Michael Dixon, who vanished in Tamarindo six years ago, is the motivation for his brother to run in the Frankfurt, Germany, Marathon this month.
The brother, David, has been instrumental in keeping alive the case of his brother, a British citizen and magazine newsman who was working in Belgium.
David Dixon said that he is running in the marathon Oct. 25 to raise money for a missing person charity.
Michael Dixon is one of a handful of tourists and expats who have gone missing in Costa Rica. Some Costa Ricans also have vanished.
David Dixon said that Missing People is a
registered charity in London, where he lives and that sponsors can donate via JustGiving.
Michael Dixon stayed at the Villas Macondo Hotel in Tamarindo, and he is believed to have been seen last at a local nightspot.
The brother continues to be critical of the police response.
“Evidence indicates he was the victim of violent crime,” the bother said of Michael, adding that ” . . . Costa Rica authorities and British police did little to investigate. They’ve now given up on the case, despite the family’s long-standing appeals for assistance.”
“I’m going to run in Frankfurt to raise money for Missing People because families can only rely on themselves, or on charities like this, if their loved ones go missing abroad,” he said, adding:
“Michael’s case was grossly mishandled. So I’m also running to raise awareness of the issue. The British government needs better procedures to protect people when they travel.”
Michael Dixon was 35 when he vanished, and his brother said the nature of his work was not likely to be a reason for his disappearance.
“It’s never too late for someone to come forward if they know what happened to my son,” Lynn Dixon, Michael’s mother said.
“Things sometimes feel normal after all this time. But then, every day, I realize that nothing is normal. I don’t want anybody else to go through what we’re going through,” she added.