QCOSTARICA – The passport and backpack were found Friday with skeletal remains believed to be of Cody Roman Dial, in the Parque Nacional de Corcovado (Corcovado National Park).

 A specialized group of OIJ was responsible for the collection of objects. The work was done last Sunday. (OIJ for LN
A specialized unit of  the OIJ was responsible for the collection of objects found in the national park last Sunday. (Photo from OIJ)

In an email Monday, his father, Roman Dial, who was there at the site with investigators, said they had found numerous items he believes belong to his son, including “his passport, money, map and compass, shoes, backpack, stove, machete, tarp, sleeping pad, mosquito net and more.”

On Friday, days ahead of the airing of the National Geographic Channel documentary, “Missing Dial,” (that began airing Sunday) Costa Rica’s judicial investigators, the Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ), in a press release, said the remains were found by a local man in a ravine in Quebrada Doctor, near the Negrito peak, a three-hour hike from Dos Brazos del Río Tigre, in Puerto Jiménez de Golfito.

The identification was the made separately by the dad (Roman Dial) on Sunday, and the mother (Peggy Dial) on Monday, confirmed Luis Angel Avila Espinoza, head of the OIJ delegation of Corredores, Puntarenas, the office leading the investigation of the case.

Avila said confirmation of identity will be possible once the DNA is extracted from the bones found. The DNA testing will be conducted in the laboratories of the Judicial Forensics Laboratory in San Joaquin de Flores, Heredia.

Cody Roman Dial, then 27, went missing in the park in July 2014.

According to investigators, Dial entered the park without a guide or a ranger and hasn’t been heard from since.

Much of the NatGeo documentary focuses on the theory that Cody Roman Dial’s disappearance was the result of foul play. Costa Rica authorities believe that such a theory was unlikely.

In a report by the Alaska Dispatch News, Roman Dial said he’s been dealing with an increase in media interest as a result of the timing of the documentary. Investigators insisted Friday that the timing of the finding of the remains had nothing to do with the airing of the documentary, but Dial wrote that it’s possible public relations involving the show motivated locals to find his son.

“Maybe a coincidence maybe not,” he wrote. “… I also hung Tibetan Buddhist prayer flags high across my yard, from tree top to tree top and changed my Facebook profile picture as well as told an Arctic Entries story the week we came down. Coincidence?”


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