Update: Missing US tourist found dead in Costa Rica

June 9, 2015
Patrol Office Richard Jean-Georges.
Patrol Office Richard Jean-Georges was reported missing while swimming at Jacó beach on June 6, 2015. (Courtesy Bristol Police Department via Facebook)

Update Tuesday, 4:30 p.m.: Richard Jean-Georges was found dead off the coast of Jacó on Tuesday afternoon, according to Red Cross spokesman Freddy Roman. Costa Rican authorities are preparing to collect the body. 

A missing U.S. swimmer in the central Pacific Costa Rican beach town of Jacó has been identified as Patrol Officer Richard Jean-Georges, from Bristol, Rhode Island, in the United States.

The Tico Times previously reported that two U.S. tourists went missing at the beach Saturday. A 26-year-old man was rescued. The other, now identified as Jean-Georges, is still missing, according to Red Cross spokesman Freddy Roman.

Jean-Georges was likely pulled out to sea by a riptide at the popular Pacific beach, according to the Red Cross and a statement from the the Bristol Police Department. The three-year veteran of the department was on vacation with his family in Costa Rica when he went missing while swimming on Saturday.

According to the TV news station WPRI 21, a group of BPD officers are traveling to Costa Rica on Tuesday to assist in the rescue effort.

The body of another tourist who disappeared in Jacó waters, a 34-year-old man from Los Angeles, California, was found on May 15 two miles off the coast of the popular tourist destination.

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

Tourism
1144 views

Costa Rica 101: Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)

Alejandro Zúñiga - February 19, 2019

Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) is both the first and last destination for the majority of tourists to Costa Rica.…

Artists ask for approval of $31 million loan to restore National Theater
Art
702 views
Art
702 views

Artists ask for approval of $31 million loan to restore National Theater

Josué Alfaro / Semanario Universidad - February 19, 2019

Dozens of artists visited Costa Rica's Legislative Assembly on Monday afternoon to request that lawmakers approve a $31.3 million loan…

‘Somos Campeones’: A step in the right direction
Movies
606 views
Movies
606 views

‘Somos Campeones’: A step in the right direction

William Foxton - February 19, 2019

In late January, Cine Magaly in Barrio Escalante, San José, held a special screening of the 2018 hit film, “Somos…