Friday, August 2, 2013

American Robert "Bob" Ehlert missing in Panama

American Robert "Bob" Ehlert missing in Panama

From Denver, Colorado TV Channel 9 news, 
DENVER - A Denver woman told 9 Wants to Know she's desperately searching for her missing father who vanished in a foreign country earlier this summer.

She hopes stories about her father's mysterious disappearance will help prompt someone who knows where he is to come forward.

Bob Ehlert has not been heard from in six weeks. He was last seen in Panama City where he spent time sailing.

Ehlert splits his time between Panama and his home town of Harris, Minnesota. His daughter, Mariah Ehlert, lives in Denver. She recently went to Panama to search for her father.

"The police don't have anywhere near as many resources that we have up here," Mariah Ehlert said.

She tried to do much of the detective work herself while in Panama.

"There are flyers posted everywhere; we contacted real estate agents and travel agencies. The embassy says there have been no deaths reported,' she said.

Ehlert had two sailing friends staying with him when he disappeared. According to a police report, the friends found a note in his condo. It said Ehlert was leaving for two weeks with a woman named Diane to look at properties in a remote resort area called Bocas del Toro.

Mariah said the note was not in her father's handwriting and none of his friends had ever heard of the woman named Diane.

Ehlert's two houseguests have since returned to the United States.

The sheriff's department in Bob's hometown of Harris, Minnesota is also investigating the missing person case. They have looked for clues in Ehlert's financial records.

"The investigator took the computer out of his place a week ago," Ehlert's neighbor Jack Sprinkle said.

According to friends and family, Ehlert's bank statements do not show any activity since he went missing and his sail boat is still docked at a Panamanian marina.

"He's a very energetic and gregarious guy. He's very outgoing," Mariah said about her father.

When asked what her worst fear is at this point Mariah said, "That he's dead, because then we don't get him back."
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