Curacao seeks help in case of missing US diplomat

(AP) – Investigators in Curacao are asking the public for help solving the disappearance of an American diplomat whose bloodied clothes were found last month on one of the Caribbean island’s beaches.

A police-produced video broadcast over the weekend asks islanders to plug gaps in the last known movements of U.S. Vice Consul James Hogan, who vanished Sept. 24 after leaving home for one of his regular midnight walks. The 10-minute video also includes a request for information about the 49-year-old official’s social life on the Dutch island.

It was after 11 p.m. when Hogan, dressed in sneakers, blue jeans and a blue polo shirt, told his wife he was going for a walk and set out from their home outside the capital, Willemstad. Hogan often took late-night walks for an hour or two, according to Huggins.

The video asks for witnesses to come forward if they gave Hogan a ride or saw him walking one of the roads between those neighborhoods. In particular, it asks for information from the driver of a two-door BMW seen in one of the neighborhoods.

Curacao lies about 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of Venezuela and is the headquarters of the Netherlands Antilles government. The U.S. stations military planes at the island’s airport for multinational counter-drug missions in the Caribbean.

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