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June 2015 Blog Posts (6)

Arizona Resident Missing in Spain

A search is on in Spain for Denise Thiem, a Litchfield Park woman who is missing and hasn't been heard from in almost a month.

"She's always been smart, well traveled," Denise's brother, Cedric, who's in Spain searching for her, said. "This is all kind of a mystery. I think she wanted to go see what's out there and figure out what she wants to do."

Denise left her job in the Valley at a Petsmart a few months ago and started traveling. She kept in touch with Cedric until the…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 30, 2015 at 8:22pm — No Comments

A Happy Ending in Honduras

Aaron Rose, a young American on vacation with his family on the island of Roatan, Honduras, took a kayak off the island's West End yesterday to watch the sun set and was pulled out to sea. Today, he was rescued by U.S. Blackhawk helicopters from Joint Task Force Bravo in Soto Cano, Honduras. 

Aaron's story is of great personal significance to me because …

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 11, 2015 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Jaco Drownings Highlight Costa Rica Riptide Peril

Costa Rica is widely regarded as one of the safest travel destinations in Central America. It certainly doesn’t have the murder rate of, say, Honduras. There is at least one peril, however, for which the country is hard to rival: drownings.

Several recent drownings in separate incidents off Jaco, CR, underscore the treacherous riptides and the lack of life…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 10, 2015 at 8:55pm — No Comments

Update on Drowning of Richard Jean-Georges in Jaco, Costa Rica

WJAR's coverage of the death of Richard Jean-Georges, the Rhode Island police officer who drowned this week in a riptide off the beach of Jaco, Costa Rica. Includes an interview with the mother of Lynda Nield, another Rhode Islander who drowned off Jaco last year. Richard's drowning follows that of Sam Karadsheh, who drowned off Jaco last month and at least 8 others who have drowned in Costa Rica's riptides since Sam's death.

Please share widely -- these deaths were…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 10, 2015 at 5:38am — No Comments

After 3 Drownings in Less Than 10 Days, Another U.S. Tourist Pulled Out to Sea by Jaco, Costa Rica, Riptide

Less than a month after Texas resident Sam Karadsheh drowned off the beach at Jaco, Costa Rica -- pulled out to sea by one of Costa Rica's treacherous riptides -- a Rhode Island police officer has gone missing from the same beach. Mr. Karadsheh was at…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 9, 2015 at 7:46am — No Comments

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