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June 2010 Blog Posts (25)

FBI: 10-12 "Persons of Interest" in Aubrey Sacco's Disappearance

The FBI says there are 10 to 12 "persons of interest" in the disappearance of Aubrey Sacco, who has been missing in Nepal since April, her family said in this article on ABC 7 News.

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 29, 2010 at 4:06pm — No Comments

FBI Joins Hunt for American Missing in Nepal

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is helping the U.S. State Department in the search for a Colorado woman who disappeared while trekking through Nepal, according to this Associated Press article. It is great to see the U.S. government taking an active interest in a missing persons case for a change. The question in my mind is, why is this case the anomaly? What does it take to get State…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 28, 2010 at 10:00am — 14 Comments

Recovery of the Dead in Sundance Plane Crash

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 24, 2010 at 3:23pm — No Comments

U.S. Predator Drones to Patrol U.S./Mexico Border

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But will they be armed? How will they respond to what they detect? Is this a show or real action?

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 24, 2010 at 11:11am — No Comments

Mexican Gangs Have Permanent Lookout Posts in Arizona

Mexican drug cartels have set up shop on American soil, maintaining lookout bases in strategic locations in the hills of southern Arizona from which their scouts can monitor every move made by law enforcement officials, according to federal agents in this Fox News article.

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 22, 2010 at 4:12pm — No Comments

Sundance Resources Chairman, CEO Missing in Congo

Sundance Resources says there is still no sign of the aircraft carrying 6 of its executives that disappeared en route to the Republic of Congo, according to this article in The Wall Street Journal.

Related article: Search continues for missing mining… Continue

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 21, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Arizona Wildlife Park Closed to Americans Due to Violence From Mexico

Part of the Arizona-Mexico border has become so ungovernable that 3,500 acres of U.S. soil have been closed to U.S. citizens due to increased violence at the border, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says. According to Fox News, the closed-off area includes part of the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge The refuge had been adversely affected by the increase in drug…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 16, 2010 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Van der Sloot's Peruvian Lawyer, Fearing for His Life, Quits

Maximo Altez, Joran van der Sloot's Peruvian attorney, says that since taking the case he has received numerous calls and e-mails from angry citizens, according to CNN. "I've received threats, many threatening e-mails," Altez, 54, said in announcing his decision not to represent the Dutchman who is accused of killing 22-year-old Stephany Flores and has been connected to the disappearance of Natalee Holloway five…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 16, 2010 at 3:34pm — No Comments

Mexico Oil Firm Sees Cartels Behind Abductions

Workers at several oil and gas installations belonging to state-run Petróleos Mexicanos have been abducted by presumed members of drug cartels in the past few weeks, company officials told the Wall Street Journal.

"Black-market smuggling of oil and gas products in Mexico is a big business," the WSJ article says. "Analysts say Pemex loses close to $1 billion…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 14, 2010 at 10:32am — No Comments

Australian Woman Missing in Ecuador

The family of a Perth woman missing in South America is holding out hope she will be found alive, according to this ABC News article. Millie Johnston, 25, was on a waterfall tour six days ago when the buggy she was in ran off the road in the mountainous region of Banos in Ecuador. Authorities have found the body of a British man who was also in the buggy. Ms Johnston's parents, who live in the Perth suburb…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 14, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Van der Sloot Charged With "Aggravated Murder"

Read CNN article Not sure what that means in terms of sentencing if he's found guilty. Apparently "aggravated robbery" carries a heavier maximum sentence than homicide. Maybe "aggravated homicide" evens things up. We'll see. Van der Sloot also says he knows where Natalee's body is but will only talk with Aruban officials. Guess he's looking to call in some favors on behalf of his late…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 11, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Van der Sloot Talking to Peru Authorities About Natalee...

According to Greta Van Susteren, Joran van der Sloot is talking to Peru authorities about Natalee Holloway and offering to reveal where her body is -- presumably with some kind of deal in mind. This story just keeps getting worse and worse. I feel so bad for the families of Natalee and Stephany.

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 11, 2010 at 10:38am — No Comments

Abby Sunderland -- Teen Sailor -- Found and Is Safe

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 11, 2010 at 9:37am — No Comments

URGENT: Teen Sailor Missing in Indian Ocean

16-year-old Abby Sunderland's family is scrambling to persuade any government with aircraft in the between Madagascar and Australia to help find her, CNN says. Distress signals were heard Thursday morning, but there has been no contact since. Read full story.

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 10, 2010 at 4:42pm — No Comments

Van der Sloot Confesses: "The Girl Intruded into My Private Life"

An officer in Peru's national police criminal investigation unit has confirmed that Joran van der Sloot confessed to the May 30 killing of university student Stephany Flores Ramirez, according to this article in the Christian Science Monitor. Flores apparently was reading details of Natalee Holloway's disappearance on Joran's laptop when he returned to the hotel… Continue

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 8, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Organization Demands Honduras President Act on Journalist Murders

The Board of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, meeting in Düsseldorf, Germany, on 7 June 2010, called on the President of Honduras, Porfirio Lobo, to decisively act to resolve the murders of journalists in the country. Six journalists have been killed in Honduras in just ovfer a month, making the small Central American country one of the…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 8, 2010 at 4:00am — No Comments

Would More U.S. Interest in Holloway Case Have Prevented Flores' Murder?

Call me obsessive. I don't care. Five years ago, the Natalee Holloway disappearance was, in my mind, just another media feeding frenzy masquerading as journalism. Now I ask: for all the attention the case got, how much interest did the U.S. government take in the plight of a missing (likely murdered) U.S. citizen and her family?

Five years since, and families of the missing are still left on their own to invent the wheel when a loved one disappears outside their country's borders. It…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 7, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Van der Sloot Faces the Music in Peru

Looking considerably less cool than he did in Aruba or when he was caught on videotape bragging about disposing of Natalee Holloway's body, Joran van der Sloot was paraded before an auditorium full of reporters, according to this article in the San Francisco Chronicle.

"Moist-eyed and looking stunned... and wearing a green bulletproof vest, his hands cuffed behind him, the 22-year-old Dutchman…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 6, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

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