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    Spain - Denise Thiem, 40, U.S. traveler, Astorga, 4 April 2015 *Arrest*

    Spain police seeks for help in search of missing american woman. Denise Pikka Thiem was making the route of Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James) and nobody knows anything about her since April 4.

    Police link:

    http://www.interior.gob.es/web/inter...ent/id/3787278

    A link in English:

    http://caminosantiago2.blogspot.com....g-pilgrim.html

    More links:

    http://www.elmundo.es/espana/2015/04...0568b4575.html

    http://www.leonoticias.com/frontend/...n173301-vst218
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    http://www.thelocal.es/20150428/appe...sing-on-camino

    Denise Pikka Thiem, a 40-year-old Chinese American has not been seen since April 5th after she spent the night in the village of Hospital Órbigo before setting off for Astorga in the Leon provence.

    The woman, who is from Arizona, is 160 cm tall with long straight brown hair and weighs between 50 and 53 kgs.

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    Spanish National Police are looking for a 40-year-old American woman who has disappeared in the town of Astorga, in northern León province.

    Denise Pikka Thiem had been walking the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route and until 20 days ago had always kept in close contact with her brother by email and text message.

    After being unable to contact her for several days, her brother traveled to Spain to report her missing.
    http://elpais.com/elpais/2015/04/28/...88_079005.html

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    https://www.facebook.com/helpdenisenow?fref=ts

    With breaking news.

    Apparently the Police think it's likely an accident, but it is unclear where. Not a dangerous route, even secondary paths.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muy Curioso View Post
    https://www.facebook.com/helpdenisenow?fref=ts

    With breaking news.

    Apparently the Police think it's likely an accident, but it is unclear where. Not a dangerous route, even secondary paths.
    It also talked about women being harassed on the path also. I hope she's OK..

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    AZ - Denise Theim, 40, Missing in Spain, 4 April 2015

    Denise Theim - https://www.facebook.com/helpdenisenow

    Valley woman missing in Spain
    LITCHFIELD PARK, AZ (KPHO/KTVK) - It's a story now making international news: the disappearance of a Valley woman who was traveling alone in Spain. Denise Theim, 40, hasn't been heard from in nearly a month.
    Theim quit her job with PetSmart last year to travel the world.

    Kellie Kreiser went to college with Theim at the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

    "She's an internationally minded person, grounded, friendly, kind, nothing wild, nothing that you would think that she would do anything crazy," Kreiser said.

    Last month, Theim's travels took her to northern Spain, where she planned to walk the Camino De Santiago trail, a famous religious and spiritual pilgrimage route which runs through France.

    According to friends, Theim was always good about posting updates on social media about her journey and sending emails to family and friends.

    But all of that suddenly stopped on April 4.

    Theim hasn't been heard from since -- no emails and no activity on her credit cards.
    Read more: http://www.kpho.com/story/28948006/v...#ixzz3YsVa9gpU
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    A couple weeks ago, her brother, Cedric, left Arizona and flew to Spain to try and find her. He's still there.

    A Facebook page has been set up to help spread the news about Theim's disappearance and provide updates. For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/helpdenisenow.


    Read more: http://www.kpho.com/story/28948006/v...#ixzz3YtGQDCp0

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    I have a particular emotional attachment to this case, and to Denise, as a year ago this time period I was a woman alone on the Camino.

    The Camino is generally thought to be quite safe; probably safer than the places most come from. Most common are thefts of valuables left unattended and the occasional "indecent exposure."

    Health issues and accidents and weather changes have typically presented more danger than foul play.

    But, do we let our guards down? Trust too much as we enjoy the camaraderie of the Camino?

    Desperately hoping Denise is safe somewhere, enjoying a personal time of reflection and solitude.

    But in my heart I know a month is a long time, and if she had walked much past Astorga, certainly someone would have seen or there would be a record of where she stayed. Did she leave the Camino there to travel elsewhere?

    It is most common to carry cash, getting more from ATMs as needed. Credit cards are not widely accepted in the kinds of places pilgrims usually frequent or stay. For transportation or better accomodation for rest days, credit cards would be more commonly used. But that there is no record of either is scary.

    Buen Camino, Denise. Praying for your health and safety.
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    It has been established that Denise arrived in Astorga in the afternoon of April 4.
    She spent the night in the hostal San Javier.
    The next morning, April 5, Denise was seen near the Cathedral of Astorga by two German women.
    She was in the company of an Italian man named George.
    The four of them had breakfast on a terrace.
    April 5 was Easter Sunday, the town of Astorga was loaded with people.
    Denise planned to go to mass in a church near the Cathedral. After that, she wanted to continue to El Ganso, a village at 13 kms from Astorga.
    No trace of her has been found after 12.30 hrs.

    http://www.elnortedecastilla.es/leon...502103853.html

    The police have located the Italian man 'George'.
    Giorgio Candoni finished the Camino and returned to italy on April 15.
    He remembers Denise and their conversation, and that is all.
    He was unable to offer new information.
    He kept a diary on the internet (*), there are no pictures with Denise in them.
    (* I saw the diary but unfortunately, I lost the link. I believe that his daughter posted his reports of the trip.)

    http://www.elcorreo.com/bizkaia/soci...501110626.html
    Por las calles de la capital de la Maragatería acompañó a la mujer Giorgio Candoni, un peregrino italiano sesentón y barba cana. Su testimonio era una de las grandes esperanzas de los investigadores. Candoni siguió su ruta en solitario, llegó a la capital gallega y regreso a Italia. Fue localizado el pasado miércoles. Recordaba a Denise. También publicaba un diario digital de su ruta en el que no aparecen referencias ni foto alguna de la desaparecida. Pero poco más ha podido aportar.
    The same publication states about Denise that she took 50 euros from a cash machine each week: Metódica, sacaba 50 euros de algún cajero cada semana
    IMHO 50 euros taken from a cash machine per week is very little, even if it was only pocket money and she paid the rest by credit card or bank card.
    The albergue San Javier costs 9 euros per night. If prices in other hostales are similar, this would leave her with no money for anything else even if she did her own cooking.

    A lot of searching has been done between Astorga and el Ganso. Denise still has not been located and there are no sightings of her after Astorga, 12.30 hrs on April 5.

    On the forum of El Camino and other places it is claimed that the Camino is safe. Sadly, the comments next to the publications in the newspaper tell a different story and so do some women who walked the track:

    http://www.elnortedecastilla.es/leon...502103853.html

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    In the last hours there have been several women who warned security forces that they were surprised by a man who harassed them in that stretch. And the police have taken very seriously this information. A sketch has been made of the man and his features as part of the search performed by agents in the area.

    Could the same man who harassed the pilgrims have met with Denise? Nobody knows. Just like no one knows if the "heart problems" suffered by the woman may have contributed the lack of news during the last three weeks.



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    From the FB-page Help Us Find Denise:

    https://www.facebook.com/helpdenisenow

    "After spending 3 weeks in Spain searching for Denise and trying to raise as much awareness as possible, Cedric has returned to the U.S. to take care of his worried parents."


    Still no trace of Denise, the search in Spain continues.
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    Search for Denise goed on

    ElCorreoGallego.es 08.05.2015
    http://www.elcorreogallego.es/santia...oticia-930702/


    Santiago. The government delegate in Galicia, Santiago Villanueva, explained yesterday that "the search efforts continue" for the US pilgrim who disappeared in the province of Leon. He said that it is not known if she made it to Ponferrada(*) and beyond to Santiago.

    Denise Pikka Thiem was in Hospital de Órbigo on April 4 and then headed Astorga, the section where the National Police and Civil Guard focused their search initially. Villanueva said that after an evaluation of data on crime during the first quarter of 2015 in Galicia, "the protocol for missing persons" is already operational and " the efforts to find her continue".



    * Ponferrada (population 70.000) is located +/- 55 km west of Astorga and El Ganso.
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    New flyer with description of the backpack


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    please follow the link for a bigger picture!
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    Investigators believe that today Denise Thiem is untraceable


    LeonNoticias (in Spanish)
    http://www.leonoticias.com/frontend/...n174620-vst216


    "The searches are ongoing," according to a source from the investigation. However, the chances of locating alive the northamerican pilgrim who disappeared 35 days ago in Astorga are "scarce".

    This is admitted in this case that is full of questions and in which for the moment the important efforts made have not yielded any results.

    Denise Pikka Thiem, the pilgrim missing since last May when she was hiking the Camino de Santiago, has left no clue that one might follow. No one has seen her, nobody knows anything about her, there has not been found any trace either in Astorga or on the unlikely track made to the town of El Ganso, her scheduled stop after [Astorga] the capital of the Maragata region.

    This American woman whom her brother described as "prudent" and unlikely to "commit follies" was lodged in the pilgrims' shelter of San Javier, in Astorga, but from the doorstep on the way out her trail vanishes.

    "Bad business"

    Police and Guardia Civil, along with volunteers and groups linked to the Camino, have scoured the track in an area of 200 meters on the right and left. Result: nothing.

    Incredibly nobody seems to have seen this woman of Indo-Asian features, 1.60 meters high, between 50 and 53 kilos of weight and long straight hair.

    "Investigations will not be stopped" the source informs. The police officers hope to discover a blunder by someone who might be involved in this case. Otherwise, "bad thing".


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    Quote Originally Posted by ZaZara View Post
    It has been established that Denise arrived in Astorga in the afternoon of April 4.
    She spent the night in the hostal San Javier.

    The next morning, April 5, Denise was seen near the Cathedral of Astorga by two German women.
    She was in the company of an Italian man named George.
    The four of them had breakfast on a terrace.


    April 5 was Easter Sunday, the town of Astorga was loaded with people.
    Denise planned to go to mass in a church near the Cathedral. After that, she wanted to continue to El Ganso, a village at 13 kms from Astorga.
    No trace of her has been found after 12.30 hrs.

    http://www.elnortedecastilla.es/leon...502103853.html

    The police have located the Italian man 'George'.
    Giorgio Candoni finished the Camino and returned to italy on April 15.
    He remembers Denise and their conversation, and that is all.
    He was unable to offer new information.
    He kept a diary on the internet (*), there are no pictures with Denise in them.

    (* I saw the diary but unfortunately, I lost the link. I believe that his daughter posted his reports of the trip.)

    http://www.elcorreo.com/bizkaia/soci...501110626.html


    The same publication states about Denise that she took 50 euros from a cash machine each week: Metódica, sacaba 50 euros de algún cajero cada semana
    IMHO 50 euros taken from a cash machine per week is very little, even if it was only pocket money and she paid the rest by credit card or bank card.
    The albergue San Javier costs 9 euros per night. If prices in other hostales are similar, this would leave her with no money for anything else even if she did her own cooking.

    A lot of searching has been done between Astorga and el Ganso. Denise still has not been located and there are no sightings of her after Astorga, 12.30 hrs on April 5.

    On the forum of El Camino and other places it is claimed that the Camino is safe. Sadly, the comments next to the publications in the newspaper tell a different story and so do some women who walked the track:

    http://www.elnortedecastilla.es/leon...502103853.html

    May 2
    In the last hours there have been several women who warned security forces that they were surprised by a man who harassed them in that stretch. And the police have taken very seriously this information. A sketch has been made of the man and his features as part of the search performed by agents in the area.

    Could the same man who harassed the pilgrims have met with Denise? Nobody knows. Just like no one knows if the "heart problems" suffered by the woman may have contributed the lack of news during the last three weeks.




    BBM

    So Giorgio was the last male seen with the missing woman and he is not considered a POI or suspect. So can we not say that the last male is not ALWAYS the suspect/perp. (?) FWIW, in other cases I tried to bring up the possibility of this point and was met with derision. (Not here)

    I hope she is OK, but I'm very worried.

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    VANISHING ON EL CAMINO

    The mystery of the whereabouts of Denise: "No evidence, no proof, no clue; absolutely nothing "



    Diaro de León 12/05/2015
    http://www.diariodeleon.es/noticias/...da_978123.html


    The strange disappearance of Denise Thiem, the American pilgrim of whom all tracks were lost on April 5 in Astorga, remains a series of unknowns. Almost forty days after she stopped giving signs of life, the investigation has managed to turn up "absolutely nothing" as was admitted yesterday by sources from Subdelegación. "Not one clue, no indication and no evidence" they asserted, though all lines of enquiry and assumptions remain open trying to fit the pieces of the puzzle.

    While the security forces, who are conducting a relentless work, comb over and over again around Astorga and the route of the Camino de Santiago from maragata capital in order to find something on the ground, the relatives of the disappeared woman have launched a new campaign of mobilization on Facebook, with the purpose of organizing groups of volunteers who can lead the search for Denise in their home towns, under the supervision of a responsible in charge in each town. Volunteers from the Association Camino de Santiago, Astorga, the Moto Club of the town, the Club La Salle, and Civil Protection have already joined as volunteers in this undertaking, but now it is proposed to extend it beyond Astorga, involving the entire Northwest. "For most, Denise is a stranger but we learned that the pilgrims feel that she is part of their family", states the message on the social network, appealing to those who want to work to make known their location and possibilities in the mail help .denise.now @ gmail.com.

    Friends and family propose that searches, always coordinated, take place during the weekend - Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the next two weeks. So far nothing has brought any results, but they remain hopeful. "It is overwhelming to see so many good people ready to bring Denise home," they explain in the same message with new posters to be placed in bars, shops and offices of the towns and villages and on the Camino.


    BBM


    I translated this text from Spanish to English and did not cross check with the original entries on FB that may have been translated earlier from English to Spanish. This may account for some (slight, I hope)) differences.
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