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Search Continues; CR Tourist Vanished in 2009

Costa Rica News – Questions remain as a UK family continues it’s search for a family member that vanished while on vacation in Costa Rica in 2009. In October of 2009, Michael Dixon checked into a hotel while enjoying a vacation in Costa Rica.

michael dixon costa ricaIt was the last time anyone ever saw him alive.

His younger brother David Dixon, 34, who lives in South Croydon, has spent close to five years trying to find answers about the missing tourist.

But after an initial investigation was closed, there has been almost no support for the Dixon family and their search.

Now, David has spoken out about his frustration at the lack of co-operation from authorities in both Costa Rica and England.

He told the Advertiser: “The authorities have been no help whatsoever. They don’t seem to be interested in it at all; they have done nothing and there has been no communication between this country and Costa Rica.

“They seem to have decided they can’t do anything. We’ve been trying to get the case a higher profile because people don’t seem to want to know.”

Brussels-based journalist Michael, who would be 37 now, was reportedly last seen on October 18, 2009, with all of his belongings accounted for and his hotel room, in Villa Macondo, Tamarindo, undisturbed.

David last spoke to his only brother two days before his reported disappearance and said he was in good spirits.

He added: “It’s very difficult because there are no leads at all. You run all these different scenarios through your head. There has been talk of possible drowning or even human trafficking.

“Every day in the weeks, months and years afterwards you try and prepare yourself for the worst news. To be honest, it’s about finding answers now but it is so frustrating because we know almost nothing.”

Among the belongings found in Michael’s hotel room were his camera, including snaps of his holiday.

David has been out to Costa Rica a number of times in search of his brother but has only found a number of dead ends and false leads.

He said: “It’s hard to get anything concrete. Everyone has a different story; it is very complicated.”

The brothers, who grew up in France, used to go to pub quizzes together with Michael, who was a key weapon in the team’s arsenal.

David, who works in IT and lives with his partner Nadia, said Michael knew more about pop music than anyone he knew.

Their parents are both in their 70s and live in France but David said the ordeal had been devastating for them.

“They’re absolutely heartbroken,” he added.

By Andrew Jameson, Croydon Advertiser,, Edited by Dan Stevens


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