This story goes back to 2008 (I would love to know if there are similar, more recent examples) and is a great demonstration of how timely, thoughtful use of our increasingly mobile social media can prevent a disappearance or, at the very least, leave a trail for investigators to follow. James Buck, a graduate student from the University of California-Berkeley, was in Mahalla, Egypt, covering an anti-government protest when he and…
I just spent 2 hours on the phone with the IRS and THEY don't know how I am supposed to file our income taxes...they will get back with me. Is anyone else having this problem, since the missing can not sign their return?
People go missing in Thailand on a regular basis. More often than not, it seems they have simply neglected to stay in touch and are unaware that people back home are worried about them and usually turn up unharmed. If your loved one seems to have vanished into thin air and all attempts to contact or trace them have failed, you can post a missing person announcement for free on this site.
Over the frustrating past 10 months, we have heard some version of that question over and over from the elected and appointed officials who are paid to lead us at home and look after our interests abroad. When we call the U.S. embassies in the countries where our loved ones have gone missing, we vaguely expect (having watched too much TV) that someone in a wood-paneled office at the far end of the phone line is taking down a dark blue binder with… Continue
You can follow the project, which is now tweeting as @MissingAmerican (Note: : no "s" at the end). If you have trouble finding us on Twitter, please send me a note through the Missing Americans Project to let me know. For some reason the account has been a bit temperamental.
It is the scene that all families hope they never have to live through. Three women; namely Jeanette Alicea, Ivette Alicea and Olga Feliciano sit desperately hopeful by the telephone waiting for a call that with any luck will not come too late. They are the mother, wife and grandmother, respectively, of Richard Alicea, who together with Edwin Pritchard, left on a fishing trip in Richard’s boat (17' Key… Continue
Chris Rowley at Volunteer Image Analysts for Search and Rescue (VIASAR) is taking this picture very seriously, and so is Richard Bowie at Down East Emergency Medicine Institute (DEEMI). Based on the coordinates provided by the family, this picture could be of any on of five cays in the area, which could mean the Coast Guard may have visited the wrong island.
I am trying to get the contact info of the pilot of the plane so Chris can… Continue
I'm still trying to learn more about this one and will post more as I get more information. Please follow this link and watch the news clip - it's the clearest version of the photos believed to show the two missing men and includes the quotes from the pilot of the plane the picture was taken from:
The Missing Americans Project crossed the 100-members mark this weekend - a bittersweet accomplishment. So much of our new membership and visits have come from Missouri, the home state of Leo Finley, who disappeared in Roatan, Honduras, Christmas morning. I feel a special connection with the Finleys, as my brother Joe disappeared from Roatan under similar circumstances on Mother's Day 2009.
It's sad to know that our organization grows and will continue to grow primarily through… Continue
John Joseph Scibeck died while staying at a little villa in Playa Potrero, not far from Tamarindo, where Michael Dixon, Craig Snell, and Brendan Dobbins disappeared. He was found face up on the side of a desolate road, less than a mile from the beaches of Playa Potrero and had been asphyxiated. Costa Rica police say they are investigating the death as a homicide.…
23 year old American Kyle Mostello Belanger has been reported missing since last May and believed to have been kidnapped and is being held against his will for ransom in Juarez Mexico. The information has been forwarded to the Mexican Government and to the FBI and other U.S. agencies with no apparent follow-up investigations much less locating arresting and punishing his perpetrators.
The first thing Leo Finley's friend, Lori Young, asked me was, "Do you ever find anyone alive?"
Man! My first thought was: "My God! She thinks we're a bunch of professionals doing this!"
I had to answer her honestly, that in our extensive experience of less than a year, we've had few, if any, happy endings. There were the girls in Ecuador, but we weren't really involved in that;… Continue
I am sitting here after a long day or working thinking to myself in frustration simply... Why? Typically I have always been a positive and optimistic person and never thought of asking myself that question since I my belief is strong in a thought that everyone has the ability to attempt a "rebuild" of their life when bad things occur... However, sitting through my first Christmas not only without my father to call or write to but having the reason I can't do those things not be because of… Continue