaro: Dive master from Roatan missing!! who has seen him??

Luca, an italian native, has disappeared in Roatan (Honduras) last week, probably on 16th March 2010, with Mauriliuo Mirabella, owner of a diveshop who has also disapperead.

Everybody who has news about him that are useful to find him are invited to contact me and my mother without hesitation.

Please let me know also when is the…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on May 10, 2010 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

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