Vigil remembers the Jacksonville man who disappeared 20 years in the past

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A vigil was held on Sunday afternoon to remember a man who disappeared from his Jacksonville home 20 years ago.

John Rowan Jr., a 34-year-old married father of two, disappeared in February 2001.

Family members still want justice for Rowan and his body to finally calm down.

During the vigil on Sunday in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, loved ones sang and read poetry. A priest also conducted a short service.

Rowan’s mother, Margaret Peg Rowan, said that not a day goes by when she does not think about her son.

“We just have to find him and bring him home,” she said. “Without a body, a weapon, and direct evidence, there is still – you have to find a body to move this case forward.”

Family members told News4Jax that they usually attend National Missing Persons Day, but that event has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

There were other families at the vigil who never found loved ones either.

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