According to A.M. Costa Rica
, David Gimelfarb and Michael Dixon are only the most recent young male tourists to vanish in the vicinity.
The newspaper report says Craig Snell was last seen walking on the beach south of Tamarindo (which is where Michael Dixon was last seen). Snell had lived the past five years in Ostional and was described as well liked. Snell left his computer on when he departed his home in Ostional, as well as his wallet, passport and credit cards.
Australian student Brendan Dobbins also vanished in Tamarindo, shortly after walking away from friends on the beach. This was in March 2005. Remains believed to be Brendan's were found in June 2005.