Missing Alvaro and Jose

Missing Alvaro and Jose
My uncle and his life-long friend are missing in the jungle in Peru. Time is critical.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tonight Our Search is Over, Thank You So Much for Your Support

My beloved Tio Pepe in my dining room

My uncle Jose Tamayo, know to us as “Pepe”, and his friend Alvaro Rossel were found today in Alvaro’s car, the victims of a fatal car accident on a dangerous road in a beautiful country. This has been devastating news. But I am so grateful to those people who searched for them on foot and in helicopters and vehicles and at the end of ropes, and to Peru, the US Embassy, Congressman Himes, all of the reporters we've spoken to in the US and in Peru, and countless others for their efforts at helping our families. I am relieved to have the news and to not go another night worrying about my dear uncle Pepe and Alvaro.
I never really got the idea of "closure" having never been in this situation, or anything close to it. But after many days of little sleep and lots of stress and emotion and seeing your family going through their own personal mental tortures, your mind does terrible things, keeps you up at night playing various scenarios over and over, hashing out minute details of multiple possibilities, like a movie with an infinite number of alternate endings... some where you can help, some where people beg for help and no one comes, some where people suffer, terrible stuff, and some of it very calming and peaceful and sweet, but to not know... THAT is torture. For several days that is what I go to sleep with and what I wake up with. That is what haunts me any moment that I allow my mind to wander. Now at least I know... I know that they weren't lost cruelly and needlessly at the hands of some thug, or left to die slowly on purpose after being injured or thrown in a ditch, tortured for days at gun-point, left to starve in the jungle, left to die of their individual medical complications... It was in fact an accident. Like those people in the interviews said, the road is dangerous and accidents happen.  It was an accident and I feel immense relief. And immense grief...  But it's better to know. It truly is. Really, this is what they mean by closure.
I still can't imagine how I will handle my next party without Pepe but I can say goodbye to him now without worrying he might be suffering anymore. The desperation of the last several long days melted into great, sobbing sadness upon hearing the news and now what I feel… I can’t quite describe, sleepy understanding?  I will sleep tonight knowing that my uncle is not in distress and knowing that when he left us he was with a person he loved dearly, a good man, Alvaro Rossel, his closest friend in the world.  That gives me great comfort.
Through this process I have been absolutely amazed at the love and the outpouring of support, the advice, encouragement, prayers, offers of help given to us and to me personally by friends, acquaintances  and total strangers; friends of friends of old friends, friends of sisters of classmates, facebook friends of old friends, former co-workers of friends, and so on. There has been such an incredible outpouring of support for our families and I am so grateful. I wish I could thank each of you and hug each of you personally. It was so comforting to me to have people reaching out and doing all they could for a stranger. I know that this is the basis of human nature, this is what we do, ultimately people help people in need because we are all in it together. Thank you, friends and strangers alike.  I am humbled, absolutely humbled by the outpouring of love… in a world where everyone says we are all isolated computer-junkies, real people reached out of their computers and offered overwhelming support and I want everyone to know how much hope it gave us and how much it is appreciated. These men were worth all of it, really, they were. Alvaro Rossel and Jose Tamayo, they were good men, and loved, very much loved and if you’d met them you would never forget them, that's the kind of people they were… and they were worth ALL of the effort it took to find them, every bit of it, every single moment spent.
Alvaro Rossel and Jose Tamayo

Goodbye Pepe and Alvaro, we were so lucky to have you. 

You CAN help!!! Please, YOU can do this!!!

In order to get American resources down to Peru, the Peruvian government has to ask for help from America. U.S. citizens can call or e-mail the Peruvian ambassador in Washington, D.C., and ask him to ensure the Peruvian government is doing all it can.

Hundreds of people have viewed this blog! PLEASE take a moment to email the ambassador. Ask your friends to do this too!

Send an Email to the Ambassador through this link: Peruvian Ambassador Luis Miguel Valdvieso Montano 
OR: emoscoso@embassyofperu.us <emoscoso@embassyofperu.us>

AND call him at: 202-833-9860

You may copy and paste this mesage:
Sir, there are 2 missing elderly men in a jungle in Peru; Jose Tamayo and Alvaro Rossel. Mr. Jose Tamayo is a Peruvian born man; a Peru/US dual citizen, a father, a grandfather, a business owner. He disappeared on vacation in his beloved Peru 9 days ago with his friend Mr. Alvaro Rossel, a Peruvian businessman and entrepenuer. They may be sick or injured, they are in dire need of help. I urge you to plead with the government of Peru on the behalf of Jose Tamayo, Alvaro Rossel and all of their family and friends in the United States and in Peru who are powerless to help. We desperately need to find our loved-ones. Does Peru have the resources to complete this search? We want the US to help find this missing citizen. Please ask for help from the US to find our men. Time is of the essence.

Jose's sisters hope for his safe return

The search for Alvaro Rossel and Jose Tamayo will be in it's ninth day today. Peru may not have the resources for the type of extensive search that we need.

Jose Tamayo with a grandchild and his sisters
My mother is flying to Lima today to be with her sister as they await news of their younger brother Jose from the search effort.

From The Hour: Norwalk Woman Seeks Help...

Norwalk woman seeks help finding uncle and friend after losing contact
Tuesday September 28, 2010 in The Hour by Robert Koch

Click to read the article: http://www.thehour.com/story/492048

Monday, September 27, 2010

In the Name of the Father Part 1 and 2

Jose Tamayo's son (my cousin) in Peru. H flew to Lima this week to help with the search for his father
From Peru: Panorama-En el Nombre del Padre; In the Name of the Father

This two part News report in Spanish has good video footage of the area where my dear uncle Jose Tamayo and his close friend Alvaro Rossel were travelling. It also shows the road and the search area giving a glimpse into the type of terrain that the searchers are dealing with. This is interesting to watch even if you don't speak Spanish just to get a feel for the area.

The man in the white T-shirt and dark sunglasses shown leading one of the search parties is Juan Alvaro, Alvaro Rossel's eldest son. They say of him, it doesn't matter how far he has to go or how long it takes to find his father...

The three women and the man that are interviewed in the rose-walled room are Alvaro Rossel's daughters, Mariana (far right) graduated from Wells College, Lorena (middle) graduated from Brown University and Monica (left) graduated from NYU, they are with Jose Tamayo's son, Jose Luis (Boston College) who is American. He flew to Peru this week to help.

Some of the people interviewed in the town comment that the road is dangerous and that accidents are known to happen.

Click to see the video: In the Name of the Father Part 1

Click to see the video: In the Name of the Father Part 2

The Register Citizen: Connecticut Man Missing in Peru

Jose with his grandchild
Click for the story: http://www.registercitizen.com/articles/2010/09/27/news/doc4ca1196fbe102613466977.txt

The New Haven Register: Former Shelton Man Missing in Peru

Click for the article: http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2010/09/27/news/doc4ca0dcc67f24b914438970.txt

NBC Connecticut News

I guess with a little imagination this is the flag of Peru... It's sort of missing the emblem though...
Click for the article: http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local-beat/Local-Man-Missing-in-Peru-103851608.html

Minuteman News Center Report: Fairfield man missing in Peru, family enlists Himes' help in search effort

Jose "Pepe" Tamayo
Click on this link for the story:

News 8 WTNH.com Story

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