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Jeff Dunsavage's Blog – February 2011 Archive (29)

Taliban Say They Have Canadian Missing in Afghanistan

A Canadian man is missing in Afghanistan, Canadian officials said on Sunday, with the Taliban claiming they had captured him in a volatile central province because he was a spy, according to Reuters. A spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in Ottawa said the man had travelled to Afghanistan as a tourist.

Kidnapping has become a lucrative business… Continue

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 28, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Great News: Canadian Sailor Found Alive and Well in Nicaragua

Real Lefebvre -- the Canadian sailor who was reported missing after leaving Roatan, Honduras -- has been found safe in El Bluff, Nicaragua. His boat, the Dorcilyn, apparently experienced a complete electrical breakdown.  According to this post on, Lefebvre is seeking assistance to repair his…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 25, 2011 at 11:38am — No Comments

Thousands Turn Out to Mourn U.S. Agent Murdered in Mexico

Thousands turned out to honor fallen Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent Jaime Zapata on Tuesday.

Law enforcement bean arriving before sunrise ahead of the funeral at the Brownsville Event center. Read article.

Related article:…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 23, 2011 at 10:56am — No Comments

Mexico's Calderon Blames U.S. for Drug War Failures

Mexican President Felipe Calderon has criticized U.S. agencies for failing to do their part in the fight against powerful drug cartels. He said the U.S., which is sending $1.4 billion in training, equipment and other drug war aid, had failed to curb drug consumption or the flow of weapons into Mexico. He said U.S. diplomats "pour lots of cream on their tacos," an expression meaning they tend to exaggerate.  … Continue

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 22, 2011 at 11:39pm — No Comments

4 Americans on Hijacked Yacht Murdered

Four hostages on board a yacht hijacked by pirates last week were killed by their captors, U.S. Central Command said in a statement Tuesday. The vessel, named the Quest, was being shadowed by the military after being captured by pirates off the coast of Oman on Friday. Officials had said earlier Tuesday it was less than two days from the Somali coast. Read full… Continue

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 22, 2011 at 11:48am — No Comments

Canadian Sailor Missing Between Roatan and San Andres, Honduras

A 43-year-old Quebec man is still missing two weeks after his boat disappeared off the coast of Honduras. Real Lefebvre, an experienced sailor from Saint-Donat located about 140 km north of Montreal, left the island of Roatan on Feb. 5. He was scheduled to get to San Andres, near Nicaragua, by Feb. 10. But he never arrived. Read full article.

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 20, 2011 at 11:47pm — No Comments

Killings of Honduran Women Remain Unsolved

More than 40 Honduran women have been killed this year and their cases remain unsolved, Grissel Amaya, special prosecutor for Women told the La Tribuna daily and requested more resources from authorities of the National Criminal Investigation Institute. These cases are added to the more than 800 Honduran women violently killed in the last two years, with the motive and perpetrators were unknown in the majority of cases.

The cities with the most cases are San Pedro Sula, La Ceiba and…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 18, 2011 at 3:20pm — No Comments

Second Multiple Killer of Expats in Panama Captured

A heavily armed suspected killer of two expats  in Panama, has been arrested in Panama. Border patrol officers found Spanish citizen, Javier Martin, the evening of Jan. 14. He was wanted in connection with two murders: U.S. citizen Don North and Jean Pierre Bouahard of France. Read the full article.

He is the second suspected multiple murderer…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 18, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Mexico’s Disappeared Women

This article from The New Statesman is yet another in a long line of stories about the plight of the hundreds, some say thousands, of women who have been murdered or disappeared without a trace in Ciudad Juarez. I read these stories with great frustration because they are the same story, over and over, and as with the genocides in Rwanda and Darfur, and so many other massive tragedies…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 18, 2011 at 11:57am — 1 Comment

Welcome Peace4 the Missing!

MAP has been joined by several members of Peace4 the Missing a wonderful NING community devoted to the search for missing persons. I hope more of them join and that our communities are able to collaborate productively, and I would encourage MAP members to consider joining Peace4. Influence through numbers is one of our mantras.

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 17, 2011 at 11:30pm — No Comments

KRGV: 2 U.S. Immigration Officials Shot in Mexico City, One Dies

Read the full article.

Armed Mexican soldiers making an incursion into U.S.

Cartel wars spilling across the border.

Pakistan holding U.S. diplomatic staff -- against international agreements on diplomatic immunity.

Americans disappearing, being murdered, being unjustly arrested around the world.



Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 16, 2011 at 1:00am — No Comments

The Dunsavages' Struggle Explained

First, I want to thank everyone who reached out to Sen. Lautenberg and Sen. Menendez today. You all made a real impact. 


I want to explain the issue at hand. Here is the link to the relevant legislative language, which the State Department invokes whenever they tell us they "cannot give"  or "are prohibited by law from giving" my family a consular finding of presumptive death. Please make sure you read it so you understand the issues.



Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 15, 2011 at 12:09am — 2 Comments

Please Help the Dunsavage Family Help Joe's Kids

For those of you who don't know my family's story, the story that led to the creation of the Missing Americans Project, I will briefly recount it:


My brother Joe disappeared on May 10, 2009 after taking a small recreational catamaran into the shallows off the West End of the island of Roatan in Honduras. Thanks to the efforts of friends and family across the country calling their congressmen to ask them to press for action, we succeeded in getting an exhaustive 3-day air/sea…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 14, 2011 at 12:56am — 3 Comments

The Humphrey Family's Frustrating Wait

I just stumbled upon this BBC article about the maddening wait the family of Alex Humphrey, missing in Panama since August 2009, has had to endure to find out if a badly burned body found last year is Alex.

Alex's Mom, Gill Humphrey said: "We are meeting diplomatic blocks every time we move."

Gill said Interpol Panama should have contacted Interpol in the UK to arrange for DNA from a male…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 9, 2011 at 1:23pm — No Comments

U.S. Customs Seize Machine Gun Bound for Mexico

Agents at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge found the .30 caliber browning machine gun on the backseat of a Hummer H3 headed to Reynosa, Mexico, last Friday and arrested the 21-year-old driver from Pharr, Texas, the Customs and Border Protection agency said in a news release. Read the full Reuters article.

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 9, 2011 at 1:02pm — No Comments

KRGV Airs Spot on The Missing Americans Project

KRGV in Weslaco, Texas, continued its reporting on the plight of families who lose loved ones in Mexico last night devoted a segment to the work of The Missing Americans Project. Read story, watch the video.

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 8, 2011 at 10:45pm — No Comments

As Cartels Maintain Stronghold, Mexican Police Chief Taken Near Christmas Still Missing

Erika Gandara, police chief of Guadalupe, Mexico, has not been seen or heard from since being abducted two days before Christmas. Her predecessor was murdered and decapitated, his head was found in an ice chest. Gandara, 28, a single woman with no children, was the only applicant for the job and its salary of $580 per month.


"We have no police, no security, no electricity, no water, nothing," said one 25-year-old woman who was afraid to give her name.…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 8, 2011 at 10:39pm — No Comments

KRGV: Fleeing to South Texas to Escape the Mexico Cartels

Read the article

Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 7, 2011 at 11:24pm — No Comments

FOXNews: 3 teens killed in Mexico, 2 were US high schoolers

Three teenage boys were shot to death in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, and at least two of them had been high school students in Texas, according to this article on The boys were killed at a car dealership in the city across the border from El Paso, Texas, Chihuahua prosecutors' spokesman Arturo Sandoval said. He said there were no witnesses and no…


Added by Jeff Dunsavage on February 7, 2011 at 11:09pm — No Comments

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