Sunday, August 30, 2009

Red Cross suspending search for student missing in Costa Rica

Steve Miller Reporting

Chicago (WBBM) - The search for a missing doctoral student from Chicago is marking a sad milestone today in Costa Rica: The Red Cross is ending its rescue efforts, at least temporarily.

On Tuesday, it will be three weeks since the disappearance of 28-year-old David Gimelfarb, a Chicago doctoral student who hasn't been seen since he left for a hike in a national park in Costa Rica.

His parents left their home in the Chicago suburbs to travel to Costa Rica - and that's where they've been since August 13 - searching - waiting for news.

Rescue crews have come and gone. Since the beginning, the Red Cross has been searching.

Now, on the Facebook page dedicated to finding David Gimelfarb, there is an update which says: "It was heartbreaking to talk with David's mom...; the involvement of Red Cross is concluding."

Sunday is expected to be the final day for the Red Cross.

The Facebook site indicated that David Gimelfarb's parents have hired people in Costa Rica to continue the search.

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