Here’s a missing person case with a happy ending

A U. S. citizen who was reported missing since mid-December is alive and well at a spa and holistic healing center in the Nicoya peninsula. The man’s wife of 23 years reported him missing to judicial police in Heredia over a month ago after he had been gone for 10 days and had not contacted her. She said the last she knew of him was that he left on a bus and was going to a spa in Nicoya.

The man, John Harold Nelson, was featured Saturday in an article accompanied by a picture in the Costa Rican newspaper Diario Extra. After several phone calls Monday a reporter easily contacted Nelson. He said he was safe and secure near the Pacific Ocean. Nelson said he takes the blame for not contacting his wife, Sonia Delgado.

He is retired, and the couple just returned to Costa Rica after 23 years and two children in the United States.

Before Nelson was located, he briefly joined the list of other missing foreigners. Among others, investigations continue in the missing persons cases of a French couple who vanished last March, British journalist Michael Dixon, who was last seen in Tamarindo October 2009, and David Gimelfarb, 28, an Illinois resident, who vanished August 2009.

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