Dixon family returns seeking missing Michael

The family of missing British journalist Michael Dixon is back in Costa Rica still seeking answers two years after the man vanished.

Dixon is the tourist who walked out of his hotel room in Tamarindo to go to the beach and then vanished. That was Oct. 18, 2009. He has been the goal of extensive searches. He is one of several tourists and expats who have vanished under similar circumstances.

The family’s chief spokesman has been David Dixon. He has been instrumental in keeping the search for his brother in the news. He sent out a release Monday noting the approach of the anniversary. He is in San José with his parents.

Michael Dixon was 35 when he vanished. He worked in Belgium, and David Dixon said the nature of his work was not likely to be a reason for his disappearance.

“Although Michael’s case remains open, neither the Costa Rican nor the UK authorities have indicated any further interests in helping us pursue this case. At the moment we have no one to turn to and are forced to fend for ourselves” said David Dixon in his press statement.

Within the past 18 months, nine other European Union and U.S. citizens have either gone missing or been murdered in Costa Rica, he said. “All the families we have spoken to are facing a similar situation whereby little, if any, work is being done to determine what happened to their relatives” said David Dixon.

The family had hoped that British police experts might be called in, but Costa Rica has been reluctant to issue a formal invitation that is required for that to take place.

“Someone out there must know what happened to my brother,” said David Dixon. “My family and I will never give up until we have some answers.”

They continue to maintain a Web site, a Facebook page and a YouTube presence.

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