Name: Jance Wesly Varela
Age: 40 years old
Last seen: June 1, 2022
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
Status: Still missing
40 year old Jance Varela was last seen on June 1, 2022 in Loveland, Colorado. He hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
Jance Varela was born on October 8, 1981 to mother Linda Varela Adams.
Jance moved from Montana to Colorado in 2018. At the time of his disappearance he was staying with friends in the Fort Collins/Loveland area after losing his apartment the previous year. He had struggled with homelessness and opioid addiction following a previous surgery.
Jance has a rare genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on his vital organs.
He told his mother he had been diagnosed with a brain tumor in May shortly before he disappeared. The tumor was already impacting his arms and hands, and his mother believes it could be impairing his judgment.
According to loved ones, Jance stayed in close contact with his family. It is uncharacteristic of him to leave without telling anyone.
The last confirmed sighting of Jance Varela was on June 1, 2022, at a bowling alley in the Fort Collins/Loveland area of Colorado, about 50 miles north of Denver.
When Jance failed to call his mother on July 1, her 60th birthday, she knew something was wrong and immediately filed a missing persons report with the Larimer County Sheriff’s Department.
Authorities didn’t begin an active search for Jance initially, citing the fact that there was no indication of foul play and no indication of any imminent risk to his safety.
The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office spoke with Jance’s friends and followed up on tips about his location, but no additional clues as to his whereabouts have been found.
They issued a statement in March 2023, stating “based on information received during the course of the investigation, there is concern about his wellbeing.”
Jance’s mother started the Searching For Jance Varela facebook page, trying to generate more action in his case. She and volunteers have conducted ground searches for Jance and continue to distribute flyers.
Investigators say they have found no indications of foul play in Jance’s disappearance, though there is concern for his well being.
The location of Jance Varela, as well as the circumstances surrounding his disappearance, remains unknown.
Jance has partially grey/salt & pepper colored hair, brown eyes, stands 6’4 and weighs 140 pounds. He may have a beard and possibly be wearing glasses.
Jance has a scar on his abdomen and a tattoo of the Pi symbol on his left hand.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Jance Varela please contact the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 498-5100.
A cash reward is being offered for information that leads to Jance’s whereabouts.
Resources & Further Information
News & Media Links
Sheriff’s Office Asks For Tips About Man Last Seen in June – 9News
Have You Seen Missing Colorado Man Jance Wesley Varela – Investigation Discovery
Montana Mom Turns Into Investigator After Police Decline Search For Her Missing Son – USA Today
Family Asks For Help Finding Missing Man With Brain Tumor – News Nation
Larimer County Sheriff Seeks Information About Missing Man – North Forty News
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