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    Canada - Stephen Lapowich, 28, Toronto ON, 25 Mar 2011 - during P. Rico trip

    http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2012...ican_trip.html

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    More than a year and a half ago, Stephen Lapowich boarded a plane and disappeared without a trace. The mystery has left his family distraught, but they’re holding onto hope, offering a $30,000 reward for information leading to his whereabouts.


    On March 25, 2011, Lapowich went to Pearson airport for a three-week holiday to Costa Rica, but the airline cancelled the flight, and, according to customs records, he boarded a plane to Puerto Rico, where the trail ends.


    What’s even more peculiar is that Lapowich, 30, who was very close to his family and rarely travelled, never mentioned his upcoming solo trip to Costa Rica"
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    http://www.citynews.ca/2013/03/27/fa...-publics-help/
    "The mother of a missing North York man who was last seen two years ago made an emotional appeal for information on Wednesday.

    “Holidays, birthday, family dinners, when my young grandchildren are there and I know I shouldn’t talk about Stephen, these are the times that are hardest to get through,” Gayle Lapowich said at Toronto police headquarters.

    “Late at night, when, of course, my thoughts go to ‘where is he in this world,’ I try to be optimistic but I really seesaw between that and despair,” she said.

    Stephen Lapowich, then 28, was last seen in Toronto on March 25, 2011, and police believe he may have travelled to the United States and then to Puerto Rico.

    “The family has sent a Spanish-speaking retired Toronto police officer, who now works as a private investigator, to Puerto Rico to follow up on any leads,” Det. Const. Clayton White said at the news conference"

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    How do they know it was a 'three-week' trip to Costa Rica? Was he booked at a resort? It certainly sounds spur-of-the-moment and voluntary.

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    "The Lapowich family is also offering a reward of up to $30,000 for information that helps locate Stephen. Anyone with information must contact Toronto investigators directly in order to claim the reward.

    Lapowich was 28 when he disappeared.

    He is described as a white male standing five-foot-nine and weighing 169 pounds, with a medium build, short brown hair and blue eyes.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Toronto police or call Crime Stoppers anonymously"


    Read more: http://www.cp24.com/news/missing-man...#ixzz2OlCsnz3X

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    The above states he never mentioned his upcoming trip?

    So, I have the same question, how did they know it was a three week trip to Costa Rica?
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    I wonder why the delay in reporting him missing. The official police report is dated Tuesday, April 19, 2011, yet he was last seen on Friday, March 25, 2011???

    I can't help but think that the "window of opportunity" has been compromised by such a delay in reporting him missing. I sure hope I'm wrong.

    Police Report: http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsr...pdfs/20864.pdf

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    Maybe he bought a return ticket that was dated in three weeks? That could also be the reason for the delay in reporting him missing. They waited until he was supposed to be back from his trip?

    I'm surprised I have heard nothing about him being missing before today. I'm a news junky and saw this article on CBC for the first time today. Came to websleuths to find out if there were any more details and found that this discussion only started today as well.

    Why was there not more of media presence when he was first reported missing? And if your flight to Costa Rica is cancelled, why wouldn't you wait for the next one? Why go to Puerto Rico? It seems odd, I would think he would have accomodations or some sort of plan for Costa Rica and then for him to change and go to Puerto Rico. Weird.

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    Is there any more info on the FB page? My access is blocked at work

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    All kinds of questions! Makes me think of the show 'Locked up Abroad'. Hope he didn't gt involved in something like that.

    Weird he didn't tell anyone about the trip and wasn't much of a traveler.


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    Live from LE news release today, quality poor.
    Missing Person Stephen Jay Lapowich - YouTube
    Last edited by OkieGranny; 04-21-2015 at 01:41 PM. Reason: fixed broken link

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    this is crazy.....why whould you board a plane to somewhere you hadn't planned on going?

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    https://www.facebook.com/stephen.lapowich

    It's mostly private and not recently updated but there are some pictures to view. It appears that they were taken in 2008 and maybe while on vacation in the Turks & Caicos. Based on this, IMO, he may be more of a traveler than my initial thought.


    I'm fascinated so off to look for more.
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    http://www.linkedin.com/pub/stephen-lapowich/25/228/6b8
    Per his LinkedIn, he was working as a business analyst in the finance industry..

    http://www.wayn.com/profiles/laps4#wall

    http://www.ptpamedia.com/blog/index....2/12/04/21225/

    gotta run , more later!

    Above is a blog by his sister.
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    Strange case. Puerto Rico can be dangerous,depending on where you go. In the past few years the island has become a major narco transhipment area. There are car jackings and home invasions,even in good areas.

    Wonder why he ever went there ? Does he speak Spanish ?

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