COSTA RICA NEWS – The family of Michael Dixon who went missing in Costa Rica five years ago have blasted the British government for ‘not caring’ about their plight. Dixon walked out of his hotel in the seaside town of Tamarindo on the evening of October, 18, 2009, and never came back.

The Manchester Eveningn News report says that younger brother David, and parents Lynn and Hubert have been relentless in their quest for answers but, half a decade on, they still do not have any. David travelled to Costa Rica himself to find out how Michael vanished and believes his Salford-born brother was a victim of crime.

Michael Dixon in Costa Rica, the Arenal volcano in the background.
Michael Dixon in Costa Rica, the Arenal volcano in the background.

But he said the Costa Rican and British authorities have ‘done nothing’ to properly investigate the disappearance, despite the family’s appeals to former President of the central American country, Laura Chinchilla, and Prime Minister David Cameron.

David said: “The British Foreign Office used to send us a monthly, then a quarterly update on the case. But now we don’t even get these any more. Britain has one of the biggest consular and diplomatic services in the world. Its duty is to protect British citizens. But in reality, unless there is a media outcry, the machine doesn’t care.”

Michael, who worked as the editor of a pulp and paper magazine in Brussels, Belgium, was 33 when he disappeared and was last seen leaving the Villas Macondo hotel in Tamarindo. The hotel’s staff became worried when he had not returned after three days so notified the local police and the British Embassy.

Michael Dixon in Costa Rica Hubert and Lynn Dixon attend a press conference to appeal for information on their missing son, Michael, in November, 2009.
Hubert and Lynn Dixon in an appeal for information on their missing son, Michael, in November, 2009.

Michael’s family were not informed and did not find out until he had gone missing until he failed to show up for work a week later as planned. When police finally inspected his hotel room, his belongings, including his mobile, wallet, camera and suitcase, were all there as he left them.

“I know it’s been a long time. But Tamarindo is so small that someone must have seen something. If they’re afraid to come forward, we promise that they will be treated in strict confidence,” said Lynn Dixon.

The Foreign Office did not respond to a request for a comment.

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