Agents here decline British help in Michael Dixon case

Michael Dixon

The Judicial Investigating Organization still has not made a formal request for help of British detectives in the Michael Dixon case.

That was the news that Jeremy Browne gave the Dixon family in a recent letter. Browne is his country’s minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. The news was disappointing because the BBC had quoted René Castro, Costa Rica’s foreign minster, saying that police here would welcome the help.

But Castro is not involved in police activities, and Browne noted that the request for aid must come from the judicial police.

“This case will never be solved unless the Metropolitan police gets involved. Castro himself said the OIJ is not up to the job,” said David Dixon, the missing man’s brother, using the initials of the judicial police in Spanish.

Michael Dixon vanished Oct. 18, 2009, and his family has been relentless in trying to find out what happened. He was last seen leaving a Tamarindo hotel.

In his letter, Browne ruled out putting diplomatic pressure on Costa Rica in the same way that Prime Minister David Cameron recently urged Portugal in the case of Madeleine McCann, said David Dixon. The McCann girl was just short of her fourth birthday when she vanished from an apartment May 3, 2007, in the Algarve region of Portugal. She has not been found, and the case generated heavy press coverage.

Her British parents were vacationing there.

British police worked with their counterparts in Portugal on the case and used some technology that is not available on the mainland.

“We are being fobbed off with red tape on all sides. Is Michael a second class British citizen compared to the McCanns?” said David Dixon in a release.

Browne noted that judicial police here offered to talk to British detectives by telephone but declined to seek their help. Over a dozen EU, Canadian and U.S. nationals have been either murdered or have vanished in Costa Rica in the past two years, David Dixon noted, adding that most of the cases go unsolved.

The Dixon family will mark Michael’s 35th birthday July 19, David Dixon said. Michael Dixon is a journalist who was working in Belgium when he decided to vacation here.

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