Medical Student Missing in Peru


The 22-year-old Canadian student went missing during a backpacking trip a month ago, and authorities are pointing to a possible kidnapping.

Jesse Galganov, 22, from Montreal, was starting his backpack trip in Peru. After spending a couple of days in Lima he took a bus to Huaraz for a four-day hike he had planned. The last contact he had with his mom was on September 28 when he texted saying he would not be able to communicate until October 2.

His mother, Alisa Clamen, flew to Peru last week to aid in the search for her son. Authorities believe he has been kidnapped.

Galganov took a gap year to travel the world backpacking before starting medical school at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Security cameras recorded him at 6:30 am heading to a hotel called Kame House where he planned to stay the night before going on the four-day hike trip through the Huascaran National Park he had planned; the world’s highest tropical mountain.

After 10 days of not knowing anything about him, Clamen decided to call her son’s close friends but they did not know anything about him and so she decided to fly to Peru. Local authorities fear that he could have been abducted. The owner of Kame House, the hotel where Jesse spent the night before leaving, first confirmed he had checked in but then he said he has never seen him.

Authorities know that he stayed there because he Snapchatted a friend from the hostel before his disappearance. Other employees at the hostel also gave various reports of when he arrived and left the hostel.

It is not the first time an event like this has happened, a couple of years ago two Italian climbers and a group of four foreigners also disappeared in Huaraz.

What do you think happened to him? Do you think authorities will find him?


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