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Jesse Ross' parents vow to continue to be voice for missing son

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Don and Donna Ross know they will see their son again some day, just perhaps not the way they want.

"We know we will see Jesse again. Just maybe not on this earth," Donna Ross said.

Each day is hard since their son known as "Opie" vanished on a school trip to Chicago in 2006.

"To be truthful, every day is a sad day," Donna Ross said. "It's just another reminder that Jessie is gone."

But Monday was one of the most difficult days since he was born 26 years ago. Jesse Ross and other University of Missouri at Kansas City students were in Chicago for a mock United Nations conference.

He was last seen about 2 a.m. as he left the hotel during a break in an "emergency" training session.

"People don't just vanish. Somebody knows what happened to Jesse," she said. "We have to be Jesse's voice. There's nobody else to do it."

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the missing man's whereabouts.

The family hopes that someone will step forward and provide the clue they desperately need for resolution.

Chicago police consider this a missing person's case and provide few resources to find the missing man. There is no evidence of a crime or that Jesse Ross was in distress when he vanished.

But his family want police to do more. They are asking supporters to send the lead detective and mayor of Chicago birthday cards. More than 260 cards have been sent.

The hope is police will be goaded into interviewing witnesses again or turn the case over to another agency.

"We will just keep pressing," Don Ross said.

The missing man's family vows to keep pushing until they find out what happened to their beloved son.

"He may be missing, but he is not forgotten," his mother said. "If we are going to know anything in our lifetime, it's up to us to keep the pressure on, to keep pushing."

The family has a website at

A Facebook page has also been created. It's at

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