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    NE - Melvin Uphoff, 30, & Jacquelyn Rains, 18, 24 Oct 1965

    http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/1762dmne.html



    Melvin Uphoff
    Missing since October 24, 1965 from Rising City, Butler County, Nebraska
    Classification: Missing




    Vital Statistics
    • Date Of Birth: April 2, 1935
    • Age at Time of Disappearance: 30 years old
    • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'8"; 160 lbs.
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Brown hair; Brown eyes.


    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Melvin Uphoff was last seen in Rising City, Nebraska on October 24, 1965. There were rumors at the time that he was having an affair with Jacquelyn Rains, who disappeared one month prior to Uphoff.
    On October 24, 1965, Uphoff , his wife and their four children spent the day together in Shelby. They went roller-skating and had stayed at a hotel before returning home to Rising City. At 11:30 p.m. Uphoff told his wife he was going back to Shelby for a beer. Melvin left in a 1954 blue and white Oldsmobile. That was the last time he was seen. He didn't give any indication of never returning. He didn't take any clothes. The only thing missing was his coin collection. His family filed a missing persons report two days later. Nebraska has him missing since November 8, 1965.



    http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/1778dfne.html



    Jacquelyn Ann Rains
    Missing since September 24, 1965 from Columbus, Butler County, Nebraska
    Classification: Missing




    Vital Statistics
    • Age at Time of Disappearance: 18 years old
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown eyes.
    • AKA: Jackie


    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Rains who was separated from her husband, left their two young children with her parents in Columbus, Nebraska, about 15 miles north of Rising City. She said she was heading to a wedding in Glenwood, Iowa. Family members never heard from her again.
    Melvin Uphoff supervised Jacqueline Rains husband at a service station in Rising City. Family members believe that's how Uphoff and Kracman knew each other. The two vanished within a month of each other in 1965 from towns 15 miles apart. There were rumors at the time that they were having an affair. Jackie was not reported missing until 1994.

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    Jacquelyn Rains

    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/...jacquelyn.html





    Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
    Missing Since: September 24, 1965 from Columbus, Nebraska

    Classification: Missing
    Age: 18 years old
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown eyes. Rains-Kracman has a mole above the right side of her lip. Her nickname is Jackie (sometimes spelled "Jacque"). Her name may be spelled "Jacqueline."






    Details of Disappearance
    Rains-Kracman was last seen at her parents' home in Columbus, Nebraska on September 24, 1965. She left her two children, who were then two years old and six months old, with her parents and told them she was going of a weekend trip to a wedding in Glenwood, Iowa with her female friend and roommate. Her friend returned, but Rains-Kracman has never been heard from again. When authorities investigated her case later, they discovered that the only woman who got married in Glenwood that day did not know Rains-Kracman or her friend. Rains-Kracman's friend subsequently refused to say where she had taken her.


    Rains-Kracman's family did not report her as a missing person until the 1990s. They believe she left of her own accord. She had married at sixteen but was separated from her husband by 1965, and her husband had filed for divorce in September. Rains-Kracman's sister says she packed two large suitcases when she left home, which the sister found odd, since it was supposed to be only a short trip.

    Melvin Uphoff disappeared a month after Rains-Kracman did and has never been heard from again. He was her husband's boss at a service station in Rising City, Nebraska and he and Rains-Kracman were apparently having an affair in 1965. Authorities and both families believe the couple ran away together to start a new life.

    Both Uphoff and Rains-Kracman's family members believe the missing pair tried to contact them in the years after 1965. One of Rains-Kracman's sisters said a woman stongly resembling her missing sister attended their mother's funeral. The same woman appeared at Rains-Kracman's sister's place of work and stared at her, but disappeared again before she could be confronted. Rains-Kracman is described as a lively, energetic person. She has eight siblings. She was working as coil winder at an electronics company in Columbus in 1965. She left her car behind when she disappeared. Both Rains-Kracman and Uphoff's cases remain unsolved; their families are continuing to search for them.


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    Melvin Uphoff

    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/...ff_melvin.html



    Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
    Missing Since: October 24, 1965 from Rising City, Nebraska
    Classification: Missing
    Date of Birth: April 2, 1935
    Height and Weight: 5'8, 160 pounds
    Age: 30 years old
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown hair, brown eyes.




    Details of Disappearance
    Uphoff was last seen in Rising City, Nebraska on October 24, 1965. He and his wife took their four young children to Shelby, Nebraska and spent the day there before returning to their home in Rising City. At 11:30 p.m. that evening, Uphoff told his wife he was returning to Shelby for a beer. He drove away in his blue and white 1954 Oldsmobile and has never been heard from again. His vehicle was never found.

    Uphoff was apparently having an affair with a local woman, Jacquelyn Rains-Kracman, in 1965. He was her husband's boss. Rains-Kracman's husband went so far as to tell Uphoff's wife about the affair, although Uphoff denied the relationship existed. Rains-Kracman disappeared a month before Uphoff did and has never been heard from again.

    Authorities and both families believe Rains-Kracman and Uphoff ran away together. Members of both families believe the missing couple tried to contact them in the years after 1965. In 1967, a man called Uphoff's old house and asked to speak to his wife. The caller hung up when he was told Uphoff's wife no longer lived there. That same day, someone tried to call one of Uphoff's other family members through a pay phone but they were unable to speak to one another. It has not been confirmed that either caller was Uphoff, however. Uphoff was declared legally dead in 1972. His and Rains-Kracman's families are continuing to search for them. Their cases remain unsolved.

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    Why wasn't she reported missing until 1995? That's THIRTY YEARS of missing before she was reported missing. And why was he declared legally dead? He'd be 60ish in 1995, about 70 now, a perfectly normal older person.

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    She wasn't reported missing because it was pretty obvious she had left on her own. I don't think the police would have even taken a report under those circumstances even if her family had tried to make one.

    I don't know why Mr. Uphoff was declared legally dead, but most times when missing people are declared legally dead it's (A) The family believes the person is dead or (B) The family needs to free the missing person's assets (like, if the house was in Mr. Uphoff's name, his wife couldn't sell it till he was declared dead) or (C) A bit of both those reasons.

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    Have there been any new attempts to talk with the friend who drove Jacquelyn that weekend? After so many years she may now be willing to talk, especially if she understood her children deserve answers. If she was indeed at her mothers funeral, she has to be somewhere close by I would think.

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    this is just my opinion, it may be wrong, user beware!

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    Jacquelyn Ann Rains-Kracman and Melvin Uphoff

    Krachamn and Uphoff were supposedly having an affair and both dissappeared exactly 1 month apart in 1965. They both left behind young children.

    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/...jacquelyn.html
    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/...ff_melvin.html
    http://www.truckingboards.com/trucki...read.php?t=181

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    ok thanks. i looked up their names on here 1st so i didn't create a duplicate thread and nothing came up, sorry.

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    it didnt say if their SS number was being used that would be a major clue to find out where they were and why was the friend being so hush about everything if i was le i would persue that with the friend or even the family how could a women live like that and not tell her grown children who are searching for her where she took her


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    First thoughts popped into my head......

    I have two thoughts on this one-

    1 she left on her own accord and selfishness to be with a man
    2 the ex husband got rid of them both maybe?

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    A Project Jason Press Release:

    "4 Families, 4 Mysteries

    4 families who have experienced the tragedy of having a missing loved one will come together on Sunday, May 6th to share their stories with dozens of bike riders at the 4th annual Miles for the Missing Family Bike Ride, sponsored by Omaha nonprofit organization, Project Jason.

    Riders will meet the family members starting at 9:30am on the Wabash Trace Nature Trail in Council Bluffs, IA. Miles for the Missing is a casual ride, and riders can go distances from 1 mile up to 44. Sag and free water will be provided. Rider cost is $17 each, and children under age 10 ride free.

    Families represented at the ride include: Jim and Kelly Jolkowski of Omaha, parents of missing Jason Jolkowski, who disappeared from his Omaha home on June 13, 2001; Carolyn Pospisil, stepmother of Erin Pospisil, who was last seen in Cedar Rapids, IA on June 6, 2001; and the family of Michael O’Connor, who disappeared from downtown Omaha in February. Also in attendance will be Jim Rains, brother of missing Jackie Rains-Kracman. She was last seen in Columbus, NE in 1965. She was 18 years old at the time.

    Project Jason members will be present to give away free Personal ID Kits and other safety information for families. They will also explain the services offered and awareness programs available for the missing. Proceeds from the ride enable Project Jason to continue to offer their free services to families of the missing nationwide and provide educational materials to all families.

    For more information, please see Project Jason - Assistance for families of the missing, and click on the Miles for the Missing link, or call Kelly Jolkowski at 402-932-0095.

    Email: Milesforthemissing(at sign)projectjason.org"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karanjeff View Post
    I have two thoughts on this one-

    1 she left on her own accord and selfishness to be with a man
    2 the ex husband got rid of them both maybe?
    #2 is unlikely considering the circumstances of the disappearances. Odds are overwhelmingly in favor of Rains and Uphoff running away together. I imagine that the reason Rains vanished a month prior was an attempt to make it look like the cases weren't related.

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    I would almost consider this to be romantic, except for the families (especially the children) left behind, suffering. I do hope Jacquelyn and Melvin were/are happy together, however.

    There was another case like this one, Twylia Embrey, who ran off with a boyfriend and was never heard from again. They thought she might have been killed. Decades later, they found her: she'd lived out her life under another name, married, and I think had kids, then died and was buried under the alias name. She apparently never knew her family was looking for her.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    For further information contact:
    Kelly Jolkowski
    402-932-0095

    kelly.jolkowski@projectjason.org


    OMAHA MISSING PERSONS' DAY ON THE CUE CENTER NATIONAL TOUR

    Omaha Area Families of the Missing Gather to Remember Their Loved Ones

    Omaha, NE, - June 13th, 2007- June 13th, 2007, marks the six year anniversary of the disappearance of then 19 year-old Jason Jolkowski from his home in Omaha, NE. To bring awareness for area missing persons cases and garner community support for the families of the missing, Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey is declaring June 13th as Omaha Missing Persons' Day. Project Jason, founded by the family of Jason Jolkowski, is sponsoring an event to commemorate this day. It will be held at Omaha's Memorial Park at 56th and Underwood Ave from 6:30-8:30pm. The public is invited to attend.

    This event will also serve to honor four other families of missing persons from the area. They, along with the parents of Jason Jolkowski, will share their stories.

    In addition, the Cue Center, a nonprofit organization from North Carolina led by founder Monica Caison, which provides assistance for families of the missing, has included Omaha and this event as a stop on their national tour to bring awareness for numerous missing person's cases. The 4th annual "On the Road to Remember Tour" begins on June 11th and concludes on June 21st, covering 2,400 miles, 22 stops in 11 states, and 75 missing person cases.

    This moving ceremony will begin with a march led by the Air Force Color Guard with bagpipe accompaniment. The Mayor's office will then present the Omaha Missing Persons' Day proclamation to Kelly Jolkowski, President and Founder of Project Jason, and to Monica Caison, Founder of the Cue Center.

    The event will also include music and prayer, and will culminate with a symbolic white dove release by each represented family.

    Featured Missing Persons' Cases:

    Jason Jolkowski disappeared from the driveway of his home in Omaha, NE on Wednesday, June 13th, 2001. He was then 19 years of age. He was preparing to go to work at his part-time job, and was last seen doing his weekly chores outside.

    Erin Pospisil was just 15 years old on June 3rd, 2001, when she left her home in Cedar Rapids, IA to go visit a friend. Her friend was not home, and when a car pulled up, Erin went over and spoke with the occupants. She entered that vehicle and was never seen again.

    Singer-songwriter Gina Bos disappeared on October 17, 2000 after performing at a pub in Lincoln, NE. The next morning, her vehicle was found across the street from the pub with the trunk ajar and her guitar inside.

    Nearly 42 years ago, 18 year-old Jackie Rains-Kracman left her home in Columbus, NE, telling her family she was going to a wedding with a friend in Glenwood, IA. The friend returned home, but Jackie didn't.

    University of Missouri sophomore Jesse Ross vanished on November 21, 2006, after attending a model United Nations conference at the Sheraton Hotel in Chicago, IL. After a dance, Jesse was seen heading towards his hotel room, which was a ten minute walk from the Sheraton. Jesse never made it back.

    About Project Jason:

    Project Jason, located in Omaha, NE was founded in 2003 by the parents of missing young adult Jason Jolkowski. “Our mission as a non profit organization is to create and increase public awareness of missing people through a variety of outreach and educational activities. Project Jason seeks to bring hope and assistance to families of the missing by providing resources and support.” Project Jason serves families of the missing nationwide and has been instrumental in the recent passage of missing persons' legislation in several states through their Campaign for the Missing program. To learn more about Project Jason, please see http://www.projectjason.org, or contact Kelly Jolkowski at 402-932-0095 or kelly.jolkowski@projectjason.org

    About Cue Center:

    Founded in 1994, the Cue Center, (Community United Effort) based in Wilmington, N.C., provides support, services and search efforts to families of the missing. For full On the Road to Remember tour dates and locations, as well as a complete listing of cases featured on the tour, e-mail cuecenter@aol.com or call Monica Caison at (910) 343-1131 or the 24 Hour Line at (910) 232-1687.For more information, please see http://ncmissingpersons.org/


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    Important Note: If it is raining, or rain is threatening, the event will be held at Holy Name Church at 2901 N Fontenelle Blvd. (As of this writing, the chance of rain is very high, so it is imperative that the rain location be communicated.)

    If the event takes place at Memorial Park, attendees need to bring their own chairs

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