‘It’s hot and he’s been out there a long time’ daughter says
THE DAUGHTER of British pensioner Jack Jackow has made an emotional appeal for the public in Cyprus to keep watch for her missing father.
Fears are growing for the fate of the 69-year–old former mechanic who disappeared six-days ago, with a huge search continuing last night.
An army of volunteers fanned out through the south- east after answering a plea for help on Facebook. Search teams focused on Protaras, Ayia Napa and the Konnos Bay area, where there have been several unconfirmed sightings.
The resorts are jam-packed for the long bank holiday weekend and it is hoped with increased awareness about the case that Jackow may be spotted.
Jackow is suffering from Alzheimer’s and was last seen leaving the Nelia Beach Hotel near the harbour in Ayia Napa at 7.30am on Monday.
He was on a fortnight’s holiday with his wife, son and daughter, along with her family. Now, after six-days the family say they are ‘extremely concerned’ for his wellbeing and are urging anyone with any information to come forward.
“He is a lovely guy,” daughter Natalie Jeeves told the Cyprus Mail last night. “I am more optimistic about the search now than I was yesterday morning, when I did not have very much hope left in me. But after all the possible sightings that we’ve had my hopes have come up a bit.”
On Tuesday local police, sniffer dogs and the coast guard conducted a sweep of the Ayia Napa tourist area.
Jackow retired five years ago after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and is described as being fit after being forced to walk everywhere when his driving licence was revoked due of his illness.
“He is physically fit; he walks every day since he had his car taken away. But it is hot out there, and he has been out a long time,” Jeeves added.
Jackow’s wife – who also has Alzheimer’s – has remained at the hotel in Ayia Napa, “The kids are still having fun, I’m trying to make it as normal as possible for them because they don’t need to know what’s going on,” Jeeves said.
“My mum forgets, and then she comes in and cries. Then she thinks he is at home. She knows he is not here and it is very difficult.”
Since Tuesday more than 700 people have joined the Facebook group ‘Missing – Jack Jackow’ with users posting wishes of hope, search suggestions and the latest news.
“I would just ask people in Cyprus to please keep an eye out for him, if you see him – stop him and call the police straight away – or an ambulance, because I think he will probably need some help,” Jeeves said.
The search will continue over the weekend, with teams expected to focus on Protaras.
“We have now got several potential sightings, but they are in different areas – so we really need more people on the ground so we can send teams out into those specific areas,” Lindsey Thornton, who is leading the search effort told the Cyprus Mail.
“We obviously want as many people as possible to help, so please contact me if you can on 97751969. I can get people involved in the search right away,” he added.
According to the family, the British High Commission are now ‘more involved’ in the search and the Lucie Blackman Trust, specialists in missing person campaigns will join the effort.
Jackow was last seen in long jeans, a blue T-shirt and wearing an orange rubber wristband, the type issued at all inclusive hotels. He has no money, phone or identification.
Natalie has thanked everyone who has been looking for her father and said they were now just hoping ‘for the best’.
Anyone with any information regarding Mr Jackow is urged to call the police on 112.
Friends have also set up a Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/missingjackjackow/