US Citizen Robert "Bob" Elhert - Missing In Panama Since 21 June 2013
Saturday, July 20 2013 @ 04:26 PM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
I knew Bob personally. I met him at the Sportsbook watching football games last season. Bob is a Vietnam veteran originally from Harris, Minnesota. (I think) his date of birth is 16 February 1942 (needs to be confirmed). He retired from the company ADT.
Bob owns a sailboat named the "Blue Rhapsody" that is docked at the Shelter Bay Marina in Colon. Bob owns a condo in Panama City and he spends most of his time between Panama City and Minnesota, when he's not out on his sailboat.
Bob was last seen on 21 June 2013 when he left the Shelter Bay Marina in his car - a beige Infiniti with a sunroof and Minnesota license plates. Later that same day one of Bob's friends found a note in Bob's apartment that said "I am going to Boca Del Toro with Diana to see some old friend about some property. I will be back in two weeks. Herb I want you to pay the cleaning and & taxi fare back to Shelter Bay. I will pay you back when I return. Thank you." That was the last time there was any contact.
On 15 July 2013 a close friend called Bob's daughter to ask if she had heard from him. The family members then talked amongst themselves, and everyone realized that no one had heard from him, despite attempts to contact him via email and on the phone. Bob's family and friends are now in the process of ramping up a search effort to find him.
At this point there are more questions than answers. A missing person complaint has been filed with the DIJ in Panama City. The FBI has been notified of Bob's disappearance. Friends in Panama City have been putting up posters.
About His Car: If the note is real and Bob left Panama City for Bocas del Toro from the Albrook airport, then his car might be sitting in the parking lot there. The first step is to determine if he actually left Panama City for Bocas del Toro (via air) or not. Of course he could have driven. His car is going to look something like this;
Bob was supposedly traveling with someone named "Diana" or "Diane." This person has not yet been fully identified.
Bob and "Diana" were supposedly going to travel to Bocas del Toro on 21 June 2013 to see an "old friend" about the possibility of buying a farm. So far it is unknown if Bob actually went to Bocas del Toro or not, nor it is known who he was going to be seeing.
As you can tell, the search for Bob Elhert is just getting underway. If you know anything about what might have happened to him, please contact me via email - firstname.lastname@example.org - or contact the local DIJ in Panama or the FBI if in the United States.
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