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    Costa Rica - David Gimelfarb, 29, Chicago man, 11 Aug 2009

    http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local...-53350632.html

    Chicago Grad Student Missing in Costa Rica
    Parents join search efforts
    Updated 11:08 AM CDT, Sun, Aug 16, 2009

    The Highland Park parents of 28-year-old graduate student David Gimelfarb are searching their son after he disappeared while hiking in Costa Rica.

    The doctoral student who went to South America a week ago was last seen by a park ranger about 10 a.m. on August 11. Gimelfarb was reportedly driving a rented sport-utility vehicle the Parque National Rincon de la Vieja, friend Michael Kipnes told Chicago Breaking News. His parents, Roma and Luda Gimelfarb, have flown to Costa Rica to look for him.

    "He [Roma] was OK," Kipnis said about his conversation with David's parents. "She's not holding up very well."

    David Gimelfarb graduated from Highland Park High School and Beloit College in Wisconsin. He has been studying psychology at the Adler School of Professional Psychology.



    David Gimelfarb has disappeared while hiking in... He was staying at the Hotel Guachipelin in Guanacaste province, according to a Costa Rican police report. Roma Gimelfarb was unable to reach his son by phone on August 12 and was told by the hotel that David had gone hiking the day before but had not returned, according to the police report.

    The local Red Cross had begun a search when the parents reached Costa Rica Thursday. The vehicle he rented was found locked in the park, the police report said. The dense forest and rain have impacted their search.


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    Cold case: Grad student vanishes in Costa Rica

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    By Rupa Mikkilineni, Nancy Grace Producer
    August 30, 2010 10:25 a.m. EDT

    (CNN) -- American graduate student David Gimelfarb vanished a year ago while hiking in Costa Rica. He is one of three men who disappeared in Costa Rica in 2009.

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    $100,000 reward for missing U.S. man

    http://www.ticotimes.net/Current-Edi...August-19-2011

    Posted: Friday, August 19, 2011 - By Matt Levin

    The Gimelfarbs also will set up a foundation that to help families who are searching for a loved one that is missing in a foreign country.

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    3 years pass in case of missing U.S. citizen

    http://www.ticotimes.net/Current-Edi...August-17-2012

    Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012 - By Matt Levin

    Roma and Luda Gimelfarb keep coming back to Costa Rica as a reminder. They’re here to tell the public their son still is missing. And also to remind people that many countries lack a plan for reacting to the disappearance of foreigners within their borders.

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    Family Of Missing Son Start Rescue Foundation To Help Others

    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/08/...o-help-others/

    August 5, 2013 5:54 AM

    (CBS) — It has been almost four years since a 28-year-old psychology student from Highland Park vanished in Costa Rica, and now his parents are starting a foundation to help people find loved ones who disappear in other countries.

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    Chicago Grad Student David Gimelfarb Still Missing in Costa Rica

    http://news.co.cr/chicago-grad-stude...ta-rica/24801/

    Posted by Marcel Evans on August 16, 2013 in Costa Rica News

    It was four years ago on August 11 when Chicago grad student David Gimelfarb disappeared in the Rincón de la Vieja national park.

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    David's parents were recently victimized by a cruel hoax:

    http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local...226966321.html

    The caller claimed that his people were holding David hostage and wanted $250,000 for him to be released.

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    But after analyzing the photo further, they determined the man in the picture was not David, a determination backed up by the Costa Rican authorities.

    The Gimelfarbs are hoping those same authorities will ask American federal law enforcement to help in the investigation. "We tried to encourage them to do that all the time. No, they haven't tried yet, they never tried to ask for help," Ludmila Gimelfarb said.

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    http://www.anywherecostarica.com/att...on-de-la-vieja

    Here is the park he went hiking in. It looks like it has some extreme terrain and would be difficult to search

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    I just read about David in a book I'm reading, "The Last Place You'd Look" by Carole Moore, about missing persons. The part that mentions David emphasizes how he just seems to have vanished out of thin air.

    When anyone disappears abroad, it always seems like it's possible they could have been a "random victim" of a robbery gone wrong, but I just don't know. There's just so little on this case.

    My prayers are with David's family.
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    http://www.ticotimes.net/2014/08/11/...ing-us-tourist

    Five years have gone by and still there is no sign of the Gimelfarbs’ son, David, who went missing on Aug. 11, 2009 at Costa Rica’s Rincón de la Vieja National Park, in the northwestern province of Guanacaste...

    This year, the Gimelfarbs plan to focus on Costa Rica’s border area with Nicaragua, where they will hand out the same missing person handbill as in years past, with a $100,000 reward offer for information leading to David’s return to his family.

    A spokeswoman for Costa Rica’s Judicial Investigation Police, or OIJ, told The Tico Times the investigation is ongoing and the case remains open, but investigators have little new information to follow up.

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    Family of US hiker disappeared in Costa Rica passes another dark anniversary
    http://www.ticotimes.net/2015/08/11/...rk-anniversary
    Six years ago Tuesday, David Gimelfarb, a 28-year-old doctoral student from Chicago, Illinois, disappeared without a trace in Costa Rica’s picturesque Rincón de la Vieja National Park.
    The family, convinced that David is still alive, has traveled to Costa Rica every year since their son’s disappearance to look for him, offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to his safe return. Last year the Gimelfarbs focused their search on Costa Rica’s border area with Nicaragua, handing out flyers with David’s face. The Gimelfarbs have delayed their search this year, they told The Tico Times, citing the poor health of Roma, David’s father. They plan to return later this year.
    More at link.

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    US parents still looking for answers in son's 2009 disappearance in Costa Rica

    http://www.ticotimes.net/2016/08/11/...ing-costa-rica

    Roma and Luda Gimelfarb are in Costa Rica this week for what’s become a tragic, annual ritual: searching for information about their son, David, who went missing in Rincón de la Vieja National Park in Guanacaste seven years ago today.

    Except for last year, when Roma was recovering from surgery, David’s parents have come to Costa Rica every year since to remind people that they still want answers. They meet with the U.S. Embassy, Costa Rican authorities and people with knowledge of the case in Guanacaste.

    The Gimelfarbs said they’ve spent a good chunk of their retirement fund looking for David, who was their only child.

    Over the years, hope has occasionally cropped up. A few years ago, a psychic contacted the U.S. Embassy and claimed to know where David’s remains were. The Gimelfarbs told The Tico Times that the psychic took U.S. Embassy staff to a river in Guanacaste, where they searched and dug but found nothing.



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