OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Family members and friends are worried about an Oakland couple who appear to have disappeared during a bike trip in South America last month.
Garrett Hand, 25, and his girlfriend, Jamie Neal, left on their bike trip in late November, and at the end of January all communication stopped, Hand’s sister Larkin McGowan said Monday.
She said there has been no financial activity on the couple’s bank accounts or credit cards since Jan. 25.
“That’s the big alarm,” said McGowan, who lives in Concord.
The couple, who McGowan described as avid bicyclists and well-traveled, have been documenting their trip online. Social media posts dropped off around the same time the financial activity stopped, she said.
The last post on Neal’s Facebook was on Jan. 23, when the pair arrived in Cusco, Peru.
Hand, a commercial fisherman in the Bay Area, posted in Spanish on his Facebook page from Cusco on Jan. 25 that the next stop of the trip would be Pucallpa, Peru, if the couple could find a bus.
Neal, who is in her 20s and works at the Pedaler Bike Shop in El Sobrante, had been in touch with her coworkers through the end of January, shop mechanic Mark Lindgren said.