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Project Jason is a non-profit organization started in 2003 by Jim Jolkowski and Kelly Murphy of Omaha, Nebraska in dedication to finding their missing son Jason Anthony Jolkowski (born June 24, 1981 – missing since June 13, 2001). The project also works to prevent abductions from taking place and presented LB111, Jason's Law, to the State Judiciary Committee. It was passed on National Missing Children's Day, May 25, 2005. Jason's Law established a missing person's clearinghouse in the state of Nebraska.
Disappearance of Jason Jolkowski
On June 13, 2001, 19-year-old Jason Jolkowski called into his work at Fazoli's stating that he made arrangements for a co-worker to pick him up for his shift at Omaha Benson High School, where Jolkowski previously attended school, due to his car being at the auto mechanic's. The school was 8 blocks from his home. He was last seen by a neighbor taking out the trash at his home before walking to the school. Under an hour later, between 11:15-11:30 a.m., Jolkowski's co-worker had called his home stating that Jolkowski had failed to be at the high school for a ride to work. Jolkowski has not been seen or heard from since then. Shortly after his disappearance, the school's security cameras were checked, but none of them showed Jolkowski arriving at the school.
Between November 5 and November 24, 2006, Pennsylvania philanthropist Joe Mammana offered rewards of $100,000 for information leading to a recovery or a conviction in Jason's case as well as 19 other cases.
Services provided to families of the missing
Project Jason provides free online counseling for families of missing persons. It also has a free yearly retreat for families of the missing and provides a program called Family Media Assistance, which encourages local media outlets not to let the missing fade from the public view.
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