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Robert C. Ehlert (Bob) ~ Missing in the Republic of Panama


Robert C. Ehlert (Bob) ~ Missing in the Republic of Panama

~~ Bob was last seen leaving Shelter Bay Marina near Panama City in the Republic of Panama, on June 21, 2013. Both Bob and his car are missing.

~~ Family members across the USA have been contacting government officials to get support for FBI involvement in a search effort for Bob. 

~~ He left a note, letting friends know that he would be gone for two weeks to explore a property deal in Bocas del Toro. Since the note was a forgery, we now think that Bob may have been kidnapped.

~~ For the last 10 years, Bob has spent half the year in Panama and the other half in Minnesota. Missing person reports have been filed in both places and family representatives are now in Panama to follow up in person with the American Embassy and local authorities.

~~ Phone inquiries are not always helpful and barriers to information pop up at every turn. We are most concerned that Bob’s e-mail and phone connectivity went silent on June 21, 2013. Staying connected to family and friends is something that Bob cherishes the most. 

~~ Bob is a Vietnam Veteran who served his country during the peak period of the war. Now, it is our hope, that the U.S. will give back to Bob by helping the embassy and local authorities lead a search effort to sort out Bob’s disappearance.

~~ Bob is optimistic and has a zest for living that is contagious. He has been pursuing a lifelong dream of sailing around the world and using the land to grow native crops. We are all thinking the worst but holding on to a glimmer of hope that he has an opportunity to fulfill those dreams.

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Latest Activity: Jun 26, 2017

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Comment by Louis Seldon on August 2, 2013 at 5:13pm

Yvonne Baldelli, American from the San Diego area went missing in the Bocas del Toro area last year.

Comment by Patricia A. Beaver on August 2, 2013 at 12:57am

August 1, 2013: The following news story, "Denver Woman Looks for Missing Dad in Panama," aired on 9 News in Denver, CO. Click the play button to watch it here.

Comment by Patricia A. Beaver on July 31, 2013 at 10:04am

July 31, 2013: A news story about Bob Ehlert's disappearance will air on 9 News (NBC Affiliate) in Denver, Colorado, on Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 9:00 and 10:00 PM (MT). We will provide a link to the broadcast after the story airs. 

Comment by Patricia A. Beaver on July 31, 2013 at 9:54am

July 31, 2013: The Department of State, our lead U.S. foreign affairs agency, is now engaged in assisting with search efforts for Bob Ehlert. The FBI Missing Person Task Force also is involved. It is comforting o have this team of specialized experts picking up leads for a more in-depth investigation and evidence fact-finding mission. The family is longing for answers about Bob's disappearance in the Republic of Panama and remains hopeful for a positive outcome. We want to thank everyone for their support and notes of encouragement.

Comment by Patricia A. Beaver on July 29, 2013 at 11:33pm

July 29, 2013: From the Blog Post by Jennifer Ehlert

Please help spread this image throughout Panama and Colombia.  The woman in the picture may have vital information. Thank you!  Jennifer…

Comment by Patricia A. Beaver on July 29, 2013 at 1:42pm

July 29, 2013: Family members have had some interaction with the FBI. We are hopeful that a strategic investigation will ensue! There are several leads that can be pursued by authorities to generate critical information about Bob and his disappearance. The outpouring of support from family and friends is greatly appreciated!

Comment by Mariah Ehlert on July 29, 2013 at 11:29am

Thanks for setting this up Patty.

Comment by Patricia A. Beaver on July 27, 2013 at 3:33pm

July 27, 2013: This week Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) reached out to the family and will, hopefully, join us in helping move the search efforts forward.  

Comment by Patricia A. Beaver on July 27, 2013 at 3:19pm
Comment by Patricia A. Beaver on July 25, 2013 at 9:46am

July 24, 2013: We received news today that the Washington, DC office of Senator Menendez (D-NJ) has elevated Bob Ehlert's case file to urgent status. The family is hopeful that we are one step closer to U.S. FBI involvement in the search efforts.


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