He's Back: Friends, Family Say Jassen Strokosch Found Alive
Missing Oak Park man back after unexplained absence.
Multiple sources have confirmed with Patch that Jassen Strokosch, missing since Wednesday, has been located and is resting at a hospital.
"He was found and...it is my understanding that he's physically well," said Strokosch's friend Laurent Pernot. "And we can only be thrilled about it."
Pernot did not discuss specifics, but said Strokosch is at a hospital that's not in Oak Park.
"We need to let the family enjoy their reunion," he said.
During Strokosch's absence, the Oak Park community rallied by providing volunteer efforts in the form of search parties that canvassed the Chicagoland area and posted fliers in locations from River Forest to the Lake Michigan shoreline.
Then, around 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dan Regan posted a simple message on the same impromptu Facebook group page where friends and family gathered to help out in the search. He wrote:
Jassen is alive and has been found. Laurent called me moments ago. He is at a local hospital and Jamie has spoken with him. We don't know any more at the moment, we will inform you all of more details as we get them. But he is alive and OK.
At 6:13 p.m., the Oak Park Police Department issued a statement: "Mr. Strokosch has been located and returned home."
As well wishes continue to roll into the "Find Jassen Strokosch" Facebook page — many from the same people who battled extreme heat and thunderstorms during volunteer search efforts — one of the group's creators, Adam Max Trefonides, just posted a new announcement and invitation:
Drinks at FitzGerald's, 6615 Roosevelt Road in Berwyn at 9:30 p.m.
Regan, who broke the news that Strokosch was found, has issued a statement on behalf of the family: "The Strokosch Family are overjoyed that Jassen is alive and well. We thank everyone who took such an active role in the search and support of his family. We ask that everyone, from friends to the media please give them the space and quiet they need for a private reunion."