Published Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Canadian citizen reported missing

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Agents of the Judicial Investigation Organization are requesting help from the public to find Canadian citizen Kent Alexander Madsen who has been reported missing since Friday, March 13.

According to the judicial investigators, Madsen, 59, was last seen that Friday when he was diving on Cocos Island.

The island is located in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 550 km southwest of the Costa Rican mainland of the Central Pacific Coast in Puntarenas Province.

According to the information of the investigators, Madsen was scuba diving with a group of tourists who were taking driving lessons near the coast of the island.

However, by the time the lesson was over, all the tourists returned to the boat except for Madsen.

Professional scuba divers tried to track Maden for 72 hours, finding only his scuba equipment on the beach of Manuelita Island but there was no trace of the Canadian.

Manuelita Island is located on the north coast of Cocos Island.

Anyone with information about this person can contact the Confidential Information Center of the Judicial Investigation Organization at 800-8000-645 or WhatsApp 8800-0645. There are bilingual agents who can answer calls in English or Spanish.

A.M. Costa Rica urges readers to share this missing person’s case with their contacts.

This is the second case of a foreigner missing in one month.

On Feb. 24 judicial agents reported a U.S. citizen, born in Costa Rica, named Christian Tijerino López, 33, was missing.

According to the agents, Tijerino came to Costa Rica in December to visit relatives. He was last seen between Feb. 21 and 22, near the community of Liberia in Guanacaste Province when he left his hotel driving a vehicle.

On Saturday, Feb. 22, the car was found in the community of  Bagaces in Guanacaste. However, there are no traces of Tijerino.

Anyone with information about this person can also contact a judicial agent at the same number 800-8000-645 or WhatsApp 8800-0645.

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