Cops investigate retired Ottawa man's disappearance in Panama

Ed Moynan, 68, is the subject of a suspicious disappearance investigation in Panama. The retired...

Ed Moynan, 68, is the subject of a suspicious disappearance investigation in Panama. The retired Ottawa businessman lives in that country and hasn't been seen since Nov. 8, 2012. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)

Doug Hempstead, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:38 PM ET

OTTAWA — Panamanian investigators descended on the home of a former Ottawa businessman Thursday, hoping to find clues about his suspicious disappearance.

Ed Moynan, 68, the retired former owner of Centennial Glass, disappeared Nov. 8 in the beachfront community of Coronado, Panama.

His wife, Louise, was in Ottawa at the time. Moynan's sister, Ruth, filed the missing person report on Nov. 10.

Son Alex Moynan, who lives in Ottawa, says the family is "trying to stay positive."

"There's been nothing new," he said. "My mom is feeling very impressed by the compassion of the police in Panama."

Cops believe the case is suspicious because Moynan's home was found to be in disarray — items are missing and his eyeglasses were found broken.

Panama-Guide.com journalist Don Winner has been following the case closely.

He said Moynan sent an e-mail to a friend around 11:18 p.m. on Nov. 8 via his laptop — Moynan's cellphone either doesn't send e-mail or he doesn't know how to do that.

Winner presumes, then, Moynan was home around 11:18 p.m. that night.

He said another friend saw Moynan around 11:30 p.m. at the El Rey supermarket in Coronado.

Moynan's house is only a few minutes drive from the supermarket, so he could have sent the e-mail and made it to the store by 11:30 p.m.

The friend said Moynan was standing in the front part of the supermarket near the pharmacy. He seemed happy and normal, but appeared to be waiting for someone. The friend noticed Moynan didn't have any groceries or packages, Winner said.

Moynan used his cellphone to call a friend around 11:45 p.m., but that friend was sleeping and didn't notice the missed call until the next morning, Winner said.

Nobody has seen him since.

Moynan's cellphone now goes straight to voice mail — a sign it's either broken, turned off or has a dead battery. There has been no activity on his bank cards.

Cops told Winner there are signs Moynan hadn't planned to be away long, including the fact the lights at his house were left on, the door wasn't locked and Moynan's wallet and wristwatch were sitting on a table.

The Moynans have been living in Panama for two years.

Coronado isn't among the country's many crime "red zones," according to U.S. diplomatic security traveller guides.

Coronado is a western beachfront community, which has been enjoying an economic upswing over the past few years as Americans and Canadians retire to the area, once used as a weekend retreat for Panama City's rich.

doug.hempstead@sunmedia.ca

Twitter: @DougHempstead


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