More than a year after he disappeared, the remains of missing United Airlines executive Jake Cefolia have been found in a forest preserve outside of Chicago.
Body Of Jake Cefolia, Missing United Airlines Executive, Found In Dense Forest
Jake Cefolia was United Airlines’ Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales. In August 2020 Cefolia disappeared. Surveillance footage from a gas station in the area revealed he was was wearing hiking boots and khaki pants.
He never came home and his ex-wife filed a missing person report the following day. Police located is car at the Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve in Darien, Illinois, though numerous searches did not reveal Cefolia or his body. Two weeks later, it was revealed that Cefolia was under criminal investigation, though the nature of the investigation was never disclosed and he was never charged.
But after 14 months, his body was located on Friday in a densely wooded area in the Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve. Contractors performing clean-up and tree trimming found human remains hanging by belt from an uprooted tree.
Law enforcement authorities were dispatched and Cefolia’s wallet, driver’s license and a backpack with personal belongings were found at the scene. The body also had the same clothes on Cefolia was wearing when he disappeared. Dental records provided definitive proof the rotting corpse was Cefolia’s. The death has been ruled a suicide, with no foul play suspected.
The cause of death still remains a mystery. Beyond the criminal investigation, Cefolia had reportedly been under tremendous stress at United and had also recently broken up with his girlfriend.
Whatever the cause of death or the events that prompted it, two young children are without a father today. As a father of two myself, this hits close to home and makes me very sad.
For those who are struggling with suicidal thoughts, I gently implore you to seek professional help today. Do not put it off. No problem, no setback, and no disappointment is worth taking your life over. Reach out to a friend or loved one and talk the issue out. If you’re not near someone you trust, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. You don’t have to fight your battle alone. Life is meant to be shared with others, both the good times and the bad times.