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Jeff Dunsavage's Blog – June 2011 Archive (9)

Loved Ones Missing in Mexico Get No Help from Home

Excellent coverage ( by Fox News's Houston affiliate about the plights of families with loved ones missing in Mexico. Same issues apply to families of ALL Americans with family members missing outside our borders.

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 29, 2011 at 6:27am — No Comments

Mayoral Candidate Shot in Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY – A candidate for mayor of the Guatemalan city of San Jose Pinula was wounded by unidentified gunmen, a member of his campaign team said. Luis Marroquin, who belongs to the opposition Lider party and had received death threats, was shot on Saturday while driving in San Jose Pinula, Congressman Leonardo Camey told reporters. Read more in the Latin American Herald Tribune

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 25, 2011 at 9:33am — No Comments

Prosecutors Murdered in Honduras & Guatemala: U.N. Concerned

In a country (Honduras), that the State Department tells us has a "functioning judiciary", prosecutors are dropping like flies. How can foreigners expect their cases to be handled fairly and expeditiously and not get caught in the crossfire?:

From on May 31:

The UN human rights office on Tuesday raised concerns about what appeared to be a new trend of murdering public prosecutors in central America.

"We are extremely concerned about an apparent new… Continue

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 25, 2011 at 9:28am — No Comments

8 Skeletons in Honduran Mass Graves

The remains of at least eight murder victims have been found in mass graves in northern Honduras during an investigation that was begun nearly a month ago, the government said Tuesday. The spokesman for the prosecutor’s office, Elvis Guzman, told Efe that the eighth set of remains was found on Monday. “This is a man, estimated to be around 40. He was buried with his hands tied behind him. It’s a macabre deed that occurred in Ciudad Planeta,” he said.… Continue

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 25, 2011 at 9:22am — No Comments

Tough love for Central America

Interesting article in the LA Times.

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 25, 2011 at 9:18am — No Comments

Murders of Tourists Renew Question of Insecurity in Costa Rica

The cold blooded murder of an Argentinian tourist on Thursday in the beaches of Costa Rica has again raised the question of insecurity and safety for tourism in the Central American country, which receives every year more than 2 million visitors. Carolina Silva, 29, who was shot in the head in Playa Samara by two criminals to steal her laptop, is joined by the death of a young American who was shot by a hotel security guard earlier this month, when he tried to sneak in after…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 24, 2011 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Man Held Hostage in Mexico 7 Months Tells His Story

Eduardo Garcia Valseca, a Mexican businessman, and his American wife Jayne, were ambushed in 2007, and Eduardo spent 7 months in a box and was brutalized by his captors. Eduardo and Jayne tell their story here.

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 3, 2011 at 10:17pm — 1 Comment

List of Foreigners Missing or Murdered in Costa Rica Since May 2001

This list is almost certainly incomplete, and it does not reflect the many people who have disappeared while swimming at Costa Rican beaches, which, by and large, do not have lifeguards. If you know of someone missing or murdered in Costa Rica who is not shown here, please send as much information as you have to

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 3, 2011 at 4:49am — No Comments

U.S. Teen Murdered by Hotel Security Guard in Costa Rica


A 34-year-old hotel security guard at La Cangreja Lodge in La Fortuna, San Carlos, in north-central Costa Rica, shot and killed a high school student from Kansas early Thursday. Justin Johnston, 16, a student from McLouth High School, in McLouth, Kansas, in the U.S, died soon after he was shot.

According to the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ), two students…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 2, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

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