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Human Remains Identified As United Airlines Executive Jacob Cefolia

by SharonKurheg

Officials report that the human remains discovered at Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve two days ago have been identified as Jacob “Jake” Cefolia, the United Airlines executive who went missing last year.

Cefolia was reported missing over a year ago, on Aug. 8, 2020.

Not long after the missing person report was released last year, the executive’s Range Rover Sport was discovered parked outside the Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve in Lemont, Illinois. An avid runner, Cefolia was known to run and hike the trails at the 700-acre forest.

A search team with bloodhounds was initially put together to find the 50-year-old. The bloodhounds tracked the scent south-east from where the SUV had been found, but eventually lost the scent and stopped, as per police reports.

Cefolia, a senior vice president of worldwide sales for United, was never found.

However this past Friday, October 22nd, contractors at Waterfall Glen found human remains at the forest preserve.

The remains was found in an area that had already been searched numerous times. However that part of the preserve apparently has a dense tree canopy, thick briars, and dense vegetation, which could make it more difficult for something or someone to be seen.

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The body was found hanging by a belt from an uprooted tree, and Cefolia’s wallet, driver’s license, and backpack were also found nearby, said police. They also said the clothes on the body also matched what Cefolia was said to have been wearing on the day he was reported missing.

The DuPage County Forest Preserve District police today said that a forensic odonatologist examined dental records and positively identified the body as Cefolia’s.

It’s a horrible ending to a tragic story. But at least his loved ones can now have closure.

H/T: CBS, NBC

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2 comments

cr October 24, 2021 - 5:04 pm

the graf before “trigger warning” includes a “not” that reverses what I think you’re trying to say. Your decision to not print comments like this is thin-skinned and reduces the value of your blog, fwiw. Unique among blogs.

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SharonKurheg October 24, 2021 - 5:21 pm

Thanks for the feedback – you’re right, and I’ve removed the “not.” We also thank you for going to the link that explains what we will and will not accept for comments. But no, it has nothing to do with having thin skin. Among other things, we ask that responses stay on topic and add something constructive to the conversation. Generally speaking, telling us when we’ve made a mistake doesn’t really do that.

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