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  • Writer's pictureSteve McAtee

November 27, 2014

Updated: May 6, 2020

Today, Thanksgiving 2014, marks the 69th day since Jack’s disappearance from Frisco, Colorado, on September 19. Jack’s status remains unchanged – missing. The website now exceeds 27,000 hits due to the gracious help of our core friends and colleagues, who have helped by drilling down the information on their Facebook pages and directing traffic as instructed by periodic updates.

​Because of your protection, your trust, your hopes, and perseverance, we feel your love. Whatever happens, we are still patiently awaiting an answer in our search for Jack. Colorado has been and continues to be searched very thoroughly. As illustrated in detail in previous updates, the search has been and continues to be a full-court press. We have put the word out even to the smallest of towns, posting the picture of Jack everywhere. Still, no solid leads. Our search using this website in Colorado has been exhaustive, and even according to the authorities with whom we have been working very closely, its effectiveness in getting the word out is unprecedented in any other case that they’ve ever worked on.

​While the search in Colorado continues, we want to intensify our search in the state of California. Through our investigation, we have discovered several things that give us an indication that Jack may very well have headed in that direction. Although his bank account has not been touched, he did have enough money in his pocket to hitchhike to the coast. We are hoping that he may have gotten a job there and perhaps decided to change his identity. Jack could have utilized the name John Pearson for his new identity. Of particular geographic interest in the state of California is Mendocino County. Small towns in Northern California that we are asking you to direct a link to the website to include the following: Ukiah, Willits, Boonville, Point Arena, Mendocino, Ferndale, Fortuna, Eureka, and Arcata. Essentially, the targeted area is all the small towns on U.S. Highway 101 stretching north from Santa Rosa, California. Also, Placerville, California, which is located just to the east of Sacramento, is of particular interest.

If you know anyone living in Northern California, including any area in San Francisco to the north, please send instructions and respectfully request them to post the link to the website on their Facebook pages and request that anyone actually living in those towns mentioned please print out the poster from the website and physically post it somewhere on the edge of town. Again, we are focusing on an area where there is a significant subculture of people who wish to remain off the grid. Thanks so much for your help here.

​At times, it’s a bit like being in the wilderness ourselves; at times there is a lack of hope and feelings that it may be all over, that Jack may be dead and never found. And yes, we all understand that very well could be the case. However, WHATEVER HAPPENS, we profess our love for you and what that love has done for our family. For love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

​Our family has felt this love from you, and we continually thank God for it. It helps us persevere and so thoroughly illustrates our ache for relationship during this time (and all the time, for that matter). Our ache for our son, Jack, whom we love so very, very much. On this day of Thanksgiving, as you sit at the table, look around at each other and realize that each and every person sitting at the table today is so very precious to your life. Tell them that you love them. Take the opportunity to hold hands in a circle and pray for each other as you give thanks. And if you’re so inclined, please include Jack and our family in your prayers today. We love you all. God bless you. Happy Thanksgiving 2014!

The McAtee Family

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