Spanish-language daily La Extra reported this morning that the son of Ryan Piercy, Alejandro (age 26) has also disappeared. The news comes a week after the disappearance of Ryan Piercy, who is the General Manager of the Association of Residents of Costa Rica (ARCR) and Casa Canada Group.
La Extra, originally reported that Piercy is being held for a Half Million Dollar Ransom, after his car was found abandoned on a coffee plantation in Heredia. An earlier article in the Tico Times confirmed his disappearance under odd circumstances, and was updated over the weekend with no specific mention of a kidnapping.
On Friday, the English language AM Costa Rica also confirmed that the Judicial Police were investigating the disappearance of Piercy. That article speculated that investigators would be expected to keep details confidential, if they were actually negotiating a kidnapping. Public comments from the OIJ said they are investigating the possibility of either an abduction or a case where Piercy himself decided to abandon the country.
The report in La Extra about the disappearance of the son, Alejandro is also odd because it offers no details about his supposed disappearance and gets wrong basic facts, which are verifiable by public records. Piercy’s wife is described as a “sentimental companion”, but public records indicate that the couple was married in 1999. Piery’s age is also specified as 46, when public records show that he is 45 years old. The article does not mention an age for Alejandro and a casual reader might assume that his son is a child, and not a 26 year old man.
Both articles in Diario Extra also referenced Piery’s abandoned residency application, open since 2007 with the immigration department. This is an extraneous detail, as electoral records clearly show that Ryan Craig Piercy Bate is a naturalized citizen of Costa Rica. La Extra had to know that Piercy was a citizen when they published the article because it referenced his second last name, which is Bate. A Canadian resident would only have one last name. The legal names of Costa Rica citizens always include both last names.
Lack of residency is also doubtful because corporation records in the national registry show Piercy as once having a resident cedula number. In any event, Piercy is definitely a Costa Rican citizen and would have likely abandoned residency, subsequent to naturalization.