Friday 22 January 2021

203 People Disappeared Without A Trace In Costa Rica In 2015

Image for illustrative purposes only
Image for illustrative purposes only

QCOSTARICA – American Brian Hogue is one of 203 people who went missing in Costa Rica last year (152 men and 51 women), who in the words of Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ) agents, “were swallowed up by the earth”.

The OIJ reports receiving 593 complaints of adults gone missing during last year. These are people, without explanation, left home and never returned.

- Advertisement -

Of the 593, the OIJ says 390 were located by police (24 were found dead) or returned to their homes.

The OIJ  Office of Planning and Operations says that in the last three years, the number of missing persons has quadrupled. For 2013, the number of people whose whereabouts is still unknown is 35, while for 2014, the number is 40.

Although disappearing is not a crime, a special unit of the OIJ does carry out an investigation if the person becomes a victim of crime such as a kidnapping, homicide or an assault.  See our reports on the disappearance of Canadian businessman Ryan Piercy.

Back to Brian Hogue. During their investigation into the mysterious disappearance of the then 64 year-old American, the Deputy Prosecutor against Organized Crime (Facdo) learned of changes in the property registry of ten properties owned by the investor.

- Advertisement -

Although the body has not been found, investigators believe Hogue was killed. In a press release on March 8, the Fiscalia General (Attorney General) said it had sufficient evidence to open a case for murder against two sisters surnamed Gaitan. They are currently serving a six month preventive detention.

Last week, a man identified by his last name Zuniga turned himself in to the OIJ office in Limon. Zuniga, who has also been remanded to six months preventive detention, is believed to be the mastermind behind the crime. The OIJ also has in custody two others involved in the crime, identified by their last names Corrales and Lopez, charged with fraud and misrepresentation. The latter is also being charged for arranging an abortion for one of the detained sisters.

The OIJ says that although investigators try to establish a motive behind the disappearances, after reappearing most are not willing to talk to police.

Some of the reasons that motivate disappearances are financial debt, alimony payments or inheritance disputes among family members.

In addition, there are cases of drug addicts that lose touch with family and friends, who report the missing. Some are found in detox centres.

Although the OIJ is not releasing details, of the 24 missing last year and found dead, five were confirmed homicides.

- Advertisement -

Source: La Nacion

- Advertisement -

We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

Traffic official detained for asking a ¢35,000 bribe

QCOSTARICA - A traffic official was arrested on suspicion of charging...

San José is the province with the greatest decrease in murders for 2020

QCOSTARICA - Randall Picado, police director of the Fuerza Publica (National...


KLM suspends flights to Costa Rica due to new health restrictions from the Dutch government

QCOSTARICA - KLM, the Dutch airline, decided to suspend all its long-haul international flights starting this Friday, including those to and from Costa Rica. This...

Honduras toughens abortion ban with constitutional reform

Q24N - Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The Honduran Congress, with a conservative majority, approved Thursday a reform in the Constitution to toughen the abortion ban, in...

All in a day’s work: potholes don’t stop street markings

QCOSTARICA - It might seem unbelievable to most, but let us assure you, this is all in a day's work for the crews in...

Cycling his way to the top

Andrey Amador Bikkazakova is the first Costa Rican to compete in the Tour de France as a professional road bicycle racer. Andrey rode with...

CCM Cinemas launched virtual movie theater

QCOSTARICA - The Costa Rican cinemas chain CCM launched a platform to offer its virtual billboard. The tool, available only in Costa Rica, will offer...

“Chepito”, at 120, Costa Rica’s oldest gets vaccinated

QCOSTARICA - José Uriel de los Ángeles Delgado Corrales, known affectionately as "Chepito", at 120 and the oldest Costa Rican, received the first dose...

Playa Hermosa, Puntarenas

A view of Playa Hermosa, Puntarenas looking southwest from the Costanera. Photo by Ricardo Arce via Unsplash.

In Costa Rica we also have violent groups and angry Trumpists

QCOSTARICA - This week millions will watch the transfer of powers in the United States with one question on their minds: What to do...

Dog walking the beach in Santa Teresa

Dog walking the beach in Santa Teresa Beach, Puntarenas, Costa Rica Photo by Ricardo Arce via Unsplash.

Want to stay up to date with the latest?

We would love to hear from you! Please fill in your details and get updates daily in your mailbox. It's that simple!

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.