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Man Confesses to Murdering U.S Scientist Suzanne Eaton in Crete

A 27-year-old man has confessed to killing US scientist Suzanne Eaton on the Greek island of Crete, a police spokesperson told CNN Monday (7/15). The local man had been detained by police for questioning, after …

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on July 15, 2019 at 8:56pm — No Comments

Interview With Wife of Derrick Keller, U.S. Navy Vet Being Held in Thailand

Below is an interview I recently conducted with Tanya Keller, wife of Derrick Keller, a U.S. citizen and Navy veteran who has spent nearly a year in a Thai prison. His crime? Performing in a promotional video for a company that turned out to be an international Ponzi scheme.

Please watch and share widely. This is not only important for getting the Kellers the help they need -- it also contains important information for anyone who travels as to how easy it is to get incarcerated abroad…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on July 14, 2019 at 10:00pm — No Comments

28 Canadians Have Died in Dominican Republic This Year

As the FBI probes deaths of American tourists in the Dominican Republic, Global News has learned 28 Canadians died there so far in 2019.

Data obtained by Global News from Global Affairs shows an average of 39 Canadians died each year in the Dominican Republic over the past decade. More recently, from 2015 to 2018, that average is higher: 47 death cases opened each year.…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on July 11, 2019 at 7:35pm — No Comments

Mother Begs for Answers after Son Dies in Dominican Republic

Melody Moore wants answers after her son died in the Dominican Republic. She feels there's a connection to the other deaths of American tourists in that country. 

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on July 11, 2019 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Suzanne Eaton, US Scientist, Found Killed in Crete WWII Bunker

Suzanne Eaton, who went missing more than a week ago after going on a run, died of suffocation, police confirmed to the BBC. They said they are investigating the case as a criminal act.

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on July 10, 2019 at 7:33pm — No Comments

Missing NJ Couple's Jet Ski Reportedly Found in Guadeloupe

Authorities recovered a jet ski over the weekend bearing the same registration number as the one an American couple was riding before they went missing in Barbados last month. French Navy officers found the missing jet ski hundreds of miles away in Guadeloupe on Saturday, nearly two weeks after Magdalena Devil and Oscar…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on July 10, 2019 at 6:13am — No Comments

U.S. Scientist, Missing on Greek island, Found Dead

The body of a U.S. biologist who went missing on the Greek island of Crete a week ago has been found, according to her employer. Suzanne Eaton, 59, had been attending a conference at the Orthodox Academy in northwest Crete, when she is believed to have disappeared during a run on July 2.…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on July 10, 2019 at 6:00am — No Comments

Bipartisan Bill Would Require Reporting on Student Deaths Abroad

This could be huge!

U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) have introduced bipartisan legislation – the American Students Abroad Act – to improve the sharing of information between the Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the deaths of American students that occur while they are studying abroad.

Specifically, the bill will require the Department of State to produce quarterly…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on July 3, 2019 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Counterfeit Booze May Be What's Killing People in Dominican Republic

Of the 10 Americans who have mysteriously died during their trips to the Dominican Republic in the last year, nine showed symptoms commonly associated with methanol poisoning. Now, both Dominican authorities and the FBI are looking into a counterfeit alcohol as the possible culprit.

The nine victims died from either pulmonary edema, the medical term for fluid in the lungs, or of a heart attack. At least four of them had drunk an alcoholic beverage at resorts in Punta Cana, Santo…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 30, 2019 at 10:30am — No Comments

Sen. Schumer Calls on ATF to Investigate Dominican Republic Deaths

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is asking for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to investigate recent deaths of Americans vacationing in the Dominican Republic.

Schumer on Sunday (6/30) said the agency should look into the deaths of at least eight Americans who died in the Dominic Republic this year,…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 30, 2019 at 10:30am — No Comments

Search extended for N.J. couple who vanished in Barbados

Officials on Friday (6/28) said the search for a New Jersey couple who went missing in Barbados after heading out on a jet ski…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 29, 2019 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Update on Derrick Keller, Houston Native Wrongly Jailed in Thailand

Derrick's only crime was playing a part in promotional videos.

“He has produced as evidence the contract he signed. He has provided the script he was supposed to read. He has produced financial records from the U.S. showing he has no money,” Derrick's Dad, Dana Keller told Fox 26 in Houston. 

Derrick Keller’s trial is set forJuly. If convicted, he could be sentenced to 30 years.…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 26, 2019 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Arkansas Med School Grad Missing in Mexico

A man from northwest Arkansas has gone missing while celebrating his graduation from medical school in Guadalajara, Mexico, according to his friends and family. Jessy Pacheco, who also attended the University of Arkansas — Fort Smith, was last seen Saturday, CBS affiliate KFSM-TV reported.

Pacheco's family fears he has…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 22, 2019 at 10:21am — No Comments

Tourists Urged to Stop Sharing Vacation Pics

Law enforcement agencies have warned holidaymakers not to post holiday snaps on …

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 22, 2019 at 10:00am — No Comments

U.S. Citizen, Navy Vet, Faces up to 30 Years in Thai Prison on Bogus Charges; Media and U.S. Government Shrug

I just got off a Skype call with the family of Derrick Keller, a U.S. Navy veteran who has spent the past year in a jail cell in Thailand because, two years earlier, he was hired to perform in a promotional video for a business that turned out to be crooked.

The only thing more frustrating than this is the wilful lack of attention demonstrated by Derrick's representatives, including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and most of the media. With the exception of KHOU -- Houston's CBS affiliate --…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 18, 2019 at 11:24pm — No Comments

Fourteen Killed In Bus Ambush In Southwestern Pakistan

Fourteen passengers have been killed after unidentified attackers halted their bus on a remote coastal highway in the restive southwestern Balochistan Province, officials said. Hours after the ambush on April 18, a new separatist group claimed responsibility for the killings.

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on April 20, 2019 at 1:41pm — No Comments

Probe After Tourist Bus Ambushed in Peru

A travel company is investigating whether an area in Peru where a bus carrying 22 of its customers was ambushed by armed robbers is safe to visit. Masked men robbed 10 people travelling with G Adventures of their personal belongings on Sunday afternoon in the Amazon jungle.

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on April 20, 2019 at 1:36pm — No Comments

U.S. Flags Turkey Among Countries With High Risk for Kidnapping

The US State Department has added a new indicator to its travel advisories to flag the high risk of kidnapping in 35 countries around the world, including Turkey and many Middle Eastern and African nations.

A “K” label will be added to some travel advisories to better communicate travel risks, the State Department said one day after President Donald Trump demanded that the kidnappers of an American tourist in Uganda be brought to justice.…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on April 20, 2019 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Catherine Shaw, U.K. Backpacker Missing in Guatemala, Found Dead; Likely an Accident; Funds Being Raised for Her Repatriation

An English backpacker who went missing last week in Guatemala has been found dead — and authorities said she suffered “blows to the body” and died of hemorrhaging caused by a traumatic brain injury.

Tourist Catherine Shaw, 23, of the southeastern English county of Oxfordshire, was reported missing after she left a hotel in Guatemala’s San Juan La Laguna off Lake Atitlan on March 5, the BBC…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on March 17, 2019 at 9:25pm — No Comments

U.K. Family 'Desperate' Over Woman Missing in Guatemala

The family of a 23-year-old British woman missing in Guatemala say they are "desperately worried" for her safety. 

Catherine Shaw, from Witney, Oxfordshire, had been travelling and was reported missing on 5 March. 

She was last seen the day before and had been staying in the San Pedro, Lake Atitlan area of the…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on March 10, 2019 at 7:03pm — No Comments

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