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Officials Call-Off Search for Australian Couple Missing from Carnival Cruise

Hemera/Thinkstock(SYDNEY) – Police have called-off the search for an Australian couple who went missing from the Carnival Cruise Spirit off the east coast of Australia Wednesday night.

Surveillance video from the cruise-liner showed the two people going over the railing of the boat at about mid-deck about 75 miles off the coastal city of Forster, Australia according to BBC News.

They were not reported as missing until Thursday morning when the ship docked in Sydney, almost 200 miles south of Forster.

“Unfortunately, we have been unable to locate any sign of both people and, again, our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and relatives of the people that we are looking for,” said Detective Superintendent, Mark Hutchings.

The missing couple has been identified as Paul Rossington, 30, and Kristen Schroder, 27, according the Australian broadcaster ABC.

Investigators are having the video 'enhanced' to try to learn if they jumped or fell by accident.

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Missing California Cyclists Found on a Boat in South America

Facebook(NEW YORK) -- A young California couple thought to be missing for a month while on a cycling trip through South America has been located on a boat and were surprised to hear of the search for them, according to Peru's tourism ministry.

The couple was found on a slow-moving boat and are expected to arrive at the Ecuador and Peru border Wednesday, where they will have access to a phone, according to Miguel Antezana, the communications director of Peru's Foreign Commerce and Tourism Ministry.

The families and friends of Garrett Hand and Jamie Neal, both 25, had been concerned about the couple ,who had not been heard from in over a month.

The couple was found on the Napo River at a place called Angoteros, according to Antezana. There, they spoke to the police and were surprised by all of the questions. They eventually asked what was going on and the police told them that they were considered missing persons.

The ministry is sending people with video cameras to the location where the boat is going to dock to show that they are alive and well.

Antezana said that it appears that the couple simply did not want to communicate with their families because they could have done so in Iquitos.

Earlier Tuesday, Hand's mother told Good Morning America that the family had checked his bank records and found there was no bank activity since Jan. 25, the same day as the couple's last Facebook post.

"How is my son traveling without getting any money?" Francine Fitzgerald asked. "How is my son eating?"

The couple embarked on their journey at the end of November, or early December.

As the couple cycled through the continent, they frequently posted updates and photos on Facebook, chronicling their journey. They posted photos of camping, the wildlife and the people they met along the way.

The last post was on Jan. 25 and said, "Finally found Kraft Mac 'n' cheese in South America! Stoked LOL." The couple had not been heard from since, which worried their families and friends.

"They would post sometimes several times a day, pictures telling us where they were and then we all noticed that his postings stopped," Fitzgerald said on Good Morning America.

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Sarai Sierra: Body of Missing American Mom Reportedly Found in Turkey

Courtesy Sarai Sierra's family(NEW YORK) -- The body of an American woman who went missing while on a solo trip to Turkey has been found in Istanbul, and nine people have been held for questioning, according to local media.

Sarai Sierra, 33, was last heard from on Jan. 21, the day she was due to board a flight home to New York City.

The state-run Andolu Agency reported that residents found a woman's body Saturday near the ruins of some ancient city walls in a low-income district, and police identified the body as Sierra.

Rep. Michael Grimm, R-NY, who with his staff had been assisting the Sierra family in the search, said he was "deeply saddened" to hear the news of her death.

"I urge Turkish officials to move quickly to identify whomever is responsible for her tragic death and ensure that any guilty parties are punished to the fullest extent of the law," he said in a statement.

The New York City mother, who has two young boys, traveled to Turkey alone on Jan. 7 after a friend had to cancel. Sierra, who is an avid photographer with a popular Instagram stream, planned to document her dream vacation with her camera.

"It was her first time outside of the United States, and every day while she was there she pretty much kept in contact with us, letting us know what she was up to, where she was going, whether it be through texting or whether it be through video chat, she was touching base with us," Steven Sierra told ABC News before he departed for Istanbul last Sunday to aid in the search.

Steven Sierra has been in the country, meeting with U.S. officials and local authorities, as they searched for his wife.

On Friday, Turkish authorities detained a man who had spoken with Sierra online before her disappearance. The identity of the man and the details of his arrest were not disclosed, The Associated Press reported.

The family said it is completely out of character for the happily married mother, who met her husband in church youth group, to disappear.

She took two side trips, to Amsterdam and Munich, before returning to Turkey, but kept in contact with her family the entire time, a family friend told ABC News.

Further investigation revealed she had left her passport, clothes, phone chargers and medical cards in her room at a hostel in Beyoglu, Turkey.


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Family of Missing New York Woman Heading to Turkey to Help Search

Courtesy Sarai Sierra's family(NEW YORK) -- The husband and brother of a New York City woman who vanished in Turkey on her first solo trip overseas are heading to the country to assist in the search.

Sarai Sierra, 33, was supposed to arrive back in the United States on Jan. 22, but she never showed up for her flight home, her family said.

Her husband, Steven Sierra, and her brother, David Jimenez, are scheduled to arrive in the country Monday afternoon and plan to meet with local officials and media to help bolster the search.

Sarai, who is an avid photographer, went ahead with the Jan. 7 trip after a friend had to cancel.  Throughout her journey, Sarai kept in contact with her family.

"It was her first time outside of the United States, and every day while she was there she pretty much kept in contact with us, letting us know what she was up to, where she was going, whether it be through texting or whether it be through video chat, she was touching base with us," Steven said.

But when it came time to pick her up from Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, Sarai wasn't on board her scheduled flight.

Steven called United Airlines and was told his wife had never boarded the flight home.

Further investigation revealed she had left her passport, clothes, phone chargers and medical cards in her room at a hostel in Beyoglu, Turkey, he said.

The family is suspicious and said it is completely out of character for the happily married mother of 11-year-old and 9-year-old sons, who met her husband in a church youth group, to disappear.

The U.S. Embassy in Turkey and the Turkish National Police are involved in the investigation, ABC News affiliate WABC-TV reported.

"They've been keeping us posted, from my understanding they've been looking into hospitals and sending out word to police stations over there," Steven said.  "Maybe she's, you know, locked up, so they are doing what they can."

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Missing Fashion Mogul Vittorio Missoni Turned Family Business Into a Global Brand

(NEW YORK) -- Rescuers searched by air and sea Sunday off the coast of Venezuela for the plane carrying Italian fashion mogul Vittorio Missoni, the man credited with turning his father’s fashion house into a global empire that includes hotels, housewares and bicycles.

The 58-year-old left the remote Los Roques archipelago Friday on a twin-engine plane bound for Caracas, Venezuela. On board were his wife, two friends and two pilots.

Thirty minutes after takeoff, the plane vanished into the Caribbean, leaving the tight-knit Missoni clan anxiously waiting for answers.

Luca Missoni, Vittorio’s brother, is reportedly en route to Venezuela to monitor the search effort, while 91-year-old patriarch Ottavio Missoni remains in Italy with family.

Vittorio, who runs the family business with his siblings, Luca and Angela, has been instrumental in bringing the brand to luxury consumers in Asia.

“It’s quite a family business and we have also a new generation who’s been involved,” Missoni said on a video that was posted on YouTube earlier this year.

The Missoni brand was born in 1953 at a workshop in Gallarte, Italy, when Ottavio Missoni and his wife, Rosita, began creating knitwear.

Known for the trademark Missoni zig-zag pattern, the brand has become a favorite of fashionistas, including Kate Moss and Kate Middleton.

The Missonis used their flair for design and business savvy to move beyond knitwear, starting a hotel chain and a line of housewares.

In 2011, the fashion house partnered with Target to create a low cost, 400-piece line, including a bicycle that sported the trademark Missoni zig-zag.

The collection sold out in minutes at Target stores, while online shoppers managed to crash the big-box retailer’s website.

The fashion house has not yet said whether the Missoni fall 2013 menswear show, which is scheduled for next Sunday in Milan, will go on as planned.

Annuals sales of the Milan-based company are estimated to be between $75 million and $100 million.

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Plane Carrying Missoni, Italian Fashion Boss, Reported Missing 

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(CARACAS,Venezuela) -- Vittorio Missoni and his wife are reported missing, who were last seen on board a flight from the archipelago of Los Roques heading towards Maiquetia Airport in Caracas, according to the BBC.

The aircraft disappeared midmorning on Friday and has not be traced since, reports the BBC.

Missoni, 58, is the co-owner of the Missoni Italian fashion empire with his siblings.

The Missoni brand was popular in the fall of 2011 when they did a designer collaboration with Target and sold out of many of their products.

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Passenger Planes Helpful in Locating Missing Yachtsman in Australia

Norm Betts/Bloomberg News(SYDNEY) -- Passengers on an Air Canada flight to Australia joined in helping an Air New Zealand Airbus in the search for a stranded yachtsman off the Australian coast.  

Both jets flew at a lower altitude as the pilots asked passengers over the PA system to look out their windows when they spotted the solo yachtsman, who was low on fuel and had a broken mast, the Telegraph reports.

Captain Andrew Robertson is Air Canada's fifth-most senior pilot and has been with the company since 1973. He said the search for the missing yachtsman was the first time he had been involved in this kind of event, The Australian reports. He added the exercise lengthened the flight traveling from Vancouver to Sydney by about 40 minutes.

The yachtsman, a 44-year-old from Queensland, was found alive and without injury, an Australian police official told the Telegraph.  

Australian Police later picked up the yachtsman and transported him to safety.

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Wife Asks Ahmadinejad for Help in Finding Missing Ex-FBI Agent Husband

BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As Mahmoud Ahmadinejad prepares to speak to the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday, an electronic billboard in Times Square and subway placards around the city will remind the Iranian president and U.N. delegates of an American who has been missing in Iran for more than five years.

"I'm trying to make the public realize that my husband is the second-longest held hostage in American history," said Christine Levinson, husband of former FBI agent Robert Levinson. "It's been five and a half years since he disappeared on Kish Island and two years since we received a video from his captors . . . and we still have no information about Bob since the day he disappeared."

"This week, with the UN General Assembly in New York," Christine Levinson told ABC News, "we are trying to get the whole world's attention. I am hoping we will finally be able to get him home."

Robert Levinson, a father of seven and grandfather of two, began working as a private detective after leaving the FBI. He disappeared in March 9, 2007 while on a business trip to the Iranian resort island of Kish. U.S. officials believe he is being held by unknown captors in Southwest Asia.

Five months after his disappearance, against the advice of the U.S. government, Christine Levinson and her son traveled to Tehran to conduct their own investigation, but the trip yielded no results.

The Levinson family received a so-called "proof of life" video in late 2010 showing Levinson, who suffers from diabetes and high blood pressure, in deteriorating health. Levinson, who was 62 at the time, addressed Christine as "my beautiful, my loving, my loyal wife" and referred to his 33 years of service to the federal government before pleading for help from U.S. authorities.

Christine Levinson is now appealing directly to Ahmadinejad, who is under the international spotlight as he prepares to give his final speech to the U.N. as Iranian president. He leaves office next year. "In the past he has said that he will investigate and he will have his people investigate," Levinson told CNN. "He has promised to help us. So we need to get him in touch with whoever can help us get the job done and get Bob home."

Pictures of Levinson began appearing on subway placards in midtown Manhattan last week. The signs, and a Times Square billboard, feature a picture of Levinson next to the word "Missing" and ask United Nations delegates to "encourage the Islamic Republic of Iran to work with the U.S. to bring Bob home."

This year the FBI offered a $1 million reward for information. The case has frustrated investigators, whose diplomatic strategies have failed.

"We ask ourselves how is it possible that someone -- especially someone 6'4" and (then) 225 pounds -- disappears without a trace," reads a statement from the Levinsons on the family's website.

Iranian representatives did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

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American Journalist Missing in Syria

Scott Peterson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Family and colleagues of a freelance reporter from Texas who is traveling in Syria say they have not heard from him in more than a week.

Andrew Tice, 31, a student at Georgetown University Law School and a former Marine, had traveled to Syria for several months to report on the 17-month uprising, filing for a number media outlets including the Washington Post and McClatchy newspaper group.

The Washington Post said it was “focusing intensively on trying to ascertain his whereabouts and ensure his safe return.” It praised Tice for his “important, on the ground reporting.”

McClatchy said it had enlisted the help of the State Department, which said it is working with the Czech embassy since its own has closed.

“Journalists like Andrew take risks every day to deliver the news to the rest of the world,” said McClatchy’s vice president of news, Andrew Gyllenhaal. “Andrew’s reporting on the events in Syria has been particularly powerful and revealing -- a reminder of why this work is so vital.”

The Committee to Protect Journalists calls Syria the most dangerous place in the world for reporters to work, counting 16 who have been killed since November.

On Monday, Japanese reporter Mika Yamamoto was shot and killed during the heavy fighting raging in Syria’s commercial center of Aleppo. Two other journalists with her at the time -- a Palestinian correspondent and his Turkish photographer -- are now missing. The wife of the Palestinian, Bashar Fahmi, who works for the American-funded Al Hurra network, says she was told by witnesses that they are alive and being held by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

Tice left the Marine Corps in January after serving as an infantry officer. The Post says he crossed into Syria from Turkey in May and made his way down to Damascus by July. He was spending time with rebel fighters and planned to leave Syria in mid-August.

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Three Americans Missing from Cruise Ship Found by Jamaican Police

File photo. Victor Sokolowicz/Bloomberg News(OCHO RIOS, Jamaica) -- Three Americans who failed to return to their Carnival Cruise ship after a stopover in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Thursday, were found safe and unharmed this afternoon at a villa in Discovery Bay -- approximately 40 minutes west, on Jamaica's northern coast.

The three passengers, whom the cruise line earlier identified as members of the same family, went missing after disembarking the Carnival Freedom for a day-long port call in Ocho Rios, the cruise line said in a statement obtained by ABC News.

Jamaican authorities had classified the disappearance as a missing persons case, saying it was odd that the family took all of their belongings off of the ship before vanishing. The family has no known ties to anyone in Jamaica.

It was not immediately clear why the family left the ship and never returned. They are in the custody of Jamaican police and will be questioned about their mysterious departure. Police have not yet said whether charges will be brought against the three passengers.

The ship left Fort Lauderdale, Fla., last Sunday for a six-day cruise. It is scheduled to return on Saturday.

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