Search for missing French couple fails to produce any evidence

Judicial police initiated a large-scale search Friday for the bodies of a missing French couple after agents received information as to where their bodies might have been buried.

The search involved canine units and teams of agents combing a rural region near Quepos, called San Antonio de Damas. After beginning at 8 a.m. and searching until about 1:30 p.m. officials called off the search, vowing the investigation would continue but that no more large scale efforts were planned.

Agents from the regional Judicial Investigating Organization participated as well as several agents from San Jose. About 60 officers participated in the search that covered more than 50 hectares (about 125 acres), the agency said.

The search came after agents received confidential information about the possible location of the married couple. The
informant, according to a judicial press agent, disclosed that the couple had been murdered and buried in the remote location after they were possibly tricked by fake tour guides. But agents would not release any further details or confirm further questions. No arrests have been made in connection with the couple’s disappearance.

The couple, Claude and Gerard Dubois, both 65, vanished while vacationing in Manuel Antonio Beach in March 2010. Afterward their credit cards were used by someone else and their passports were discovered in a trash can near Jacó, about 50 miles north of where agents found their car. Their rental vehicle had been vandalized and parked near Río Naranjo.

Only last month the French government and the family of the victims put pressure on agents to make headway with the case. The French ambassador here in Costa Rica requested permission to allow French investigators to look at the case and was outspoken about seeing results in the case.

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