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Mom of Montrealer Missing in Peru for 2 Months Is Not Giving Up

Alisa Clamen is back in Montreal, after spending the last two months abroad, and she's ramping up search and rescue efforts to find her missing son, Jesse Galganov.

She's been on the ground in Peru, working with local officials and search teams there. She also enlisted the help of an Israeli company the…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on December 1, 2017 at 12:55pm — No Comments

Bodies of Houston Family Missing Since January Found in Mexico

The bodies of a Houston man, his wife and son who went missing in January during a trip to Mexico are back in Houston.

The family of Juan and Maria Vargas told Eyewitness News that Mexican officials notified them that their bodies were found in September alongside that of 18-year-old Daniel Vargas.

Annel Ochoa, who said her parents and brother went to Mexico for a funeral, said, "From what I was told, it was one suspect's birthday, and when…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on December 1, 2017 at 12:13pm — No Comments

English-Speaking Man Living on Streets of Matamoros, MX

The gentleman in this picture -- who speaks only English and goes by the name David -- is living on the streets of Matamoros, MX. Please share, in the hope that someone will recognize him.…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on November 13, 2017 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Businessman Donates $100 K to Support Search for Montrealer Missing in Peru

Prominent businessman Mitch Garber has joined those helping to search for missing a Montrealer who’s been missing in Peru since late September.  In a Facebook post, Garber said he’s donated $100,000 to help fund the continued search for 22-year-old Jesse Galganov. Galganov was last seen on Sept. 28, checking out of a hostel in the Peruvian town of Huaraz.



Added by Jeff Dunsavage on October 31, 2017 at 1:18pm — No Comments

Twin Sisters Swept Away by a "Rogue Wave" in Mexico

Twin sisters were killed in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, while walking on the beach. Barbara Jo (Sova) Thomas of McKinney, TX and Beverly Ann (Sova) Skripsky of Scottsdale, AZ, both 67, were hit by a rogue wave that carried them out to sea. They both drowned.

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on October 27, 2017 at 3:05pm — No Comments

Apple & Amazon Cooperating in Search for Canadian Missing in Peru

A Canadian woman who is searching for her missing son in Peru says Amazon and Apple have released information requested by Peruvian police trying to find the 22-year-old.

Alisa Clamen, a Montreal resident, says it is hoped the information from Jesse Galganov's Kindle and iPhone will lead police to the missing man. Clamen said Galganov left for a backpacking trip through South America and Southeast Asia last month.…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on October 27, 2017 at 2:55pm — No Comments

Montreal Mom Seeks Son Missing in Peru

Alisa Clamen is heading to Lima, Peru to look for her son, Jesse Galganov, whom she says hasn’t gotten in touch for three weeks. Galganov, 22, was on the first leg of an eight-month trip around South American and south-east Asia, planning to later return to start medical school in Philadelphia.…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on October 18, 2017 at 10:00pm — No Comments

23-Year-Old Australian Missing in Guatemala Since January

Michael Eather went tubing with a friend in the early hours of Monday, January 23. Their tube capsized in fast-flowing rapids on the Rio Cahabon and the two were swept apart.

While his friend was found the following day wandering around confused in the jungle, no-one has seen the 23-year-old since.

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on August 17, 2017 at 2:07pm — No Comments

Natalee Holloway's Father Claims New Evidence in Daughter's Disappearance

Natalee Holloway disappeared in 2005 during a senior class trip to the island nation. Her body was never found, but her family believes that Dutchman Joran van der Sloot—who is serving time in a Peruvian prison for murdering a woman in 2010 in an unrelated case—is behind Holloway’s disappearance.

In the new “The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway,” set to premiere on Aug. 19, the viewers will follow Dave Holloway as he attempts to figure out what happened to his…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on July 25, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

Updates on Missing Sikh Pilgrims

Below are several more articles about the 8 missing Sikh pilgrims (my apologies - I earlier reported the number missing as 6):

(July 13) 

(July 12) …

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on July 23, 2017 at 8:10am — No Comments

Update: U.S. Medical Student, Missing in Peru, Found Dead

24-year-old medical student, Seth Alexander Thomas from the United States, was found deceased on June 25, 2017, in the Cusco Department of Peru. Seth had begun a hike Friday afternoon on June 23, 2017, to Cerro Picol, San Jerónimo, in Cusco at about two in the afternoon. He did not return at sunset as planned and a search began early Saturday morning. Apparently, Mr. Thomas fell from a ledge while hiking resulting in injuries which caused his death. …


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on July 20, 2017 at 8:08pm — No Comments

6 Sikh Pilgrims, Including 2 U.S. Citizens, Missing in Uttarakhand, India

Two U.S. citizens -- Harkewal Singh and Premjit Singh -- are among the six Sikh pilgrims reported missing in Uttarakhand, India.

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on July 20, 2017 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Medical Student from U.S. reported missing in Cusco Peru

On June 23, 2017, 24 year-old second year U.S. medical student Seth Alexander Thomas began a hike from Lara, Peru in Cusco district to the Cerro Pico. He left the medical clinic where he was working in Lara at approximately 2:00 PM Friday afternoon by himself. He did take some provisions and had a jacket. Seth is considered to be in excellent physical condition and is an experienced hiker. He is 5’11″, 200 pounds. He has brown eyes and brown hair.…


Added by Nicholas Crowder on June 25, 2017 at 12:00am — No Comments

Most Dangerous Beaches in Costa Rica

A must read if you are planning to visit Costa Rica!

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on May 7, 2017 at 5:11pm — No Comments

Belize Double Murder: 2 Suspects Arrested

Francesca Matus had been threatened in the days before her strangulation murder in a Belize sugar cane field.

And she was scared.

Cops say two suspects are now in custody but investigators are certain more people were involved in the deaths of Matus, 52, and her boyfriend, former Marine Drew DeVoursney, 36.

The duo disappeared a week ago Tuesday after spending the evening at Scotty’s Crocodile Cove bar - a popular ex-pat hangout. Their bodies were found Monday afternoon,…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on May 3, 2017 at 8:02pm — No Comments

Body of Missing U.S. Businessman Found in Ecuador

Ecuadorean officials say they've found the body of a U.S. businessmen buried beneath a house.

The prosecutor's office says a woman under investigation in the January disappearance of Jonathan Charles Gilchrist led them to the body of the 65-year-old, which was found beneath concrete about 6 feet (2 meters) deep at a house in the city of Guayaquil.…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on May 1, 2017 at 8:33pm — No Comments

Vehicle of Toronto Woman, Missing in Belize, Found Abandoned North of Corozal

The search for a Toronto woman and her American boyfriend who went missing in Belize nearly a week ago, finally yielded a clue after her vehicle was found abandoned in a cane field near the village of Paraiso, north of the town of Corozal.

Francesca Matus, 52, and …


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on May 1, 2017 at 8:22pm — No Comments

Immigrants-Rights Activist Hugo Castro Alive in Mexico City

Immigrant rights activist Hugo Castro was reported alive in Mexico City Tuesday, five days after he took to Facebook Live to say he feared for his safety, then went missing.

Castro's co-workers at the non-profit Border Angels said Castro had been visited by his partner, who confirmed that the 45-year-old was well, though receiving medical attention before…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on May 1, 2017 at 8:15pm — No Comments

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