Jesse Warren Ross
Missing Since: November 21, 2006
Last Seen: Sheraton Hotel and Towers in Chicago
October 21, 2007
It was the day before he was to return home from a mock United Nations conference he was attending in Chicago with 13 other University of Missouri-Kansas City students. And a sponsor had just promised them a trip to Costa Rica.
"Mom, aren't you excited for me?" Donna Ross' boy asked.
"Who's going to pay for this?" the Belton, Mo., mother of two wondered.
"Oh, Mom! We'll raise the money! Why aren't you happy for me?"
"OK, I'm happy," said Donna Ross, 59, an elementary school secretary. "We'll talk later."
They never got the chance. Early on Nov. 21, 2006, two days before Thanksgiving, Jesse Ross vanished while in Chicago. This past spring, the police formally suspended their search for him.
Chicago Sun Times
December 4, 2006
The 19-year-old sophomore is a well-liked student with friends across the campus and throughout Kansas City. He is looking forward to finishing up his new room in his parents' home, which was built especially for him. Ross is also counting down until his promotion from intern to paid employee at radio station 95.7 "the Vibe," where he is popular as on-air personality Opie.
"There was not any reason whatsoever or indication that he was negative about anything," said Ross' father Don Ross. "We had a room we were finishing for him downstairs. Jesse was a UMKC fan, but he liked KU basketball. So we were going to do his room in KU colors. We got the right paint colors. He was anxious to get back and set up his room. We checked his cell phone messages and he had plans with friends."
Ross has so much going for him. That's why family and friends are puzzled why he still has not made it home. Ross has been missing since early Tuesday, Nov. 21. He was in Chicago with UMKC's Model UN team for the American Model United Nations International Conference.
Search Continues for Student
Jesse's disappearance comes almost a year after a 31-year-old Matthew Soumakis from Massachusetts disappeared from the same area, possibly the same hotel. Soumakis, who was in Chicago on business, had also been staying at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers. His body was found floating in the Chicago River near Goose Island two weeks later.
Footprints At The River's Edge
March 10, 2008
The benefit concert featured three different bands: Episode 4, Frat Pack and A Dead Giveaway, a band Jessie used to tour with, helping to organize the shows. A Dead Giveaway worked with Jesse's fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha, to set up this second musical event at UMKC. Don Ross also thanked the university administration for its help and support.
"I know things look pretty gloomy, but I've played a little conversation in my mind," said Jesse's mother, Donna Ross. "Jesse would never forgive us. 'What do you mean?' he would say. 'How could you give up?' … We just hope and pray. Somebody's got to know something."
Bands play for missing UMKC student Jesse Ross
National Center for Missing Adults
America's Most Wanted