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 What Happened to My Son? National Geographic explorer Roman Dial is determined to find out what happened to his son, Cody Roman Dial, on a solo expedition through the Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica. "We're going to dig in our heels and stay until we get the answers we need."
What Happened to My Son? National Geographic explorer Roman Dial is determined to find out what happened to his son, Cody Roman Dial, on a solo expedition through the Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica. “We’re going to dig in our heels and stay until we get the answers we need.”  Photo from National Geographic website.

QCOSTARICA via Examiner.com – National Geographic posted on May 19 to their Facebook page a preview clip of “Missing Dial, along with a caption stating that Roman Dial’s bond with his son flourished, stemming from their mutual love for the wilderness and for exploration. The two explored the world together prior to Cody’s mysterious disappearance.

Now Roman is leaving no stone unturned in order to find his son.

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MISSING DIAL TRAILER. National Geographic launches a covert investigation into the disappearance of adventurer Cody Dial.

In 2014, 27-year-old Cody Dial disappeared in the Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica. Since then, no one has seen or heard from him. Cody is the son of National Geographic Alaskan adventurer, Roman Dial. Roman states in the preview that he has spent his life as a teacher, a scientist and an explorer. From an early age, Cody followed in his father’s footsteps, and the pair traveled the world together.

Before leaving for Costa Rica, Cody told his parents that he was opting to go alone without a guide to help him traverse the 160-square miles of the park. He wanted to go by himself so he could trek through the trails that tourists aren’t allowed access to. Everyone was confident that he would be fine, after all this was his second visit. The first time he was accompanied by his father, so they both knew about and were familiar with the risks in the area. Although knowledgeable about the park, Cody still had to stay safety conscious and always be aware of the snakes, thick foliage and harsh terrain that surrounded him.

On July 24, 2014, Roman and Peggy Dial reported that their son was missing somewhere on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. He had sent an email outlining his plans, the route he planned to take and even included a link to a map, so at least Roman had those clues to go on in his search for his beloved son. Since then, the Dial’s have been tirelessly searching for Cody, even setting up a GoFundMe account in order to raise the funds to continue the search.

According to Entertainment Weekly, after unsuccessfully searching the Costa Rican jungle, which is also riddled with illegal gold-mining and other criminal activities, Roman decided to enlist the aid of two private investigators. Carson Ulrich is a retired DEA agent who worked in Latin America for 25 years, and the fact that he speaks Spanish is a definite plus. Kenneth Fornier is a retired Air Force para-rescue jumper and wilderness expert.

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For over eight long months, they tracked down eyewitnesses and traveled throughout the jungle. Along the way, they also used hidden cameras and fake identities to uncover any clues as to what happened to Cody. According to Real Screen, National Geographic stated that there would be, “surprising clues and a shocking plot twist that rivals that of a blockbuster movie.”

“Missing Dial” is more than just a true-crime series where filmmakers look back at past cases,” said Tim Pastore, National Geographic’s president of original programming and production.

“National Geographic not only captured the sensitive and personal journey of the Dials, but also exposed in real time the nuances of this intricate and delicate missing person investigation as clues and leads were being unearthed.”

 

The six-part, true crime series will be available on Hulu and other VOD (video on demand) platforms the day after the premiere. “Missing Dial” airs on Sunday, May 22 at 10 p.m. ET on the National Geographic Channel.

The program is not available on Natgeo.tv Costa Rica carried by the local cable companies. Click here for Natgeo Costa Rica programming schedule.

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