Benefit to help in search

On Wednesday, May 20, there will be a fundraising concert at the Old Siskiyou Barn at 7 p.m. to help offset some of the expenses of a search for Joe Dunsavage the brother of Ashland based jazz guitarist and music promoter, Ed Dunsavage.

Ed Dunsavage, who is also the artistic director for the Siskiyou Institute in Ashland is organizing the event.

"My brother Joe went missing on Sunday in Roatan Honduras and we've been conducting a massive search of the waters in the area," Dunsavage said. "I've spent the entire week on the phone and internet, networking with the community as well as the offices of Senators Wyden and Merkley as well as Congressmen Walden and Shroder. They have been really great, and continue to monitor the situation in Honduras and give us daily updates on the search."

Dunsavage's father and brother Jeff in New Jersey have been coordinating the search and rescue mission from there and continue to try and get some national media attention, according to Dunsavage, who said the search efforts by the family are costing from $20,000 to $30,000 a day.

"This is why I decided to do the fundraiser since organizing and promoting music events is what I know how to do," he said.

Some of the musicians who will be performing at this event will include Jim Quinby, Marcella Ruikis, Bil Leonhart, Priscilla Quinby, The Groove Yard Trio, vocalist Christine Williams, pianist Dave Scoggins, Mark Nelson, Brian Freeman and others.

Joseph Dunsavage Sr., 49, a resident of New Jersey, was visiting a family friend in Honduras over the weekend on the island of Roatan. On Sunday morning, he went fishing in a one-person catamaran and has been missing ever since.

"The catamaran is a very sturdy boat; it doesn't sink or capsize, which gives us hope that he is either floating further away or is stranded somewhere on an island," Dunsavage said.

After an initial search by a family friend on Roatan, the family contacted the U.S. government and the Honduran government for assistance. Two Joint Task Force-Bravo Army Blackhawk helicopters and 16 service members were deployed from Joint Task Force Bravo in Honduras, according to a news release from 1st Lt. Candace Park, a spokesperson for the task force.

Park added that the search for Dunsavage Sr. is in coordination with the Honduran Navy. A U.S. Air Force C-12 and two HC-130s also have joined the search. To date, U.S. support aircraft have flown more than 40 flight hours covering a search area of 16,220 square nautical miles with plans to continue flying until all areas are covered and all options exhausted, according to the news release. The family also hired a plane and helicopter to aid in the search.

Jeff Brehm, a close friend of Joe Dunsavage Jr., is coordinating search efforts by local people in Belize and Honduras who operate scuba diving resorts, fishing boats and regular hotel resorts.

"They are using their diving boats and fishing boats to search for him, too," said Brehm, who has about 25 years of boating and maritime experience.

Joe Dunsavage Jr. has asked that people reach out to him through the social networking Web site, where he has created an event page called "Help My Family Find My Father." He said that his father is very experienced in boating and makes a trip to Honduras at least one or two times a year.

An account has been set up with PayPal for any help via the form of donations. The Dunsavage Family had to fund their own aircraft prior to U.S and Honduran assistance and want to keep the search going until the best possible outcome is reached. All funds collected will go to the search and rescue efforts of Joseph Dunsavage Sr. The e-mail account receiving payments is: Seating is limited for this event and reservations are high recommended. For more information and reservations call 488-3869 or e-mail

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