The family of Michael Dixon are getting support from a British member of Parliament in efforts to involve British police in the search for the missing man.
The family and Syed Kamall, a Conservative Party parliamentary representative for London, plan a press conference there Friday to publicize their inability to get the London Metropolitan Police Service involved in the case, said a family representative.
Dixon, now 34, vanished Oct. 18, 2009, in Tamarindo, and police initially said he drowned in the sea. The family rejects that solution, and no body ever was found.
The family said they also were upset with Costa Rican authorities who have refused to ask for help from British experts. Such a request is considered an international courtesy. The family also wants to involve the International Police Agency in the search.
A statement by the family representative, the missingabroad.org Web site, said that Costa Rican police will not continue the investigation unless there is new evidence.
“I hope that the Costa Rican government will cooperate with the family of Michael Dixon to try and find some answers. It has been a year since the last sighting of Michael. We must not let time go by and allow people to forget Michael,” Kamall, the British politician, was quoted as saying.
The family has put up a Facebook page and David Dixon, the missing man’s brother, traveled to Costa Rica and spent a month here trying to coordinate the search.
He brought in experts from the United States and hired private investigators. There also is a Web site:www.helpfindmichaeldixon.com
The family said that Michael Dixon is a British citizen who grew up in Haute Savoie, France. He studied journalism at Leeds University and went on to work at Bloomberg News and Euromoney Plc in London. He moved to Brussels in 2002 to work for RISI, a United Business Media company, they said. David Dixon lives in London. His mother and father are retired World Health Organization employees who currently live in France. David Dixon has said he doubted his brother’s disappearance had anything to do with his journalistic work.
The family said that the British Metropolitan Police Service initially refused to help saying Michael Dixon was not a British resident. Belgian police said he was not a Belgian citizen. Interpol has not responded to family enquiries for the past eight months, the family said.
Costa Rican police searched Michael Dixon’s room at the Villas Macondo in Tamarindo and found it to be undisturbed. His wallet and other personal papers were there.
The family representative said that evidence indicates Michael Dixon is the victim of serious crime but efforts by the Costa Rican police and Michael’s family, involving air, land and sea searches, have uncovered no real clue as to what happened. The Lucie Blackman Trust is assisting the family and missingabroad.org.