SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) – An Oakland couple missing on a bike trip in Peru may have been found safe, according to family members.
Twenty-five-year-old Jamie Neal and her boyfriend, 27-year-old Garrett Hand, were in the midst of a six-month trek through South America when their frequent Facebook messages and phone calls stopped coming after the two boarded a bus in Peru on Jan. 25.
Neal’s sister, Jennifer, said an official from the U.S. Embassy in Peru called them to say that someone in another town had seen Hand and her sister and advised them to contact the police because they had been reported missing.
“The police are saying that he called in and gave them his passport number,” she said, but Garrett and Hand have yet to contact the embassy or the family directly.
“As much as I want to believe everything that everyone’s saying, until I hear my sister’s voice, I’m not sure,” Neal said.
KCBS’ Jeff Bell and Patti Reising Interview Jennifer Neal: