Michael Dixon
Michael Dixon in Costa Rica, 2009

The family of a missing British journalist have called on the President of Costa Rica to help in their search as they plan to meet with officials in the country on the one-year anniversary of his disappearance.

Michael Dixon, who was based in Brussels, was last seen in Costa Rica on 18 October 2009 while on holiday.

His younger brother David, who lives in East Croydon, travelled out to Costa Rica to look for Michael last year, but failed to uncover any new leads.

But his family's campaign continued and now they are appealing for President Laura Chinchilla to take action.

"President Chinchilla - we need your help to find out what happened to my brother," David said in a release.

"Please show us that you care about the people who visit your beautiful country. Please invite the British police and Interpol to help the Costa Rican police solve this case."

"How can such a person vanish without trace and nobody, nobody but his family and friends, seems to care? He is a British citizen, an EU citizen and a journalist," Michael's parents Lynn and Hubert Dixon added.

The Dixon family are planning on meeting with authorities during their visit next week including the chief of the Costa Rican police as well as members of the local press. On the one year anniversary of his disappearance they will also visit the Villas Macondo hotel in Tamarindo, where he was last seen.

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