Reward offered in search for man last seen leaving Hoboken bar

Jim Dolan has the story
April 4, 2014 6:05:35 PM PDT
Hoboken police have suspended the search for a man missing since Sunday, but his family, desperate to find the 27-year old, will continue the search, hoping someone has information about his disappearnace

On Friday, after three days of scouring the Hudson River, Hoboken police suspended the search for Andrew Jarzyk. They say they are not planning any further searches unless there is new information. the family plans its own search April 5.

The last glimpses of Jarzyk from numerous private surveillance cameras show him running through Hoboken in the rain early March 30. He had been training for a half marathon near the Hoboken waterfront.

After partying with friends at a Hoboken bar, Jarzyk left and said he'd be back. But he didn't return.

Detectives determined that after he left, Jarzyk started jogging in the area of Fifth and Monroe streets, then ran south to Fourth Street, then east on Fourth to the Hudson River. At 2:09 a.m., a surveillance camera shows Jarzyk running at Fourth and Sinatra Drive. Then he turns toward the Hoboken terminal. The final glimpse of him is at 2:10 a.m., running into Pier A park.

He does not appear in distress during what was at least a 10-minute run and is in well-populated places. No one appears to be following him, police said.

Friends have been taping posters on lampposts and detectives have searched the park since the disappearance. And now, the family is offering a $10,000 reward.

"You can't imagine, it feels like you can't breathe. I don't know how to explain it. We just hope and pray for the best," said his sister in law, Karyn Jarzyk.

Jarzyk has no history of mental illness, and has never gone missing before.

Friends and family members who searched for him the day after his disappearance, showing his picture to strangers, believe something must have happened to him because he would never put them through this.

"I'm sure everybody would say good things about their family, but it's not characteristic, it's not something he would do, we're unsure," said his brother Steven Jarzyk.

"He's not one of those people who would make an irrational decision, he's a very responsible and very logical person," said Karyn Jarzyk.

"He's just a good person, he's very fun-loving, he loves to golf, he loves March Madness, he loves my children," she said.