Another hiker is sought in mountains

The circumstances are all too familiar. A young man vanishes in a rural area.

This time instead of a tourist, the missing man is a Costa Rican, José Pablo Soto Zúñiga. He vanished while hiking with companions in the mountains of  Zurquí north of San José.

The man went missing Friday, and extensive efforts to find him, including the use of trained dogs and aircraft, have not been successful.

The Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea has overflown the area several days in a row, but pilots also reported bad weather.

The man was reported to have moved ahead of the group with which he was hiking. They have been searching since Friday.

A Parque Nacional Volcán Poás park ranger, Oscar Cruz Ramírez, then 24, vanished in a similar way in 2011.  He has not been found.

A Chicago area doctoral student, David Gimelfarb, 28, vanished in Parque Nacional Rincón de la Vieja north and east of Liberia Aug. 11, 2009.

A Universidad de Costa Rica student vanished at the Parque Nacional Cerro Chirripó earlier the same year.

More recently, a U.S. tourist from Alaska, Cody Roman Dial, 27,  disappeared on Costa Rica’s Osa peninsula last July. He was due to travel in the Parque Nacional Corcovado.

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