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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.…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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.



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…


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…


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 …


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…


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…


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…


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

1 American, 6 Others, Missing in Philippines

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has launched a search and rescue mission for an American and 5 other people who have been missing since Saturday in waters near Barangay Maloh in Siaton, Negros Oriental.

PCG spokesperson Commander Arman Balilo identified the six missing persons as Elmer Sabroso, Roseldo Andid, Rey Benetes, Jovie Fundador, Cristina Andid, and Bradley Fugate, an American. They were on board a 28-foot pumpboat that sailed on Friday.…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 20, 2015 at 7:14pm — No Comments

Update: "Missing" Cruise Passengers in Jamaica Arrested

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 8, 2015 at 1:32pm — No Comments

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