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UPDATE: Family flies to Costa Rica to help Antigo native


The sister of Ryan Messerschmidt has flown to Costa Rica to help her brother. 

Messerschmidt, who is originally from Antigo, was reported missing there earlier this week.

According to his sister, the 31-year-old man has a serious infection and needs to be airlifted to the United States to receive proper care.

Messerschmidt reportedly told his family he was beaten and tortured.

He was on vacation in Costa Rica alone. He currently lives in River Falls and has a 7-month-old daughter. 


The sister of Ryan Messerschmidt, who was reported missing in Costa Rica earlier this week, has finally made contact with her brother, according to her Facebook Page. 

Messerschmidt apparently told his sister he was "beaten, stabbed, tied up and tortured." His sister posted saying the family is not "out of the woods" yet, but they're on the right path.

She said she planned on getting to Costa Rica as soon as possible to bring her brother home.

Messerschmidt's cousins believe he was targeted at the airport and resort.

"It seemed like he was marked from the beginning," said Tricia Luhring. "Just targeted I think just because of being foreign and alone."

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