Alaska Man Missing in Costa Rica

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A search is underway for an Alaska man missing in the jungles of Costa Rica. Cody Dial, 27 years old, the son of outdoorsman and Alaska Pacific University professor Roman Dial, hasn’t been seen for two weeks. According to Lynn Paulson, a spokesperson for APU, Cody Dial went missing while on a kayaking trip in Costa Rica’s Corcovado National Park.

“I know the Red Cross is involved and the authorities in Costa Rica, I believe the police, I’m not sure if that is the full extent of the search but I know that it’s got both the Red Cross and the folks in Costa Rica searching, and of course, Roman has joined the search as well.”

APU’s Environmental Science Professor Roman Dial is in Costa Rica now to help search for his son.  Cody Dial was reportedly doing research in the remote jungle of the Park, located along the southwestern coast of Costa Rica. The younger Dial had enrolled in APU’s environmental masters program in January of this year.

“But he was on hiatus from the program. So, this was just an adventure he had undertaken on his own, it wasn’t directly related to his studies here, that I know of.”

His father, Roman Dial, has spent considerable time conducting research and leading student groups in the Costa Rican jungle over the years.