Tourist presumed to be in Parque Corcovado sought

A man from Alaska is missing after telling his father two weeks ago that he would be traveling into Parque Nacional Corcovado on the Osa peninsula.  Local authorities now say search operations have begun to look for the man, Roman Dial, Jr., 27, a native of Anchorage.

Gilberth Dondi, the Cruz Roja staffer in charge of search efforts, said that crews are starting to look into hotels in Puerto Jiménez to find places where Dial may have checked in. Dondi said the investigation began Thursday after the man’s father, Roman Dial, Sr., had sent an email Wednesday to Costa Rican authorities in hopes of locating his son.

The elder Dial described in the email that his son is the adventurous type of traveler and supposedly did not check into any of the tourist posts located around the national park. According to Dondi, in their last correspondence the younger Dial told his father he was going to kayak at the Río Conte, just north of the park, and continue to Río Claro, which is in the southern part of Corcovado.

An administrator from the tourism office at Corcovado confirmed Thursday that the office had received no payment or permission request from Dial. The ranger station in Puerto Jiménez is considered the main entrance for tours into Parque Nacional Corcovado.  Puerto Jiménez is on the east side of the peninsula outside the park boundaries.

Dondi said that Dial Sr. is expected to arrive into the country today to work with authorities on finding his son. The older Dial is a biology and

Roman Dial Jr.

Roman Dial Jr.

mathematics professor at Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage and is listed in National Geographic’s explorer program.

The Corcovado park includes some of the most pristine land in Costa Rica. It is inhabited by puma and other large cats. A former environmental minister, Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, became lost in the park for more than two days in 2006 after he said he was knocked down by a mother tapir.

There are other dangers for solo travelers in Costa Rica. Since 2009 a handful of young men, including a University of Costa Rica student and one park ranger, vanished. More recently the remains of two Dutch women turned up in Parque La Amistad just across the national border in Panamá. Among the missing men is a doctoral student from Chicago and a British journalist from Brussels. Belgium. The remains of a missing Australian student on spring break from a U.S. school eventually were found in 2005 at Tamarindo. More details are HERE!

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