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Michael McStay family

I just saw where this man and his family are missing. Their car was on the U.S. border side in California. They received coverage on Fox.

Added by Sherry Rush on March 1, 2010 at 7:05am — No Comments

How Twitter May Have Kept a Student Journalist From Disappearing

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…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 13, 2010 at 5:30am — No Comments

Are All Missing Persons Created Equal?

16-year-old Amy Vargas, who disappeared in Cancun Jan. 30, has been found safe and returned to her family, according to the FBI. Apparently the teenager left the hotel where she was staying…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 10, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments


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?

Added by Cynthia Scheepstra on February 8, 2010 at 7:13pm — 1 Comment

Asking The Right Questions (Part 1): How Many Missing?

A reporter recently asked me two questions about the material I've been posting, and they were exactly the right questions:

* What do you find suspicious about these disappearances?

* You talk about 8 men missing in the region in 10 months -- how many disappeared in the prior 10 months?

Here is an excellent example of a journalist doing his job correctly -- holding me accountable for my assertions and seeking hard facts and data.

I'll begin with the second… Continue

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on January 30, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

A Resource for Anyone Who Has Lost Someone in Thailand

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.

You should… Continue

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on January 27, 2010 at 8:35pm — No Comments

Send Lawyers, Guns, and Money

"What do you want us to do?"

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

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on January 26, 2010 at 12:35am — 6 Comments

The Missing Americans Project Is Now on Twitter

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.

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on January 25, 2010 at 3:13pm — No Comments

Alicea's and Pritchard's Disappearance: A Family Member's Timeline

Two US Men Disappeared In Bahamian Territory

By Benito Torres

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

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on January 22, 2010 at 4:07pm — 2 Comments

Zeroing in on the S.O.S. Island

Image provided by Chris Rowley at VIASAR

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on January 21, 2010 at 2:39pm — No Comments

VIASAR Takes This Picture Seriously

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

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on January 21, 2010 at 11:04am — No Comments

Missing Since Before Christmas - Believed Photographed on an Island

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:

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on January 21, 2010 at 1:12am — No Comments

100+ Members in 4 Months - Now What?

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

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on January 18, 2010 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Massachusetts Man Murdered in Costa Rica

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.…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on January 15, 2010 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Mexico Missing: Link to Organ Trafficking

This article is the first I've seen to allude to what I've suspected for some time about these disappearances in Central America and the Caribbean. Please read it.

An excerpt:

"A confidential source told US and Mexican authorities that he saw women's bodies lying on the floor. He also was present when dead men were hauled inside the building… Continue

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on January 13, 2010 at 11:51am — 5 Comments

Search Ends for Leo Finley, Missing From Roatan, Honduras

A search for Leo Finley, missing at sea near Roatan, Honduras, has been called off, according to this article in the Columbia Daily Tribune.

The article said the search involved three U.S. Blackhawk helicopters and Honduran naval vessels.

“The local Honduran authorities are still keeping an eye out for anything… Continue

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on January 8, 2010 at 12:00am — No Comments

The US Government will help you if you are a Congressman!

I saw this on website

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.

U.S. law enforcement authorities helped… Continue

Added by Cynthia Scheepstra on January 5, 2010 at 8:50pm — 1 Comment

Reasons for Hope

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

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on December 31, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

can use the same drift analysis from joes case, were the winds the same? same type boat? if the same wondering if hes in honduras by day 2 richard

can use the same drift analysis from joes case, were the winds the same?

same type boat?

if the same wondering if hes in honduras by day 2

richard Continue

Added by Richard Bowie on December 30, 2009 at 7:37pm — 1 Comment

How much more do we need to endure and how many more need to go through this blind?

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

Added by Joseph Dunsavage Jr on December 30, 2009 at 5:57pm — 1 Comment

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