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Woman Missing After Vacation In Bahamas

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Nelly Alva

By KHRISNA VIRGIL

Tribune Staff Reporter

kvirgil@tribunemedia.net

AN AMERICAN man has made an impassioned plea for persons to come forward with information about the whereabouts of his missing friend.

Todd Walsh contacted The Tribune via email yesterday seeking help in finding 47-year-old Nelly Alva of Lima, Peru.

He claimed she vanished after they both vacationed in the Bahamas.

Alva is described as having a petite body frame with very long brown hair and a pale skin tone.

She stands at about 5’2” tall.

According to Mr Walsh, he and Alva met on a religious dating website, Christian Mingle, two years ago and decided to finally meet.

They both flew into Nassau on November 9 - Nelly from Peru and Todd from the US - and toured the city for eight days.  

Mr Walsh said he left Nassau on November 17, leaving Alva behind.

Before that time Mr Walsh claimed Alva had expressed an interest in illegally entering the United States. She had made contact with someone living in Grand Bahama who said they could successfully get her to the US for a fee of $6,000.

Mr Walsh last spoke to Alva, who was in Freeport, on December 15.

“I am just really scared for her,” he said. “I fear the worst. After reading the stories about the Turkish men who still haven’t been found after doing the same thing that Nelly did, I don’t know what to think or do.

“When I spoke to her she said she paid them the money and that she took some kind of a boat to get to Freeport. From what she told me it sounded as though she wasn’t being fed, only bread and water.  I told her to go home, but she said she had already paid them all her money and that it would not be refunded. And that was the last time we spoke.”

Since that time, Mr Walsh says he sought to inquire several times with Freeport authorities.

One time, he says he was told by an officer that he could not make a missing person’s report because he was not a relative of Alva. On another occasion, he said a police sergeant took his statement over the phone.

The two Turkish men he referred to in his email went missing after paying money to be smuggled into Miami.

Veysi Oral and Huseyin Oskan were working illegally in Grand Bahama before they attempted to get smuggled into the United States.

Their families have offered a $100,000 reward to anyone who can offer information leading to a safe return.

Reportedly, they had been encouraged by a businessman in Grand Bahama who told the pair that they would be making “more money” if they were in the US.

Apparently promising them safe passage into Miami for $6,000, the men each paid the fee and were bundled into a go-fast boat with 10 Dominicans and seven Jamaicans on March 9, 2012.

Twenty-one months later, none of them has been seen or heard from.

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sansoucireader 10 months ago

Interesting. Met via 'Christian Mingle' yet plotting to illegally enter the US. Sad to say, but sounds like she had a plan to get out of Peru and into the US from when she first met the American guy. Doesn't sound like this will end well.

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ToddWalsh 10 months ago

  1. I did not plot with Nelly, I begged her not to do this when she told me
  2. She is a wonderful Christian woman who made an error in judgment. She did not have ulterior motives when we met online.
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Dee 10 months ago

I am in the UK. looking for Dwayne Campbell and his friend. They left Jamaica in November and have not been seen since. The 'Captain; of a boat they take to Bahamas/USA is not answering his phn. Family frantic.. ask me to help.. not sure where to start..

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ToddWalsh 10 months ago

sounds like the same thing. How much did he pay?

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Dee 10 months ago

Oringally $6000.. lady say they have to pay more .. total $6500

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Dee 10 months ago

it may be that the weather was bad .. Dwayne was moved from a hotel in freeport to a house.. last heard Dec 18th

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Dee 10 months ago

Do you know where Nelly was staying when in Freeport?

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ToddWalsh 10 months ago

When I asked her the last time we spoke, she did not know. But there are other witnesses who would know this. The police have done nothing. They have not contacted or interrogated the witnesses. Very frustrating. They will do nothing. The only hope is a private detective and they cost thousands. I have heard from other families with missing people under the same circumstances.

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Dee 10 months ago

we need to talk.. Ive been told there was a white lady in the house also..

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ToddWalsh 10 months ago

omg, that is now three people. Nelly, Dwayne and Andre. How can we talk Dee? i wish the police there would help. We have so much information now, so many witnesses, etc.

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Dee 10 months ago

talk on the phone.. if you want to email me your number I will use nonoh . if we need to talk more we work out a cheaper way..

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Dee 10 months ago

ive been on phn as we text to Community Officer Bahamas.. farce..

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Dee 10 months ago

If you can email me landline number.. its cheaper landline to landline. im in the uk

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ToddWalsh 10 months ago

I do not have a land line right now. Im sorry. It has been a problem calling the bahamas a million times with these expensive calling cards, etc.

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ToddWalsh 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Denise, what was Dwayne's friend name? Do we have 4 missing from the same boat?

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ToddWalsh 10 months ago

Of course she would, we are best of friends. what does this have to do with anything? Why would she not contact her family in Peru nor her friends in the US?

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ohdrap4 10 months ago

he is making himself look suspicious.

meets online, spends time with the woman, she disappears.

maybe he played a part on the disappearance?

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ThisIsOurs 10 months ago

My thoughts exactly. Did anyone look into his background before printing the story?

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Dee 9 months, 4 weeks ago

So unhelpful these comments.. Why do people troll on here and says these things..? Sad...

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ToddWalsh 10 months ago

  1. Lord give me patience to deal with horrible comments like this.
  2. We spoke to Nelly in Freeport the week of Dec 15th. I spoke to her from Florida on the 15th, and her family apparently spoke to her from Peru after that. She apparently took this boat ride on the 18th of Dec. I left the Bahamas on Nov 17th, and she was waiting there for a month to do this.
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ThisIsOurs 10 months ago

Yes pray for patience for comments like this. This is "normal". Worldwide the persons closest to the "harmed" individual are normally questioned first. The Bahamas is no different. There are many con artists who enter our borders in a bid to take advantage of (for the most part) the good nature of the Bahamian people. If you are not one of those persons then God bless you. But first things first, once the missing person's report is submitted, the police will verify the story.

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concernedcitizen 10 months ago

i think he got played ,probably lent her the 6000,,

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ToddWalsh 10 months ago

  1. Nice assumption. This is a REAL PERSON WHO IS MISSING.
  2. No I didn't give Nelly any money. She spent her savings on this, which is why she refused to leave when I spoke to her on the phone on Dec 15. I begged her to get out of there because her family and I were extremely concerned, as she had been waiting down there for a month to take this trip.
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ToddWalsh 10 months ago

As I said above, I begged her the last time I spoke to her to turn around and go home. Asked her if she needed me to buy her a ticket, etc. She refused to listen to me. She told me that she did not want to lose her money. She did not listen to me, nor her family tell her to return home

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paul_vincent_zecchino 10 months ago

America is the easiest country in the world to enter illegally. Why didn't she simply walk across the border from Mexico?

Why not simply fly or take a cruise ship from Peru to America, and disappear? No officials would look for her.

Were the Bahamas so easy to enter and remain in illegally, many more Americans would likely be flocking there, given what's going on domestically.

This is sounds like a serious criminal matter regardless of what's working here, surely questions are to be expected, aren't they?

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owl 10 months ago

Yes, her family is destroyed.

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realfreethinker 10 months ago

Why didnt you all meet in the US if both of you all are legit

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Dee 9 months, 4 weeks ago

I cannot believe the minds of people. All they do on here is try to find blame and shame.. No wonder people are allowed to just disappear.. we seem to have no moral stance on human life anymore..

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ToddWalsh 9 months, 4 weeks ago

agreed D. Been very shocked at the immaturity and lack of compassion with such a devastating situation. Bashing the victim or the ones closest to her is not going to help anyone. Asking questions is fine, but don't ask questions if you haven't READ the article first entirely to get up to speed. Some asked me stupid questions and pointed accusations based upon lack of knowledge of the article and situation.

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bruceba 10 months ago

I hope she just played the dumb yankee and took Copa back home

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ToddWalsh 10 months ago

  1. She is a wonderful Christian woman who would not "Play" someone as you casually put it. This was her idea, her money etc. I gave her nothing for this
  2. If she went back to Peru, her family would know it. They are distraught as I am because no one has been able to reach her since the week of the 15 dec.
  3. I am stunned at the lack of regard for a missing person here. stunned. Please people help us find her if any one is in Freeport. I will be going down there asap
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ThisIsOurs 10 months ago

If the story is true...Did her family submit the missing person's report. Secondly you've clearly stated that she took an illegally scheduled voyage from Grand Bahamas to port unknown in the US. No details of the planned route would have been submitted to any port official, this makes things harder. If she struck a deal with unscrupulous people despite your warning it makes it harder still. There is a Bahamian man who has been missing for a few months now on the high seas, his family knew where he was headed despite that info, coast guard, defence force have never found him. This story is unusual and the ocean is broad. (I hope she turns up no matter the scenario)

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ToddWalsh 10 months ago

Nelly is missing, "if the story is true" doesn't help anything. Her family and I are distraught and her mother is in the hospital from this.
Her family is trying to get there asap to speak to police. I spoke to them over the phone many times over the past week on this.
"Voyage"- I have heard lies and rumors from some, one says she was detained by Freeport police, another she was captured in Palm Beach waters, another says the boat sank. People are spreading many false rumors on this. We can't get straight answers.
What is the name of this Bahamian man missing? Does anyone know if he paid $6000 also? While searching for any answers, I have found many cases of missing persons while they tried to illegally enter the US. Obviously they make their own decisions to break laws, but that doesn't mean they deserve something like this.

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ThisIsOurs 10 months ago

Anthony Hepburn was just out for what seems to be a regular sea trip. The story was covered by the Tribune. My point is, even with the information given by the family about his legitimate plans, it has been very hard to locate him. It is not an indictment on the lack of concern of the people searching.

I must say "if the story is true" I don't know you and I'm not an investigator.

Regarding the false info you've received, it's unrealistic to expect people who were contracted dishonestly to be honest in any other aspect. That's just reality.

Anthony Hepburn - known as Tony - is reported to have gone to sea in a yellow kayak launched from a Lyford Cay property next to Jaws Beach at Clifton Bay at about 7am on Sunday morning. His car and boat trailer were found at the property. Mr Hepurn is caucasian, 6ft 3in tall, about 200lbs and has gray/brown hair and brown eyes. He is 72. He was in a yellow kayak and it is thought that he was heading in the direction of Goulding Cay off Lyford Cay on a birdwatching trip, and may have turned back towards the Clifton Heritage Park. Eyewitnesses report that the kayak was seen on a beach in the Clifton Heritage Park on Sunday morning at about 10am. However, the next day it was found further down the coast in an underwater cave near Blackbeard’s Steps at Clifton Pier.

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ThisIsOurs 10 months ago

Also does Peru have any official representation in the Bahamas? It's the regular business of Foreign Affairs to oversee missing persons reports

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ToddWalsh 10 months ago

unfortunately Peru does not have anything in Bahamas.

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Dee 10 months ago

Im in the UK and looking for Dwayne Campbell and his friend. Both Jamaican, left in November with a guy/boat to Bahamas/USA.. No one hear from them and Captain of boat not answering phone.. Family frantic.. all fear the worse.. and yet where can you start.. they ask me to help..

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realfreethinker 10 months ago

Come back and do some investigations since she means that much to you

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briwest1773 10 months ago

Why did he leave her behind in Nassau? Couldn't he have assisted her with getting a visitors visa in the US......his story has more holes than Swiss cheese!!

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ToddWalsh 10 months ago

  1. Assuming things gets you nowhere.
  2. Nelly tried 3 times in the past few years to get a legal visitors pass to come here and visit friends and visit me. She was turned down by our wonderful government 3 times, losing $750 in application fees.
  3. Insulting and judging people is not going to help find her. This story was written to get the word out that she is missing, and we would greatly appreciate attention in this situation.
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ThisIsOurs 10 months ago

Visitors permits are not a guarantee, your Nelly is special to you and her family, but to the immigration system (in the US?) she is just another individual going through a vetting process. Some are permitted and some are denied. Fees are non-refundable.

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concernedcitizen 10 months ago

why would she be turned down three times to visit the US as a tourist ??,every time i fly into Miami i am in the customs line w/ many South americans ,including Peruvian

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ToddWalsh 10 months ago

How should we know? Nelly and I asked about this many times. The last time was a year ago I think. I paid that application fee for her to come and visit for 3 months, but they turned her down. When we decided we wanted to see each other again, I suggested Cancun. She said no Bahamas.

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concernedcitizen 10 months ago

something more there than meets the eye ,she overstayed before ,or had a crimminal conviction ,,,,,Bro you meet here on the net ,,you know what she told you ,,you didn,t grow up around the corner from her

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ThisIsOurs 10 months ago

Hmm,...he was paying the fees, the purpose was to meet, anywhere would do, they couldn't in the states due to visa requirements, but she turned down Mexico and asked specifically for the Bahamas....this is not looking so innocent...

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Dee 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Visas make money... So few people get visas first time.. Even in UK all Visas now go through New York.. its all about control.. nothing about the persons credibility.....

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Bahamianpride 10 months ago

He's delussional, Stupid story, she played him for the $$$ & went back to Peru to set up the next online sucker...

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ToddWalsh 10 months ago

  1. Why did you ASSume that I gave Nelly any money? She used her life savings to do this.
  2. She is a wonderful Christian woman, and you feel like you should make judgments and ASSumptions about a total stranger that you do not know?
  3. Your compassion level for Nelly's diappearance is amazing. Lord help us
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Dee 9 months, 4 weeks ago

What pride is there in saying this?? Nothing stupid Nelly is missing with 2 of my friends Dwayne and Andre.. I find out today.. they were all in a house in Freeport waiting for a boat.. Bah..amianpride.. is that still a stupid story?

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JB 9 months, 3 weeks ago

some people are just straight morons did you not read she used her own money yes i am defending him because my brother in law is also missing from the same trip so Bahamian pride your government have something up there sleeve whether you agree or not stealing people money your must not be that great of a place or have that much pride in defense of Todd Walsh

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ToddWalsh 10 months ago

This is not Nelly's company. She has a work online job.

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ToddWalsh 10 months ago

Please, if anyone has any information about Nelly, please call KHRISNA VIRGIL or Sargeant Ewing in Freeport ASAP.

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paul_vincent_zecchino 10 months ago

Have any of Ms. Alva's next of kin in Peru filed reports with the Freeport PD?

If not, why not?

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ToddWalsh 10 months ago

As far as I know, when I spoke to Sargeant Ewing, he had not yet spoken to family.

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ToddWalsh 10 months ago

At this point: US coast guard has no record of capturing Nelly. The Freeport police have not seen her. The Palm Beach county sheriff, Riviera Beach, Homeland security, City of Palm Beach, etc have not seen her. Rumors that she was arrested in Freeport, other rumors arrested by Palm Beach sheriff, etc. ICE online system has no record, and they told me over the phone they process people within 24 hours.

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briwest1773 10 months ago

If she is really missing then God be with her, and I hope you find her. It seems that she came here not just to spend time with you, but really to get to the U.S. What she did was very, very dangerous. I really wished you had talked her out of it. May she be safe where ever she is.

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briwest1773 10 months ago

A nice "Christian" lady should not trust and cohort with criminals......she risked her life to go to the US. Why? She doesn't seem to be poor or oppressed in Peru. Tickets from Peru to Nassau cost US $1200-$1500, and she spent $6000 to the criminals. This lady was loaded. So why the rush to get to USA. It would have been better to find a US citizen willing to marry and get her a green card!....but NEVER trust criminals. I hope she is okay.

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ToddWalsh 10 months ago

Pointing out her mistakes doesn't help anything. Not sure why you posted this. Yes she made mistakes. No that does not mean she deserved it. Also, she used her last penny to afford this crazy idea. Judging helps nothing. And your comment that she "rushed to get to the USA" is absurd. Over the years, she waited patiently to get the visa visitors pass, but kept getting denied. How is waiting patiently for years and years "rushing" ? "would have been better to find a US citizen to marry" um, no. A Christian woman does not marry for papers. Her mistake was trusting these smugglers, I don't think bashing her helps anything do you?

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ToddWalsh 10 months ago

how does bashing a person who is in obvious trouble help?

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ToddWalsh 10 months ago

I agree she made an error in judgment trying to do this, but what makes you think that people are perfect? She made an error in judgement. All people are sinners. Bashing her mistake helps nothing at all, nothing

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TheMadHatter 10 months ago

It is possible that she has run into some kind of trouble or is the victim of bad human trafficking stuff - HOWEVER, it is also completely possible that she is alive and well in the USA - happy as a lark - and just has the good sense to know about caller ID and computer IP addresses which could instantly track her location should she choose to make contact.

She has probably considered taking a cheap Greyhound bus a hundred miles from wherever she is to make a payphone call and then return - BUT ran into the stumbling block that Greyhound now requires ID. I suppose she could buy another fake ID in addition to the one she currently has and use it for the trip and then throw it in the garbage - who knows. Maybe you or her family will hear from her.

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ohdrap4 10 months ago

greyhound requires ID?

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TheMadHatter 10 months ago

Here's a reply to someone else's question on a travel forum "It's hit or miss. Sometimes they ask for I.D. and sometimes they don't. I think I've typically been asked for I.D. when boarding in Chicago and Washington, D.C., but not in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Philadelphia. In Pittsburgh they sometimes ask for I.D. when buying the ticket and sometimes they just ask for my name.

I've also used Megabus which doesn't check I.D. - if that goes where you're headed I'd recommend that to be on the safe side."

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paul_vincent_zecchino 10 months ago

Many times when Americans cruise from Miami or Ft. Lauderdale to the Bahamas, they find that their fellow passengers hail from Europe, as well as Central and South America and they flew from those countries to Miami to board the ship. The seemed to have no trouble in so doing. If they wanted to remain in America, they could simply walk off the ship upon return to Miami and disappear into America.

People come here every day via Mexico and are never noticed by the authorities.

What am I missing here? This is a serious incident regardless, but the only way to get at the truth is to ask questions. Usually, people are more than eager to answer them.

Was she in fact in the export business in her home country? Wouldn't business travel be part of her routine? What products did she export?

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owl 10 months ago

Todd Walsh, please you need to clarify few things here. According to this article, you met Nelly in the Bahamas, why you do not mention that you visited her in two opportunities in Peru and met her family as well- I have pictures as a proof. There are migratories records of your visits to Peru. Nelly went to Peru because you asked her. You both were planning the Nassau trip for months. You have provided phone numbers to Nelly' family in Peru of the people who had holded Nelly for days. Lucy and Janneth. Janeth has the laptop of Nelly and her carry on. This information was given by you to the family in Peru and later confirmed.

You had communication con Lucy before Nelly was giving by missing. You talked to Nelly every day at 7 pm. Nelly does not have that company of exporting goods that it is published here. Nelly is a the daughter of an Funcionary that worked in a consulate. Nelly belongs to the potential Church in Peru, which is also in Bahamas.

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ToddWalsh 10 months ago

  1. The first time I met Nelly and family was in Peru 2011 december. The article was incorrect in stating that I met her first time in Bahamas, this was a miscommunication on the phone with the writer. Why do you need pictures as proof of this when it is common knowledge?
  2. YES we planned the vacation get together to the Bahamas for a while. BUT THIS WAS ONLY TO SEE EACH OTHER, GET TO KNOW BETTER.
  3. I have spoken to the people that set this up for her many times, but they are not telling me the truth I do not believe.
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msmuffett 10 months ago

everything you ever wanted to know about usa visas is here: http://travel.state.gov/visa/questions/policy/policy_4433.html

I cant imagine her being turned down for visa. . the place is full of south americans who simply dont go home and stay. how many undocumented aliens??? Brickell avenue is the new Caracas. it appears from the website if you have 160.00 and are living and breathing and not a wanted criminal you are welcome on a B2 visa and be from most anyplace. . something appears amiss and I certainly dont want to cast doubt and wish you success in finding your friend.

you can search us criminal records at vinelink.com

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ToddWalsh 10 months ago

All I can tell you is what she told me. She tried 2 times before I knew her to get a visitors pass, she told me both were denied. Then last year I sent her the 250 application fee to try again, and again she was turned down.

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concernedcitizen 10 months ago

ain no big thing ,you get swing ,,,,,,,,,,but i do hope she is alright

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concernedcitizen 10 months ago

Tod ,how come Nelly was turned down three times to visit the US as a tourist .I was w/ a Chileian lady for 10 years living in Miami .Her father was chiileian her mother was peruvian and none of their relatives had any problem at all visiting the US .IF i remember correctly you could apply for a fiance visa ,,,

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ToddWalsh 10 months ago

How should I know why she was turned down? What does this have to do with anything? Just because your friend got a visitors visa, does not mean Nelly can get one.

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owl 10 months ago

That is true. after 2 years you could have applied for a fiance visa for her. Todd she loved you and she did this for you. A real man acts a man. DOES what is neccesary to find happiness.

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ToddWalsh 10 months ago

Ok, so this is all my fault? I BEGGED HER TO TURN AROUND AND GO BACK HOME.

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ToddWalsh 10 months ago

How do you think a human being is going to handle being blamed for something like this?

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ToddWalsh 10 months ago

Many people told her not to do this. Family, freinds, me, everyone begged her to turn around. But she did not listen. She had her mind made up. Was I supposed to force her against her will to go back home to Peru? Nobody can control another person.

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ToddWalsh 10 months ago

KHRISNA please, if you could correct the line about it being the first time we met. The first time we met was 2 years ago in Peru. I went there for New Years to meet her and family. Please correct this asap.

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obamabahama 10 months ago

Blame it on your government no one should have to make desperate decision to enter the US

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ToddWalsh 10 months ago

I do blame the govt. I cannot understand why all these other people had no problem getting a visa.

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ThisIsOurs 10 months ago

Look at the facts. You do not know her. At least that's the one thing I'm absolutely certain of from your account.

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ThisIsOurs 10 months ago

Uuuuhh...because maybe there's a reason to deny some people? like known terrorists or person with dubious backgrounds???

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ToddWalsh 10 months ago

Um, Nelly is not those things. you think that's the only reason the US has to turn people down?

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Ironvelvet 10 months ago

Todd,

As a human being, please receive everyone's heartfelt dismay over Nelly being missing. What you must appreciate is that there are many parts of this story that simply don't add up. The comments where people are questioning the missing pieces should be upsetting, but as a sensible person they are not unexpected. You speak of her as a Christian woman, but yet she was a very willing participant in what I must say is very, very dangerous criminal activity....human smuggling. These are hardly the actions of a Christian woman and any character involved in human smuggling are usually the lowest of the low.

While relationships are different for everyone that part also doesn't add up, so various suspicions of you should be addressed also. While to you it may appear that she was coming to the Bahamas to spend time with you, to the objective person she seems to have been planning this all along. There was just recently a story of a British man and a Jamaican woman who had a 2+ year relationship and the moment she hit Britain's soil, upon marrying her in Jamaica, she left him. Just like you, he sent her money, etc. The way he thought the money was being spent it was being saved for other things. Perhaps she never applied for the visas like she said. Perhaps she has something significant in her history that would make the US government deny her admittance that you are unaware of. Because being denied a visitor's visa does not make much sense.

I think what is bothersome for many people is that foreigners come to The Bahamas to illegally gain access to the USA and when they go missing, the Bahamas is expected to make heads or tails of their journey across the open ocean.

Yes, precedence is to be given to life, but the story does not make sense and should be investigated.

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ThisIsOurs 10 months ago

Good points. I'm withholding judgement I don't know this person, next we know there's a website set up asking for funds to help the search effort. Lodge the missing persons report with either the police or Foreign Affairs both here and in Peru. Let the authorities investigate the case.

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ToddWalsh 10 months ago

saying that anyone who tries to enter illegally is automatically "lowest of the low" is a horrible judgment. Nelly is a wonderful person who got a bad idea into her head, and I am not the one who encouraged her to do it. I spoke to her for around 30 minutes that last evening Dec 15, and begged her to turn around. I raised my voice and everything, as her sister and I were super worried about this craziness. She spoke to family, friends, etc she refused

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ThisIsOurs 10 months ago

I believe the "lowest of the low" comment was referring to the smugglers not the smugglee

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ToddWalsh 10 months ago

Why do you assume that all people get approved for visitors visas?

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reid 10 months ago

I hope you and her family locate her in good health.

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ToddWalsh 10 months ago

thank you. I will have faith that God will deliver her. The hope is that she is detained either in Freeport immigration, US immigration, etc. ICE has no record of her so far. I check daily. They told me on the phone they process people immediately within 24 hours

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killemwitdakno 10 months ago

So you are speaking with her family but aren't sure if they filed a missing person report themselves? They have a $100,000 reward without speaking to police yet? Where does Nov 9th and touring for 8 days come from?

wow who is owl? They are not native bahamian.

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ohdrap4 10 months ago

Matilda, Matilda

Matilda, she take me money and ran off with a sailor

Singing, chorus, Matilda, Matilda,...

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ToddWalsh 10 months ago

who's money did she run off with?

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Bahamianpride 10 months ago

Todd u got played but luckily for u there are millions of these so called christian women outside your doorstep.. Even better if you got a good job & some benefits, they'll find u...Unfortunately many of them are past there expiration date and mileage is racked up on lifes odometer into the 200000's by the time they discover Jesus. Anyone u meet online these days should be viewed with great suspicion especially one whose main focus is to enter the U.S. Hopefully u did not spend to much $$$ on her and can recover with dignity..

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Dee 10 months ago

I am on here for exactly the same reason.. Im looking for Dwayne Campbell who has been missing since November. He is Jamaican and had paid for boat to take him and friend to Bahamas/Usa. 'Captain' of boat not answering his phn and Dwayne's family frantic.. no one heard from them..

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ThisIsOurs 10 months ago

(If true) I hope you find him. But again these are people who've made deals with unscrupulous characters, neither Bahamian nor US officials know anything of the intended route, departure or destination port. It will be a miracle if you find any trace of them rather than lack of concern if you do not. There are multiple things that can happen to individuals in these circumstances from being sold into slavery to acts of nature claiming them on the high seas. Maybe you and others can give the Bahamian officials information on these contractors so that we can break up these illegal rings. That may be your friend's legacy.

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ToddWalsh 10 months ago

I can only hold faith that she is just detained somewhere

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ThisIsOurs 10 months ago

In the mean time, as Bahamians, we have to protect ourselves from con artists who see easy pickings in a small island nation.

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ToddWalsh 10 months ago

I have a strong feeling it is the same people. Please contact me asap on here. We need to compare phone numbers, evidence etc.

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ThisIsOurs 10 months ago

Shouldn't all that info have been given to the police and foreign affairs so they can compare numbers?

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ToddWalsh 10 months ago

SMH. Of course I gave all the info to the Police, but they have not done a single thing on this. I also gave all the info to Peru consulate. Why did you assume this had not been done? I sent this email to the Tribune because the police are not showing much so far. And that is also what the families of others missing have told me.

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ThisIsOurs 10 months ago

If this problem is so broad, it seems to me that Fred Mitchell has LOTS of Foreign Affairs work to do rather than tripping over the PM, Ryan Pinder and Khaalis Rolle (?) on the investments front. How does the PM allow these ministers to run over him and do as they like anyway?

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whistleblower 10 months ago

Oh, it is quite simple. Some of PC's ministers have something on him that keeps him in line. He knows that if he ruffles their feathers they will expose his dark side and that will embarass his party and the country.

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Bahamianpride 10 months ago

Clearly the Government has to step up and start enforcing laws on our waters to stop this large amount of humane trafficing that has been going on for years.. The recent fires in Abaco & our crime problems further highlighs the many dysfunctions, I see a Country without order, a place where the rule of law does not exist, a Country where anyone can illegally come and set up shop.. Government Leaders get up of your ass this morning and do something about this B.S, the country is swiftly turning into a third world shit hole..

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oc911 10 months ago

todd this is oscar ho help you whit the travel document for nelly call me to 305 7352498

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star 10 months ago

There is a pretty sizeable Peruvian community in Freeport. Your best bet is to go there and try to talk to them. She may still be there, chilling under the radar until she gets the call to travel. Or, she could have already gone and is in the States regrouping.

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ToddWalsh 10 months ago

I need to connect with them.

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ToddWalsh 9 months, 4 weeks ago

I want to make something clear here: This article has a major error in it. I first met Nelly in 2011 on Dec 30. I went down to Peru to meet her for the first time. I had originally spoke to her online on Christian Cafe in May of 2011. The writer of this article did NOT send the article to me before posing it, therefore, did not know about this error until it was posted.

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ToddWalsh 9 months, 3 weeks ago

My apologies to Khrisna, In the cell phone call I didn't clearly communicate that this was the second time I met up with Nelly.

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JPryce 7 months, 2 weeks ago

We believe these people are being captured and used for organ trafficking which I have surprising learned is a huge business. They are being killed for their kidneys and we believe the Bahamas does not want the truth to hit the media. Before Niyef's family disappeared he was approached by a smuggler named Kevin Higgins who asked him to consider letting his family sell their kidneys. Niyef was alarmed and told the man NO! The man replied saying 'I will get them another way'. Days later Niyef's family went missing after they were trying to get to the United States. All this info was given to the police in more extensive detail and still no arrests were made to even CHECK into this story. Nothing is being done! We are very aware that our families were involved into illegal activities trying to get to the United States but does that mean their lives don't count?

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JPryce 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Niyef Gumas is in Canada and can be reached at 1-416-731-3133. Any help is greatly appreciated. We answers. We need closure. Its been 2 whole years now. These disappearances are astonishing! My name is Jacqueline. My brother is also missing and I can be reached at 909-440-7375.

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