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Jeff Dunsavage's Blog – January 2018 Archive (7)

Mexico Murder Rate Highest in Decades, Govt Says

Mexico posted its highest homicide rate in decades, with the government reporting Sunday there were 29,168 murders in 2017, a 27 percent increase over 2016.

The number is the highest since comparable records began being kept in 1997 and is also higher than the peak year of Mexico’s drug war in 2011, when there were 27,213 killings. The Interior Department, which posted…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on January 25, 2018 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Mexican Marines Executed 3 U.S. Citizens, Govt Agency Finds

Three U.S. siblings found dead in Mexico in 2014 were executed by Mexican marines and a border mayor's paramilitary security team, the country's National Human Rights Commission said Thursday.

Erica Alvarado Salinas, 26, Alex Alvarado, 22, and Jose Angel Alvarado, 21, all U.S. citizens, disappeared in 2014 while visiting their father in El Control, a small town near Matamoros, a Mexican city in the dangerous state of Tamaulipas, across the border from Brownsville,…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on January 21, 2018 at 8:45pm — No Comments

U.S. State Department Issues Travel Warning for Belize

The U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory for Belize on Wednesday, January 10, warning American citizens to exercise caution when in the country. The advisory states that violent crime, such as sexual assault, armed robbery, and murder are common in Belize and local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents.…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on January 19, 2018 at 4:51pm — No Comments

Maligning the Missing, Murdered, Injured, Victimized, and Their Families

It never fails.

The moment an American or other foreigner comes to harm in an exotic locale, the first response of "community activists" is to undermine his/her story, to declare them unfit for public sympathy and their families unworthy of compassion and voluntary support.

My brother was alternately declared a CIA agent and a narco trafficker because, 72 hours too late to be helpful, we were able to get U.S. aircraft launched to assist in the search for him off the island of…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on January 18, 2018 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Costa Rica Murder Rate Hits Record High in 2017

Costa Rica recorded its highest-ever annual murder rate in 2017, authorities said this week, blaming score-settling between gangs and drug trafficking for the rise. 

The nation of about five million people, still considered one of the safest relative to others in Central America, saw 603 homicides last year, according to preliminary data from the police service responsible for investigating them. That works out to a rate of 12.1 murders per 100,000 inhabitants.



Added by Jeff Dunsavage on January 16, 2018 at 11:27am — No Comments

Wisconsin Man Recovering From Beating, Torture in Costa Rica

Ryan Messerschmidt, from Wisconsin, was tortured, stabbed and beaten -- attacked while on vacation in Costa Rica. He'd been missing for days, but his family has received word that he's alive. However, they said they're not convinced he's safe.

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Added by Jeff Dunsavage on January 11, 2018 at 9:00am — No Comments

Ryan Messerschmidt, Missing in Costa Rica, Found Alive

Thank you to all who provided assistance, ideas, and resources for Ryan's family!

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on January 10, 2018 at 4:37pm — No Comments

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