In a project that hits close to home, National Geographic Channel forays into the true-crime genre by documenting biologist and National Geographic explorer Roman Dial's investigation into the 2014 disappearance of his son. An experienced outdoorsman, Cody Roman Dial vanished while trying to complete a solo expedition through the Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica, one of Central America's most dangerous jungles. "Missing Dial" chronicles how Roman, along with a former DEA special agent and a retired United States Air Force pararescue jumper/wilderness expert, spent nearly eight months in Costa Rica interviewing witnesses, interrogating suspects and trekking deep into the jungle in pursuit of new leads. They retrace Cody's last-known whereabouts and use hidden cameras and fake identities to uncover a web of lies, surprising clues and a shocking twist.
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After their interrogation of Pata de Lora, Ken and Carson must now convince him to make a statement to the authorities.
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Ken and Carson decide to interrogate Pata de Lora to determine, once and for all, whether he's the prime suspect.
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Ken tracks down the last person to see Cody alive, and follows him into the jungle where he retrace his steps.
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Confirmation that Cody Roman made it out of the jungle alive comes when his backpack is discovered on the outskirts.
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Roman Dial begins a new search to uncover the truth about his son, Cody's, disappearance, who went missing in the jungles of Corcovado.
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In the explosive finale, Pata de Lora must confront those he accused of killing Cody Dial, face to face.
Social media was in its infancy in 2004, but the explosion in its popularity in the years since then has kept alive a missing-person case. Nursing student Maura Murray vanished in February 2004 after witnesses heard what sounded like a car crash. The case has led a legion of armchair detectives to come up with their own theories about the apparent crime on blogs, websites and podcasts. In this series, investigative journalist Maggie Freleng tries to unravel a slew of unexplored leads, eyewitness discrepancies and missing evidence that have cropped up online. She receives rare access to Maura's family and friends and talks with people who have dedicated countless hours to searching for the truth in the case. Freleng retraces Maura's last-known steps to try to find out what really happened and tackle the unanswered questions that remain -- perhaps most importantly, did Maura choose to disappear or was she a victim of foul play?
Victims' rights activist John Walsh returns to weekly TV as host of a documentary-style investigation series. Walsh details stories of ongoing cases involving fugitives, with the intent of expanding searches outside the United States. Interviews with victims, loved ones and law enforcement accompany new leads in each hourlong episode, giving the public information to facilitate the capture of suspects. Walsh, a spokesman for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, hosted the series "America's Most Wanted" for 25 years, helping apprehend more than 1,200 criminals.
On May 30, 2005, 18-year-old Natalee Holloway disappeared on the island of Aruba. Her case resulted in a worldwide media frenzy, yet Natalee's body was never found, and her father, Dave Holloway, has never stopped searching for answers. Now, 12 years later, he's following what he believes to be the most credible lead to date: a detailed firsthand account from a man who claims to know the whereabouts of his daughter's remains, and the hope of finally getting a conviction of Joran van der Sloot. This true crime series follows Dave and T.J. Ward, the family's longtime private investigator, in the latest and perhaps final chapter of the decade-long pursuit to uncover what really happened to Natalee.
This award-winning series presents compelling untold stories and covers a wide array of provocative subjects. "Explorer" aired for 25 years -- the longest-running documentary series in cable TV history -- before being relaunched in 2015 after a five-year hiatus. Each monthly episode of the new "Explorer" takes a similar deep dive inside a story from the pages of a recent National Geographic magazine issue, taking viewers not only to the most remote corners of the globe but also to the furthest reaches of the mind and deepest crevices of history -- on urgent missions of discovery.