Julie Tamayo said her 79-year-old uncle, Jose Eduardo Tamayo, went missing while traveling with his friend, Alvaro Rossel. They were last seen on Sept. 19 near Oxapampa, Peru, 248 miles northeast of Lima.
"“Our search is over. My uncle was found today with his friend, Alvaro (Rossel), victims of a fatal car accident on a dangerous road,” Julie posted on her Facebook page, according to the Register.
Jose Eduardo Tamayo was born and raised in Peru but lived in the United States for nearly 30 years and owned J.E.T. Corporation, a foundry business in Bridgeport, and recently moved to Fairfield from Shelton.
His family reached out to media to help learn any information as to what might have happened to him.
Jose Eduardo’s son, Jose Luis, flew to Peru to help in the search and was working with the U.S. State Department as well as Congressman Jim Himes.
Julie said that the family first became worried when her father-in-law didn't arrive in Lima last Tuesday, as scheduled. Concerns increased when the family attempted to call him on Thursday, which was his 79th birthday, and couldn't reach him.