Family of lost Chicopee man not giving up hope

They're still working with the U.S. Embassy

Joshua Devine. Photo was taken a couple of years ago, when he was a diving instructor. Image sent to 22News by Alison May Public Relations

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The search has been called off for a Chicopee man who disappeared in Thailand, but his family is not giving up hope.

Joshua Devine disappeared more than two weeks ago during a deep sea diving trip. The group continued sailing four days without him. His mother and sister traveled to Thailand to look for him. They heard conflicting stories from people on board, but determined there was some kind of altercation and alcohol was involved.

His sister, Jennifer Bakowski, told 22News the family, including Joshua’s young niece, believe he is alive. “She writes him letters every day. It kind of helps me stay hopeful. She will give him that note eventually. It just doesn’t make sense.”

The family is upset because a police report won’t be released for two years, and there was no line of communication between the boat and emergency crews when he first disappeared. They’re still working with the U.S. Embassy.

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