Amy Chinn, left, and Lauren Kaunelis, both teachers at Washington Irving Elementary School, walk through the dense surroundings of Thatcher Woods in River Forest as part of the continued search for missing resident Jassen Strokosch, Thursday, July 21, 2011. Strokosch has not been seen since Wednesday. Photos by J.Geil/Photo Editor

Volunteers and friends of missing Oak Park parent Jassen Strokosch are organizing a search of Thatcher Woods in River Forest at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Strokosch, 39, has been missing since early Wednesday. The Irving School parent community has spent much of Thursday printing fliers and passing them out throughout Oak Park. Volunteers were also stationed at train stops in the area to hand out fliers.

Kathy Paoli and her two daughters, Maggie and Julie, were at the Oak Park Green Line station beginning at around 4 o’clock. Her husband and son were canvassing the immediate area placing fliers with local businesses.

The Paoli’s are close friends with the Strokosch’s; Maggie and Julie have babysat the Strokosch’s two kids.

“We’re trying to help and get the word out. We hope that he comes back safe,” said Kathy Paoli.

The Irving parent community began mobilizing volunteers Thursday afternoon to help find Strokosch. Interested volunteers are encouraged to contact Nancy Guarino: 708-979-8309, nancy.guarino@att.net.

According to the flier, Strokosch was last seen near Cermak and Desplaines in River Forest, is 6 foot 1 and drove a 2005 silver Pontiac Vibe, which was found at Roosevelt and East in Berwyn. He was last seen wearing a plaid, buttoned-up shirt, a t-shirt underneath, and either blue jeans or khakis. 

Courtesy Irving parent community

Dear Irving Community,

Many of you have reached out to us regarding how you can help. We are currently printing flyers that we would like to post and distribute. We will need 25-30 people to help with this task. We are asking only those volunteers who can walk around in this heat to volunteer at this point. We know there are many others that would like to help and we will be in touch with other ways as soon as we can.

If you are interested, available, and able to volunteer with this flyer distribution, please:

  1. Come to the Guarino residence (1134 S. Scoville) between 3:00-5:00 pm today to pick up a packet of flyers with instructions
  2. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring tape (various types to adhere to various surfaces), and water to keep yourself hydrated.

Nancy Guarino can be reached at 708-979-8309. If you cannot volunteer at this time and are interested in volunteering for future efforts, please contact Nancy Guarino at nancy.guarino@att.net or 708-979-8309.

The Strokosch family is extremely touched by all the well wishes, thoughts, and prayers, and would like to thank all the families whose thoughts are with them during this difficult time and for those who are helping with the efforts to find Jassen.

With many thanks on behalf of the Irving PTO Board.

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