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12 Years Later- Jason Jolkowski Still Missing

Published: Jun. 13, 2013 at 2:21 PM CDT
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Thursday marks 12 years since the disappearance of Omaha teenager, Jason Jolkowski.

Jason Jolkowski was 19 when he vanished and was last seen along 48th Street walking from his home to Benson High School the morning of June 13, 2001.

His bank account and cell phone remain untouched, his car was left in the repair shop and his last paycheck left at work.

His mother, Kelly Murphy has always said It is unlikely he ran away – he was excited about a new job and was close to his family.

What happened and where he is remains a mystery.

On the anniversary date, his mother released a new age progression picture of him in hopes that he would be the 1 and 6 missing persons cases usually solved because of a visual aid.

"We have had over 1200 long term missing children recovered wherein an age progression image was done," stated Steve Loftin, supervisor of the Forensic Imaging Unit which created the image. "There have been some age progression images that have been directly attributable to a child's recovery and other age progression images that simply aided the investigator in determining whether they have found the missing child, especially if there have been a lot of years gone by since the child went missing."

“We are confident that someone, somewhere, knows something that could bring our family the answers we desperately need,” said Kelly Murphy, Jason’s mother, and the founder of nonprofit, Project Jason, which has since helped thousands of other families with missing loved ones. “Enough time has now passed that perhaps someone will decide to do the right thing. Please help us by going to the authorities with what you know.”

There is a reward offered for information that leads to finding Jason. If you have any information, no matter how insignificant you think it is, call the Omaha Police Department at (402) 444-5818 or you can call anonymously at 402-444-STOP or to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) 24-hours a day.