Looking for People and Answers
"Everyone's baffled, because it's not a dangerous place. There's no rebels or something like that who kidnap people. I can't come up with a scenario that could make sense."
- Chris Reiger, father of August Reiger, missing in the jungle outside Banos, Ecuador (CNN International)
"When I read that it happened in Banos near the look out I was equally shocked and relieved it was not me. Friends who traveled there before me said to make sure I did not go to the look out alone as it was very dangerous (rapes, kidnappings, etc.)"
- Kim Willis, an American traveling in Ecuador the week August went missing (from a Facebook conversation)
The disconnect between the reactions of Chris Reiger - father of the 18-year-old Oklahoman who, as of this writing, has been missing in Ecuador for 21 days - and Kim Willis - a 43-year-old digital strategy consultant who was traveling in the same area as August went he missing - highlights the difficulty travelers face in obtaining current, reliable safety information. This is a particular challenge when researching destinations in developing countries.