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#1 Kathylene

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 03:00 PM


Name: George Robert Zelaya

Classification: Endangered Missing Adult
Alias / Nickname: Skip
Date of Birth: May 22, 1943
Date Missing: January 13, 2005
From City/State: Homosassa, FL
Missing From (Country): USA
Age at Time of Disappearance: 61
Gender: Male
Race: White
Height: 70 inches
Weight: 150 pounds
Hair Color: Brown
Hair (Other): Gray at temples
Eye Color: Brown
Complexion: Medium

Glasses/Contacts Description: Reading glasses.
Identifying Characteristics: Growth on left pinky finger, minor scars on hands and arms.

Jewelry: Silver "Timex" watch.

Circumstances of Disappearance: Unknown. George was last seen at approximately 6:00pm at his residence in the vicinity of the 5700 block of S. Seotter Path in Homosassa, FL. His white, four door, 1988 Lincoln sedan was located the following day at a shopping center off of Hwy 19 in Homosassa, FL.

Investigative Agency: Citrus County Sheriff's Office
Phone: (352) 726-4488
Investigative Case #: 05010575

Print a Poster: http://www.projectja...eorgeZelaya.pdf

#2 Kathylene

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 03:00 PM




Search on for Homosassa man, 61
By Times Staff Writer
Published January 29, 2005


HOMOSASSA - Authorities are searching for a missing Homosassa man. George "Skip" Zelaya, 61, of 5711 Sea Otter Path, was last seen Jan. 13, when he left his home in the early morning, according to investigators.

His former wife, Paula Zelaya, began to worry about his safety when she saw his car abandoned in the Publix parking lot on U.S. 19 in Homosassa, she told authorities. George Zelaya stands 5 feet 9. He is white and weighs about 130 pounds. His hair and eyes are brown and he is clean shaven. Anyone with information about Zelaya's whereabout is asked to call 911 or 726-1121. An anonymous tips line is also available at 1-888-269-8477.

#3 Kathylene

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 03:00 PM


Without a trace
Thursday, March 3, 2005

The computer is a tool of hope in Joe Zelaya's search for his missing 61-year-old brother, Skip.

Skip Zelaya's disappearance, while unrelated to the Jessica Lunsford case, has some striking similarities in the eyes of investigators.

"Usually, you find some kind of evidence that they might have did something bad to themselves or they just moved away and wanted to go on with their life," said Gary Atchison with the Citrus County Sheriff's Office. "This is kind of like our case here with young Jessica, [in] that there's no evidence or either that he did something terrible to himself or that he went off and wanted another life."

Several days after his Jan. 13 disappearance, Skip Zelaya's car was found abandoned outside the Publix grocery store in Homosassa.

Skip's ex-wife, Paula Zelaya, says they were living together, trying to reconcile. She admits they still had some problems, but were also still very much in love. His disappearance is very upsetting to their five children.

"Oh, they're devastated," said Paula Zelaya. "They don't think he would just up and leave and really, I don't either. But I don't really know what to think anymore. He sent everything. To his brother, his license. That's when I thought he probably killed himself. He sent him his license and gave him some checks and told him to deposit them into his account. He left all his clothes, left all his vehicles, left all his belongings."

Skip Zelaya's children live out of state, but have visited Citrus County to speak to local law enforcement. They insist their father is a family man who would never disappear without a trace.

Zelaya is described as a clean-shaven white male with brown eyes and brown hair, 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighing about 130 pounds, according to the Citrus County Chronicle.

Anyone with information about Zelaya's disappearance is asked to contact the Citrus County Sheriff's Office.

#4 Kathylene

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 03:01 PM


Family puzzled after man disappears
By Steve Arthur

Did 61-year-old Skip Zelaya just pick up and leave his life here, did he kill himself, or was he a victim of some undisclosed foul play? Read on and decide for yourself.

Skip Zelaya went missing Jan. 13, and since then his family has been fearful and frustrated, not knowing what has become of him.

His family gathered here on Friday from distant cities to have their pleas for community assistance broadcast through the help of television station WYKE in Lecanto.

Citrus Sheriff's Detective Gary Atchison says he and his agency have worked hard to find Zelaya, but have developed no more leads.

"I walked the area around where his vehicle was found for two days. Then I brought out the cadaver dogs. We've used the helicopter. Posters have been put up."

He said the sheriff's dive team was going to search the canal behind Zelaya's house, until the mysterious and troubling disappearance of 9-year-old Jessica Marie Lunsford, also of Homosassa, focused the attention of this county and the nation on her disappearance.

When a 61-year-old man goes missing for no apparent reason, questions are naturally raised. When he's been gone for more than a month, those who know him think about the puzzle all the time.

Joe Zelaya is worried about the welfare of his brother Skip, whose full name is George Robert Zelaya. Also worried are Zelaya's children.

His wife, Paula Zelaya, told deputies she last saw him that morning, leaving his home at 5711 Sea Otter Path in Homosassa.

Is it possible Skip Zelaya took his own life in some out-of-the-way place?

His brother Joe says no; his brother would never do that, especially not to his children.

"He was a proud person, he would never do that."

Did he decide to just disappear and take up another identity?

Soon after his brother's absence was noted, Joe Zelaya said he received an envelope containing Skip's driver's license, some checks and a bankcard posted to his address. It was post-dated the day after his disappearance. Included was a note about their shared bank account, a note that concluded simply: "Sorry, Skip."

Joe Zelaya said his brother also filled out a change-of-mailing-address card Jan. 14, forwarding Skip's mail to his own home.

The Skip skipping scenario bothers his family members.

Daughter Kathleen said all the scenarios have gone through her head, but she refuses to believe her father would put her and the rest of her family through the pain of not knowing his fate. "I believe something bad has happened to him."

Joe Zelaya said: "If he walked he wouldn't have left without any money in his pocket, with no watch or cell phone. He wouldn't do that. He wouldn't have left his tools in his truck."

He said his brother had accumulated debts of about $100,000, but said those debts wouldn't cause him to disappear.

"He was comfortable with the payments; that wouldn't be the reason," Zelaya said.

Susan Zelaya, Skip's daughter who lives and works in the Washington, D.C., area, says she doesn't know what to think.

She said she and some her siblings consulted a psychic in California over the telephone; they were told by that seer that Skip Zelaya was no longer living on this plane of existence.

She doesn't know what to think.

"I think there was foul play, but I have no proof," Joe Zelaya said Monday.

Skip Zelaya has been described as a clean-shaven white male with brown eyes and brown hair, 5 feet, 9 inches tall.

#5 Kathylene

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 03:01 PM

A Message from the Family:

"We, the ZELAYA FAMILY, have started a reward /investigative fund in hopes of finding our missing father, " GEORGE ROBERT "SKIP" ZELAYA". This is a tragedy that has affected all family members since January 13th, 2005.

To all that may know his children, Michael, Jennifer, Elizabeth, Kathleen and Susan, and to all that may know his brother, Joe "Sandy" Zelaya and sister, Maria Papanicolas, and to all that are concerned about missing people, please make a tax-deductible donation, on behalf of our father, so that we may find him and bring him home.

If you can help us and would like to donate, please mail a check to:





#6 Kathylene

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 03:01 PM

From the family:

"We, the Zelaya Family, along with Mr. Gregory Wims of the Victim's Rights Foundation will be holding a press conference and a vigil June 3rd at 3:00 pm in the Publix shopping center, where his car was found, off of Hwy. 19 in Homosassa, FL. At that time we will post a reward, in the hopes of someone coming forward with information in helping us find out what has happened to our Father. Please join us if you can."

Family website: www.findgeorgeskipzelaya.com

#7 Kathylene

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 03:01 PM


Kin, friends share hopes for missing man
His relatives design T-shirts and a Web site in their quest for answers.

Published June 4, 2005

HOMOSASSA - About a dozen people stood in the spitting rain near the biggest known clue to the whereabouts of George "Skip" Zelaya.

It was Friday afternoon, and Zelaya's relatives and friends gathered in the parking lot of Publix on U.S. 19 in Homosassa. A few pointed to the spot where Zelaya's 1988 white Lincoln was found in mid January.

None has heard from him since.

"He has five kids," said Eileen Zelaya, 39, one of his daughters, who lives in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. "I don't think he would just walk away."

The Zelaya family is desperate for information about the missing man, a 62-year-old whose youthful face and dark brown hair make him appear years younger. His relatives have set up a Web site at http://findgeorgeskipzelaya.com to help them find him. They've offered $2,500 for information. The Victims' Rights Foundation, a Maryland nonprofit, is working with the family.

They've made T-shirts. A photograph on the front shows a smiling man with a striped red shirt. On the back is a Bible verse: "Nothing shall be hid that shall not be revealed; Matt 10:26." The verse hints at the family's suspicion that someone knows something about what happened to him.

"Who goes to hide to commit suicide?" asked his brother, Joe Zelaya, 63, also of Homosassa.

Joe Zelaya was the only family member at Friday's meeting to have heard anything from his brother, he said. A few days after the car was found, Joe Zelaya received a note in the mail from his brother. It had information about a bank account and was signed, "Sorry, Skip," he said. But the ZIP code was wrong, he said, and the note raised more questions than it answered.

"All I've got is suspicions and questions," he said.

Zelaya was last seen about 6 p.m. Jan. 13 at his home on the 5700 block of S Sea Otter Path in Homosassa, according to the Web site. His former wife, Paula, said she saw his abandoned car later at Publix, according to family members and the Citrus County Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office released information in January about his disappearance, but it seemed scant information was available.

Zelaya, a handyman and electrician, lived with Paula Zelaya at the time of his disappearance, according to the family. She could not be reached for comment.

Zelaya was last seen wearing jeans, a long-sleeve dress shirt and work boots, according to the Web site. Zelaya was lured to Citrus by the hope of working at the Crystal River nuclear power plant, his children said. When that dream didn't come true, he worked odd jobs.

The Web site is full of personal details about Zelaya. He enjoys watching football and cheers for the Washington Redskins. He smokes nonfilter Camel cigarettes and drinks Budweiser beer and orange juice with rum on the rocks.

Anyone with information about Zelaya's whereabouts is asked to call 911 or 726-1121. An anonymous tip line is also available at 1-888-269-8477.

#8 Kathylene

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 03:02 PM


Family clings to hope; Man missing since January
By Ashley Sorrell

With T-shirts displaying a beloved father and brother's picture, tears in their eyes and grief evident in their faces, the family of George Robert "Skip" Zelaya pleaded for anyone with information concerning his whereabouts to contact the Citrus County Sheriff's Office.

Zelaya was reported missing on Jan. 13, 2005, and his family, with the help of the Victims' Rights Foundation, is now offering a $2,500 reward for anyone with information about his disappearance.

His disappearance had a profound effect on his children.

"It's been the worst thing that has ever happened to me in my life," Zelaya's daughter, Elizabeth Zelaya, said. "Literally, the most pain I've ever felt."

Elizabeth Zelaya said it is not like her father to disappear without contacting his children.

"He had a lot of pride and cared a lot about his children. He was always a family man," she said.

She said she still has hope he will be found.

"We are all just trying to hang in there, but it consumes every thought you have," Elizabeth Zelaya said.

That sentiment is echoed among Skip Zelaya's friends.

In recent months, speculation has shrouded the disappearance of Zelaya.

Susan Zelaya, Skip Zelaya's youngest daughter, said she hopes people with information concerning her father will come forward and rumors surrounding his disappearance will stop.

Susan Zelaya said despite speculation, her father has not been found and has not contacted any of his children.

Kathleen Zelaya, another of his daughters, said not knowing the whereabouts of her father is like having a broken heart.

"My dad was a best friend of mine," she said. "For me not to know where the person I love most in the world is just breaks my heart."

Through the months, Kathleen Zelaya has lost hope of her father's survival.

"If he hasn't contacted his children, he is dead," she said.

His son, Michael Zelaya, said he suspects foul play, but is still looking for the answers to many unanswered questions.

Michael Zelaya said he does not believe any of the speculation surrounding his father's disappearance.

There has been speculation that Skip Zelaya disappeared because of debt, or perhaps committed suicide.

"None of them make sense to me," Michael Zelaya said. "He's not the type to let anything bother him."

This is the second time the family, who are from the Washington suburbs around Maryland and Virginia, have returned to Homosassa to announce the need for information concerning Zelaya's disappearance.

The family said they want to find him, dead or alive.

The sheriff's office has stepped up its investigation and is actively trying to find Zelaya.

The family thinks it might be too late. They said the 6-month delay might have greatly compromised the case.

Joe Zelaya said he still hopes his brother is found, but does not think he is still alive.

Skip Zelaya is a white male, 5 feet, 9 inches tall and 130 pounds, with brown and gray hair and brown eyes. He was last seen at 6 p.m. on Jan. 13 at his residence in the vicinity of the 5700 block of South Sea Otter Path, Homosassa.

His white, four-door, 1988 Lincoln sedan was found Jan. 14 at a shopping center off U.S. 19 in Homosassa.

Anyone with information concerning his whereabouts or disappearance is urged to call the sheriff's office at 726-1121.

#9 Kathylene

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 03:02 PM

Press release from the family:

For Immediate Release:

Homosassa, Fl--September 21 , 2005-- A new billboard display is now visible to the public on Highway 19 in Homosassa, FL. On the billboard, the face of missing George “Skip” Zelaya will loom larger than life, reminding passerby’s that he is still missing from this community of about 2,294.

George "Skip" Zelaya has been missing since January 13, 2005. His family has worked hard to locate him. Their efforts include a website with information and printable poster, a t-shirt, and the establishment of a reward fund. They hope that the billboard will bring in new leads to help resolve this now over 8 month-old mystery.

The billboard was provided with the help of the Ocala Lamar Advertising and Doug Howarth, son-in-law of Skip.

Skip Zelaya is a white male, 5 feet, 9 inches tall and 130 pounds, with brown and gray hair and brown eyes. He was last seen at 6 p.m. on January 13th at his residence in the vicinity of the 5700 block of South Sea Otter Path, Homosassa.

His white, four-door, 1988 Lincoln sedan was found Jan. 14 at a shopping center off U.S. 19 in Homosassa.

Anyone with information concerning his whereabouts or disappearance is urged to call the Citrus County sheriff's office at (352) 726-1121.

Website: http://www.findgeorgeskipzelaya.com/

#10 Kathylene

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 03:02 PM

Family hopes billboard helps find missing man

Published September 22, 2005
By Times Staff Writer

HOMOSASSA - Family members of a missing Homosassa man have posted a billboard along U.S. 19 to remind motorists of the man's mysterious disappearance, according to a news release from the family.

George "Skip" Zelaya, 62, of 5711 S Sea Otter Path was last seen at 6 p.m. Jan. 13 at his home. His white, four-door 1998 Lincoln sedan was found Jan. 14, parked in the Publix shopping center lot along U.S. 19 in Homosassa. Family members say they have not heard from him since. The family has also set up a Web site, www.findgeorgeskipzelaya.com Zelaya is a 130-pound white man who is 5 feet 9 inches and has brown eyes and brown and gray hair. Anyone with information can contact the Citrus County Sheriff's Office at 726-4488.


#11 Kathylene

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 03:02 PM

George's story, "Daddy's Girl" is now featured on the Project Jason Voice for the Missing blog.


It is a story about fathers and daughters and the special love they have for each other.

Be sure to help out the families of the missing by telling others about the blog. This is just another way we can reach out and let the faces of the missing be seen. We welcome appropriate website links. Other ideas are posting the blog link on other forums you frequent, and sending it out to your friends and family via email.

Thank you for helping us to help others.


#12 Kathylene

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 03:03 PM

Please watch this newly created video containing
TV coverage and photos on George "Skip" Zelaya.

Video Created by Jim, husband Of Patricia Viola

#13 Kathylene

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 03:03 PM

POSTED BY SRH ON 11/28/05:

I don't even really know how I happened upon this website yet here I am and I am drawn to Skip's profile.

Strange, I am usually drawn to children and the elderly, neither which apply to Skip. I don't know what I am suppose to do, but for now I am going to pray, to find out what my part in all this is suppose to be.

It would be so easy for me to throw out those two words, I have come to rely on so much, "have faith" yet for some reason they sound meaningless and trivial to me right now.

Just know, that you all are in my prayers and there is someone out there thinking of all of you, hoping and praying for a miracle.

For Skip, if you are reading this and you can, please call home...please go home. Your family, your children and brother need you....want you. You are loved.


#14 Kathylene

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 03:03 PM

POSTED BY w84meee 11/28/05:

Welcome to Project Jason. I am glad you stopped in to post. I know that it brings a great deal of comfort to the families that someone is thinking about and praying for their loved one.

Do check out the Adopt a Missing Person program. George was recently added. I have "adopted" a little dear named Shania Supanich. It feels good to know that I can share her story so well with anyone who asks.


#15 Kathylene

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 03:04 PM

originally posted by Kelly on 1/3/06

George has been missing for one year today. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. George, if you're still out there, please call home.

#16 Kathylene

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 03:05 PM

From the family:

" I'm writing you today to let you know that our missing father, George "Skip" Zelaya will be featured on the Montel Williams Show Friday, May 5. Three other missing people will also be featured - Tara Grinstead, Ali Gilmore and Julie Michelle Bullard. Please check your local listings or go to www.montelshow.com for channel and time.

To those of you who we (me and my sister, Susan) have met, thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for befriending us and caring about our dad.

I hope you can watch and if you can't - record it!!

Thank you for caring! God bless you all in your search..........

With Hope for all the missing,
Kathleen "Daddy's Girl"

Help find our dad and bring him home....
Please visit his website: www.findgeorgeskipzelaya.com"

#17 Kathylene

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 03:05 PM

Project Jason announces that George Zelaya was the early August 18 Wheel Angel campaign. His active campaign is over, but you can still go to the website listed below and print his poster.

George's family really needs your help. Missing adult males, especially ones who are older with no health concerns, are generally ignored by media and other sources. What if he were your dad?

18 Wheel Angels is a national missing person's locator program in which truck drivers or other business travelers are recruited to place posters of a specific missing person along the way as they travel.

In conjunction with the poster campaign, George is also featured on the front cover and inside the August issue of a free trucking magazine called Through the Gears, available at truck stops nationwide. Through the Gears has a circulation of approximately 150,000, and is published by J.P Scott Publishing of Anniston, AL.

For additional information, and to print and place posters of George, please see:


You do not need to be a truck driver to help place posters. You can also help by telling any truck drivers or trucking companies you know about this program.

Thank you.

Kelly Jolkowski, Mother of Missing Jason Jolkowski
President and Founder,
Project Jason

#18 Kathylene

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 03:06 PM

From the family:

"If you missed it the first time, here's another chance............................................ ....




Help find our dad and bring him home....
Please visit his website: www.findgeorgeskipzelaya.com

If tears could build a stairway and memories were a lane, Please pray with us that we find him soon. I would walk a hundred miles to bring you home again.

Dad I love and miss you more than words
No farewell words were spoken, not time to say goodbye, could ever say. You were gone before I knew it and only God knows why.

~Kathleen -Authur Unknown"

#19 Kathylene

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 03:06 PM

George Robert "Skip" Zelaya will be featured on the television program "Missing"  [/hr]George Robert "Skip" Zelaya will be featured on the television program "Missing" Episode M-415.

Visit USA Missing Homepage

The show will air the week of November 6, 2006, and in most areas, is shown on the following weekend.

Please check out which station airs the program in your area by visiting the following link.

Links to TV Stations airing "Missing"

Then check out the station's site (provided in the above link) for the exact day and time the show airs.

All the following adults and children will be featured on this episode.

Harold Hensley, Amber Hoopes, Mario Cabral, Jeromy Childress, Michelle Henri, David Allen, Amber Spain, Dawron Richardson, Erica Sanchez, Lindsey Porter, Samuel Porter, Christopher Pierce, Mae Rocker, Alexis Patterson, Samantha Bolonos Lopez, Sara Bolonos Lopez, Sofia Juarez, George Zelaya, Yoni Hernandez, Nathan Currie, Melina Martin, Robert Vance, Daniel Yuen, Linda Runningbear, Kiplyn Davis, William "Mike" Hogan.

The Weeks' featured cases on Television

#20 Kathylene

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Posted 18 May 2007 - 03:06 PM

 [/hr] Mr. Zelaya has now been missing for 2 years. Please see his website for photos and other relevant information: Find George "Skip" Zelaya

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