Don't Forget Me
This series is intended to bring awareness to those that are still missing in water and for the families that are still hoping, praying, and waiting, we hope that this series will help you realize that we will not forget, we will not let others forget, and to encourage you to keep searching and to keep praying for your closure.
Don’t Forget Me: Jazmin “Duna” James-Age 26-Missing Tununak AK-Last seen April 1st 2018
The family dreams of him at night, in their dreams, they see his voice, they laugh, they cry, the family dreams of him at night, they hear the call to bring him home, they feel the pain of this deed left undone.
Jazmin “Duna” James, age 26 years old, a snowmachiner, recently went missing as he was traveling a substantial distance in the Yukon Delta Wildlife National Refuge to help others in their time of need. According to the family of James, he was an experienced outdoorsman, very self-reliant and others depended on him because of his abilities in the outdoors.
April 1st 2018 started as many other days for the family of Jazmin James and ended as a day with unimaginable pain and heartbreak. One of the last known acts of Jazmin was a giving act, a selfless act, a deed that was one of honor and sacrifice. Jazmin and a group of friends had traveled approximately 100 miles to get wood to burn in the steam houses in a local village where wood was scarce and very much needed. Jazmin and his friends often helped in times of need and in his last day on earth, Jazmin was doing what he was known to do, helping others.
The family is asking for your prayers in their time of need. The father, mother, and all of his family and friends are standing strong, yet the pain is there. Jazmin was a son, a brother, a cousin, a friend to many and he was an uncle to a young man that from the very beginning looked up to his uncle and one day had dreams of hunting seal and being in the outdoors with him. Yet, while they know that he may not be brought home today, or even tomorrow, they have not lost hope, they have not given up and they will continue to stand strong and fight the fight.
According to Alaska AP, Alaska State Troopers say James was reportedly traveling from Nunapitchuk to Tununak on Saturday, April 1st 2018 and should have returned home early on Sunday morning.
James made it Nightmute before heading toward Toksook Bay and Tununak. Residents in Nightmute told troopers that James was having track problems.
Search and Rescue teams from Toksook Bay and Tununak began searching. Around 6:20pm Sunday evening, James' snowmachine was located on sea ice but was only revealed when high tide subsided. Troopers say there's no indication he walked on the ice from where the snowmachine was found. The vehicle was recovered and taken to Toksook Bay.
Search and rescue efforts were halted on April 6th 2018. Friends, family, and the brotherhood of those that love him and miss have continued to search for his remains. The family would like to remain hopeful and they are taking every action they can to find closure and this is where you come in. Please pray for this family, pray for closure, pray for searchers and pray that they can bring him home to bury him and in doing so, that this will give them a place to grieve. A Go Fund Me account is in the process of being set up to help this family as they continue to fight to bring him home. In saying this, please know that you are not obligated to help in anyway, yet even a small amount can make a big difference for the family waiting for closure, praying for peace and dreaming of their loved one every time the close their eyes.
If you can help this family, if you are willing to help this family, please contact us and we will make arrangements/share any current information on the set up to help this family as they are currently still searching to bring Duna home. Other options until the Go Fund Me is active, include a bank account in the family last name of James. The family has set up a bank account at ALASKA USA BANK and anyone can donate to the account using account number 1492058, last name James. The family has stated that ALL funds will be used in the effort to bring Duna home.