Young California Couple Go Missing In Peru

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Okay guys we have a frightening story here as a young California couple has gone missing while on a biking trip in Peru. Jamie Neal and her boyfriend Garrett Hand, both 25, left for the trip back in November, however according to friends and family they haven’t been heard from since January 25, 2013.

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Two young bike enthusiasts from California have disappeared while on a biking “trip of a lifetime” through South America, according to friends and the U.S. State Department.

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Jamie Neal and her boyfriend, Garrett Hand, both 25, embarked on their journey at the end of November, or early December, according to Neal’s boss, Jeff Jerge. Neal works at the Pedaler, Jerge’s El Sobrante, Calif., bike shop.

“I’m beyond worried,” Jerge told ABCNews.com. “I’m super concerned.”

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Jerge said that Neal and Hand had known each other for a while and began dating and planning their South American trip last summer.

“It’s kind of like it was a dream trip for them,” Jerge’s wife, Kim Jerge, told ABCNews.com. “It’s their first big adventure.”

Neal has worked at the bike shop for more than two years. Hand is a fisherman in Alaska.

“They wanted to originally ride from here to South America, and we thought going through Mexico was particularly dangerous, so we talked to them about skipping that, and they did decide to fly down to South America and start their trip there,” Jeff Jerge said. “At the point they wanted to leave, we all felt it was potentially dangerous.” Source.

 
Let’s all send these kids our hopes and prayers for a safe return!

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