The six-year anniversary of the mysterious disappearance of a Chireno man is this Friday, July 13, and family members are having a light up balloon ceremony in his honor.
Cole D. Jackson, 33, of Chireno was reported missing by family members on August 11, 2006, and the last time that family members heard from him was Friday, July 13, 2006.
“We try to do it for the anniversary, and for his birthday. His birthday is Jan. 10,” said Cheyenne Jackson, Cole’s sister. “We’re going to get together out at the lake in Gilmer, and a lot of the family and friends are going to come out there.“
Family and friends come together to share memories of Cole. People in other areas have also honored Cole in remembrance, even though they may have never met him.
“We just get together and share memories, and write our messages to him on the balloons. [We] let them all go up at once, and hope they get to him. What’s really cool is even if they can’t come and do it with us, people literally all around the world do it for us. We had a girl that was eight months pregnant in Alaska [participate].”
In 2006, it was reported that when Cole Jackson last spoke with his wife, he said that he would be home soon, but he never arrived home.
Jackson reportedly contacted his wife Kim Jackson that morning and stated that he would be home shortly but he never arrived. He was reported to have last been seen at a residence located on FM 1645 in Shelby County where it was reported that a white male had driven a four-wheel drive pickup through the back fence, and garden area of a residence there.
According to the owner of the residence, the driver stated, “There are some bad people after me, and I am sorry for driving through your fence and garden.”
The driver then offered the homeowner $120 cash for the damage, and drove off on FM 1645.
Jackson’s pickup truck was later found abandoned on a four-wheeler trail just off FM 1645 on July 15, 2006 in the New Prospect area of Shelby County. According to reports, there were no indications of foul play where the truck was recovered, and the vehicle was towed to a wrecker storage yard until the owner could be located.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Department led a search for Jackson on Aug. 12, 2006 in the area where Jackson’s pickup truck was originally located. Local law enforcement and volunteer firemen from the area and Louisiana searched the area, but Jackson was unable to be found.
Texas EquuSearch arrived with approximately 30 members on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2006 to search the area for any sign of Jackson. Jackson’s shoes and his wedding band were located.
Six years later, Cole Jackson is still being sought. His friends and family still are looking for answers, and will be honoring their loved one on the anniversary of his disappearance.
“It’s pretty touching, we’ve got people doing it this year in North Carolina, Albuquerque, just all over the place,” said Cheyenne Jackson. “Some of them are relatives and friends, and some of them are people that have just been touched by his story, complete strangers that just have a heart.”
Jackson urges anyone that would like to participate, to let a balloon go in her brother’s honor this Friday, July 13.
Anyone that may have information about Cole Jackson should contact the Sheriff at 936-598-5600.