Thursday, June 25, 2009

Scottish Tourist Missing from Moon Palace

Missing: Julia Howard
(photo courtesy The Scottish Sun)

It's a mystery. A family from Scotland reports that 78 year old Julia Howard went missing at the Moon Palace resort on June 15th. She apparently left the pool area to retrieve a hat from her room and has not been seen since. The family states that the hotel and the authorities did little to help them until earlier this week when the news hit the press. In addition to a lack of appropriate response, the attorney general of the state of Quintana Roo made a completely inappropriate statement about the matter:

"The Quintana Roo AG, Bello Melchor Rodriguez Carrillo, was quoted by Focus Radio in Mexico as stating;
“The first presumption is that the Attorney General’s (Office) is against the family, they just had to take care of the management of this person, because we don’t know the clinical history of this person (Julia Howard), who may have mental deficiencies, (we’re) totally unaware of the physical health this person arrived in and this seems to be that the family, her (Howards’) son and daughter were in a recreational area in the pool area of Hotel Moon Palace, and when she said that the case was to return to the room, to find some things, and to join up again with them, and it seems that (she) left for a time, and as I said the people responsible for her, these guests (Howard’s adult children), which apparently they took of no great importance, continued to enjoy their holiday ” . (courtesy Dangers: CancunCasa)

It seems unlikely to me that the woman met with foul play, there have been no reports of ransom demands and no evidence of an attack or robbery, she simply disappeared. I would speculate (as dangerous as that may be) that she fell victim to a crocodile or an accidental drowning in the sea. There seems to be so little information that it is really difficult to guess what exactly happened. The family states that she was a healthy woman, perhaps she simply chose to disappear, stranger things have happened. The police and hotel staff are apparently now conducting an in depth search, utilizing marine police, mounted police and canine units to search the area.

Until such time as real evidence appears, my thoughts go out to the family of Julia Howard. I hope they find answers and something to bring them peace. I know many residents of Quintana Roo read this blog, please look at the picture carefully, more eyes searching may be of benefit to the investigation.

You can keep up with the news on the Trip Advisor Cancun forum or over at Dangers' blog (thanks to him for bringing this to my attention). Click here for today's article from Diario de Quintana Roo (Spanish of course).


Dangers said...

Hola CC, thanks for picking up on this, the Howard family is desperate for information, and hopeful for a safe &sound recovery of their loved one, Julia Howard.

KfromMichigan said...

I'll pray for her safe return .. alive.

Frankly Ronda said...

Awful. Makes me sad.

ElleCancun said...

So sad... I really hope she is okay??

Rosas Clan in Tulum said...

I am so sorry to hear that a family is going through such a scary and unsure time. I hope for the safe discovery of their famiy member.

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