Search for Jackson Miller Continues With TV Show, Website

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The family of 22-year-old Jackson Miller of Cupertino hopes that his story on a national missing persons show, and a newly-launched website called findjacksonmiller.com, will lead to a break in his 2010 disappearance, despite no new leads in more than a year.

Jackson Miller

Miller’s story will appear on the show “Missing”, on KTVU Channel 2, at 12:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 15.

Miller left his home on May 15, 2010, at age 19, alarming parents Gina Funaro and Paul Miller. Funaro told Good Neighbor Stories in July 2010 that Miller was anxious and depressed in the days leading up to his disappearance. A current missing persons flyer also mentions he was suffering withdrawals from prescription medication.

Within two days his car—with his wallet and identification inside—was found parked in a lot near the Golden Gate Bridge. Bridge officials reported no jumps, but the family was worried because Coast Guard video from a camera on the Marin County side of the bay showed a splash around the time the car was abandoned.

With the help of friends and family, his parents launched a search in San Francisco, leaving flyers asking for information. A few days later someone reported meeting a man closely fitting Miller’s description. Subsequent sightings throughout the city convinced the family that Miller was alive somewhere on the streets of San Francisco.

Several days after he went missing, two friends of Millers launched a Facebook page called Jackson Miller—Missing, Help Us Find Him. The page grew quickly to more than 1,000 members; today the page has more than 1,200. Friends and family continue to leave messages to Miller in hopes he will see them and call home.

“You are in my thoughts every minute of every day. Don’t ever think I will stop looking for you. Please make my visions real and call me,” Funaro wrote recently.

“Jackson, buddy, I get people asking about you all the time, and I honestly don’t see that changing anytime soon,” wrote one friend. “People here still love you man. I was thinking earlier about our Kennedy days…I’d give anything to bring those days back.”

The new website features various photos of Miller, videos, and downloadable flyers for anyone wanting to help spread the word. It also lists a phone number for anonymous tips: 415-218-2935. In addition, there’s a page to submit information.

One video shows Miller sitting and eating in the family kitchen. Funaro asks him, “How does it feel to be home?” Miller replies, “Amazing.”

“If it weren’t for the calls we got shortly after Jackson left, we would have thought the splash on the videotape at the Golden Gate bridge was Jackson and had looked no further,” Funaro said in a recent email to friends and supporters. “But for a year and a half, we continued to get reports of people who think they have seen Jackson and our hopes have gone up and down with them as we have tried our hardest to follow up seriously on every lead. We are still looking intensely for Jackson and have put together a website to that end.”

 

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