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Ryan Braden Chicovsky

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Missing Persons Details

Missing Person
Ryan Braden Chicovsky
Last Seen
March 13, 2006
Case Status
Unknown Missing
Intake Date
October 23, 2021
Source of Record



Physical Description

Current Age
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Distinguishing Features
Chicovsky typically wore a braided rope/bead necklace.
Last Seen Wearing
Chicovsky was last seen at 21:00 (9:00pm), 03/13/2006, walking alone without a backpack. He was wearing a shirt, shorts, and sandals. 

Details of Disappearance

According to open source information, Ryan Chicovsky went missing from Xiangkok, Laos on or about 03/13/2006. Chicovsky was teaching English in China when he travelled to Laos on vacation. He was last seen leaving the Khemkong Guesthouse in Xiangkok, a remote river village in Northwestern Laos. His backpack, clothes, money, passport, boots, and toiletries were all discovered in his room. Approximately three weeks after the reported disappearance, local villagers discovered Chicovsky's camera, room key, and T-shirt four kilometers north of Xiangkok. The condition of the items indicates they had been kept inside and out of the rain.

Chicovsky may have been traveling with a Dutchman having a limp, and a Japanese girl who were both in Xieng Kok at the same time. They were planning on going down the Mekong River with Chicovsky on 03/14. Chicovsky may also have been hiking with a man and a woman on or about 03/7, 8, and 9 through the Nam Tha Preservation Area. They possibly hired a guide in Mung Sing. 
Please visit the US Embassy of Laos website at: and click on the link in the upper righthand corner of the website, "Missing American: Ryan Braben (sic) Chicovsky" (the link is a pdf file with photos). Information about his possible location has been inconsistent.

Additionally, if anyone has traveled from Houesay to Luang Prabang or Luang Prabang to Houesay by boat in the past 7 days or so, and has seen or heard of any bodies in the river or recovered from the river, especially bodies that appear to be or are said to be of a white, western person, please let US Embassy Vientiane, Laos know. If you have any information, please contact the US Embassy in Vientiane at (message for e mail) or at 856-21-26-7000 (856-020-550-2016 on nights and weekends).

Case Numbers

Verified with Law Enforcement

Police Contact Information

US Embassy in Vientiane, Laos
Regional Security Officer (RSO)
856.21.267.000 or 856.20

FBI Information

FBI Field Office Division
(206) 622-0460


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