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An American teenager who flew to Schiphol, Netherlands, on April 1 without telling her parents and sparked a major police hunt has been found safe and well in Zwolle. The police said tips from the public "had helped" in the hunt for Maggie Lee, who is thought to have had internet contact with someone in The Hague.…
Added by Jeff Dunsavage on April 30, 2017 at 9:12pm — No Comments
When activist Hugo Castro left his home in San Diego for Tijuana, it was just the most recent of his forays to help struggling immigrants in Mexico. He said he intended to join a caravan escorting Central American migrants on the dangerous passage north to the U.S. border.
But more than a week after leaving home — and after he posted an frantic Facebook video saying he had been threatened by unidentified…Continue
Added by Jeff Dunsavage on April 30, 2017 at 9:00pm — No Comments
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.…Continue
Added by Jeff Dunsavage on April 30, 2017 at 7:45pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Lisa Schwark Mullineaux on April 26, 2017 at 9:43pm — No Comments
Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 23, 2017 at 9:33pm — No Comments
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.Continue
Added by Jeff Dunsavage on January 3, 2017 at 8:49pm — No Comments
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…
Added by Jeff Dunsavage on December 20, 2016 at 9:00pm — No Comments
Added by Jeff Dunsavage on December 20, 2016 at 8:55pm — No Comments
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.Continue
Added by Jeff Dunsavage on November 2, 2016 at 8:28pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Jeff Dunsavage on November 2, 2016 at 8:20pm — No Comments
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.
Added by Jeff Dunsavage on September 28, 2016 at 9:47pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Jeff Dunsavage on August 29, 2016 at 8:07pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Jeff Dunsavage on July 7, 2016 at 10:57pm — No Comments
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.
Please take a moment to…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 14, 2016 at 8:55pm — No Comments
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.
Added by Jeff Dunsavage on May 25, 2016 at 9:47pm — No Comments
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,…Continue
Added by Jeff Dunsavage on May 23, 2016 at 8:01pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Jeff Dunsavage on May 23, 2016 at 7:43pm — No Comments
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,…Continue