Red Cross Pulls Out of Gimelfarb Search

Friends plan to hold a fundraiser for his search on Tuesday

By Andrew Greiner
|  Monday, Aug 31, 2009  |  Updated 10:27 AM CDT
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Red Cross Pulls Out of Gimelfarb Search

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The Red Cross pulled out of the jungle where Gimelfarb is believed to have disappeared.

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The Red Cross may have pulled out, but David Gimelfarb’s friends and family are not giving up hope on finding him.

About three weeks ago Gimelfarb set off on a solo trip through Rincon de Vieja National Park, a dense forest park in Costa Rica. Then he disappeared.

Park Rangers found his SUV abandoned on August 11.

The Red Cross was flying search missions over the terrain but on Sunday the relief group ended the flights.

Gimelfarb’s parents, Luda and Roma, have enlisted the help of about 40 Costa Rican locals to comb the area in search of their son, a psychology student at the Adler School of Professional Psychology.

Friends of his from school set up a Facebook page after he disappeared. The page now has 2,100 members. 

A core group of Gimelfarb friends plan to hold a demonstration Tuesday night at Dollop coffee shop at 4181 Clarendon, to raise funds for a continued search and rescue mission.

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