John Rowan missing 8 years today

February 23, 2009

John went missing under suspicious circumstances eight years ago today. The family is left with many unanswered questions and continues to seek justice for John. Participate in the upcoming 2009 John Rowan Memorial Tournament and learn more about John and other missing persons.

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.

John Rowan

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.

John Patrick Rowan

John Patrick Rowan

Parents put up $200,000 to warm missing son’s cold case

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.


Add a missing child to CAC-Charities widget

January 20, 2009


Child Alert Center Charities  is pleased to announce the availability of a new widget to aid in the search for missing children under the age of eighteen. Parents or Guardians of a child who is missing, abducted or has runaway are urged to fill out the waiver providing us permission to add your child.

Our mission is to raise awareness for all missing children, especially those who may not have been eligible for an AMBER Alert or Missing Child Alert, so you may request to have a child added who has been missing for a while.

  • Print, sign, scan it and email it to along with a digital photo or a link to a digital photo we are given permission to download
  • Print, sign and fax it to 435-579-8592  please email a digital photo to
  • Print, sign and mail it along with a physical picture.
  • Child Alert Center Charities
    4600 Touchton Road, Suite 1150
    Jacksonville, FL 32246

     Photo Release waiver


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    CAC Charities – powered by RadicalBuy

    January 16, 2009

    There are many ways to sell merchandise online these days, but none as effective as RadicalBuy. It’s easy, it’s fun, and it’s profitable. RadicalBuy combines the aspect of social networking with online commerce creating an effective and easy to use environment to buy and sell merchandise.

    But that isn’t all they do. They have been tireless in their support of our mission to increase public awareness of children reported missing every day in our communities. By providing us with this unique widget parents, friends and others will be aided in the search for their missing children by leveraging the power of the Internet.

    CAC Charities – powered by RadicalBuy

    Using the RadicalBuy e-commerce widget platform, we have teamed up with CAC Charities to bring attention to missing or abducted children through the sharing of this widget. If you have seen any of the children listed, please contact CAC so we can help find them.

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    Lost, missing or abducted

    December 6, 2008

    What if your child was missing? You would encourage police to issue an AMBER Alert or at the very least  to have him/her listed at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children immediately, wouldn’t you?

    But, did you know AMBER Alerts are issued for children believed to have been abducted, not simply missing. In Virginia there is currently a missing child alert for a three-year-old boy who was last seen around 4:00 Friday December 5. He did not qualify for an AMBER Alert and he isn’t  listed at the NCMEC yet if you speak with law enforcement, all will agree the first three hour are critical in finding missing or abducted children.

    ABC 13 – Three-Year-Old Missing – Crews in Halifax County are still searching for a missing three-year-old.The child is a boy with light complexion named Jaylynn Thorpe. Police say he is wearing blue jeans, a red striped shirt, and a camouflage jacket.

    Update 12-07-08: Dogs May Have Saved Boy’s Life

    However in this article ” Missing toddler found safe in Halifax County“, there is this frightening statement.

    Officials say about 50% of three-year-olds who wander from home are found within a half mile.

    What happens to the other 50%?

    Profile on CNN Mark Degner and Bryan Hayes

    November 22, 2008

    Headline News’ Christi Paul profiles two little boys, Mark Degner and Bryan Hayes, last seen in Jacksonville, Florida, in 2005.

    “Finding the Children”

    Though everyone doesn’t agree with their portrayal, most are thankful their story is being repeated.

    Missing Children’s Day- Florida

    October 28, 2008

    Missing Children’s Day was yesterday in Florida. It was postponed previously due to severe storms in early Sept. One local family interviewed about their missing child is seeking answers to the question where are Mark Degner and Bryan Hayes.

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla.— Mark Degner and Bryan Hayes walked away from Paxon Middle School on February 10, 2005.  They haven’t been seen since. His aunt, Angela Campbell, says, “It has been a very long time and it doesn’t hurt any less.”

    Mark’s family wonders everyday if the boys are safe. And they look for Mark everyday, reminding themselves that they’re no longer searching for a 12-year-old. Mark is now 16-years-old. Mark’s aunt, Tonya Nhiev, says, “I’ve had this thought many times. I could be walking right by him. Because they change so much from 12 to 16.”

    In the meantime, the family leans on each other for support. And they rely on their strong faith to keep them strong. They also work with the Child Alert Center to make sure Mark’s picture stays in circulation. Mark’s grandmother, Darlene Briggs, says it’s important. “That’s the main thing. Just keep their picture out there and making sure the community is aware that the boys are still missing.”

    Anyone with information about the boys is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

    Child Alert Center

    Mark Degner/Bryan Hayes video

    October 26, 2008


    Please support the families of Mark Degner and Bryan Hayes in their continued efforts to find them.

    Join our “Give a Little, Save a Life” campaign.