I travelled to The Netherlands, where my husband Ronald is from. I go here this time to attend a Rememberance Gathering for him. We had 71 visitors. It was not a sad affair. It was more like a party with a few tears. We remembered the Ron that everyone loved. Remembered how funny he was, how stubborn he was and how much he loved to fly fish.
I remembered what a wonderful husband he was and how much I miss him. Being here in Holland I see him everywhere I look....I hear him with everyone speaking Dutch..I become angry that he was taken from me and I don't even know what happened. I look at his parents who are heartbroken. I wish there was something I could do to ease their grief.
His sister and brother in law arranged a meeting in The Hague for us to meet with the Dutch Foreign Affairs and The Dutch Federal Police. What I found out was very disturbing. The Mexican government has an ongoing Federal level investigation. I have been trying to get the US Consulate to reply to my request for information regarding this. The Mexican Government have requested assistance by the Dutch in this investigation. The Dutch have been trying to get information from the US Consulate and FBI for 6 weeks with no reply. The Mexicans may have also asked the US to help with the investigation, but who knows? They certainly have not been forthcoming with that information.
Do you have any idea how it feels to sit in a foreign Embassy and be told that YOUR government is stalling an investigation that has been 6 months in the making? It was embarrassing. I became furious with my own government. They are supposed to be there to help us, aren't they? It is shameful that the Dutch government has done more for me personally than the US. I am disgusted that the US government is not aggressively trying to find out what happened to my husband...or at least would pass on some information to the Dutch who are more than willing to help.
Ronald went missing in Xcalak, Mexico April 11th while on a fly fishing trip with friends. He left the water and the group to go back to his car. He never made it to his car. There has never been any evidence found. No water bottle, fishing rod, hat...nothing. The local police totally bungled any investigation. There was a search, and then 5 weeks later there was another search with dogs. It took 3 months for the Mexican government to agree to do a Federal level investigation.
For information about the early investigation go to findronscheepstra.com to read my journal.