British journalist missing in Costa Rica - Press Gazette

British journalist missing in Costa Rica

The family of a British journalist missing in Costa Rica for almost two weeks has asked for help in finding him.

Michael Dixon, 33, was last seen by hotel staff at the Villas Macondo hotel in Playa Tamarindo, Costa Rica, at about 9am on October 19.

He told staff he was intending to stay for one night, or maybe more, after spending a week with friends in New York.

Tamarindo Security Ministry official Sabino Reyes said the hotel reported Dixon missing after he told staff he was going swimming and did not return.

Brother David told users of a Facebook group set up help find Dixon: “We have searched in the air, we have searched by foot and we have searched by boat.

“Still no sign of Michael. The search continues.”

He added: “Michael would never just take off and disappear without letting us know, so everyone in the family is desperately worried.”

Dixon was working in Brussels for RISI, a US business-to-business company in the forestry industry.

He was travelling alone in Costa Rica when he went missing and his family and friends first became concerned when he failed to report for work for the first time in seven years on Monday.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that a British National was reported as missing in Tamarindo Beach, Guanacaste, Costa Rica on 21 October 2009.

“We are providing consular assistance to the family.”