COSTA RICA - NEW APPEAL FOR VANISHED UK JOURNALIST
LONDON, Oct. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- UK authorities and the family of missing British journalist Michael Dixon have renewed their appeal for information nine years after he vanished in Costa Rica (CR).
"If you know something that could help me find out what happened to my dear son, I beg you, with all my heart, to come forward," Michael's mother, Lynn Dixon, said.
The British foreign office has promised to formally request the CR authorities for an update on the case.
"We've been fighting almost 10 years to solve this mystery and we'll keep on fighting even if we have to do it alone," Michael's brother, David Dixon, said.
"My dad recently passed away never knowing what happened. I can't let that happen to my mum," David Dixon said.
NB. ANY NEW INFORMATION TREATED WITH STRICT CONFIDENTIALITY
Michael Dixon disappeared on the evening of 18 October 2009 in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, while on holiday.
Evidence indicates he was the victim of violent crime, but British and Costa Rican authorities failed to properly investigate.
The 33-year old British journalist had been living in Belgium and working for a US magazine.
He was 1.7m tall, with a slender build, brown eyes, short dark hair, and light brown skin.
Costa Rica is a popular tourist destination, visited by 20,000 British people a year. However, it is not the Switzerland of Latin America as its tourist board claims it to be. In recent times more than 20 foreign nationals have vanished and most cases remain unsolved.
"Corruption is rife in this country and all the investigations into Michael's disappearance were never fulfilled" David Dixon said.
FOR MEDIA AND LAW ENFORCEMENT PROFESSIONALS:
For all further enquiries, please contact: David Dixon, +44 7920 792 204 firstname.lastname@example.org
For comment by responsible person in British foreign office, please contact: Nicola Powell, +44 20 7008 0195, email@example.com
For comment by CR authorities, please contact: Luis Guillermo Fonseca, Phone: +506 2666-1103, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For a BBC report on the Michael Dixon case, please go to: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/fast_track/9485099.stm
For more on the Help Find Michael Dixon campaign, please go to: http://helpfindmichaeldixon.com/