QCOSTARICA – The Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ) says it is looking into the disappearance of Ryan Piercy, a Canadian citizen who is a naturalized Costa Rican and living in the country for the part 17 years.
Piercy’s car was found by police around 7pm Tuesday on the side of the road, with doors open and no one inside on Ruta 32, near the Siete Mares restaurant, in San Luis de Santo Domingo de Heredia.
The car is registered to Piercy’s wife, who told police Wednesday morning that her husband had left for work, headed out of San José on a business matter.
Following police contact, the woman filed a missing persons report at the OIJ office in Heredia, where the vehicle was found.
Francisco Segura, director of the OIJ, called the disappearance “very strange.”
Piercy, who is general manager of Casa Canada and director of the Association of Residents of Costa Rica (ARCR), on Paseo Colon, is very well known in the expat community. The ARCR provides foreigners assistance in the residency process here.
The OIJ directed confirmed that Piercy has no police record, and that there was no evidence of foul play at the scene where the vehicle was found.
“We are looking over all the information to determine the motive for what is happening. It can be many things, for that we are analyzing all information calmly,” said Segura.
“Nothing was missing from inside the vehicle and so far no one has called for any ransom, so we can’t say for now it is a kidnapping,” added Segura.
Police are asking anyone who any information about the whereabouts of Piercy to call the confidential information line at 800-8000–OIJ (800-8000-645).
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