On June 13, 2001 in Omaha, Nebraska, is where 19-year-old Jason Jolkowski was last seen by anyone. He was last seen leaving his family home travelling in the direction of his former high school, where he was supposed to meet his ride to work.
Jason Anthony Jolkowski was born to Kelly Murphy and Jim Jolkowski on June 24, 1981, in Grand Island, Nebraska. He had a mild learning disability that had to do with speech and language, but he was said to be smarter than average.
After Jason finished high school at Benson in Omaha, he went to Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs. He went to school for radio broadcasting because he wanted to be a disc jockey when he grew up.
Jason was single and lived with his parents and younger brother in a house near 48th and Bedford Streets in Omaha, Nebraska, when he went missing. He worked part-time at Fazoli’s in Omaha, which is a chain of Italian-American restaurants on 80th and Cass Streets.
Disappearance of Jason
On June 13, 2001, Jason and his younger brother were home alone while their parents went to work. Jason and his brother were on summer break from school. Later that morning, Jason’s boss at Fazoli’s called him and told him to come to work early.
Since Jason’s car was at the shop getting fixed, his boss offered to send a coworker to pick him up. They agreed to meet at 11 a.m. in the parking lot of his old school, which was a short walk from Jason’s house.
Jason did a few chores and started getting ready for work after the call. A neighbour saw him around 10:45 am helping his younger brother bring the empty trash cans from the curb into the garage. He then left to go to Benson High School.
When Jason didn’t show up to meet his ride at Benson High School between 11:15 and 11:30 a.m., his boss called the house.
Jason Jolkowski didn’t go to work that day and hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
The next morning, his parents went to the Omaha Police Department to report him missing. They thought, wrongly, that they had to wait 24 hours before the police would accept a report of a missing person.
Investigation of Case
At first, the police thought that Jason Jolkowski had run away like most teenagers do. Ten days after he went missing, the police started to talk to neighbours and search the ground, but they didn’t find any signs or clues about where Jason was.
Surveillance cameras show that Jason didn’t make it to Benson High School. Between his family’s house and school, which is seven blocks away, there are quiet residential streets with few people or cars.
Since he left, neither his bank account nor his cell phone have been used. His last paycheck was left at work, and he left his car at the shop where it was being fixed. All of his things were still in his room, and there were no signs that he was going to leave.
Jason had never run away before and was not a troubled teen. He also didn’t do drugs or drink, so he had no reason to run away. At the time he disappeared, he only had $60 cash on him.
Authorities think that Jason Jolkowski’s disappearance was caused by foul play, but they haven’t found a body, any clues, or any other proof.
In 2003, his parents started Project Jason, a non-profit group that helps the families of people who have gone missing. The group’s focus was on figuring out what happened in each case, giving families of the missing resources, and helping them.
In 2005, “Jason’s Law” was passed in Nebraska. This law made it possible to set up a state clearinghouse for missing people to collect and share information about them.
Jason Jolkowski went missing, but no one knows why. His case is still considered missing at this time. His case remains unsolved.
Caucasian male born on June 24, 1981 with brown hair and brown eyes. Jason is 6’1 tall and weighs 165 pounds.
Clothing and accessories:
Jason was last seen wearing a white Chicago Cubs T-shirt, a black baseball cap, black dress pants, and black dress shoes. At the time he went missing, he was wearing his red work T-shirt.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Jason Jolkowski please contact the Omaha Police Department at (402) 444-5818 or (402) 444-5690, or call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at (800) 843-5678.
Resources & Further Information
Jason Jolkowski #992083 – National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Jason Anthony Jolkowski #MP73 – NamUs