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June 2013 Blog Posts (11)

Reward Offered in Case of 18-Year-Old American Missing in Ecuador

Officials in Ecuador are offering a reward for the safe return of August Reiger, an Oklahoma teen who disappeared while hiking with his family in Banos more than a week ago, CBS affiliate KWTV reports. A monetary value for the reward has not yet been determined, family members say, according to the…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 27, 2013 at 8:56am — No Comments

When a Loved One Goes Missing Abroad: Some Lessons from a Family Member Who Has Been There

The disappearance of a parent, child, sibling, or spouse under mysterious circumstances is a painful and frustrating ordeal. When a loved one goes missing in a foreign country, new layers of confusion and concern are added. 

I learned this first-hand when my brother, Joe Dunsavage, disappeared while on vacation on Roatan, one of the Bay Islands of Honduras. Joe, who lived in New…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 22, 2013 at 10:27pm — No Comments

Young Oklahoman Missing in Ecuador

The most poignant piece of this story is the father's quote: "Everyone's baffled, because it's not a dangerous place. There's no rebels or something like that that who kidnap people. I can't come up with a scenario that could make sense." On what basis does he say this? State Department information? Media accounts? Neither the State Department nor the media make a serious effort to inform us of the very real hazards in these countries. Don't believe me? Ask…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 22, 2013 at 12:04pm — No Comments

Missing Marine, Relatives Feared Dead, Mexican Law Enforcement Officials Say

More than three weeks after a former U.S. Marine and his relatives went missing in Mexico, authorities in Tamaulipas say they have little hope of finding the men alive.

Armed gunmen kidnapped Armando Torres III along with his father Armando Torres II and his uncle Salvador Torres on May 14 from the family’s ranch near the Los Indios International Bridge, the FBI said Monday. The men have not been heard from since.

A Tamaulipas attorney general’s office official said the agency…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 20, 2013 at 9:15am — No Comments

Costa Rican Doctor Accused of Running Organ Trafficking Ring Promoted Services on YouTube

A Costa Rican doctor under investigation for running an international kidney trafficking operation was advertising his services on YouTube.

Journalist Amelia Rueda’s news site posted a video on Tuesday of Dr. Francisco José Mora promoting his medical expertise and Costa Rica as an attractive destination for medical…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 20, 2013 at 9:06am — No Comments

National News of Marine Vet Disappearance Raises Questions for Other Victims’ Families

In every film about a kidnapping or disappearance, there is a ubiquitous scene in which a family crowds around a phone, waiting for a call from the criminals to shatter the silence. But for many people in the Rio Grande Valley, and the United States, that silence — that hideous tension — remains unbroken. 

The disappearance of U.S. Marine veteran Armando Torres III made national headlines last week, when he was reportedly kidnapped by gunmen on a Tamaulipas ranch near the…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 13, 2013 at 10:50pm — 1 Comment

Gang Links in Mexico City Abductions

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 9, 2013 at 7:23am — No Comments

Land Dispute to Blame for Marine's Disappearance in Mexico, Aunt Says

A U.S. Marine reservist who disappeared in Mexico last month along with his father and uncle may have stumbled into an ongoing land dispute between his family and a neighbor, family members said Tuesday.

The FBI announced Monday it's looking for information about the May 14 disappearance of 25-year-old Iraq War veteran Armando Torres III of Hargill, Texas. He, his father, Armando Torres II, and uncle Salvador Torres were taken from the ranch in Mexico, not far from the…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 5, 2013 at 9:14pm — 1 Comment

3 Detained in Mexico City Nightclub Abductions

Police in Mexico City have detained three people in the mysterious disappearance of 12 people from a nightclub, the city's attorney general said.

And for the first time since the disappearance, Attorney General Rodolfo Rios confirmed there is evidence showing that the people who are missing had indeed been at the club.…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 5, 2013 at 9:09pm — No Comments

Missing Brothers Found Safe in Costa Rica

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on June 5, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments

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