Help Find & Bring Home Bob Ehlert

$7,620 of $10k goal

Raised by 110 people in 40 months
Mariah Ehlert  DENVER, CO
Help us find and bring home my father, Bob Ehlert. I'm absolutely heartbroken to make this request and to deal with the fact that my dad is still missing. My dad, Bob Ehlert, has been missing since June 21. $7000 is close to the current sum of the investigation. If I hire a PI, it'll be more, unfortunately.

He was last heard from in Panama (where he lives half the year). No one has heard from him nor have I been able to find any trace of him, yet. Through my family and friends, we have managed to launch a significant campaign contacting senators, urging them to push the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, State Department, and US Embassy in Panama to take action to help find my dad. We have managed to get the FBI involved. They, unfortunately, can't do more than the local Panama police will allow them. We are now looking at hiring a PI to do an independent search in Panama. At this point, the bills are quickly adding up. Lawyers, paperwork, travel expenses, all those little things you never think about are becoming a significant burden. (Because who EVER prepares for something like this?! See end for how you can!)

My dad is a very outgoing, gregarious man, has lots of friends, was enjoying his retirement part time in Panama and part time in Minnesota. He loved volunteering, gardening, sailing, and was a Vietnam War Vet. We are all worried and torn up by his disappearance. Some days I'm able to set it aside and address my daily life and job, but other days are not as easy. Many have asked what they can do to help. If you support me, and whatever that form takes, thank you. I am so impressed at how amazing my friends and family are. Times like these really shows the true colors of people, and there's a whole shiny rainbow around me of their beauty. The money donations, notes, hugs, last minute mountain trips, or simply understanding my current erratic behavior mean the world to me. Thank you.

My deepest and heartfelt: Thank You,
Mariah

What I've learned we should all do, with every family member: prepare a living will and assign power of attorney. Do it now, do it for your loved ones, gods forbid anything horrible happened, at least you are all prepared.
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Update 42
Posted by Mariah Ehlert
19 months ago
Even though it's been a spell since I've posted, gears are still turning in the background. The US investigators are still looking for answers. We are still pushing the police in Panama to stay on the case (as much as they'd like to close it, call it cold and move on). Not having a body, or the car, or any blatant suspects is tricky, too. The estate is a messy mess of messes. That is the most I have to update right now. Hopefully this helps answer some standard questions (so I don't have to when I'm out enjoying life).
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Update 41
Posted by Mariah Ehlert
30 months ago
This week marks the one-year mark since my dad went missing. The US courts recently declared him deceased. Given those markers, and that it's Father's Day, I thought it important to have a memorial to him. I made this website in tribute to him, for family and friends near and far to celebrate his life. Please take a moment to celebrate Bob, the character we knew him to be, and add your own stories. Share the website with those who will want to know. Thank you. #findbob. (FYI: The investigation is still ongoing.)

http://mariahehlert.wix.com/findbob
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Update 40
Posted by Mariah Ehlert
31 months ago
#findbob The police and others in Panama are currently working to re-interview everyone and continue to look for more evidence now that the case is finally being considered a sincere missing person's case (versus him just on vacation, which the police wanted us to accept). Always still hoping for answers. Thank you.
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Update 39
Posted by Mariah Ehlert
32 months ago
Update on #findbob: there is nothing new to report on the case. I've had a few inquires lately from friends and family. If there is anything significant to report I'll let you know. Meanwhile, the case is still open and actively being investigated. The FBI and police in the U.S. have been very responsive and helpful, doing all they can on this end. I am involved weekly, often daily, with the investigation in Panama. Unfortunately things don't move as efficiently in Panama as they do in the U.S., much less as quickly as a snappy 45-minute TV show. That would be nice. The Panama police, investigators, and lawyers will attest that I've been relentless in this search. Thank you for your kind thoughts and suggestions. But right now, it's like asking progress on how the snail is doing in the frozen ice, "any new continents been explored yet?" Umm, how about 5 feet?

Thanks, as always for the support.
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Melanie Vejdani
40 months ago

Hello, I'm looking for volunteers to contact various groups that Bob belonged to (past or present). I just contacted all of Bob's friends on his Facebook page. Now we need to think of what other places his friends reside and start contacting them. Time is of the essence because we don't know what shape Bob is in and how desperate he may be for help. I'd like to get the following groups contacted and invited to join us: ADT, Military Friends, St. Thomas Alumni, His Church, His Sailing Community, The Horticulture Society, and any others you can think of. Please contact me at our facebook group - FIND BOB EHLERT

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Melanie Vejdani
40 months ago

Please join the facebook group: Find Bob Ehlert. We will post updates and keep you informed on how you can help. https://www.facebook.com/groups/findbobehlert/

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$7,620 of $10k goal

Raised by 110 people in 40 months
Created August 12, 2013
KM
$50
Kim Maslanik
19 months ago
MM
$50
Maggie Maas
31 months ago

I'm just so sorry they haven't been able to solve this horrible mystery! I am keeping you and your entire family in my thoughts and prayers!

FS
$100
Felicia Sy
32 months ago
EH
$100
Erika Hiller
34 months ago

Mariah, I am so sorry I didn't see the donation site sooner. I send you love and hope dear friend....love E

TR
$50
Tara Rahmy
34 months ago

Friend of Alyson Farrel who shared your story ! Wishing some peace and resolution !

SB
$50
Sue Bernstein
36 months ago
CR
$10
Chandra Reum
36 months ago
$100
Dawn Rosquist
37 months ago

Mariah I hope this helps.

MS
$100
Mike Sullivan
37 months ago
TF
$100
Tom Faschingbauer
37 months ago
Melanie Vejdani
40 months ago

Hello, I'm looking for volunteers to contact various groups that Bob belonged to (past or present). I just contacted all of Bob's friends on his Facebook page. Now we need to think of what other places his friends reside and start contacting them. Time is of the essence because we don't know what shape Bob is in and how desperate he may be for help. I'd like to get the following groups contacted and invited to join us: ADT, Military Friends, St. Thomas Alumni, His Church, His Sailing Community, The Horticulture Society, and any others you can think of. Please contact me at our facebook group - FIND BOB EHLERT

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Melanie Vejdani
40 months ago

Please join the facebook group: Find Bob Ehlert. We will post updates and keep you informed on how you can help. https://www.facebook.com/groups/findbobehlert/

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