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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

More Missing in Matamoros (It Ought to Be a Song Title - a Sad One)

More than a year ago, a Brownsville, Texas, mother’s sons went missing in Matamoros, Mexico.

Ernesto and Jesus Garcia crossed the Gateway International Bridge to visit their grandmother. Maria Garcia said that was the last time she saw her boys.

Garcia can recall the desperate call from one of her sons. “He called me on Sunday in the morning. He told me to pray for him, but I don’t know in what situation he was in over there,” she said.

Garcia said her sons are veterans.…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on April 9, 2016 at 1:42pm — No Comments

Terrifying ordeal; Happy Ending!!

In April 2014 my step-daughter left the US to go to Mexico to be with an abusive boyfriend.  There was nothing I could do to stop her, she is after all an adult and not my biological child.  I didn't realize she was gone (I was recovering from bilateral hip replacement) until August when I couldn't contact her for weeks and weeks.  I stopped by her place and ultimately called the police to do a "wellness check" on her.  This is when I learned that she had left with her two daughters ages 2…

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Added by Susan Evans on March 10, 2016 at 12:09pm — No Comments

A.M. Costa Rica: Agents Raid Lawyer's Office as Part of Missing U.S. Ex-Pat Case

A.M. Costa Rica reports:

Judicial investigators searched a lawyer's office in Ciudad Quesada Thursday, and this appears to be related with an 

effort to find a missing U.S. expat.

The Judicial Investigating Organization issued a brief statement Thursday afternoon. It said that agents entered and searched a lawyer's office in an investigation of false paperwork. The paperwork was related to the presentation to the Registro Nacional in June documents that…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on November 21, 2015 at 9:50am — No Comments

Missing American Expat Cuicocha Ecuador

On November 14th, 2015, U.S. citizen Jill Brown disappeared from outside her ranch in Cuicocha Ecuador. Apparently she was waiting for transportation at the time of her disappearance. Her approximate age is early 60's, and is 5'8 - 5'9. She is listed as African American and or possibly Cherokee. .

Police Contact Information:

Police contact: Santiago Ortiz: 0982414205 

Secondary Contact: Nicholas Crowder…

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Added by Nicholas Crowder on November 18, 2015 at 4:00am — 1 Comment

Sad Update to Disappearance of American Woman Last Seen on Spain's Camino de Santiago

A man accused of murdering American pilgrim Denise Thiem is thought to have lured the woman to his farm and ultimately her death by painting fake signs to misdirect those walking along the Camino de Santiago trail in Northern Spain.

Miguel Angel Muñoz Blas, a 39-year-old man was remanded into custody by a judge on Monday, and accused of the murder of 41-year-old Ms. Thiem from Arizona. Police beleive Muñoz…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on September 16, 2015 at 11:34pm — No Comments

North Carolina Student Missing in Another Costa Rica Riptide Incident

A junior at UNC Pembroke has been missing in Costa Rica since Tuesday, the University said. Deon D. Greene is studying abroad at The National University of Costa Rica in Heredia, Costa Rica. Heredia is just north of the Costa Rican capital San Jose. The University said it was contacted Sept. 7 regarding Greene’s disappearance. Greene went into the ocean and did not resurface.

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on September 10, 2015 at 11:51am — No Comments

Family of American Missing During Thai Dive Trip Looking for Answers

 Everything Joshua Devine's family has heard so far about his weekend disappearance from a dive boat in Thailand just seems wrong. Actions reported that night don't fit with the 36-year-old ex Army sergeant they know, and they question why the boat never stopped when he was reported missing. They are wondering if anyone searched for him at all.

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on August 1, 2015 at 11:32pm — No Comments

Former California Resident Missing In Costa Rica

It is suspected that Brian Lynn Hogue has gone missing as a result of…

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Added by Johnny Hogue on July 10, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

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

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