Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Missing Person Peruća Lake: Body Found After Four Day Search

September 22, 2021 - The missing person Peruća Lake search sadly ended with the discovery of the body of Dominik Branimir Bilobrk who went missing last Saturday.

The four-day search for the 24-year-old Dominik Branimir Bilobrk sadly ended with the worst outcome possible.

As TV network RTL reports, police confirmed that the missing young man was found dead close to the place where he left to swim through Peruća lake, an artificial lake in Dalmatia. A little over an hour away from Split by car, Peruća is the third biggest lake in the entire country.

„The boat went to pull him over and bring him to land where investigation and identifying of the victim will take place. The family is already here. They await in sorrow“, said RTL on its website on Wednesday afternoon.

As Jutarnji List reported, Dominik Branimir Bilobrk from Obrovac Sinjski (half an hour drive away from Peruća) disappeared on Saturday. At the time of his disappearance, he wore short camo cargo pants, a short-sleeved black T-shirt, and black sneakers. The description said he was of „stringer physical build, “ and he drove away from his house in a Fiat brand car.

Big search for Bilobrk started on Monday morning around Peruća lake and its surroundings. Police, along with the Croatian Mountain Rescue (HGSS), from Split's station, and HGSS divers from across Croatia joined the search to find the missing 24-year-old. Dogs, drones and boats were used to find the missing young man. Along with professionals, ordinary citizens and Bilobrk's neighbors took part in the search too. Dogs, drones, and boats were used in hopes of finding the missing young man.

Following the interview of HGSS's search leader Ante Jukić, Slobodna Dalmacija wrote on Monday that both the car and the clothes dropped a kilometer away belonged to Bilobrk.

„Every eye on the field helps. The search is specific because we are on a suspected minefield, so we have to pay attention“, said Jukić on Monday, explaining how both civilians and professional troops must be careful in that area.
The finding of th clothes and cars shifted the focus of the search to the lake Peruća. Unfortunately, the search ended with a sad ending, as the exact reasons for Bilobrk's departure remain unknown., a governmental site where Croatians can report missing people, states that in the last 23 years, there have been more than 24 000 missing people reported.
The majority of these cases, around 70%, are related to the war in the 90s.

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Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Young American Goes Missing in Croatia: Have You Seen Jacob Andrew Lingo?

Update to the story - August 8, 08:00

American Jacob Lingo: Threatening Message But Safe: FBI Involved


The Croatian National registry of missing persons has a young American national, 18-year-old Jacob Andrew Lingo listed as a person who went missing in late July, and the Croatian media is writing about his disappearance, asking anyone for help in finding him.

Jacob Andrew Lingo just graduated from high-school and came to Europe from his home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in late June. His first stop was Vienna, Austria, and then he spent the next few weeks travelling through Switzerland, France and Italy.

On July the 19th, he left Italy to come to Zagreb by bus, explaining to his family that Italy was too expensive and that people have told him that Croatia is more affordable. All this time he has been in contact with his family. On July the 22nd he sent his family members a photo, showing that he was in Baška Voda, near Makarska.

On July the 25th, he complained that he had spent almost all of his money, and that he would spend the night on the beach to save money. His family put some more money in his bank account, but then it turned out that that was not the account he was using at all.

Nobody has seen or heard from him since July the 25th. In the entry in the registry, it says that he went missing on the 28th, but his family claims that the last known contact was on the 25th. Neither his credit card nor his phone have been used after that date.

Jacob planned to visit Split and Dubrovnik, and he was supposed to fly back home, again from Vienna, on August the 15th. Jacob is 182cm tall, medium built, has green eyes and light brown hair. His family has started a Facebook page where you can find more info on Jacob. 

If you know anything about Jacob Andrew Lingo's whereabouts, please contact the local police or police through the National registry of missing persons, or the American Embassy.