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December 2009 Blog Posts (9)

Reasons for Hope

The first thing Leo Finley's friend, Lori Young, asked me was, "Do you ever find anyone alive?"

Man! My first thought was: "My God! She thinks we're a bunch of professionals doing this!"

I had to answer her honestly, that in our extensive experience of less than a year, we've had few, if any, happy endings. There were the girls in Ecuador, but we weren't really involved in that;… Continue

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on December 31, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

can use the same drift analysis from joes case, were the winds the same? same type boat? if the same wondering if hes in honduras by day 2 richard

can use the same drift analysis from joes case, were the winds the same?

same type boat?

if the same wondering if hes in honduras by day 2


Added by Richard Bowie on December 30, 2009 at 7:37pm — 1 Comment

How much more do we need to endure and how many more need to go through this blind?

I am sitting here after a long day or working thinking to myself in frustration simply... Why? Typically I have always been a positive and optimistic person and never thought of asking myself that question since I my belief is strong in a thought that everyone has the ability to attempt a "rebuild" of their life when bad things occur... However, sitting through my first Christmas not only without my father to call or write to but having the reason I can't do those things not be because of… Continue

Added by Joseph Dunsavage Jr on December 30, 2009 at 5:57pm — 1 Comment

Leo Finley, 28, Missing on Roatan Since Christmas Morning

This is all I have so far: Leo, from Columbia, Mo., was working at the Royal Playa (owned by close family friends). He apparently took their boat out in the early hours of Christmas morning and was not seen again. His parents are on Roatan now and I will be sharing resources with them and information with the Project as I learn more.

Please keep Leo and his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on December 30, 2009 at 2:56pm — No Comments

1st holiday without Joe

It's been a rough one for all of us. Still hard to fathom. Let's hope 2010 is a better year than 09

Added by Ed Dunsavage on December 30, 2009 at 2:33pm — 1 Comment

Christmas Bittersweet

Our family just made it through our first Christmas without our beloved Ron or "Opa" as our grandson calls him.

Keeping my focus on the true meaning of Christmas, helped me manage this Holiday Season. It was very bittersweet, because we are such a close family, Ron's absence seemed magnified. I tried to change up everything, from the way I decorated, to the food we ate, to the timing of our get togethers. Still, at the end of the day, Ron was not there. His booming voice and laughter were… Continue

Added by Cynthia Scheepstra on December 26, 2009 at 4:07pm — No Comments

I am not alone....

My thoughts and prayers are with the other families and friends with missing family members.
I know this is the most difficult of the "firsts"...and the one that we all go through at the same time.
Families of Joe, David , Michael and all the families with missing loved ones....Blessings to you and hopefully 2010 will give us some answers to our questions about what happened to them.

Added by Cynthia Scheepstra on December 26, 2009 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Missing Isn't Very Merry

Going through all the "firsts" without our missing friends and family members is tough, and it doesn't get much easier as time passes. I remember how hard the "first" Christmas without my Dad was; and the "first" of his birthdays without him as well. This year, the crew of the Pair of Docs will mark their "first" Christmas without our dear friend Joe Dunsavage. On behalf of the crew, we hope the spirit of Chrismas gives comfort to the Dunsavage family - especially Joe's children. You're in our… Continue

Added by Bob McIntyre on December 22, 2009 at 5:43pm — 1 Comment

Rah-Rah Travel Journalism Kills

Stories like this one In the Heart of Central America: Why now is the time to go to Honduras are part of the problem. By minimizing the dangers in these Third World tourist destinations, they lead travelers to feel a false sense of comfort and security. I posted a comment on the story (let's see if it stays there) and would encourage all members of the Missing Americans Project to do the same.

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on December 4, 2009 at 1:51pm — No Comments

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