Another Mysterious Disappearance of American Citizen in Costa Rica

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The Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ) is asking for the public’s help in finding an American citizen named Albert George Lusk (67), who disappeared on September 21 in San Isidro de Heredia Province, leaving his car on a remote road as he often did before hiking to his favorite waterfall. Sadly, on that day, Lusk seems to have never returned from his walk.

Mel Rivera, a resident on that dead end road who had often seen Lusk’s Toyota parked in front of her property, noticed that on the 21st the car had been parked in front of her place for more than 48 hours, and posted a photo of the car on Facebook. Relatives of Lusk notified the OIJ who have since collected the car, which showed no signs of foul play.

Neighbors on Rivera’s road stated that it was Lusk’s habit to walk nearly every day through the mountains near Braulio Carillo National Park, an area known as Rio Turu, to the Turu waterfall. They noted that due to recent heavy rains, that area had become extremely slippery and hazardous. The hike is about 1.5 hours, and Lusk was usually accompanied by his dog. Neither Lusk nor his dog have been found. A worker at Lusk’s property said he was unaware of why Lusk had not returned from his usual walk.
Lusk is an organic farming advocate and is well known among organic farmers for his work fighting GMOs is Costa Rica, and advocating for healthy and clean food production. He is the founder of Albert’s Organics, which are sold in both Costa Rica and the USA. Lusk is known to have the best corn chips (organic) in Costa Rica. He stated in 2014, “It’s not just a corn chip – we’re on a mission. I’ve always been about changing the world, and here in Costa Rica, we should be completely non-GMO.” GMO means Genetically Modified Organism, a no-no among organic advocates.

The Red Cross searched extensively for Lusk on both Friday and Saturday, but found no trace of him. His car was taken to the Complejo de Ciencias Forensicas, for further examination.

If you have seen Lusk, or have information about his disappearance, please contact the OIJ at 800.80.00.645, or WhatsApp at 800.00.645.

This is the fifth unsolved disappearance of an American in Costa Rica within the last year. Everyone needs to be on the lookout

About the Author :

Carol Blair Vaughn has written for Inside Costa Rica and The Costa Rica Star, as well as El
Residente magazine. She grew up in Latin America, traveling with her father Jack Vaughn,
former Assistant Secretary of State for Latin American Affairs, and US Ambassador to Panama
and Colombia. The Star published her book Crazy Jungle Love: Murder, Madness, Money & Monkeys
in 2017, and it is now available for purchase on Amazon as both a paperback and an
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