Family and friends host rock painting event for 20th anniversary of Jason’s disappearance

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Twenty years ago Jason Jolkowski vanished without a trace of Omaha. Friends and family gathered today with a message, they do not give up hope.

For 10 years, the tree has grown tall, its roots are deep. Shading of a plaque with Jason Jolkowski’s name below.

“This tree and plaque were planted in 2011 to mark the 10th anniversary of Jason’s disappearance,” said Donita Say, Jason’s cousin.

Ten years later, the tree served as a meeting place for Jason’s friends and family.

“It’s an important step to take and a sad little memory. But it’s also good to keep your memory alive and to have the hope that we might have some answers, that someone might know something, ”Donita said.

The rocks are more than decoration. They are used to connect locals to Jason’s hashtag, #FindJasonJ, and details of his missing person’s case.

“It’s really good that people want to come and support us. Again, that people remember to come and want to support our families as we continue to have no answers, ”said Donita.

Today’s grim birthday is a tough one for Jason’s mother, Kelly Murphy, who has since left the state.

“Unfortunately, with this mark, I won’t have had him more years than I have had in my life since he disappeared at the age of 19,” said Kelly.

At the end of the cave painting, those close to Jason shared their favorite memories of him. One for each year he’s gone.

His father fondly remembers the first time his son beat him in basketball.

“He had the biggest smile on his face for the next week, you know, that you couldn’t erase. So it was really amazing that he didn’t want to, you know, respond that loud. He took charge of everything and after that I never got to beat him, ”said Jim Jolkowski.

His younger brother Michael thinks about the big brother with whom he never had the chance to grow up.

“I remember when he started being a radio DJ. For starters, he always had crappy shifts and he didn’t have a lot of followers and he needed to hang out. So he would ask me to call and pretend to be different people and make things up about the things that I had seen, ”Michael said.

Each person places their stone on Jason’s plaque, all hoping for answers.

“Dear Lord, listen to me in my plea. I ask you if it is your will for the quick and safe return of Jason and all the other missing persons to their loved ones. “

Jason’s dad took a moment to talk about Ryan Larsen, the missing 12-year-old from La Vista who disappeared a month ago after leaving school prematurely. The father called on everyone present today to show their support for his family as they face the trauma and the unknown of a disappearance.

“We don’t know about Jason, so anyone who knows anything, we need you to introduce yourself.” It’s the same as the people of Papillion, the Larsens. You know, they also need someone to come forward and help ease their pain, ”Jim said.

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