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Search for British journalist in Tamarindo goes on

November 6, 2009

The search continued Monday for a missing British journalist at Playa Tamarindo, in Costa Rica´s northwestern province of Guanacaste.

Michael Dixon, 33, checked into the Villas Macondo on Oct. 18. Hotel officials reported him missing on Oct. 21. Employees said they saw Dixon leaving the hotel on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 19, with a towel.

That sighting has been questioned, however, and family members are investigating Dixon´s whereabouts on the preceding Sunday.

Police reports confirmed that Dixon´s room at the hotel appeared undisturbed. Authorities found his credit cards, identification and money inside the room.

The missing journalist´s brother, David Dixon, flew to Costa Rica Oct. 30 to aid search efforts. He is looking for information about Michael´s disappearance.

“I am staying as long as it takes to find out Michael´s whereabouts – I can´t go home without information,” Dixon told the AFP, a French news agency.

The missing 33-year-old was born in Salford, England and grew up in France. He was based in Brussels, Belgium. Dixon is 1.7 meters (5 feet 8 inches) tall and weighs about 65 kilograms (145 pounds). He has short black hair and a slender build.

Those who might have information about the missing Briton´s location are urged to contact the Judicial Investigation Police at (+506) 8865-7629 or Scott Simpson at (+506) 8896-4129. Friends have also set up a group on the social network Web site Facebook to share thoughts and information.

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