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Friends of Tom Cook

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Raised by 80 people in 14 days
Created October 1, 2018
October 13, 2018

It is with heavy hearts that we post this update: it has been confirmed that Tom’s remains have been found in Costa Rica.

Tom was a lot of things: a Navy veteran, a successful small business owner, a lover of the sea and sun, but above all, he was a beloved family member and friend. His loved ones are overwhelmed with the outpouring of support that we received as we searched for Tom. It is evident that his zest for life impacted so many. Our goal now is to get Tom home and have a big (as Tom would say) “kick-ass” celebration of his life.

As you can imagine, both of these things will come with a cost. We are reaching out to ask for your continued support to be able to celebrate this man who was taken from us too soon. A man who served his country, served his community, reveled in each day, happily did as he wished, was not distracted by stressors or pettiness, embraced every moment, lived…oh boy, how he lived.

If you wish to contribute, but would like to do so off-line, please email bringtomcookhome@gmail.com to ask how. 

Sandy LaFrance (Tom’s Sister)
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10/12/18 - 7:50 PM EDT - From Sandy LaFrance

I just received word that the body in question WAS INDEED my brother Tom. He was murdered by some very bad people. It is with a heavy heart I share this with all of you, but I ask you to remember that his spirit is no longer there in that morgue, but in a much better place! I will keep you all aware of when we can take him home to his final resting place. Thank you.

Sandy LaFrance
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10/12/18 - From Sandy LaFrance

Our family is overwhelmed with the love being expressed by so many for Tom. It’s helping us get through some very difficult days.

The Costa Rican authorities have not yet provided positive identification of the body, but we are reasonably sure it is Tom. We are excruciatingly aware of how long this seems to be taking.

Susan Sussman in Senator Leahy’s office has spoken to the Chief of American Citizen Services at the U.S. Embassy in San Jose, who informed her that, in addition to the difficulty of positively identifying remains, there are bureaucratic backlogs at the morgue brought on by the recent national strike. The U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica is aware of the situation.

We are told that our contact at the Embassy checks at least every morning for an update from the OIJ.

The bottom line is that the U.S. Government can not tell Costa Rica how to conduct its affairs nor we can we necessarily persuade them to provide a timeline that they may not be in a position to construct.

We are in touch with the Embassy at least once a day. They understand that we want information. We are doing everything possible to get answers.

For now, we somehow have to remain patient.

With blessings and deep gratitude for your love and caring,
Sandy LaFrance
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Many thanks to all for your outpouring of kindness and support. Tom’s family is deeply appreciative of the love and caring of so many friends and family. Tom was clearly a good friend to many.

A private investigator was hired and has worked on the case during the past week. The Missing Americans Project has been and continues to be involved and very helpful.

We learned last night that a body has been found, and it may very well be Tom. The OIJ, the Costa Rican investigating agency, is working to make a positive identification. This process may take some time.

The focus will shift to recovery if we get a positive identification, and then we may need more help from Tom’s friends and family to bring him home and have a celebration of life.

We are saddened by this news and hope to learn more about what may have happened.

Thank you again. We will keep you informed as much as we are able.

Peace out.

Nancy Hawley
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