Searchers take break seeking Alaskan

No sign remains of missing American Cody Roman Dial in Parque Nacional Corcovado, searchers say. After having covered about 70 percent of the park on foot, authorities took a day off Friday to rest, said Carlos Herrera, who is in charge of the search for the Cruz Roja.

“Still we have not come across any trail of evidence left behind,” said Herrera, adding that authorities are considering the possibility Dial never entered the park.

In an email to his father, the last contact Dial had with relatives, he said he was about to enter the park. Searchers determined that Dial was last seen July 22, and members of the Cruz Roja and the Fuerza Pública began search efforts July 24.

Herrera said patrols had to take a collective rest this weekend because of the grueling nature of the search, as some have been camping out overnight in the park. He added that parts of the dense jungle are inaccessible because they are covered with so much vegetation that it bars searchers from entering.

As Costa Rica’s largest national park, Corcovado covers nearly a third of the Osa Peninsula. The 27-year-old Dial, an Alaskan native familiar with exploration of the outdoors, is believed to have entered the park from the Río Conte on the northeast side. Officials from the nearby Los Patos station say he never checked in as is mandatory for all travelers entering the protected land.

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