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QCOSTARICA – American Brian Hogue is one of 203 people who went missing in Costa Rica last year (152 men and 51 women), who in the words of Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ) agents, “were swallowed up by the earth”.
The OIJ reports receiving 593 complaints of adults gone missing during last year. These are people, without explanation, left home and never returned.
Of the 593, the OIJ says 390 were located by police (24 were found dead) or returned to their homes.
The OIJ  Office of Planning and Operations says that in the last three years, the number of missing persons has quadrupled. For 2013, the number of people whose whereabouts is still unknown is 35, while for 2014, the number is 40.
Although

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