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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

U.S. Representative Calls on U.S., Mexico to Take Action to Stop Violence in Tamaulipas

U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela on Friday released a statement asking U.S. and Mexican authorities to bring an end to the violence in Tamaulipas.

“I don’t understand what it is going to take for the administrations in Mexico City and Washington, D.C., to take action to address the violence in Tamaulipas. More killings? More kidnappings? More missing Americans?” the congressman wrote. “I ask both administrations to move swiftly to create the same special secure economic zones on the…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 8, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Two Veterans Still Missing after Trip to Matamoros, MX

Ernesto and Jesus Garcia were reported missing in Mexico after they did not return home on Monday. The brothers from Brownsville were visiting their grandmother.

Family said they were staying in the south-west side of the city, about 20 minutes south of Brownsville Texas. The family said this was a trip the brothers made often. Every few months, they would visit their family in Matamoros and check-in on their grandmother. This trip was different because the two decided to drive home…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 8, 2015 at 1:22pm — No Comments

MAP Featured in Story About Man Missing in Matamoros

Watch the story and please keep this man's family in your thoughts. 

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on January 27, 2015 at 11:19pm — No Comments

Teen Host of Honduran TV Show Found Safe

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on January 19, 2015 at 5:33pm — No Comments

2 Cruise Ship Passengers Missing in Jamaica

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on January 19, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Missing American Yoga Instructor Found Dead in Mexico

Searchers on Friday found the body of an American man who had been missing in the rugged mountains in central Mexico since going on a hike four days ago. Carlos Mandujano, the civil defense coordinator for Morelos state, said a search team found the lifeless body of Hari Simran Singh Khalsa, 25. He was found in one of the narrow gorges or ravines that crisscross the rugged mountains in the colonial town of Tepoztlan, not…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on January 4, 2015 at 9:20pm — No Comments

Teen Host of Honduran TV Show Missing

The teenage host of a show on the Honduran Catholic television channel Suyapa TV is missing, executives said today. Yoselyn Paola Paz disappeared on Friday, the director of one of the station's news shows, Carlos Ramos, said.

"As of now, we are dealing with a disappearance, we cannot talk about a kidnapping because there has not been any contact from anyone," Ramos told Tegucigalpa's HRN radio. The 18-year-old Paz…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on January 4, 2015 at 4:11pm — No Comments

"Final" Attempt to Find Dutch Women Missing in Panama

Panama authorities have said they will make one final attempt to find the remains of Lisanne Froon and Kris Kremers. At the request of the missing girls’ families, investigators will search the jungle again between January 12th and 16th. The investigators include a forensic anthropologist, a DNA specialist, a criminologist and four dogs, among others.…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on January 4, 2015 at 4:03pm — No Comments

Virginia Yoga Teacher Missing in Mexico

A Northern Virginia yoga teacher and world traveler has been missing since Dec. 30, when he left for a hike in the Tepozteco Mountains in Mexico. Hari Simran and his wife Emily Smith had been attending a four-day yoga retreat called "Sat Nam Fest" near Tepoztlan, about 30 miles south of Mexico City.…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on January 1, 2015 at 11:34pm — No Comments


It is with great sadness that I inform you that Daniel Frederick Wauhkonen has been located


Deceased April 01,2004

Gaudalajara Mexico


Daniel went by the name      Juan Daniel Orozco Ivanoff


On Sunday November 23, 2014 I was in contact with people in Mexico that Daniel called family and they called him brother.


After a very emotional phone call they emailed me pictures and I can verify that it is Daniel.




Added by Walter Andrew Wauhkonen on December 8, 2014 at 1:07am — No Comments

Mexico’s Guerrero Student Massacre: What We Know A Month Later

One month ago, 43 students disappeared from the town of Iguala in Mexico’s Pacific state of Guerrero. The search for the youths exposed an infernal landscape: the flesh of the southern Mexican countryside is clogged with corpses in mass clandestine graves. None has yet yielded the missing. Read full article

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on November 1, 2014 at 10:42pm — No Comments

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