Hopefully this at least brings some closure to the family…
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Basics of the United executive who went missing
In August 2020 I wrote about a United Airlines executive who went missing. 49-year-old (at the time) Jake Cefolia was United Airlines’ Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales, and led a team of around 725 people.
The circumstances surrounding his disappearance were quite strange:
- Cefolia was under criminal investigation, and the day before he vanished, the police executed a search warrant on his home
- Cefolia’s car was found at Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve near his home in Elmhurst; this is a place where he’d apparently frequently go jogging, but in this case he was wearing hiking boots and khakis, and also left his cell phone behind
- Even though several thorough searched had been conducted of Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve, there were no signs of him… until now
Jake Cefolia remains found in forest
On Friday, human remains were discovered at Glen Forest Preserve, and dental records have confirmed that these do in fact belong to Jake Cefolia. So he has been found over 14 months later, in exactly the same area where his car was.
On Friday morning a contractor who was removing invasive species in the area had contacted police about possible human remains in the 700-acre park. Apparently the contractor came across “human remains hanging from a low hanging tree.”
The remains were apparently located in a very thick covered bush area, “so you can be 10 feet away and not see it.”
The cause and manner of the death haven’t yet been determined. How tragic, especially since Cefolia has young children. Hopefully this can give Cefolia’s family and friends some sort of closure, and the ability to start the healing process.
We still don’t know what actually unfolded here, though hopefully a further investigation can now be conducted to determine that. I imagine the police knows a lot more than we do, especially since we have no clue what he was under criminal investigation for.
Suffice to say that there are a lot of mixed clues here, and I still don’t necessarily think there’s an obvious explanation of what happened, at least based on what’s publicly available.
The remains of missing United Airlines executive Jake Cefolia were found on Friday, well over 14 months after he went missing. His remains were found in the same park where his car was. Even though several searches were done of the 700-acre park, it wasn’t until now that his remains were found.
I hope that Cefolia’s family and friends get some closure from this news, and hopefully an investigation can be completed into what exactly happened.