A $30,000 reward is being offered by a Detroit millionaire and philanthropist to anyone who locates a combat veteran from Scottsdale who is missing.
According to police reports, it was August 14 when Jesse Conger was last seen at his apartment in Scottsdale. His description is of a 37-year-old white man, 6’2″, 200 pounds, with brown hair, a full beard, and blue eyes. He has tattoos on his left arm and the word “rise” tattooed on his chest.
The veteran is suffering from depression and PTSD according to his family. He had also made some statements that could have been suicidal in the days leading to the time he disappeared.
The Chief Executive Officer of Pulte Capital and Blight Authority, Bill Pulte is offering to help with the search and put up the $30k reward.
NOW $30K DOLLAR REWARD
My wife and I sick to our stomachs about missing Combat Veteran Jesse. We’re now increasing THE REWARD to $30,000 CASH to the person who finds him LEES FERRY, AZ. Find our brother-in-arms! ❤️🇺🇸@fox10PhotoChief @FOX10Phoenix @abc15 @KOLDNews @TaylorNRogers pic.twitter.com/e6JcxSoXGH
— Bill Pulte (@pulte) August 27, 2019
Pulte is the self-proclaimed inventor of Twitter philanthropy. He talked to Gretchen Smith, the founder of Code for Vets, who had reached out to him to help find the missing vet.
“The family is panicking, they want to know where he’s at,” Smith said. “This is out of character for him, so they’re literally out in the woods, searching for their son, their brother, their cousin, their friend.”
Code of Vest is a non-profit that has the mission of helping veterans. Smith has built a following of almost 180,000 Twitter followers. She is interested in raising awareness of vets who suffer from PTSD. After reaching out to Pulte about Conger, he didn’t hesitate to help. His initial offer was a $10,000 reward.
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“We feel like this is a true emergency,” Smith said. “We have to take action and [Pulte] wants to be a part of the veteran community in doing what he can to decrease that number that we dave daily that’s committing suicide.”
Conger may be in a 2015 Toyota Camry with Nevada license plate number 696G03. It is also thought that he might be in Mexico.
“When your veterans go missing, when they are in those dark places, this is what you can do,” Smith said. “This is how you can assist them – they are not aware of what their options are.”
The Scottsdale police should be notified with any information on his whereabouts.
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