Former Marine Jon Hammar, 27 of South Florida has not seen been seen since August when he left on an exotic surfing trip to Costa Rica. Jon’s family is pleading for help after their son, a former Marine, was imprisoned in Mexico for being discovered with his grandfathers shotgun.
His parents say he was just driving through Mexico on his way to Costa Rica when he was stopped at the border and detained. His family says Jon is now chained to a bed in a Mexican prison on what his family says are ‘trumped-up charges’ for illegal gun possession. Hammar is charged with possession of a weapon that is restricted for military use and could face 12 years in prison. The antique gun he was discovered carrying is outlawed because of the length of the gun barrel.
The parents of Hammar reached out to Tim Johnson of McClatchy Newspapers when American diplomats seemed incapable of helping their son, and they received aggressive calls from the prison from people attempting to extort money. Olivia Hammar fears for her son’s life every day, recalling the night she received a call from a drug lord, demanding money in exchange for her son.
“One of the reasons we went public is because we’ve run out of answers,” Olivia Hammar, Jon’s mother said.
After serving 4-years U.S. Marine Infantryman Jon Hammar survived Fallujah and Afghanistan only to come back from the war with PTSD. One of his outlets to help him cope with PTSD was surfing. That is when Hammar and a buddy bought an old mobile home and decided they were going to go on a surfing expedition to Costa Rica.
The Hammar’s say they have written to the U.S. Ambassador in Mexico and reached out to Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio this week, as well as Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
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