The whereabouts of an American couple taking a dream vacation remains a mystery days after their family received a distressed call from their father asking for money.
Dave Scee, and his wife Laiann, were on their way to Costa Rica as part of a two-year sailing expedition from Washington state when Scee made a panicked call to his daughter Vanessa on Monday morning telling her that the couple had run into “trouble with immigration and the military” in Nicaragua and needed money put into their bank accounts.
The phone call was cut short and family members had to wait until Wednesday to hear from anyone on the status of their relatives. And though not much is yet known, what has been shared so far is positive.
"I just wanted to let everyone know that I just got a call from the Embassy of Nicaragua," Danielle Blagdon, Dave's daughter and Leiann's stepdaughter, wrote on Facebook. "He said he talked to my dad and he is ok. Dad couldn't tell him much of what happened but he will get on the Internet as soon as he can to let us know. Thank you to all our family and friends!"
Blagdon said that she has no way to contact her parents, but the couple usually kept in contact through Facebook. Messages sent to the couple on the social media site have gone unanswered.
Both the State Department and the U.S. embassy in Nicaragua were contacted about the incident, with the State Department saying it was investigating the matter.
“We have been in contact with the family of the individuals in question, and we are working to confirm their safety,” a State Department official told ABC News.
The U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua declined to comment, saying only the State Department could provide any information on the Scee’s case. Both Nicaraguan Consulates in Washington and New York also declined to comment.
The couple, both in their mid-50s, had a history of making long seas voyages. They left for a two-year excursion in October and planned to make various stops in Central America over a period of three months.