I've read about the mystery couple from Sumter County and like a lot of people it tickles my brain and frustrates me. I share the surprise that many people have regarding why the mystery couple's loved ones have not found them. Recently a possibility regarding that matter jumped into my mind: their friends and relatives did not look for them because those friends and relatives already believe they know what happened to them. Many people believe that the mystery couple were not American nationals and many think they were from Canada, partly because the name "Jock" or "Jacques" is French and Canada has a large French contingent. However that avenue has yielded no results. What if the mystery couple were foreigners to the USA but from South America? That could explain why their family never looked for them. South America during the 1970s was a continent where the public suffered a lot of government repression. There are thousands of people who simply disappeared without a trace, most of which were believed to be murdered by South American governments. In fact I think that if two of your loved ones disappeared at that time you might actually assume that the government abducted them and killed them. If you did assume that and were confident in your assumption, you might not explore other possibilities. That might not sound right to a lot of people but since government forced disappearances were so common in South America in the 70s you might assume that your missing loved ones met a violent fate at the hands of Pinochet or someone like that as opposed to what really happened to the mystery couple. To be clear, I wonder if the mystery couple, who are believed to be non-Americans are from South America. I wonder if their relatives didn't look for them because for some reason those relatives lumped the mystery couple in with the countless thousands who went missing during the 70s during the political repression. I know that people will say this: "but they disappeared in South Carolina, not South America." However I don't think that matters. I think the mystery couple were from South America, their family wasn't entirely aware of their itinerary to travel to the USA in the days well before social networking, and their family, unaware they were in the USA, assumed that their disappearances were simply part of the disappearances that were common in those days in Latin America. Maybe their pics can be found on the walls of the disappeared.