Monday, August 31, 2009

Parents of student missing in Costa Rica may hire private eye

Steve Miller Reporting
WBBM Newsradio 780

Chicago (WBBM) - As the search for a Chicago man missing in Costa Rica nears the three-week mark, the family is preparing to hire a private investigator.

This is the day 28-year-old David Gimelfarb was to resume classes at Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago.

His friend Christine Shaw says David's parents are about to take a new step in their search for their only child, who disappeared August 11 in Costa Rica.

"David's parents are looking into hiring a private investigator. They're starting from a list that was given to them by the U.S embassy in Costa Rica."

David Gimelfarb's parents have been in Costa Rica since the week David disappeared.

The Red Cross had been among the first on the scene at the national park where Gimelfarb had stopped to go hiking. Red Cross rescue workers had numbered more than 100.

Yesterday, the Red Cross pulled out of the search.

"It feels like the search is kind of moved to sort of a different level, which is a little bit scary."

Shaw says the Gimelfarbs want an investigator to go back over the path their son took from Chicago to Costa Rica - then into the park that day, August 11.

Shaw says she still believes David could be alive.

"We're not giving up hope yet," she says.

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