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First National Retreat for Families of Missing Persons
To Help Families Cope With Unique Loss

“Keys to Healing” Retreat June 12-14 sponsored by nonprofit Project Jason to teach families methods for dealing with trauma, “living in the not knowing.”

Omaha, Nebraska – (May 2009) – Project Jason, a nonprofit that assists families of missing persons, announced the first national retreat ever to focus specifically on the wellbeing of family members who are searching for their lost loved ones. “Keys to Healing: Mind, Body, and Spirit” will take place June 12-14 at the Swanson Center at Camp Carol Joy Holling near Omaha in Ashland, Nebraska.

“There are resources that teach families of the missing the mechanics of what to do when someone disappears,” said Kelly Jolkowski, president and founder of Project Jason. “Until now, there were no opportunities for family members of both missing children and adults to focus on the emotional and physical trauma that understandably accompanies such an ordeal. We want the families who attend Keys to Healing to walk away with better coping skills, self-understanding and renewed hope.”

The retreat is open to family members of missing persons whose cases are listed with law enforcement agencies in North America. Sessions will be conducted by professional instructors, including a licensed counselor, personal trainer, dietician, missing person advocate, massage therapist, and a minister of faith. Attendees will learn how long term trauma affects the body, how to address that trauma, and how to recognize and handle emotions such as guilt, fear and anger that come into play. There will also be a session designed to answer the question of “How do I go on?”

Featured speakers:

Duane T. Bowers, LPC, is the nation’s foremost traumatic loss therapist and educator. Among his many services to families dealing with grief is providing support to families of abducted, missing, exploited and murdered children through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and to families of missing persons of any age through Project Jason’s Healing Harbor. Bowers is the author of “Guiding Your Family Through Loss and Grief” and “A Child is Missing: Providing Support for Families of Missing Children.”

Richard J. Hauser, S.J., is a professor of theology at Creighton University, a nationally-renowned speaker, and author of numerous books, including “In His Spirit: A Guide to Today’s Spirituality” and “Finding God in Troubled Times,” in which Hauser offers meaningful answers to all those who have found their faith challenged by difficult experiences.

For more information about “Keys to Healing: Mind, Body, and Spirit”
Project Jason Retreat 2009, go to http://www.projectjason.org/retreat.html

**Media attendance at the retreat, and interviews with Project Jason representatives and families, are accommodated upon request.

About Project Jason

Project Jason, founded in 2003, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting the families of missing persons, and creating and increasing public awareness of missing people through a variety of outreach and educational activities. Project Jason brings hope and assistance to families of the missing by providing resources and support. The organization is based in Omaha, Nebraska.

For more information about Project Jason’s objectives, activities and services, go to http://www.projectjason.org


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A Texas AMBER Alert has been activated for Iridian Julissa Rodriguez.

Amber Alert: Authorities Search For Iridian Julissa Rodriguez

State authorities issued an Amber Alert late Sunday evening for 11-year-old Iridian Julissa Rodriguez of Tyler. Police are concerned for her safety because Rodriguez left a note stating she could no longer live at home, and she would rather be dead, or be in Mexico.

Authorities suspect she is with 23-year-old Enrique Vasquez. Police say Rodriguez has been sneaking out of her home at night to see Vasquez.

The two could be riding in a blue, 1999 Pontiac Firebird with Texas License place T31-NJW. The car is missing the passenger side door mirror.

If you see either Rodriguez or Vasquez, you’re urged to call the Tyler Police Department at (903) 531-1000.

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How much assistance does a GPS enabled device provide for a missing child? What if it is removed by a child or a predator? What if a tracking signal is unavailable? Do they provide more peace of mind for parents than protection for the child?

Manassas, Va. – Police returned Monday morning to the neighborhood around Manassas’ Central Library where 13-year-old Alexis “Lexie” Glover was last seen alive.

The young mentally-challenged girl went missing on Wednesday, setting off an intense two-day manhunt.

Lexie’s mother immediately sensed that something was very wrong. Because of her disability, the girl wore a GPS bracelet — but the bracelet was discovered near the library soon after she disappeared.

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David Onstott, 40, who admitted in a confession he killed Sarah Lunde, 13, in April 2005 goes on trial today. Prosecutors are unable to use his confession to police and have taken the dealth penalty off the proverbial table. Ironically, John Couey was convicted and sentenced to die after his confession had also been tossed so why they did is left for legal minds to debate.

Tampa, Florida — After three years in legal limbo, the murder trial of David Onstott is set to start Monday morning. Onstott is accused of killing 13-year-old Sarah Lunde in 2005, launching a search for the girl that lasted a week.

Update: David Onstott gets life in prison in 13-year-old Sarah Michelle Lunde’s slaying

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In a tale of two different pastors, one is charged with kidnapping while the other is credited with reuniting a child with her father. 

Kidnapped Child Reunited With Dad

For the first time in four years, Carlton Madden had his daughter Joy by his side — and she is meeting the brother and sister she has never known.“I have always known in my heart that we would be together again.

Joy, now 5, was found in Virginia. Authorities said her grandparents, David and Sharon Duncan, kidnapped the girl when she was just 13 months old, allegedly hiding her in Georgia and out of state, with help from the House of Prayer church in Atlanta, and with help from pastor Arthur Allen.

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Amidst little fanfare, A new website was launched to aid in the search for Madeleine McCann.

Gerry’s Blog

Day 274: We have launched the new website layout today. I hope you all like it and we are sure that you fill find it much easier to navigate. The website was always envisaged as being the main portal to the find Madeleine campaign. If Madeleine remains missing and as the media attention drops then the website will be instrumental in keeping people up to date. As you will see a lot of work has gone in to extensively revising the content. Our whole family have unfortunately learnt an awful lot about the problems of missing and exploited children.

Our priority will always be to search for Madeleine and whoever abducted her. However we hope to work in coalition with the many excellent organisations in Europe and further afield to campaign for change. The first goal will be to get an EU wide child alert system introduced with cooperation from all the relevant authorities and law enforcement agencies.

Sean and Amelie turned three today. We hope and pray that they will never have another birthday without Madeleine here. Despite the circumstances they really enjoyed their birthday ‘tea party’ today. The twins love seeing all their extended family. There is no doubt that Sean and Amelie have made life for all of us a little more bearable over the last 9 months.

Among some of the changes are any references to the amount of funds raised.

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You would probably pay any amount for your child’s safe recovery but what would you pay to prevent an abduction? While photo’s, current information and descriptions may aid in a quicker recovery of your child, do they really help prevent an abduction?

In this WLTX article, John Raskob, President of Child Shield USA, apparently has convinced some parents peace of mind comes with a stiff price.  He claims over 1,000,000 ID Kits have been distributed since his company began in the 1990’s.

The company provides a $50,000 reward, a private investigator, and full color posters if your child goes missing. They also help with prevention, providing materials for you and your child about safety.

Most experts in this  “Office of Justice Programs Seal, OJJDP Report, When Your Child is Missing: A Family Survival Guide” caution against the use of PI’s. You can also create your own kit Just like Mom used to make  for free or pay for a service such as Child Shield USA.

The program starts with at $99 family fee, and there is also a $15 a month renewal fee. The company allows you to make a video of your child, that they remind you to update every 2 years.

The NCMEC  recommends updating photos at least every 6 months or whenever a significant change in your child’s appearance occurs (i.e. hair style, color, braces etc.).

The Importance of Having a Good Photo of Your Child 

There are many sites dealing with missing child prevention offering resources not previously available; many for free. Here is a  Partial List of Missing Child Resources

Here are suggestions for information which should be included in a Child ID Kit from the Connecticut State Police.

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