Monday, May 22, 2006

Contacting NGOs

Judy Frane, Ryan's mother, was hoping some of the readers could contact NGOs just as she has done already.

She sent letters to 22 NGOs in six northern provinces of Laos. It was fairly simple, although time-consuming because the Lao NGOs have a consortium and it is pretty organized. But in other surrounding countries, it is not. If people who know of NGOs in Burma, Southern China, and Northern Vietnam could possibly write to them, using something like the letter below, it would be of great help. Try to personalize each one, with the directors name, address, etc.

On March 13, 2006 our son Ryan Chicovsky disappeared from the town of Xiengkok in northwestern Laos. All of his belongings, including his passport and his money were left in the room of his guesthouse. His camera was discovered 23 days later with his shirt and his room key.

We have been searching very hard for Ryan and we understand that your organization has people in the areas we believe he might be. We would so greatly appreciate your asking these people to help look for Ryan. A "missing person" flyer with his photo and more information can be found on the website:; his hair may be a little longer now.

Thank you so much for considering our request.


Judy and David Chicovsky

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Where are the updates?

In case you wondered why there haven't been updates for a while...

I have been asked by a state-side representative of the family to wait on posting any other news at this time. Good cooperation has been received from officials and I understand that it is the belief of the family that some efforts should be allowed to take their courses.

If I get official news that I am asked to post, I will do so as soon as I can. I follow the wishes of the Chicovsky family.

Addresses from Sue Dumond/Heather Arps

Hello Friends and Family,
The following are links and phone numbers to write and call expressing concern about Ryan, along with a sample letter that you could use to write to the Laotian Government...

Please pass this on far and wide to friends, to the media, whatever...

Many of us wrote to our representatives initially when we heard of Ryan's disappearance. They called back, wrote and were very responsive. I think we need to write them again. Be polite and persistent!

I appreciate your time, concern and positive thoughts. Thanks,
Sue Dumond

Sample Letter to Laotian Government:
Dear ____
I want to express my concern about Ryan Chicovsky an American citizen who went missing and was last seen in Xieng Kok, Laos, while traveling on March 13. I understand the Chicovsky family has had the full cooperation of the US Embassy and Ambassador Patricia Haslach in their search for their son Ryan. With the help of the embassy and a private investigation team they have made several visits to Xieng Kok. Unfortunately, they still have no clue as to the whereabouts of their son Ryan. We respectfully request the full cooperation of the Laotian Government in this manner. Please do everything within your governments power to find him. We want to find Ryan and reunite him with his family. He was drawn to Laos because of the natural beauty of the area and people. Thank you.

National Assembly of the Lao People's Democratic Republic
His Excellency Mr. Samane VIGNAKET
President of the National Assembly
(email from Nat'l Assembly site. Seems to be a general email but worth sending to. Address to: His Excellency Mr. Samane Vignaket)

President of the Lao People's Democratic Republic
Khamtay Siphandone
(no direct email to Mr. Siphandone but still address to: Mr. Khamtay Siphandone)

Address in Washington DC to LAO Embassy:
2222 S Street NW
Washington DC 20008
PHONE: Tel. (202) 332-6416 Fax: (202) 332-4923
( I called and left a message on the machine. This is the Laos representation in our country and is definitely worth a call campaign)

Laos Embassy in Thailand

Laos Human Rights in the U.S.
Dr. Vang Pobzeb/Lao Human Rights Council, Inc.
P.O. Box 1606
Eau Claire, WI 54702
Phone (715)831-8355
Fax (715)831-856

Our Vice President
(Our president seems to have a broken link to his direct email. Hmmmm.....)

7.) Amnesty International
+1 212 807 8400
Fax number
+1 212 463 9193\1 212 627 1451
5 Penn Plaza - 14th floor
New York
NY 10001

U.S. embassy in Vietane, Laos
Our represenative is: Patricia M. Haslach
Judy's letter indicates that Ms. Haslach has been excellent help. You might write and thank her for her efforts.

U.S. Embassy, Vientane, Laos
Public Affairs Section

Tel: (856-21) 267089
Fax: (856-21) 267160
Web Site:

9.) (the consulate in Laos)

Our Washington State Representatives

Rick Larsen in Everett Toll-free: (800) 562-1385

Patty Murray in Seattle Phone: (206) 553-5545
or email:

Maria Cantwell Phone: 1-888-648-7328
or email:

Posted May 3 on

Missing person, Ryan Chicovsky

We are still looking for our son Ryan Chicovsky, missing from his guesthouse in Xieng Kok, Laos on March 13. We have been in Laos since the beginning of April. His disappearance was not reported by the police to the US Embassy until March 31. Someone has reported that they might have seen him close to the Vietam border town of Dien Bien Phu looking for food and money 2 weeks ago. This is not impossible. His photo, taken last year can be seen on the US Embassy, Laos website. If you have any information, please post a reply or email Thank you, his parents

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Contacting The Lao Embassy in the U.S.

Some readers believe that contacting the Lao Embassy in the U.S. might bring about some movement in the case, especially if enough people do so. Won't you take the time to write a note? From the embassy's website, we were offered the following contact information:

The Embassy of the Lao People's Democratic Republic 2222 S. Street, N. W. Washington, D.C. 20008
Tel: (202) 332-6416 Fax: (202) 332-4923
His Excellency Phanthong Phommahaxay Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Lao People's Democratic Republic to the United States of America
For comment(s) and contact(s), please e-mail to