HI HI - Jeff Zoltowski, 23, Wailua, 31 March 1993

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  1. Kelly

    Kelly Founder, Project Jason

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    Name: Jeffrey John Zoltowski

    Classification: Endangered Missing Adult
    Alias / Nickname: Jeff
    Date of Birth: March 19, 1970
    Date Missing: March 31, 1993
    From City/State: Wailua, HI
    Missing From (Country): USA
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 23
    Gender: Male
    Race: White
    Height: 72 inches
    Weight: 160 pounds
    Hair Color: Brown
    Hair (Other): Curly.
    Eye Color: Brown
    Complexion: Medium

    Identifying Characteristics: Small scar under left eye, birthmark on outer right ankle bone, previous fracture to left ankle and left hand.

    Clothing: Purple tie-dyed T-shirt, white shorts.
    Circumstances of Disappearance: Unknown. Jeffrey was last seen at approximately 8:45am hiking in Wailua Valley in the Island of Molokai in Wailua, HI. He was possibly sighted on July 28, 2001 near a homeless shelter in the vicinity of Nimitz Hwy and Sumner St. in Honolulu, HI. If you have any information regarding Jeffrey's disappearance, you may also contact Honolulu Police Department at (808)955-8300.

    Investigative Agency: Farmington Public Safety Dept.
    Phone: (248) 474-4700
    Investigative Case #: 94-1203

    There have been unconfirmed sightings in the 48 states, too.

    Photos and Additional Info

    A message from Jeff's mother to thank all who are aiding in the efforts to locate her son:

    "Dear Friends,

    My son, Jeff Zoltowski, has been missing for 12 years. We have had more than 30 people believe they have seen Jeff in various locations throughout the United States. We do not know if any of these sitings were truly Jeff, but we pray at least one has been correct. When your son is missing, he is the first thing you think of in the morning, and the last at night. You try to be joyful about simple things in your life, and you pray that the future brings news about your beloved son. You pray that he is safe and not hungry or ill. You hope that you can continue to take one breath at a time because the hole in your heart is so painful.

    Our family thanks you for taking your time to look at his picture, place his poster, and to care about my son. If you think you have seen Jeff please call the contact numbers on his Come Home poster. Please remember all of the families who have a missing loved one in your prayers. Your gift of caring gives us hope."

    My note: Jeff is on Project Jason's current Come Home campaign, which seeks to find the missing among the homeless. For additional information, and to download Jeff's campaign poster, please see http://www.projectjason.org/comehome.html

    Thank you for giving these families the gift of hope.

    Kelly Jolkowski, Mother of Missing Jason Jolkowski
    President and Founder,
    Project Jason
    www.projectjason.org
     
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  3. hoppyfrog

    hoppyfrog Retired WS Staff

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    Website dedicated to finding Jeff:

    http://www.jeffzoltowski.net/


    I'm wondering if he suffered a head injury while hiking, leading to disorientation and/or amnesia, or if he died while hiking.

    Hoppy
     
  4. meggilyweggily

    meggilyweggily New Member

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    lymom3 Active Member

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    That story makes me sick. I hope the park ranger(s) can live with themselves. Not only for leaving him there but for letting the back pack sit there all that time. The ranger that put it in there knew darn good and well what condition that kid was in. Was that poor boy out of the ranger's mind that fast that after a day or two and the back pack still wasn't claimed that it didn't raise red flags then? How heartbreaking.
     
  6. hoppyfrog

    hoppyfrog Retired WS Staff

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    You took the words right out of my mouth.

    Hoppy (out of twon for a few days and not posting much)
     
  7. Tranaice

    Tranaice New Member

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    Ditto! How in the world can that guy live with himself, leaving that poor kid there exhausted and not able to hike back out??? This is just so sad. It makes me so dang mad that they didn't at least try and send back some help for him.
     
  8. ella's mom

    ella's mom New Member

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    I am speechless. This is the first I have heard of this case, which I find odd, because I live in the same metropolitan area.

    I loved Kelly's tribute to Karen. So sad she didn't find out the fate of her son before she passed. I pray that the father finds answers soon. I think it is encouraging that some think they may have seen him. Does anyone know when the last sighting was and where?
     
  9. meggilyweggily

    meggilyweggily New Member

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    Obviously, in retrospect, it was a terrible mistake. However, you have to consider that rangers probably have to deal with a lot of whiny, complaining tourists from the city who aren't used to hiking and can't tolerate a few blisters and expect to be able to use Park Service helicopters as taxis. Jeff was tired, but he could have camped out for the night if he'd wanted. He was a healthy young man and his exhaustion and foot blisters were hardly life-threatening. I think if I were in the ranger's place I might have done the same thing.

    That said, I'm sure the ranger feels pretty guilty about what happened.
     
  10. Rayemonde

    Rayemonde New Member

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    So, so sad :crying:

    http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2006/Jul/07/il/FP607070319.html
     
  11. MagnoliaMountain

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    Thanks so much for bumping this thread up!

    I read about this case and his parents' desperate search several years ago but over time forgot Jeff's name.

    May his father find peace and get answers soon.
     
  12. Picachu

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    *Bumps the thread*

    It says that the reason the pilots refused Jeff was because, quote; " They said they couldn't take him because they had camping supplies in the helicopter". http://voice4themissing.blogspot.se/2005/08/no-helicopter-ride-no-son.html
    Hopefully, that version is true, as it would at lest be somewhat of an excuse (rather than them simply just not "feeling" for it).
    Poor Karen, her great fear of going to her grave without learning what happened, turned out to indeed be her destiny.:(


     
  13. MagnoliaMountain

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    That's one of the first MP cases I read up on years ago now. So sad..
     

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