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Most Dangerous Beaches in Costa Rica

A must read if you are planning to visit Costa Rica!

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on May 7, 2017 at 5:11pm — No Comments

Belize Double Murder: 2 Suspects Arrested

Francesca Matus had been threatened in the days before her strangulation murder in a Belize sugar cane field.

And she was scared.

Cops say two suspects are now in custody but investigators are certain more people were involved in the deaths of Matus, 52, and her boyfriend, former Marine Drew DeVoursney, 36.

The duo disappeared a week ago Tuesday after spending the evening at Scotty’s Crocodile Cove bar - a popular ex-pat hangout. Their bodies were found Monday afternoon,…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on May 3, 2017 at 8:02pm — No Comments

Body of Missing U.S. Businessman Found in Ecuador

Ecuadorean officials say they've found the body of a U.S. businessmen buried beneath a house.

The prosecutor's office says a woman under investigation in the January disappearance of Jonathan Charles Gilchrist led them to the body of the 65-year-old, which was found beneath concrete about 6 feet (2 meters) deep at a house in the city of Guayaquil.…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on May 1, 2017 at 8:33pm — No Comments

Vehicle of Toronto Woman, Missing in Belize, Found Abandoned North of Corozal

The search for a Toronto woman and her American boyfriend who went missing in Belize nearly a week ago, finally yielded a clue after her vehicle was found abandoned in a cane field near the village of Paraiso, north of the town of Corozal.

Francesca Matus, 52, and …

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on May 1, 2017 at 8:22pm — No Comments

Immigrants-Rights Activist Hugo Castro Alive in Mexico City

Immigrant rights activist Hugo Castro was reported alive in Mexico City Tuesday, five days after he took to Facebook Live to say he feared for his safety, then went missing.

Castro's co-workers at the non-profit Border Angels said Castro had been visited by his partner, who confirmed that the 45-year-old was well, though receiving medical attention before…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on May 1, 2017 at 8:15pm — No Comments

Missing American Teen Found Safe and Well in Netherlands

An American teenager who flew to Schiphol, Netherlands, on April 1 without telling her parents and sparked a major police hunt has been found safe and well in Zwolle. The police said tips from the public "had helped" in the hunt for Maggie Lee, who is thought to have had internet contact with someone in The Hague.…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on April 30, 2017 at 9:12pm — No Comments

Hugo Castro, American Who Aids Immigrants, Reported Missing in Mexico

When activist Hugo Castro left his home in San Diego for Tijuana, it was just the most recent of his forays to help struggling immigrants in Mexico. He said he intended to join a caravan escorting Central American migrants on the dangerous passage north to the U.S. border.

But more than a week after leaving home — and after he posted an frantic Facebook video saying he had been threatened by unidentified…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on April 30, 2017 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Canadian and American Missing in Belize

An Ontario woman and her American boyfriend are still missing in Belize four days after their disappearance, friends of the couple told Global News. Francesca Matus, 52, and U.S. national Drew De Voursney, 36, were last seen driving home from a bar in the town of Corozal around 11 p.m. Tuesday night, according to their friend Nancy Rifenbark, who lives in Corozal.…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on April 30, 2017 at 7:45pm — No Comments

Americans Living Homeless in Mexico

Do you know any of these people?

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 23, 2017 at 9:33pm — No Comments

Death on the Hippie Trail

The scenic valleys of Kullu and Parvati -- known alternately as the “hash trail” or the “hummus trail”-- are not just a hippie haven. Since 1998, more than 20 foreigners have gone missing from the hills, and most disappearances remain unsolved. Tourist traffic continues despite Parvati Valley’s ominous nickname: the Valley of Death.

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on January 3, 2017 at 8:49pm — No Comments

Cody Dial Died From Falling Tree, His Father Reports

The remains of Cody Roman Dial, an Alaska adventurer who went missing in 2014, were positively identified after being found in Costa Rica this summer, according to his father. In an obituary published Sunday, the Dials wrote that Cody Roman, 27, was killed when a tree…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on December 20, 2016 at 9:00pm — No Comments

American Missing in Mazatlan, MX, Found Dead

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on December 20, 2016 at 8:55pm — No Comments

U.S. Citizen Living in Mazatlan, MX, Missing in Since Oct. 25

An American citizen who has lived in Mazatlán for the last 10 years is being sought by family members and friends after he disappeared on Tuesday October 25. O’Neil McGean, originally from Arizona according to a report by the Sinaloa website Café Negro, left his home about 9:00pm Tuesday to meet someone but did not return.

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on November 2, 2016 at 8:28pm — No Comments

Honduran Police Make Arrest in 2009 Murder of a Canadian in Roatan

Verna Martens has amassed a thick file folder of notes and documents and hounded government officials in Canada and Honduras with letters and phone calls since her son was shot and killed in 2009.

A few days ago, a consular official told her that police in the Central American country had a suspect in custody.

He and his wife, Krissy, had vacationed there the Christmas…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on November 2, 2016 at 8:20pm — No Comments

Reward Increased In Case of Missing Surfer Darryl Fornatora

The family of a missing surfer Darryl Fornatora is raising the reward to $25,000 in hopes of finding out what happened to him. Mr. Fornatora vanished during what was to have been a week-long surfing trip in Cabarete, Dominican Republic.

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on September 28, 2016 at 9:47pm — No Comments

Recent Cases Highlight Dangers to Tourists in Dominican Republic

A Florida tennis pro missing for months. An Oregon couple set up, jailed, and kept in the Third World country for 6 months.  Read full article.

Despite these and similar stories throughout the vacation "paradises" in the developing world,  The U.S. State Department of State still doesn't track or report on such incidents, despite the…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on August 29, 2016 at 8:07pm — No Comments

Please Help an American Father Bring His Daughter Home Safely From the Philippines

4-year-old Rachel Edwin was brought to the Philippines by her mother, over the objections of her father, Elisha Edwin, who feared the mother would not bring her daughter back to the U.S. Mr. Edwin's objections were ignored by the court, and now Rachel is in a remote and dangerous part of the Philippines. Since the mother has exceeded by months the court-mandated date for returning her daughter to the U.S., Mr. Edwin has been awarded full custody of Rachel and is doing everything h…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on July 7, 2016 at 10:57pm — No Comments

Jenny Chen & the Media's Hierarchy of Empathy

Anyone who has had a spouse, child, or sibling go missing abroad can tell you that the media are the tail that wags the government dog. Local authorities lack interest and resources to do much for a foreign family. If you can’t get mainstream-media play or go viral in social media, you are on your own.

Please take a moment to…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on July 4, 2016 at 8:16pm — 2 Comments

Progress Toward Finding Jenny Chen, Missing in Mexico; Financial Support Still Needed, Appreciated

Thanks in large part to assistance from volunteers on social media, Jonathan Reinhard reports that he is making progress in the search for his wife, Jenny Chen, who has been missing for more than 2 months in Mexico. Last seen accepting a ride from a Corona beer truck in Oaxaca, Mr. Reinhard has faced difficulties getting authorities and…

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 14, 2016 at 8:55pm — No Comments

The Latest on the Search for Jenny Chen, Missing in Mexico

Evidence suggests that Jenny Chen, missing in Mexico for a month and a half, may have accepted a ride from a Corona truck in her effort to get to Cancun to meet with her husband, Jonathan Reinhard. The beer company, however, has been less than forthcoming in Mr. Reinhard's efforts to find out what ultimately happened to his wife.

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on May 25, 2016 at 9:47pm — No Comments

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