the following are my two cents:
Here’s the most likely scenario:
Dave’s bro goes to taiwan, visits the ching shui cliffs. Hes not able to go down to the waters edge and do a physical search for miles up and down from where the scoot was.
The police say the same things they have said. No real new search is mounted. Their story is that Dave disappeared. End of Story, who knows what happened to him. They don’t look like they care and in fact they don’t care.
Dave’s ex wife may not be all that enthusiastic or welcoming or helpful. Dave may or may not even get to meet her and his niece.
He goes to taiwan and comes back essentially empty handed. But at least he is more at peace with himself and can bring some sort of peace to his aging parents in that no foul play was discovered but possibly Dave’s disappearance will remain a mystery.
As you say the press is not particularly interested. No big body with political clout is interested and Daves bro goes to the wan and comes back and essentially end of story.
He has essentially nothing to lose if he can get in touch with the big news organizations in the USA/Canada and tell his story. They may sponsor his search. Dave’s bro can set up a youtube account. Sit in front of a go pro and tell his story. Title it “I am Dave’s Brother”
Family is important to most of us. A brother in search of his lost brother in a far away land (the east still holds some mystery to most americans/canadians) who could be dead, could have been murdered or who knows…but the brother is mounting a search for answers.
Obviously it will be a major intrusion into Dave’s brothers own life and that of his family. But if he wanted to get the publics help he has to go all out.
Sit in front of the gopro. Show pics , tell about Dave and his life in Canada, his meeting this lady from Taiwan, going over there, getting married, having a child, falling out of favor with the wifes family . Unable to find suitable work, short of cash, the shit hits the fan, he goes MISSING !!
Dave’s bro is sitting on a major news story that will tug at heart strings everywhere and could even be made into a movie.
He just needs to get his story out there. He would have to bare his soul, perhaps sell his soul to the devil as some would say.
he can see if his church can help. If he can get some major organization such as a church with presence in taiwan, especially as i said the TzuChi buddhist organization. That will be huge.
The little story can become a huge story.
Taiwanese love huge stories. If the world takes notice of little ol Taiwan , suddently Taiwanese sit up and say WHOA, theres a story about little ol US??? And theres a revisting of the whole going ons.
The TW govt has to be forced into doing just about ANYTHING. Because TAiwan is its own reality. Sitting in its own world ,insulated from much of whats going on in the “real world”.
A brother searching for his lost and possibly murdered but definitely missing brother is a huge story. Guy and his bro grew up in a military family, life is NOT a beach. Little bro falls in love with a cute and exotic asian girl and jets off to a life of excitement and adventure only to all end in DISASTER and NOBODY KNOWS WHAT HAPPENED and perhaps NOBODY WILL.
It’s a BIG STORY what Dave’s bro has here.
That aside. without any big organization helping out, most likely Dave’s bro is just going to go to Taiwan and hit a brick wall (not literally i hope) and not find out anything he didn’t already know. If the ex wife is not showing any signs of welcoming him over there, it likely means she won’t meet him and he won’t even get to meet his little niece. He just goes there, stumbles around and gets frustrated at the lack of anything happening because without anyone pushing , nothing will happen on this case. And comes back to Canada none the wiser.
That sadly is the most likely scenario I can see. Thank God though my vision is cloudy so huge things may yet happen.
So i say GOD SPEED and may you find what you seek.