It has been a while since I have posted one of the “Mystery Messages” that keep me up nights, wondering who on earth sent them and why.
You might remember The Case of the Crazy Dollar Bill, or the mystery message from Christopher aboard the Gripsholm, also known as the Sagafjord. You might recall The Mystery of the Beautiful Terrorist, or the Mystery Cameras I found washed ashore–one of which contained photos of a man I am hoping to identify.
This mystery message is a little different than those. Most of the Mystery Messages I’ve posted so far either include no name, or only a partial name, or are damaged to the point that I can’t find a name.
This message, however, contains two perfectly clear names, as you can see.
That’s Ramon Soler Deliz and Angela Guerra.
You’d think this would make them easy to find–but the opposite is true.
It turns out, Ramon Soler is a very common name. Because “Deliz” is cramped below “Ramon,” it’s a little unclear whether this is actually a surname or something else. But there is no shortage of folks named “Ramon Soler” online. There is also no shortage of folks named “Angela Guerra”. Instead of being an asset to the search, this is a problem: There are too many folks to sift through. But maybe–just maybe–if we share this post around the web, it might just find its way to the actual senders!
One thing that would help me narrow down the search would be knowing the countries where these surnames–Soler, Deliz, and Guerra–are especially common. If you know, please bring me up to speed
So, here are the clues I can figure out, aside from the names:
If you can believe it, the message was in this orange pill bottle, washed ashore on a deserted island in the British West Indies in 2008.
This medicine bottle provides almost no protection: it’s not watertight, and it is plastic (the least reliable kind of container for messages). So, this note cannot have traveled far. It must have been launched by someone in the Caribbean just days or weeks before I found it–maybe a few months at most. To be safe, let’s say the senders sent it between February 2007 and February 2008, somewhere in the Caribbean.
It could be that the choice of a medicine bottle to send this “message” in was totally benign–like, it was just handy and so they used it.
On the other hand, it speaks of distress. In the first place, people generally only need medicine bottles if they are carting around medicine to treat something that needs treatment. A physical ailment? Mental? Did the senders finish all of the medicine and then use the bottle? Or were they in such a dire situation (a sinking boat?) that they simply grabbed the only bottle available and quickly wrote down their names, rather than a long, flowery message?
Taking all this into consideration, I believe it came from one of three places:
- A cruise ship
- A Caribbean island with Spanish-speaking inhabitants
- A boat carrying refugees / migrants trying to get from a Spanish-speaking island (Cuba?) to somewhere else.
And that’s pretty much all I have.
So what do you think? Can we find them? Can we solve this mystery? Will we ever learn who Ramon and Angela are? Will we ever learn why thy sent their message in a pill bottle?
I really think there is only one path to solving this mystery, and that is by sharing this post far and wide. That’s especially true of folks who live in areas with Latino populations, including such areas within America as well as Spanish-speaking countries around the Atlantic: Mexico and Central American countries, South American countries, Spain, Portugal, etc.
Help! Share! Spread the word! Let’s find Ramon and Angela!