Left and Center: Jack circa, 1996
Right: Age Progressed to age 31
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: December 9, 1996
Missing From: San Diego, San Diego County, California
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: July 21, 1981
Age: 15 years old
Height and Weight: 5’7″ and 120 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian Male, Brown hair, Brown eyes, Jack has a small scar on his right cheek scar under his left eye and he might use the first name of “Jason”
NCMEC Number: 827758
Details of Disappearance
Jack was last seen in San Diego, California on December 9th 1996. He was last seen at his residence which was located at 2203 Haniman Drive at approximately 3:00 pm. He was living with his biological father at the time as his parents were divorced and they apparently got into a huge argument on the day he disappeared. Jacks brother wasn’t at home at the time but when he returned, he had disappeared. He hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
Authorities initially suspected Jack was a runaway and so they listed him as such. However, Jack didn’t take any of his personal belongings with him, not even clothing or money and there’s no indications that he left whatsoever. It has been noted that Jacks father was uncooperative in the investigation into his disappearance. He refused to speak with police regarding the case and even tried his best to stifle the efforts of other family members looking for his son.
Jason’s father also took down all photographs he had of his son and threw out all of his belongings, no one was allowed to speak his name in his house. When Jason’s mother and aunt went to his school to speak with his friends to try and get information on his whereabouts but his father contacted the school and told them to call the police and get them out of there. When his mother and aunt went to court, the court accused them of hiding Jack but this was untrue.
Jack’s case was nearly broadcasted on America’s Most Wanted, a television series created by John Walsh. This was until Jack’s father requested that the broadcast doesn’t happen. Eventually, authorities lost the original missing persons report on Jack’s case in 1999 and as a result, the investigation was closed. However, a detective managed to reopen the case before retiring, that was around 2013.
Investigators believe Jack is missing under suspicious circumstances and foul play is quite possible in his disappearance. His family continues to search for him and believe he is alive but might not remember much from his youth due to possible amnesia.
At the time his disappearance, Jack was an A+ student at a private school and didn’t have any significant problems in his life at the time. He was said to have a heart of gold and would help any and all people around him. His family maintains he wouldn’t have run away from home and they continue to seek his whereabouts. Various missing children agencies classify Jack as an endangered runaway. His disappearance remains unsolved.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
San Diego Police Department 619-531-2000
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
California Department of Justice