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Old 01-07-2013, 10:10 AM   #11
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Still, no reports on the US national news? Could it be a fictional story?
Bill,

It appears that the story has been picked up by some news media:

http://www.jhnewsandguide.com/article.php?art_id=9411

http://elcomercio.pe/actualidad/1518...sinos-ocongate

Still remains an unfortunate event, but it would interesting to know if there was anything that the trio did that day/evening that may have put them at additional risk.., that in turn may be helpful to other travelers planning a similar trip.

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Old 01-08-2013, 11:32 PM   #12
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I hate to be cold hearted. The fact remains that they drifted into an uncontrolled area. There are areas of Peru identified by the state department as not under control of the Peruvian government.

I'm assuming the above to be true.

Sadly, Americans run into bad situations all the time internationally. Understanding that when you leave this country that you are more or less on your own is not so widely know...

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Update from the "TODAY" Show:

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Old 01-26-2013, 05:38 AM   #14
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This caught my eye early on when this story first started hitting "ALL" of the RV forums including this one. The story was told and kicked around for all to read... Then it started looking like a possible scam as stolen and destroyed items were itemized and apparently monies were being sent by the RV'ers to poor folks involved. Sure raised a RED FLAG to me... At that time it was only being reported by an internet type BLOG of some sort. No news media involved.

I see now the story has finally got some US news media attention...

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Even exploring the US has its potential dangers. I'm parked at the Imperial Dam LTVA near Yuma now, and looked at a map yesterday to find nearby National Parks or Monuments. I discovered the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument was about 3 hours away, so I went to the National Parks website to learn what I could. Here's a quote out of the "Safety" page for the park:
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Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is a safe place to visit. However, illegal border crossings and activities, including drug smuggling, occur daily. It is unlikely that you will encounter any illegal border activity but you should be aware that such a situation is possible.
http://www.nps.gov/orpi/planyourvisit/yoursafety.htm

It would be an interesting place to visit, having many varieties of cactii and wildlife. (Including Gila Monsters, which would be quite a sight.)

The park abuts the Mexico/US border for several miles, which led me to read the page about park safety. If I decide to camp there, I will have protection next to my bed. And I don't mean a big dog! Or a shotgun, as was recommended recently.
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Perhaps you could ask Senator Feinstein to come down and provide protection for you and your family while so near the border. She seems to know a lot about what is and what isn't needed.
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This story just reinforces my desire to never go across the border again. Let those people live on some other tourist's money, they won't be getting mine.
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