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Canadian and American Missing in Belize

An Ontario woman and her American boyfriend are still missing in Belize four days after their disappearance, friends of the couple told Global News. Francesca Matus, 52, and U.S. national Drew De Voursney, 36, were last seen driving home from a bar in the town of Corozal around 11 p.m. Tuesday night, according to their friend Nancy Rifenbark, who lives in Corozal.…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on April 30, 2017 at 7:45pm — No Comments

A little bit of everything!

Well, my siblings and I have a chance to get Tony's story out in the local paper.  Trace, would like to focus on how does a family get through something like this.  It's a chance to bring his picture to th he public, then I'll feel better knowing we tried something.  One sister said she'd do it.  One sister said, "Why can't you let it go"? Why are you stuck in the past?.  My other brother hasn't returned my phone call.  It's been 2 or more weeks.  I think I'm just going to do it alone if I…

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Added by Lisa Schwark Mullineaux on April 26, 2017 at 9:43pm — No Comments

I'm now a member of The Missing Americans Project

I took some time last night to look through most of the people who are missing.  It made my stomach hurt but I continued.  There are so many people.  Which means so many families that are suffering.  I noticed also that from the ones I seen they are just beginning their journey into diving into the unknown.  31 years gone, who would of thought, one quick trip to get a boat out of dry dock would be the last time you were seen.  When I looked at some of the listed…
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Added by Lisa Schwark Mullineaux on April 2, 2017 at 8:16am — 1 Comment

Americans Living Homeless in Mexico

Do you know any of these people?

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 23, 2017 at 9:33pm — No Comments

Death on the Hippie Trail

The scenic valleys of Kullu and Parvati -- known alternately as the “hash trail” or the “hummus trail”-- are not just a hippie haven. Since 1998, more than 20 foreigners have gone missing from the hills, and most disappearances remain unsolved. Tourist traffic continues despite Parvati Valley’s ominous nickname: the Valley of Death.

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on January 3, 2017 at 8:49pm — No Comments

Cody Dial Died From Falling Tree, His Father Reports

The remains of Cody Roman Dial, an Alaska adventurer who went missing in 2014, were positively identified after being found in Costa Rica this summer, according to his father. In an obituary published Sunday, the Dials wrote that Cody Roman, 27, was killed when a tree…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on December 20, 2016 at 9:00pm — No Comments

American Missing in Mazatlan, MX, Found Dead

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on December 20, 2016 at 8:55pm — No Comments

U.S. Citizen Living in Mazatlan, MX, Missing in Since Oct. 25

An American citizen who has lived in Mazatlán for the last 10 years is being sought by family members and friends after he disappeared on Tuesday October 25. O’Neil McGean, originally from Arizona according to a report by the Sinaloa website Café Negro, left his home about 9:00pm Tuesday to meet someone but did not return.

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on November 2, 2016 at 8:28pm — No Comments

Honduran Police Make Arrest in 2009 Murder of a Canadian in Roatan

Verna Martens has amassed a thick file folder of notes and documents and hounded government officials in Canada and Honduras with letters and phone calls since her son was shot and killed in 2009.

A few days ago, a consular official told her that police in the Central American country had a suspect in custody.

He and his wife, Krissy, had vacationed there the Christmas…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on November 2, 2016 at 8:20pm — No Comments

Reward Increased In Case of Missing Surfer Darryl Fornatora

The family of a missing surfer Darryl Fornatora is raising the reward to $25,000 in hopes of finding out what happened to him. Mr. Fornatora vanished during what was to have been a week-long surfing trip in Cabarete, Dominican Republic.

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on September 28, 2016 at 9:47pm — No Comments

Recent Cases Highlight Dangers to Tourists in Dominican Republic

A Florida tennis pro missing for months. An Oregon couple set up, jailed, and kept in the Third World country for 6 months.  Read full article.

Despite these and similar stories throughout the vacation "paradises" in the developing world,  The U.S. State Department of State still doesn't track or report on such incidents, despite the…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on August 29, 2016 at 8:07pm — No Comments

Please Help an American Father Bring His Daughter Home Safely From the Philippines

4-year-old Rachel Edwin was brought to the Philippines by her mother, over the objections of her father, Elisha Edwin, who feared the mother would not bring her daughter back to the U.S. Mr. Edwin's objections were ignored by the court, and now Rachel is in a remote and dangerous part of the Philippines. Since the mother has exceeded by months the court-mandated date for returning her daughter to the U.S., Mr. Edwin has been awarded full custody of Rachel and is doing everything h…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on July 7, 2016 at 10:57pm — No Comments

Jenny Chen & the Media's Hierarchy of Empathy

Anyone who has had a spouse, child, or sibling go missing abroad can tell you that the media are the tail that wags the government dog. Local authorities lack interest and resources to do much for a foreign family. If you can’t get mainstream-media play or go viral in social media, you are on your own.

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on July 4, 2016 at 8:16pm — 2 Comments

Progress Toward Finding Jenny Chen, Missing in Mexico; Financial Support Still Needed, Appreciated

Thanks in large part to assistance from volunteers on social media, Jonathan Reinhard reports that he is making progress in the search for his wife, Jenny Chen, who has been missing for more than 2 months in Mexico. Last seen accepting a ride from a Corona beer truck in Oaxaca, Mr. Reinhard has faced difficulties getting authorities and…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 14, 2016 at 8:55pm — No Comments

The Latest on the Search for Jenny Chen, Missing in Mexico

Evidence suggests that Jenny Chen, missing in Mexico for a month and a half, may have accepted a ride from a Corona truck in her effort to get to Cancun to meet with her husband, Jonathan Reinhard. The beer company, however, has been less than forthcoming in Mr. Reinhard's efforts to find out what ultimately happened to his wife.

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on May 25, 2016 at 9:47pm — No Comments

Authorities Warn About Mexico Carjackings

Law enforcement officials are warning people who are traveling to Mexico with their vehicles. A Reynosa, TX-based Facebook page recently posted a video showing an attempted carjacking on a busy street.

The video was posted late Thursday on ‘Reynosa Codigo Rojo’s’ Facebook page. It shows cars waiting at a stoplight, and then three men jumping out of a white car. The men approached a black four-door pickup in the next lane and attempted to open the doors. The traffic light turned green,…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on May 23, 2016 at 8:01pm — No Comments

Cody Dial's Passport Found Among Human Remains in Costa Rica as Documentary About Search for the Missing Man Airs

The passport belonging to Cody Roman Dial, a 27-year-old Alaska man who went missing in Costa Rica nearly two years ago, was found amongst human remains discovered in the Corcovado National Park on Friday, authorities in Costa Rica announced shortly before noon on Monday. Dial has been missing since July 22, 2014. The discovery of the remains came just two days before National Geographic was set to air a documentary about the young man’s disappearance.

Dial’s family has been informed…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on May 23, 2016 at 7:43pm — No Comments

Missing Abroad - Who Cares? Seattle Husband Meets Official Indifference as He Searches for Wife Missing in Mexico

Sound familiar? 

MAP member Jonathan Reinhard describes his contacts with the U.S. embassy in Mexico as “Completely frustrating. They’ve ignored me, promised to help and then not returned my phone calls.”

Many other MAP families will recognize Mr. Reinhard's frustration. As reported by the Seattle Times (because missing-abroad stories typically are only of interest to the victims' local media):

"Jenny Chen, a 26-year-old resident of Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood,…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on May 20, 2016 at 9:16pm — 1 Comment

Remains Found of German Tourist Missing in Costa Rica

A body discovered on a beach just outside Costa Rica’s Santa Rosa National Park in Guanacaste is believed to be a German tourist who had been missing since entering the park with friends on Monday, according to the Ministry of Public Security (MSP).

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on April 9, 2016 at 2:20pm — No Comments

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