Today is John Patrick Rowan’s 42 nd birthday. While it normally would be a cause for celebration, he won’t be attending any surprise parties. John went missing under suspicious circumstances seven years ago. The family instead is left with many unanswered questions and continues to seek justice for John.
Mystery of missing Kildare man
Monday, 11 February 2002
The Irish Examiner reported the story of John Rowan (34), originally from Monasterevin, Co. Kildare, who left his wife Caroline and their two children at the family home in Jacksonville, Florida, on February 23 last year and hasn’t been seen since. His van was found near Orlando airport a month later but the family believe that he has been murdered. Mr Rowan had his own construction business and what baffles the family is that ten months before he disappeared he removed his wife and children as beneficiaries of a $3m life insurance policy and inserted the names of his two former business partners, Ray and Mike Itani. The Itanis refuse to discuss the matter with the police.
Missing Since: February 23, 2001 from Jacksonville, Florida
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: August 25, 1966
Age: 34 years old
Height and Weight: 5’9 – 5’11, 220 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Black hair, blue eyes. Rowan had a moustache at the time of his 2001 disappearance. He has an appendectomy scar. Rowan has scars on his chest and abdomen as the result of exploratory surgery. He is an Irish citizen.
Clothing/Jewelry Description:A wedding ring with three imbedded diamonds.
Medical Conditions: Rowan has been diagnosed with high blood pressure. He requires medication to regulate his condition.
There is a substantial reward for information leading to the arrest or conviction of the person or persons involved in his death is now $200,000.
Anyone with any information about the disappearance of John Rowan Jr. can call Sgt. Jim Parker of the Sheriff’s Office’s cold-case squad at (904) 630-1157. You could be eligible for a $200,000 reward.