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‘Something is absolutely not right’: Police release 911 call reporting United Airlines exec Jake Cefolia missing

Authorities in Illinois have released the 911 call that launched the search for a United Airlines executive who has not been seen in over two months.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Jake Cefolia, the Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales at United Airlines, disappeared from his Elmhurst, Illinois, home the first week of August.

Police found his vehicle parked near the Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve in the early morning hours of August 8, the same day he was reported missing, but authorities did not know until later that same night that the car belonged to a missing person. A subsequent search of the forest preserve, where Jake Cefolia was known to go running in the past, did not lead to any sign of the missing 49-year-old.

NBC 5 Chicago reviewed audio of a 911 call made by Cefolia’s ex-wife on the afternoon of August 8, a Saturday, in which she told a dispatcher she was concerned about Jake.

“Nobody’s seen him since Thursday and he hasn’t reached out to any family members at all,” Kristine Cefolia reportedly said in the call. As CrimeOnline previously reported, Jake had dinner at home with his son that Thursday evening, and his son later said that his father appeared drunk.

Kristine Cefolia indicated in the 911 call that her ex-husband had been scheduled to see their children the night after he had dinner with his son.

“He missed his night with the kids. I have someone checking to see if he’s on a flight somewhere,” the woman said. “Something is absolutely not right.”

Following an interview with Elmhurst Police Chief Michael Ruth, CrimeOnline first reported that Jake Cefolia was the subject of a criminal investigation that began before his disappearance. The police chief could not publicly comment on the nature of the investigation, and authorities have not confirmed whether they believe Cefolia left on his own.

As the NBC News report notes, Kristine Cefolia had gone to her ex-husband home’s on August 8 to look for him before she reported him missing. While there, she saw a note on the door that had been left by one of Jake’s co-workers. That co-worker has not responded to multiple requests for comment from CrimeOnline.

Read more of CrimeOnline’s coverage about missing Jake Cefolia here. 

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