Remains found at forest preserve identified as Elmhurst man missing for 14 months

  • Jacob Cefolia

    Jacob Cefolia

Updated 10/24/2021 6:33 PM

The DuPage County coroner's office confirmed Sunday that remains found in the Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve near Darien are of Jacob Cefolia, a 50-year-old Elmhurst man who had been missing since August 2020.

After an autopsy was performed on Saturday, a forensic specialist examined dental records and confirmed the identity. A cause and manner of death have not been determined and remain under investigation, according to the coroner's office. However, authorities said there were no signs of foul play.


Workers found the remains Friday south of a campground in the forest preserve.

Cefolia's wallet, driver's license and a backpack with his personal effects were located near his body, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Cefolia's ex-wife reported the United Airlines executive missing in early August 2020 when he failed to pick up his children for a scheduled visit. Cefolia's car was located outside the forest preserve, but forest preserve police, other police agencies and volunteers failed to find Cefolia despite numerous searches last year.

Cefolia had worked at Chicago-based United since 2007 and was senior vice president of worldwide sales for the airline.

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