Canadian expat Ryan Piercy, missing for one month, appears safe at his Costa Rica home, police say

February 24, 2015
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After being missing for one month and likely kidnapped in Costa Rica, Canadian expat Ryan Piercy arrived safely at his home in western San José in a taxi at midnight on Saturday, a spokesman for the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) told The Tico Times.

Piercy, 45, went missing on Tuesday, Jan. 20, and is believed to have been kidnapped. Police discovered his wife’s abandoned car with its doors open and engine running on the side of the road along Route 32, north of the capital.

OIJ Director of Criminal Investigations Maicol Soto told The Tico Times that Piercy, a well-known expat and board member of the Association of Residents of Costa Rica (ARCR), is safe in his home with his family, and police are giving him time to recover before they interview him and issue a public statement.

Soto did not comment further, pending a debriefing with Piercy.

For the past month, police, members of Piercy’s family and colleagues at the ARCR remained silent on the events surrounding Piercy’s disappearance. Sources close to the investigation acknowledged early on that Piercy had been kidnapped, but neither the OIJ nor family members would confirm the information.

This story is developing. Follow www.ticotimes.net for updates.

Correction: A previous version of this story identified Ryan Piercy as the owner of ARCR. According to attorney Romulo Pacheco, Piercy is a board member of ARCR, but not the owner.

 

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