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Missing US hiker Cody Dial's passport found with human remains in Corcovado National Park

A forensic team discovered the passport of missing U.S. hiker Cody Dial over the weekend among human remains found in Corcovado National Park, officials from the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) confirmed to The Tico Times.

Dial, a 27-year-old Alaskan native, went missing inside the park in Costa Rica’s southwestern Osa Peninsula in July 2014 while hiking backcountry trails. The OIJ is now processing DNA collected at the site to identify the remains. Dial’s parents, Roman and Peggy Dial, arrived in Costa Rica to identify the other belongings found at the scene.

Park rangers discovered the body in a ravine known as Quebrada Doctor early on Friday morning. The ravine is located near the park’s center and sat outside of the rescue team’s original search area. A criminal investigation has been underway for several months but OIJ officials said the location of the body — a tough three to five-hour hike from the town of Dos Brazos — makes foul play unlikely.

A forensic team investigates the site where human remains were found in Corcovado National Park on May 22, 2016.

(Courtesy OIJ)

“We are doing an examination of the remaining parts of the body to see if there are injuries that could be consistent with murder but it would have been a difficult homicide,” said OIJ spokeswoman Marisel Rodríguez. “The team had to hike out in the morning and camp overnight to get the remains out of the park.”

The discovery of the remains came just two days before the airing of the first episode of “Missing Dial,” the National Geographic Channel’s documentary on Dial’s disappearance. The documentary follows Roman Dial’s search for his son in the company of two private investigators.

“I do think [the remains] could be him,” Roman Dial told The Tico Times on Friday, “but I still don’t know what happened.”

Contact Lindsay Fendt at lfendt@ticotimes.net

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Rose Lavalle

First of all parrot foot had more to do with it then what he told the investigators if the miner’s pulled a gun why would they just let him go unless he was in on it he knows way to many details he needs to be arrested with the minors. His back pack returned and sat for 2 months and like the comments below they need to check his hand writing cause that could of been anyone. In the beginning of the show it is estimated that 850 people disappear there every year so sad what is wrong with this world.

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Mary Barnes

I have been watching the series the missing Dial and it is so sad. When the P I’s learned what they did to the young man they had to tell the dad. 283 people have been killed that year. If you get a chance watch it. Shows the jungles and how bad they have it over there.

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Jamie Mill

The guilty abound in this tragedy, yet I can’t help but think that both Dial men were very naive about people. Knowledge of the wilderness cannot replace knowledge of the streets and real life people.

My son is only 3 years older than Cody, but far more aware of the evil that exists, especially in places where life is cruel and so different from the US. The most important job is to teach our children that situational awareness is an absolute must! Do not walk alone or with strangers who have not been tested for trust. It sounds unkind, but better safe than dead or harmed. I truly wish Cody had asked about Jose before his untimely death.

The rules we teach them at age 4 must last forever, not just until age 21. Godspeed!!

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Rick Diehl

I have a son the same age as Cody was I wouldn’t stop until I found out the truth ……..😞

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Rick Diehl

Someone tell me why parrot foot would make up so many stories was it for attention or was it something more sinister I don’t believe a word that guy says remember he already murdered someone else he claimed self-defense but I don’t think so

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Rick Diehl

They took advantage of a young American traveling by himself they knew no one was with him and they knew they could get away with it. It is a piece of crap he is told so many lies and the other three guys they all know something but they’re all covering for each other plain and simple Rick from Canton Ohio

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Rick Diehl

Listen everyone when Americans travel abroad they don’t give a s*** what happens to them but leave me we are not like that anyways their government was hiding something it’s so obvious

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Donna Outlaw Plank

After watching this week’s episode (June 26) and already very strongly suspecting homicide, after seeing the previews for the next episode, accusations are flying and I believe Pate is the liar. I too hope they check the handwriting at the hostel when the backpack was brought back.

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Shannon Marie Link

My heart aches for you Roman Peggy and Jasmine. Thinking of you ❤

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Dee Anness Worrell

I watched the 1st episode of Missing Dial and wonder why was his backpack at the US Embassy packed with all of his equipment. Something doesn’t sound right with this he wouldn’t have gne into the jungle without his stuff.

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Ana Mangus

I know, I was wondering the same thing. That just don’t seem right to me at all. No one is going into the jungle without thier gear. Someone is covering up something bad.

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Ana Mangus

They need to check the hand writing in the hostel to how cody wrote his name, cause someone could have bring his pack in the hostel and signed his name to make it look like he came back.

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Rick Diehl

That’s a really really good points someone took it there and left his body in the jungle. Foot

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¡ scottidee !

Imagine That, Jungle Homicide in Costa Rica

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