Kelly Armstrong's Family Outraged Over Manslaughter Charge: 'That's Not Justice'
Authorities in north-central Indiana have charged Travis Funke in the death of Kelly Armstrong, a mother of one who was reported missing in September. The latest development, however, is less than ideal, according to family members with whom The Huffington Post spoke.
"He was charged with voluntary manslaughter. They said her death occurred 'under a sudden heat.' He faces 45 years, with 10 suspended, but could be out in 17. No, that's not justice. That's not justice at all. We still don't even have my sister to bury her," said Armstrong's sister, Shelly Rush.
Armstrong's father, David Armstrong, is equally upset by the manslaughter charge -- something he feels is a slap in the face.
"I just don't think [the authorities] handled this case correctly and properly from the beginning," Armstrong said. "This is not a case of manslaughter. It was premeditated murder."
Armstrong, mother of a 2-year-old son, has been missing since August 2011. She and Funke lived together with their baby. Rush said family members became concerned after not hearing from Armstrong and not getting clear answers from Funke.
Rush said she called the Kokomo Police Department to check on her sister's welfare. After officers were unable to make contact with Armstrong, Rush filed a missing person report on Sept. 26.
"The next day they went to the trailer with a search warrant," David Armstrong said. "They went in the trailer. Kelly was not there but they found blood in the trailer -- supposedly from Funke cutting his wrist. Attorneys I have spoken to since then said that the trailer should have been sealed and considered a crime scene, but [police] did not do that."
Funke, 27, was arrested on an unrelated warrant on Sept. 28. He had been on house arrest for an unrelated case, but allegedly cut off his ankle monitor and had cut one of his wrists several times, causing it to bleed.
"Three days after [Funke's] arrest, some teenagers broke in the back door of their trailer and had a party," Armstrong said. "We don't know what they took. The following week I went to the trailer. There were three policemen there. I asked what they were doing and they said Funke's mom was in the trailer getting some of his stuff. I saw three suitcases sitting in the middle of the floor [and noticed] the washing machine was running."
In a probable cause affidavit filed Tuesday by Howard County Prosecutor Mark McCann, it is stated that investigators interviewed Funke's cellmate on Oct. 7. The man is identified in court documents as Daniel Wagner. The inmate allegedly told police that "Funke told him that he killed Kelly Armstrong and he was concerned about evidence that could still be in their trailer," the affidavit states.
The affidavit makes no mention of an application for a search warrant following Wagner's alleged statements.
On Nov. 2, investigators interviewed a friend of Funke's who said Funke told him he had killed Armstrong with a hammer. The friend said he saw bloodstains in the couple's trailer and said that Funke had asked him to help dispose of evidence. The friend said he refused, according to the affidavit.
After investigators spoke with Funke's friend, they secured a search warrant for the trailer. According to the affidavit, detectives found a green-handled hammer that Funke's friend had described as the alleged murder weapon. Investigators also located "two large dark stains on the carpet in the south bedroom and two large dark stains on the carpet in the living room." The stains were collected and sent off for evidence. It was later revealed the stains were blood that was a 99.9 percent match for Armstrong.
"Why did they wait until November to get a warrant to go in that trailer? Why did they not do anything after his cellmate told them he had confessed? The [blood stains] on the carpet, walls and everything -- those should have been found immediately," David Armstrong said.
Kokomo police declined to discuss details of the case Wednesday and referred calls to McCann, the Howard County Prosecutor. Contacted by The Huffington Post, McCann declined to comment.
According to the affidavit, police interviewed Funke on Jan. 6 with his attorney present. During that interview, he allegedly told investigators he killed Armstrong around the first of July.
"[Funke] stated that he and Kelly had been fighting for three days ... Funke stated that he fell asleep on the couch and he awoke to Kelly hitting the couch with a hammer. Funke stated that he believes that Kelly hit him on the head with the hammer and knocked him out. Funke stated that, when he came to, Kelly was dead on the floor and bleeding from the head. Funke said that he has memories of hitting her in the head with a hammer but thought that it was a dream," the affidavit reads.
Funke allegedly said he placed a plastic bag on Armstrong's head, wrapped her in a tarp and put her in a trash tote. The garbage container was supposedly picked up later that same day.
Looking through records from the trash pickup company, authorities determined Armstrong's body had likely been placed in the trash can on July 8. Investigators checked logs at the Wabash Valley Landfill in Wabash -- the waste facility where the garbage was dumped that day -- and spent six days sifting through 6,000 tons of trash. They were unable to locate Armstrong's remains.
David Armstrong said he doubts Funke's version of events and said he believes police spent nearly a week searching the wrong spot in the landfill. According to Armstrong, his daughter was alive well after July 8. The distraught father said he has proof to back that up.
"We have phone records that show on July 20 [and] 22 and [on] Aug. 2, Kelly called my daughter Shelly," Armstrong said. Because of that information, the dump logs police used to define the search area would have pointed them toward the wrong location, Armstrong explained.
"Police have officially stopped looking for her," Rush added. "My problem is they have not found any part of my sister. They have not found one [human] bone, but they found chicken bones and steak bones."
Rush said she is dismayed by what she perceives as a lack of sensitivity on behalf of members of the police department. She said she experienced insensitivity recently when talking to Kokomo Police Capt. Teresa Galloway.
"Galloway told me I have to accept the fact that I may never find my sister. I told her that was unacceptable and she said I was being unreasonable -- that I cannot expect them to find all of my sister's remains. I said 'I'm not asking you to find all of my sister, I'm asking you to find some of my sister so I can bury her.' She said, 'Well this is the way things are going to be and you're just going to have to accept the facts.'"
Galloway did not deny making the statement to Rush.
"Well, that's always a possibility ... that you might not find somebody," Galloway told HuffPost.
According to Kelly Jolkowski, president and founder of the Omaha, Neb.-based nonprofit Project Jason, it is not uncommon to see an emotional disconnect occur between law enforcement and families of the missing.
"It's something we hear about now and then," said Jolkowski, whose organization assists the families of missing adults and children.
"There is a tremendous amount of emotion involved in a missing person case," Jolkowski continued. "Authorities really need to think about what they are saying before they say it. They should ask themselves, 'Is it a helpful statement? Is it a harmful statement? Is it potentially harmful?' If so, let's not say it. There is a balance that can be struck between providing the information needed and considering the emotional state of the families," Jolkowski said.
Incidentally, Jolkowski is currently attending a conference about missing persons being held at Fox Valley Technical Institute in Wisconsin. The conference provides training for law enforcement and those who work on behalf of the families of missing persons.
"Sensitivity training should be required for all members of law enforcement," Jolkowski said. "Law enforcement will then be able to better understand what families can be going through."
While Armstrong's family is upset about the way their loved one's case has been handled, they are more concerned right now with locating her remains.
"She is laying out there somewhere and we need to find her," Rush said. "It's going to cost my family a lot of money to bring in professionals to continue searching, but we have to do it."
Funke, who is being held on a $500,000 bond, will appear in Howard Superior Court on Feb. 28 to face his voluntary manslaughter charge.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Kokomo police at 765-459-5101.
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Janet Mendis Lennen
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Willie Michael Wheaton
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Patricia Bryan has been looking for her father, Kenneth Lawson, since June 6. The 76-year-old was last seen at his home in Union Point, Ga. A number of exhaustive searches has been conducted, all to no avail. "We have had no leads on the whereabouts of my father," Bryan said. "He was not always in a state of confusion. He would have moments were he would check out or not know where he was, but this was not all the time. Up till my father went missing, I didn't realize just how many people with dementia and Alzheimer's went missing on a daily basis. The media does not do them justice."
Hellen Cook, 72, was last seen on July 13, 2013, near Warsaw, Missouri, a small city located approximately 100 miles southeast of Kansas City. According to Hellen Cook's daughter, her mother and father were at their second home in rural Benton County on the day she disappeared. Howard Cook, said his wife was sitting on a porch swing when he went to put his lawn mower away. When he returned she was gone. The Cooks' farm is surrounded by acres of soybean fields. A fence surrounds the property and a gate at the end of the driveway was locked. It is believed Hellen Cook may have climbed over the gate, as the sweater she was wearing was found on a fence post next to it. Where she went after that remains a mystery. Hellen Cook is described as a white female, approximately 5' tall and 97 pounds. She has short brown hair. Cook was last seen wearing jean shorts, a light-colored t-shirt, and tennis shoes. The family has created the "<a href="https://www.facebook.com/FindHellenCook" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Find Hellen Cook</span></a>" page on Facebook to share information about the case. Anyone who may have seen Hellen Cook or who has information on her whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff's department at 660-438-9555.
Jennifer Kesse has been missing from Orlando, Fla., since January 24, 2006. It is believed she was abducted from her apartment complex early that morning. On Jan. 26, 2006, Kesse's car was found abandoned at a condominium complex located roughly one mile down the road from where she lived. Valuables were found inside the vehicle, leading police to believe Kesse was not the victim of a robbery or carjacking. Police bloodhounds tracked a scent from where the car was found back to Kesse's condo, but the trail ended there. At the time of her disappearance, Jennifer Kesse was 24 years old, 5'8" tall and 135 pounds. She had shoulder-length sandy blonde hair and green eyes. Anyone with information in the case or who would like to donate to search efforts can do so at <a href="http://www.findjenniferkesse.com/" target="_hplink">Findjenniferkesse.com</a>. Tipsters can also call the crime line anonymously at 800-423-8477.
Jacob "Jake" Lipp, 27, is missing from North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, last seen Dec. 16 in Pittsburgh by his girlfriend. Lipp and his girlfriend were at the Static Bar in the strip district. They got into a fight and the girlfriend drove off leaving Lipp at the McDonald's on Penn Avenue, at around 3 a.m.. The girlfriend came back to get him and he was gone. He has not been seen since. Lipp is 5'6" tall, 160 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. (Missing Persons Of America)
Lauren Spierer, 20, was last seen around 4:30 a.m. on June 3, 2011, just a few blocks from her apartment in Bloomington, Ind. Earlier in the night, Spierer had visited Kilroy's, a nearby sports bar that closes at 3 a.m. When she left the establishment, she left behind her shoes and cellphone, police said. After leaving the bar, Spierer reportedly went to the apartment of Corey Rossman, a fellow college student at the university, before deciding to walk home. What happened to her after that remains a mystery. She was reported missing less than 12 hours later. Bloomington police, Indiana University police, the Monroe County Sheriff's Department, Indiana State Police and the FBI have all conducted searches for Spierer. Lauren Spierer is described as a white female who is 4-foot-11-inches tall with a slender build. She has blue eyes and blond hair. She was last wearing a white tank top with a light-colored shirt over it and black stretch pants. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call Bloomington Police at 812-339-4477.
Yelekal "Kal" Alemu
Yelekal "Kal" Alemu, 23, of Lawrence, Kansas, was last seen by friends and family on the morning of May 12, 2012. He was reported missing later that day when he failed to show up for a family gathering. The same evening Alemu was reported missing, authorities found his vehicle abandoned on private property in rural Douglas County, southeast of Lawrence. Alemu is 5-foot-10 and weighs 170 pounds. He has short hair and a full beard. He was last seen wearing a striped grey shirt. Anyone with information on Alemu's whereabouts is asked to contact the Lawrence Police Department at 785-832-7509 or the Douglas County TIPS Hotline at 785-843-TIPS.
Vilet Patricia Torrez, 38, of Miramar, Fla., was last seen by a friend she met for dinner on the night of March 30, 2012. Authorities have declined to comment on where Torrez went for dinner and will not release the name of the person she was with. Torrez's movements after the dinner are also unknown, but the vehicle she was driving was later found at her residence in the 12900 block of Southwest 28th Court, a gated community off Miramar Parkway. Torrez was scheduled to work March 31 at her bath remodeling job with Bath Fitter in Doral, but she did not show up or call in. On April 2, Torrez was reported missing. Her estranged husband, Cid Torrez, has since been named a person of interest in her disappearance. Vilet Patricia Torrez is 5-foot-3-inches tall, weighs 125 to 130 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information about her disappearance is asked to call Miramar police at (954) 602-4000 or Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.
Michelle Parker, 33, vanished on Nov. 17, 2011, the same day that her appearance with her ex-fiance, Dale Smith, aired on "The People's Court." The couple was in dispute over a $5,000 engagement ring. After hearing both sides, Judge Marilyn Milian ordered Parker to pay Smith $2,500. A few hours after the episode aired, Parker dropped her 3-year-old twins off at Smith's condo for scheduled visitation. Parker's 2008 black Hummer H3 was found the following day in a parking lot on the west side of Orlando. Decals for Parker's Glow mobile tanning business had been removed from the windows, police said. Police initially said that Smith was cooperating and was not considered a suspect, but during a later press conference he was named the primary suspect in Parker's disappearance. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/michelleparkermissingperson" target="_blank">Find Michelle Parker</a>.
Nieko Lisi, 18, lives in Jasper, N.Y., about 40 miles from Elmira. According to relatives, Lisi was en route to Buffalo when he disappeared. He was last seen around 2 p.m. on Sept. 30, 2011, when he and friend Robert Knight, 20, stopped at Lisi's uncle's home in Addison, N.Y. Knight arrived at his parents' home in Michigan on the morning of Oct. 1, 2011. He allegedly told family members Lisi had dropped him off, but no one physically saw Lisi, police said. Lisi's family reported him missing and on Oct. 5, Michigan police went to talk to Knight about his friend's whereabouts. According to WETM-TV, Knight "suffered some sort of ailment" during police questioning and was hospitalized. Knight was released from the hospital on Oct. 9. The next day, Knight was found dead in his parents' home. Lisi is described as a white male, 5-foot-10-inches tall and 160 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He has a tattoo of Chinese writing on the back of his right arm, a large angel on his right side and a large woman with a devil's tail on his left side. He was last seen wearing jeans, a T-shirt and a silver cross necklace. Anyone with information about Lisi's whereabouts is asked to call New York State Police at 607-776- 6866. Lisi's family is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to his whereabouts.
Pfc. Kelli Bordeaux, a 23-year-old Army combat medic, was last seen on April 14, 2012, leaving the Froggy Bottoms bar in Fayetteville, N.C. She was labeled a missing person two days later when she failed to show up for duty. The soldier has been married to her civilian husband for two years. Bordeaux is 5-foot tall and weighs 99 pounds. She was last seen wearing a pink halter top and black shorts. Anyone with information is asked to contact Fayetteville Police at 910-433-1856 or CrimeStoppers at 910-483-TIPS (8477).
Kelly Armstrong, mother of a 2-year-old son, has been missing from Kokomo, Ind., since August 2011. Family members became concerned when they were unable to reach her. A missing person report was filed on on Sept. 26, 2011. In February 2012, authorities charged Armstrong's boyfriend, Travis Funke, with voluntary manslaughter in her death. According to an arrest affidavit, Funke allegedly told investigators he killed Armstrong around the first of July. Funke allegedly said he placed a plastic bag on Armstrong's head, wrapped her in a tarp and put her in a trash tote. The garbage container was supposedly picked up later that same day. Investigators spent six days sifting through 6,000 tons of trash at the local landfill but were unable to locate Armstrong's remains. Armstrong's father, David Armstrong, doubts Funke's version of events. People interested in helping search or donating funds can do so at <a href="http://Operationfindkelly.yolasite.com" target="_hplink">Operationfindkelly.yolasite.com</a>. Anyone with information is asked to contact Kokomo police at 765-459-5101.
Robyn Gardner was last seen in Oranjestad, Aruba on Aug. 2, 2011, traveling with Gary Giordano, an acquaintance she had met on a dating website. Giordano claimed Gardner was swept out to sea while snorkeling in waters off Baby Beach. Giordano, 50, allegedly told police he had noticed a current pulling them out to sea and signaled to Gardner that they should return to shore. But when he got to dry land, she was nowhere to be found. Authorities conducted an extensive search of the area but were unable to locate the 35-year-old Maryland woman's body. On Aug. 5, police took Giordano into custody before he left Aruba. Authorities held Giordano for four months in Gardner's disappearance, but he was released without charges in early December. Gardner vanished in the same Aruban town where Natalee Holloway went missing in May 2005. Gardner's whereabouts, like Holloway's, remain a mystery. For more information, visit the<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/robyn-gardner" target="_blank">Robyn Gardner Full Coverage</a> page.
William "Billy" Disilvestro
Billy Disilvestro, 28, has been missing since Feb. 7, 2011. On that day, his grandmother dropped him off at a friend's house in Hamilton, Ohio. At about 2:30 a.m., DiSilvestro placed two calls -- one to his mother and one to his grandmother. Both calls went unanswered. What happened to DiSilvestro after that remains a mystery. According to police, the friend said DiSilvestro left the house after attempting to contact his mother and grandmother -- presumably for a ride. It is believed he was headed to his grandmother's house about two miles away, which would take him through a forested area called Milikin Woods. Authorities have conducted several searches of the area, but have yet to find any sign of the missing man. DiSilvestro is described as a white male, 6-foot-2-inches tall, 180 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing jeans and a gray winter coat with fur around the hood. DiSilvestro has several tattoos, including the word SMOKE across his back, Jesus carrying a cross on his upper right arm and a large angel on his upper left arm. Anyone with information regarding this case should contact the Butler County Sheriff's Office at 513-785-1300.
Susan Powell was reported missing by her family on Dec. 7, 2009, when she failed to show up for her job as a stockbroker at Wells Fargo Financial. Her husband, Josh Powell, told police he had been camping with their two children, then ages 2 and 4, and had last seen his wife around midnight. Suspicious of his story, investigators named Powell a "person of interest" in his wife's disappearance. Not long after, Powell and his two children moved back to his hometown of Puyallup, Wash. On Feb. 5, 2012, police say Josh Powell attacked his two boys, Charlie, 7, and Braden, 5, with a hatchet and then set his home on fire, killing the three of them in a gas-fueled explosion. Since that time, a mountain of evidence has emerged that supports law enforcement's decision to name Josh Powell the prime suspect in his wife's disappearance. Nevertheless, her whereabouts remain a mystery.
Natalee Holloway, 18, from Mountain Brook, Ala., disappeared May 30, 2005, while on a trip to Aruba to celebrate her high school graduation. Holloway's classmates said they last saw her leaving Carlos 'n Charlie's nightclub with Joran van der Sloot, then a 17-year-old Dutch honors student living in Aruba, and his two friends, Surinamese brothers Deepak and Satish Kalpoe. All three young men would be arrested in the case but all three were released without charge. On Jan. 13, 2012, now-24-year-old Van der Sloot was sentenced to 28 years in prison for the slaying of Stephany Flores on May 30, 2010. The Peruvian business student was found dead in van der Sloot's hotel room in Lima on June 2 of that year. Van der Sloot was charged with first-degree murder and robbery in the case. Natalee Holloway's body has never been found.
Jessie Foster has not been seen since March 29, 2006. According to her mother, Foster was living in Kamloops, British Columbia, in the spring of 2005, when she began traveling to the U.S. In May 2005, the then 21-year-old ended up going to Las Vegas, Nev. While in Las Vegas, Foster met a man and the two were quickly engaged to be married. The man was reportedly wealthy and the two lived together in a million-dollar home. In 2006, Foster stopped calling her family. Concerned, they contacted her fiancee and he allegedly said Foster had left him in April 2006. Foster's family promptly reported her missing to police, but with few clues to follow, the case quickly went cold. Foster is described as 5-foot-7-inches tall and 120 lbs., with blonde hair and hazel eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call Las Vegas Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477. Foster's mother also maintains a website devoted to the case, which can be found at <a href="http://jessiefoster.ca" target="_hplink">jessiefoster.ca</a>. According to the site, a $50,000 dollar reward is being offered for information in the case.
Jesse Warren Ross was a 19-year-old sophomore when he vanished on Nov. 21, 2006, while attending a mock United Nations conference in Chicago, Ill. According to police, Ross was last seen at about 2:30 a.m., leaving the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, where a conference dance was held. Surveillance footage from the hotel does not indicate Ross was intoxicated when he left. It is believed he was headed to his hotel, the Four Points Sheraton, which was located about ten minutes away. What happened to Ross after he left the Sheraton Hotel remains a mystery. For more information, visit <a href="http://findjesseross.com/" target="_blank">Findjesseross.com</a>.
Brittanee Drexel, 17, was last seen by friends on April 25, 2009, when she left the Bar Harbor Hotel in Myrtle Beach, S.C., to meet friends at the nearby BlueWater Resort. Surveillance footage shows Drexel arriving at the resort, then leaving roughly 10 minutes later. What happened to her after that remains a mystery. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.helpfindbrittanee.com/" target="_blank">Helpfindbrittanee.com</a>.
Corrie Anderson, a 36-year-old mother of three from Chautauqua County, N.Y., was last seen at about 1:00 p.m. on Oct. 28, 2008. Family members reported Anderson missing at about 3:45 p.m. that day, when she failed to show up at her son's school for a meeting. Two days later, a hunter discovered Anderson's car abandoned approximately two miles from her house. Authorities used ATV's, helicopters and dogs to search areas of interest in the case but to date they have found no sign of Anderson. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.findcorrie.com/" target="_blank">Findcorrie.com</a>.
John James Morris
John James Morris, 38, was last seen on July 30, 2007, in the driveway of his ex-boyfriend's residence on Whites Ferry Road in Dickerson, Md. According to police, Morris' ex-boyfriend was out of town on the day John stopped to pick up his belongings. Morris has not used his credit card or cell phone and, according to his family, he did not have his ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) medication with him when he disappeared. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.findjohnmorris.com/" target="_blank">Findjohnmorris.com</a>.
Lakeisha Nichole Archie
Lakeisha Nichole Archie was last seen on August 5, 2002. A family member dropped her off at a residence in the vicinity of Park St. and Buckeye in Sidney, Ohio, and she has not been seen since. Archie has a tattoo of the name "Lakeisha" on the right side of her neck, a tattoo of a black panther on her left forearm and tattoos of claws on each breast. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.blackandmissinginc.com/cdad/index.cfm?MissingInfoID=569" target="_blank">Blackandmissinginc.com</a>.
Ahren Benjamin Barnard
Ahren Barnard was last seen in Boise, Idaho, on Dec. 4, 2004. He dropped his young son off for the evening with the child's mother and presumably drove home. His car was later found parked in his driveway but he has not been seen since. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.helpfindahren.com/" target="_blank">Helpfindahren.com</a>.
Roxanne Paltauf was 18 years old on July 7, 2006, when she disappeared from the Budget Inn hotel in Austin, Texas. According to Roxanne's mother, Elizabeth Harris, Roxanne had been staying at the hotel with her boyfriend. The couple had an argument and, according to the boyfriend, she left the hotel, leaving all of her belongings behind. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000644531428&sk=info" target="_blank">Find Roxanne Paltauf</a>.
William "Billy" Smolinski
William "Billy" Smolinski, was a 31-year-old resident of Waterbury, Conn., when he went missing on Aug. 24, 2004. Smolinski told a neighbor he was going out of town for a few days to look at a vehicle. He has not been seen since and his truck was later found parked in his driveway. His keys and wallet were found inside. Investigators searched Billy's home and truck and conducted several interviews but found no clues suggesting what might have happened to him. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.justice4billy.com" target="_blank">Justice4billy.com</a>.
An esteemed district attorney, Ray Gricar was 59 years old in April 2005. He had served as the district attorney of Centre County for nearly 20 years and was preparing to retire at the end of the year. On the morning of April 15, 2005, Gricar called his girlfriend, Patty Fornicola, and told her he was going for a drive on Route 192 toward nearby Lewisburg. The following day, Gricar's red and white 2004 Mini Cooper was found locked and abandoned in a Lewisburg parking lot, not far from the Susquehanna River. Gricar's laptop was later found in the river but authorities never found any sign of the missing DA. For more information, read <a href="http://www.aolnews.com/2011/01/25/case-of-missing-pa-district-attorney-ray-gricar-baffles-police/" target="_blank">"Case of Missing Pa. District Attorney Baffles Police, Family"</a>.
Jason "J.J." Jolkowski
Jason Jolkowski was 19 years old on June 13, 2001, the day he disappeared in Omaha, Neb. Jolkowski, an employee at a local restaurant, received a call from his boss that morning and was asked to come in early. Jolkowski's car was in the shop so he arranged to meet a coworker at Benson High School, only seven blocks from his home. It is believed that Jolkowski got dressed in his work uniform and then set off for the school. Somewhere along the way Jason vanished without a trace. Jolkowski's mother, Kelly Jolkowski, has since founded Project Jason, a nonprofit organization created to assist the families of missing adults and children. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.projectjason.org" target="_blank">Projectjason.org</a>.
Carlos Diaz went missing from his Bronx, N.Y., home on Dec. 23, 1986. Diaz went to bury a family pet that had died and has not been seen since. He is described as a Hispanic male with brown hair and brown eyes. He is 5-foot-8-inches tall and weighed 170 lbs. at the time of his disappearance. He has a tattoo with the initials C.D. on his left hand. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.findthemissing.org/cases/59" target="_blank">Findthemissing.org</a>.
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