Published January 13, 2015
This is a partial transcript from "On the Record," August 8, 2005, that has been edited for clarity.
Thirty-nine-year-old Willard "Buddy" Larson (search) disappeared in 1999 during a windsurfing trip. He left his hotel to rent windsurfing equipment and was last seen walking down an Aruba beach.
Joining us live in Seattle is Buddy's sister-in-law Mary Larson, welcome Mary.
MARY LARSON, BROTHER-IN-LAW MISSING IN ARUBA: Hi, Greta.
VAN SUSTEREN: Mary, was your brother-in-law traveling alone in Aruba?
LARSON: Yes, he was. He had been there two years prior to when he took this trip to windsurf and he really enjoyed the windsurfing there, the fact that it was a small quaint little island and was looking forward to going back for another trip.
VAN SUSTEREN: All right, take me through what it is the family knows. He arrived in Aruba and what happened after he arrived?
LARSON: He arrived late that one night when the hotel had been closed but he was given a room number to check into, which he did. The following morning he got up to go get his rental equipment, which was already prepaid for in the package he had purchased and when he got to the rental place they told him they didn't have the equipment he had wanted.
So, I guess from what we understand an argument took place because that's his whole reason for going there was to windsurf and so he left the rental store, walked down the beach and that was the last they saw of him.
The room that he had checked into was not the correct room, so they may have gone in there. His bag had not been packed. His passport was there. So they took his bag, his passport to the office and was going to wait for him to return to give him the correct room. He never returned.
The clerk then called the police to let them know that he did not come back to claim his bag or to check back in and they did not respond. After the couple who left the room that he was originally in left the maids went in to clean it and they moved a cushion underneath one of the chairs and there was his wallet. Evidently he had hidden the wallet there that has his money, his ID, his credit cards, everything in it. So when he walked down that beach he had nothing on him.
VAN SUSTEREN: In terms of the person he had a fight with, was this in broad daylight? Did others witness this fight?
LARSON: No, it wasn't a fight. It was an argument over the fact that the clerk there at the rental place did not have the equipment he had prepaid for in order to windsurf.
VAN SUSTEREN: All right. I assume that your family got involved in the search and that you never, I mean you haven't heard anything from your brother-in-law. Were the authorities helpful to you?
LARSON: The authorities were totally negligent in the way that they handled my brother-in-law's case. We only found out about his disappearance when my sister-in-law called the hotel when he did not return for the day that he had to be back for work and the clerk was even surprised and said, "You mean the police have not contacted you?" Because they had been trying to get the police involved in to finding what happened to their guest who never returned.
VAN SUSTEREN: So what happened, nothing? I mean you haven't heard a thing since 1999?
LARSON: No, we have not. My husband and two of the brothers flew down there to try to find them. This was after being told by our local FBI agents that there was nothing they could do. They have no jurisdiction there.
So, three of them flew down there and it was a complete and utter joke the way they were running them around the island, having them chasing a ghost. It was like, "Oh, we see him over here. We see him over there." And, of course, it was a joke. It was a big joke.
VAN SUSTEREN: And, of course, nobody has heard from Buddy Larson since that time. Well, if anyone has heard, of course, or seen or know anything about it they should call the authorities. Mary, thank you.
LARSON: Thank you, Greta.
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