Where is Jesse Galganov? 10.000$ reward for tip that leads to his finding

J ournalists of Peruvian broadcaster America TV travelled to Huaraz to find out more about the disappearance of the 22-year-old Jesse Galganov from Canada. The team of Cuarto Poder interviewed not only Alissa Clamen and Todd Galganov but also the administrator of Kame House; the hostel where Jesse ostensibly stayed one night on the 28th of last month. During the broadcast on Sunday, the programme also showed footage of the video camera which shows Jesse leaving the Cruz del Sur bus station.

Administrator Cristopher García of Kame House denied that the 22-year-old would have arrived at his hostel. Additionally he claimed that from the 26th to the 29th to have been on the Santa Cruz Trek and therefor never to have met Jesse. The hostel was managed during his absence by a volunteer but the administrator said that Jesse never made it to the hostel; moreover, his name was never registered in the check-in book. It´s worth mentioning that the hostel doesn’t count with an operating license in Huaraz and seems only to attract its customers through Internet booking engines such as booking.com

Mother Alsisa was able to identify her son on the surveillance camera footage. The footage confirms the arrival of Jesse to the city of Huaraz and shows the youngster talking with a tout outside the bus station.  Jesse leaves the terminal at around 06:19am carrying his backpack when he is offered probably some tours or tourism services by an unidentified tout. Jesse shows no interest and continues walking on Jirón Simón Bolívar towards the direction of Kame House which is only five blocks away; a mere 10 minutes walking distance. Half a block away, Jesse reviews his cell phone, probably to check whether he´s going into the right direction. On a second video camera, Jesse is seen walking past the Parque Internacional where he is almost attacked by a stray dog. This is where Jesse is less than half a block away from Kame House. As the camera doesn’t follow Jesse´s direction, this is the last recorded footage of the Canadian traveller.

Police members of the División de Investigación Criminal (DIVINCRI) have inspected the hostel and found no traces of Jesse Galganov. However, so is made clear in the news coverage of Cuarto Poder, the administrator appears to have said on earlier occasions to the Tourism Police that Jesse did stay at his hostel. According to investigations, Jesse would have planned to do the four day Santa Cruz Trek.

Jesús Gómez López, director of the National Park Huascarán confirmed that the Canadian never signed the entrance register of the Park and that there were no reports of accidents since the missing of Jesse. At the moment of speaking, the DIVINCRI in cooperation with the F.B.I are trying to locate Jesse´s cellphone, hoping that this might reveal more about his whereabouts. In the meantime, members of the mountain police are using search dogs in the hope of finding the missing backpacker.

Devastated parents Alissa Clamen and Todd Galganov understandably have declared that they will not leave Huaraz without their son and have offered a reward of 10.000 $ for the tip that leads to the finding of Jesse Galganov.

To see the coverage of Cuarto Poder, click here

Picture: Screenshot of Cuarto Poder´s footage of Jesse Galganov leaving the Cruz del Sur bus station by foot

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