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Edmund Horman

Edmund C. Horman, whose investigation of his son’s disappearance inspired the 1982 film “Missing,” died of pneumonia Friday in Manhattan. He was 87.

Horman’s search for his son was retold in the 1979 book, “The Execution of Charles Horman: An American Sacrifice” by Thomas Hauser. That became the basis for the film, which featured Jack Lemmon as Horman and was directed by Costa-Gavras.

In 1973, Horman flew to Chile knowing that his son had been grabbed by soldiers but not knowing that he had been shot to death by forces from the military coup against President Salvador Allende Gossens.

Such was the sensitivity of the story that, the night before the film’s premiere, the U.S. State Department issued a long statement on the matter.

The son, Charles Horman, 31, had been living in Chile as a filmmaker and writer.

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