presumed to be in Parque Corcovado sought
By Michael Krumholtz
and the A.M. Costa Rica
A man from
Alaska is missing after telling his father two weeks ago that he would
be traveling into Parque Nacional Corcovado on the Osa peninsula.
Local authorities now say search operations have begun to look for the
man, Roman Dial, Jr., 27, a native of Anchorage.
the Cruz Roja staffer in charge of search efforts, said that crews are
starting to look into hotels in Puerto Jiménez to find places
where Dial may have checked in. Dondi said the investigation began
Thursday after the man's father, Roman Dial, Sr., had sent an email
Wednesday to Costa Rican authorities in hopes of locating his son.
The elder Dial
described in the email that his son is the adventurous type of traveler
and supposedly did not check into any of the tourist posts located
around the national park. According to Dondi, in their last
correspondence the younger Dial told his father he was going to kayak
at the Río Conte, just north of the park, and continue to
Río Claro, which is in the southern part of Corcovado.
administrator from the tourism office at Corcovado confirmed Thursday
that the office had received no payment or permission request from
Dial. The ranger station in Puerto Jiménez is considered the
main entrance for tours into Parque Nacional Corcovado. Puerto
Jiménez is on the east side of the peninsula outside the
Dondi said that
Dial Sr. is expected to arrive into the country today to work with
authorities on finding his son. The older Dial is a biology and
professor at Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage and is listed in
National Geographic's explorer program.
park includes some of the most pristine land in Costa
Rica. It is inhabited by puma and other large cats. A former
environmental minister, Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, became lost in
park for more than two days in 2006 after he said he was knocked down
by a mother tapir.
There are other
dangers for solo travelers in Costa Rica. Since 2009 a
handful of young men, including a University of Costa Rica student and
one park ranger, vanished. More recently the remains of two Dutch women
turned up in Parque La Amistad just across the national border in
Panamá. Among the missing men is a doctoral student from Chicago
British journalist from Brussels. Belgium. The remains of a missing
Australian student on spring break from a U.S. school eventually were
found in 2005 at Tamarindo. More details are HERE!
will embark on their Cartago pilgrimage today
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Today is a holiday, and some Costa Ricans will take advantage of the
three-day weekend to make their pilgrimage to Cartago.
The Cruz Roja and the Policía de Tránsito were to
activate their pilgrimage plans today. The Cruz Roja has an aid station
in the plaza of the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de los Angeles in
Cartago. Volunteers and staffers treat thousands of footsore faithful
There also will be an aid station at Ochomogo on the Autopista
Florencio del Castillo that runs from Curridabat to Cartago. Officials
generally figure that most of the early pilgrims will come for
the direction of San José.
Traffic police said they will go to work today at 2 p.m. and work all
day Saturday and Sunday. The real crush will be Monday through Friday
as the number of pilgrims grow. The bulk will time their walk so that
they overnight in the basilica plaza Friday night for a Saturday Mass
in honor of the
who is the patroness of the country.
Elsewhere in the country pilgrims already are on the highways, Some are
en route from Panamá and even Guatemala.
Today's public holiday commemorates the decision by residents of Nicoya
and the Guanacaste area to join with Costa Rica in 1824. It is the
Anexión del Partido de Nicoya and there is a lot of government
in Nicoya, including a meeting of President Luis Guillermo Solís
his cabinet. This is an annual tradition.
Government services except essential ones are not available today. Some
stores will be closed or working limited hours. Many private clubs and
public bars and restaurants are having special fiestas for the holiday.
The Museo Nacional has one planned for Sunday.
A.M. Costa Rica has published today, but its offices in Barrio Otoya
are closed. However, staffers are monitoring any news developments and
the newspaper will be updated as needed.
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