Family Seeks Answers as California Woman Goes Missing During Guatemala Yoga Retreat

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By LatAm Reports Editor

A Southern California family is in distress following the disappearance of 29-year-old Nancy Ng, who vanished during a yoga retreat in Guatemala. Ng was last seen on October 19, participating in a kayaking outing on Lake Atitlán. In response, her family has enlisted professional search-and-rescue teams to investigate the area. The head of these efforts has expressed frustration over the lack of cooperation from witnesses, some of whom have returned to Southern California, raising questions about the need for a criminal probe into Ng’s disappearance.

U.S. federal agencies, including the FBI and the State Department, are in dialogue with Guatemalan officials regarding Ng’s case. Amidst the uncertainty, Ng’s family implores the public for any information that could assist in locating her. Stephanie Li, Ng’s mother, voiced an emotional appeal for government support in the search for her daughter.

Nancy Ng, an employee of the Alhambra Unified School District, was on her second annual yoga retreat when she went missing. Despite thorough searches by private crews by air and water, no trace of Ng has been discovered. A GoFundMe campaign has been initiated to finance the ongoing search.

Chris Sharpe of Black Wolf Helicopters, a company based in Guatemala, reported exhaustive searches of the lake but to no avail, leading him to suspect foul play might be involved. With the lack of forthcoming information from key witnesses, Sharpe is advocating for law enforcement to take a more active role in the investigation. The reasons behind the witnesses’ reticence remain unclear to the family.