Family offers reward for information on missing student



Jerry Stewart, ISU Police, (515) 294-4428,

Annette Hacker, News Service, (515) 294-3720,

William Olson, attorney, Charnetski, Olson and Lacina, (641) 236-4545,

Family offers reward for information on missing student

The parents of a missing Iowa State University student are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for any new information that leads to the location of their son.

Jonathan (Jon) Lacina, a senior majoring in graphic design, has been missing since Jan. 22. His parents, Tom and Alesia Lacina, Grinnell, Iowa, announced the reward on Feb. 11.

The sum of $10,000 could be paid to a single individual or distributed among several people who supply information that leads officials to Jon Lacina, said Jerry Stewart, director of Iowa State's Department of Public Safety. (See details of the reward.)

Anyone with information pertaining to the search for Lacina should call the ISU Police at (515) 294-4428 or the Ames Police Department at (515) 239-5133.


Those who wish to contribute to the reward fund can send donations to the Jon Lacina Reward Fund that has been established at two Grinnell banks -- Grinnell State Bank and Patriot Bank in Grinnell. For more information on the accounts, contact Connie Locker, Grinnell State Bank, 814 4th Ave., Grinnell, IA 50112, (641) 236-3174, or Karen Dillon, Patriot Bank, 619 6th Ave., Grinnell, IA 50122, (641) 236-7700,

If a reward no longer seems helpful to the investigation, the Lacina family will rescind the offer and close the two accounts. Funds that have not been used for the payment of rewards will be distributed to charities that support the arts, a cause characterized by the Lacinas as "near and dear to Jon and his family."