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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

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

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