In search of Hodei


2 years Missing

 Hodei Egiluz Diaz

2 yearsMissing

This is the unfinished story of a young 23 year-old man who disappeared here, in the city of Antwerp, at 04:25 in the morning of the 19th October in 2013 after being mugged twice. Two years, seven hundred and thirty (730) days of searching throughout the world. His photo in MISSING posters has been put up all over Europe and outside Europe calling for witnesses to his disappearance.

The perfect crime?His family and friends are here before you to insist to the public authorities that we will continue to demand that the search go on, that he be found and that we need a solution. What we don’t want is for his disappearance to become the perfect crime. We call on the police to keep up the search for all possible clues that can shed light on what happened and not to give up even when faced with a lack of results. We are still hopeful that we can bring him home.

Then, at 7 o`clock in the evening, we will gather in front of the castle in Koolkaai, the square where Hodei was seen for the last time asking for help at 04:22 in the morning. Here we will reiterate our compromise in our search for him and for witnesses who can tell us what happened.

The disappearance of Hodei has served to awaken our dormant consciences to the little known drama of the permanent disappearance for no apparent motive of 10,000 people every year in Europe alone.

This Monday 19th October, at 12:00, in the European Parliament in Brussels, the conference   “Towards a European solution for missing persons” will mark the beginning of the elaboration of a “European protocol for missing persons”, the need for which we have been demanding.

Then, at 13:00, we take part in a public gathering in Luxembourg Square in opposite the European Parliament to remember the second anniversary of the disappearance of Hodei.


With your help we will find him.

Antwerp, 17th October, 2015

   Family and friends of Hodei Egiluz Diaz



Nota de prensa

It’s now two years since Hodei was last seen in Antwerp and the Hodei Missing Association has organized a trip to Antwerp in which 40 people, relatives and friends of Hodei and neighbours from Galdakao, will take part. Ana, the mother of Borja Lazaro, will also join us on this trip. In both Antwerp and Brussels we will be organizing a number of events on the 17, 18 and 19 October with the same aims that we have been pursuing since Hodei disappeared: that there should be no let-up in the investigation until we know what happened to Hodei, and if possible, find him and bring him home.

Here is the programme of the activities that we have organized:

Saturday 17th

  • We will be in Loiu airport at 6am to take the 06:45 flight to Brussels.
  • At 12:00 we will be gathering in GROTE MARKT, opposite Antwerp City-Hall, where we will hold a press conference. As well as the people who have made the trip from the Basque Country, we will be joined by friends from Belgium who have helped and supported us all this time.
  • At 19:00 we will gather again in KOOLKAAI, the place where Hodei was seen for the last time.
  • Throughout the day we will go round the busiest places in the town where we will put up posters with the picture of Hodei and hand out leaflets.

Sunday 18th

  •  In the morning we will leave for Brussels where we will spend the day putting up posters and handing out leaflets to the passers-by.

Monday 19th

  • At 13:00 we will gather in Luxembourg Square.
  • At 15:00 we will attend the conference “A EUROPEAN PROTOCOL FOR MISSING PEOPLE” which will take place in the European Parliament. As well as being attended by numerous European deputies, it will also be attended by people and organizations concerned with the problem of missing people in Europe.


Hodei Missing Association




Koro’s letter


Hi Hodei,

“2 egunbarruetxean! (In 2 days’ time I’ll be home)”. In 19 days’ time it will be two years since I last heard these wordsyou said to me so joyfully on Skype, and now almost two years have gone by and I still haven’t managed to find you.

It’s a very bumpy road, full of stones but DON’T GIVE UP! I WILL FIND YOU!!! Some day those stones will be turned into dust which will make my road smooth and  finally we will be able to hug each other again.

Hodei, I don`t know where you are, but I do know that the day I find you will be wonderful. That day will come, I don`t know when, but it will come. All I hope is that the pain and suffering don’t entirely drain us and that we will still have strength to fight for the moment we meet again.

Waiting for you!

I love you,