49 Year Old US Diplomat James Hogan is Missing in Curaçao … Bloody Jeans Found


Curaçao trying it’s best not to become the next Aruba. It is amazing how fast and thorough an investigation into a missing person occurs when an individual is wanted to be found.

49 year old  James Hogan, a US Diplomat vice-consul has been missing in Curacao since last James_hogan_29-vice-consulThursday evening when he left his home in Toni Kunchi, went for a walk and never returned. His wife filed a missing persons report the following day.

The investigation into his disappearance began Friday as police started a search along the route that Hogan usually walked.

On Friday afternoon, the Public Prosecutor and the police started with the Team Large-scaled Search (TGO), which consists of fifteen to twenty persons. The police circulated an official missing person report later on. This led to tips, which are currently being investigated

Bloodstained jeans have been found Baya Beach on Friday afternoon that were forwarded to the Dutch Forensic Institute (NFI) in Rijswijk.

The clothes possibly belong to the vice-consul James Hogan (49) who is missing since Thursday evening, but the NFI is yet to give a definite answer. Officer of Justice Ludmilla Vicento stated the aforementioned during the press conference yesterday. For the time being, the authorities are assuming that the man is missing, but they are also taking into account all scenarios from a crime, a kidnapping to an assault. A team from the NFI with four specially trained dogs arrived on the island last Sunday. The area surrounding Baya Beach at the peninsula of the Caracas Bay is fenced off until further notice. Family, colleagues, and neighbors have meanwhile been heard, but this did not yield any results yet.

FBI and State Department officially joins search for James Hogan

It would appear that the cooperation and rush for resources and help into Curacoa for missing James Hogan is occurring at a much more brisk pace than it was for Natalee Holloway in Aruba. It’s amazing how fast a government and LE operate when they actually want to find a missing person. Earlier disappearances are still fresh in the memory of the Netherlands Antillean people like Dutch trainee nurse Marlies van der Kouwe who was killed on Bonaire and US teenager Natalee Holloway who disappeared without trace in Aruba.

In connection with the disappearance of Mr James Hogan, vice consul of the United States, the Attorney General (OM) Dick Piar has confirmed that the Consul-General of the United States has made a request that two persons join the search.

Following the request of the FBI on Monday, 1 officer and 1 officer of the State Department have been added to the search team.

The (OM) also stated that through formal channels, a request was made to the Netherlands for technical assistance to aid with the investigation into the disappearance of Hogan. He stated that this request has now been approved.

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    19 Responses to “49 Year Old US Diplomat James Hogan is Missing in Curaçao … Bloody Jeans Found”

    1. Rusty Bridges on October 1st, 2009 11:03 am

      Be ready to update the story to “chocolate” stained jeans.

    2. A Texas Grandfather on October 1st, 2009 2:31 pm

      Interesting how quickly that LE can move when it is an American diplomat that is missing and how they quickly asked for help from the US and the Netherlands. Did they do this for Natalee and her family or for the nurse trainee. No,they thought they could sweep it under the rug and life would go on as usual.
      These islands are situated geographicly in a beautiful place, but they also attract all sorts of crimes from drug and human trafficing crime rings and cartels. This is because the governments are corrupt where foreign workers and turists are fair game for all the thugs.
      Until the Netherlands dedcides to make the ABC islands a safe place, all people from quality societies should never go there.

    3. Jimbo on October 1st, 2009 3:34 pm

      I always have a lovely time while in the Dutch Antilles.The diving is great and its generally safe compared to Jamaica-Antigua etc.I am assuming that a missing diplomat carries more weight than a missing tourist.They are probably used to seeing tourists miss their flights due to hangovers and what not.Not that one is more important than the other but just an observation.

    4. Susan on October 1st, 2009 4:34 pm

      Latest blow to ATA -

      Adventure of the Seas abandons Aruba
      30 Sep, 2009, 09:18 (GMT -04:00)

      ORANJESTAD — The cruise ship Adventure of the Seas from Royal Caribbean will not be visiting the harbor of Oranjestad after April 20th, 2010.
      The ship, with a capacity of more than 3000 passengers, will be cruising in Europe. Various media have announced this. Alfonso Becloud, director of the Aruba Ports Authority (APA) confirms that the route of Adventure has been changed and that the ship will no longer be visiting Aruba as of the end of April. The cruise schedule, which can be viewed on the website of APA, also confirms the departure of the Adventure of the Seas.

      The sister ship, Serenade of the Seas of the same company, will be visiting the Aruban harbor instead of the Adventure. The Serenade is of the Radiance-class and, in comparison with the Voyager-class of the Adventure, carries approx. 2400 passengers. The Serenade is newer and more modern. The passengers of the ship are also different, according to Boekhoudt. The Adventure of the Seas attracts younger passengers with its facilities such as a skating-rink, wall bars, and a basketball field.”

      The homeport of the Serenade of the Seas lies in the Bahamas. Boekhoudt says he regrets the decline of passengers, especially during the low season, but is positive about the possible chances of Aruba attracting other ships from Royal Caribbean. “Nothing has actually been said on this, but it is possible that the cruise company could for example decide to have the Grandeur of the Seas visit Aruba more often, when the demand becomes high enough”, said the APA-director.

      The cruise ship Adventure has continuously visited our harbor for years. During the high season, this ship visits our island every week, and every two weeks during the low season. In Europe, the Adventure of the Seas will be departing from Malaga in Spain and sail a route in the Mediterranean Sea. According to Boekhoudt, there is no specific reason for the departure of the Adventure of the Seas. “It is probably just a change of the ship’s sailing schedule, just like all ships do every few years.” Therefore, he does not consider it obvious that the ship would return to Aruba within short. “It takes at least four to five years before they adjust their route again.”

    5. Susan on October 1st, 2009 4:44 pm

      I’d like to think that Natalee’s disappearance has helped to improve the relationship between the governments of the Netherlands and the US when it comes to missing US citizens, but I’m probably wrong. Just because this guy is the US Diplomat vice consul doesn’t mean he should get preferential treatment over anyone else…

      Hopefully Hogan will be found safely :-)

    6. miriam on October 1st, 2009 5:38 pm

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      Amigoe English
      ‘Judge and Public Prosecutor step into legislator’s shoes’
      ORANJESTAD — The Bar Council is concerned about the development that the Public Prosecutor (OM) and the judge will step into the shoes of the legislator. The president of the Bar Council, Ronny Wix, stated this yesterday during an exceptional session of the Communal Court of Justice of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba.

      Amigoe English
      Cooper: Reverse laws standing in the way of autonomy
      WILLEMSTAD — Charles Cooper (MAN), party leader of the combination list of MAN, FK, and NPA, does not appear to be prepared to execute the political process that has been approved by a majority in a referendum, if he ends up in a coalition. From Aruba, Cooper stated yesterday that all laws standing in the way of Curaçao’s autonomy should be reversed, according to him.

      Amigoe English
      ‘Make the difference in legislation between the islands more apparent’
      WILLEMSTAD — The uniformity in the legislation between the islands will also disappear with the upcoming dismantlement of the Antilles. Even though the final statement of 2006 mentioned that that uniformity should exist in the procedural law, the criminal law, the civil law, and the bankruptcy law, this only applies for the lands Curaçao and St. Maarten, and not for the Netherlands or the BES-Islands.

    7. Dolf on October 2nd, 2009 7:38 am

      soon byebye moneypitt

    8. Crioyo on October 2nd, 2009 12:27 pm

      Definitive answer is in. DNA on bloody clothes matches Hogan and his cellphone is found in sea.


    9. dotratc on October 2nd, 2009 2:48 pm

      A Texas Grandfather (#2) asked: “Interesting how quickly that LE can move when it is an American diplomat that is missing and how they quickly asked for help from the US and the Netherlands. Did they do this for Natalee and her family or for the nurse trainee.[sic]”

      The answer is – YES. According to Rep. Spencer Bachus, Aruban authorities requested assistance from the FBI within six hours.

      There is also a huge difference between a timely report of a missing resident and a report a day and a half after the fact that a tourist missed her flight home. Even the US DEA agent on Aruba (Eric Williams) assumed at first that Natalee had just overdone her vacation.

    10. dotratc on October 2nd, 2009 3:02 pm

      …and another glaring difference between the Hogan case and the Natalee Holloway case – a week and a day after Natalee went missing, you couldn’t turn on a TV in the United States without seeing a story about her case. So far, the Hogan case has not caused so much as a ripple of interest in the US media.

      I guess Rev. Wright was right; the US media only gets interested when the victim is a young white woman.

    11. Susan on October 2nd, 2009 4:42 pm

      dotratc – You forgot or intentionally left out the part where the FBI was not allowed to actively participate in the investigation into the disappearance of missing Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway, all thanks to the Aruban authorities.

      All the FBI could do was sit on the sidelines while ALE sent folks on wild goose chases, as well as protect the van der Sluts and the Kalpoes!! ALE did NOTHING to ensure JUSTICE was served for Natalee and they continue to do so to this very day!!

      Leave it to you to DEFEND Jeremiah “Wrong”!!



    12. Carpe on October 2nd, 2009 5:40 pm

      DNA on bloody clothes matches missing US diplomat
      Oct 2 06:04 PM

      SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – The weeklong search for an American diplomat has taken a grim turn as investigators on the Dutch island of Curacao said DNA from bloody clothing strewn along a popular beach matched that of the missing man.

      Police and prosecutors in this palm-fringed corner of the Caribbean said forensic scientists have confirmed that blood-spattered clothes found on Baya Beach “definitely” belonged to James Hogan, a 49-year-old U.S. vice consul who vanished a week ago. Divers also found his cell phone in the sea.

    13. dennisintn on October 2nd, 2009 8:14 pm

      it would be nice to know what kind of cases he had been working on lately.

    14. Ray on October 3rd, 2009 2:35 am

      Now Curaccao has a missing PERSON case to contend with. I dont expect them to solve it.


    15. Antillian on October 6th, 2009 2:49 pm

      Why is it that when a yankee goes missing it is always the countries fault?? i know yankees are proud but naive?
      For all the haters blaming the islands for this because a white rich american girl got killed by a NON antillian, yes you read it right, NON antillian you feel you need to boycot this island.

      Do you really think that is she was any other color that this much stink would be made.

    16. Antillian on October 6th, 2009 2:54 pm

      by the way if the Hogan case doesn’t get solved it is as much the fault of the F.B.I, the US justice department and the US navy (yes they sent a submarine to go look for him) then it is the fault of the local Police.
      And the complainer about the F.B.I. activily participating look on the news fotos of the search….see the white guys in the pictures..they are not local or dutch they are the F.B.I. activily searching

    17. Antillian on October 6th, 2009 2:57 pm

      Please stop with the hollier then thou crap…did anybody notice that when the missing reports came into the police that night the first place the police started looking were the local whore houses….why would they do this???

    18. NM on October 19th, 2009 2:06 pm

      Let me translate what antillian is saying for everyone,
      In the dutch islands there is no crime of murder, all murders are considered suicide, insurance fraud or whatever their teeny tiny degenerated minds make up.

      Also I vote your post over at ireport as the most stupid post ever writen
      “….who goes walking in jeans and a polo…”

    19. SouthWind47 on October 22nd, 2009 4:41 pm

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