I work with Geoff Tayner's (gatogato) father in Iowa and they have been unable to contact him for quite a few days now. I was wondering if you had anymore info than we have right now. It seems that it has been over 12 days since the last contact and he was to be taking a ship to Columbia. Do you think you could ask around and maybe find out some info? His parents are pretty worried.
We are hoping he is fine and just doesn't have access to internet. Please let us know if you have any info. Thank you.
This came from the Embassy in Panama today 11/30/2007:
There are no shipping manifests, but we do have a copy of the request for permission from the immigration office in Colon for the captain of the boat to take individuals from Colon to Turbo, via Puerto Obaldia. The captain of the boat is named Tomas Martinez, and he ferried the following persons from Colon to Colombia:
Rudolf Koppelman, German, passport
Rosa Vargas, Colombian, passport
Lisa Nosted, Portugese, passport
Geoff Tayner, Canadian, passport = our friend that is missing
We received information from Inspector Cummings of the Colon immigration office today that the boat stopped off in El Porvenir, Panama, en route to Turbo, Colombia instead of stopping over at Puerto Obaldia.
If anyone knows how to get a hold of the captain, or any of the individuals on the boat above, any information provided would be greatly appreciated.
Links to sites regarding our search:
Geoff's Travel Blog: http://journeyrider.typepad.com/