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Search for missing Marine in Seattle area

A former Marine, Jonathan Pablik, 23, was last seen May 15 when two Marine friends  tried to take Pablik to the VA and he  jumped out of their moving car to get away, according to his mother, Sandy Pablik.  She added that he had abandoned his dog at a Safeway in Duvall, took down his Facebook page, and turned off his cell phone.  He was last seen wearing a black hooded leather jacket. He has two visible tattoos on his right arm. One that says “Lcpl Eric Ward,” which he got in memory of his friend killed in combat. Pablik was actually staying in Redmond with his family. The other tattoo is the number “310” on his chest.

 

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SEATTLE — For weeks, Sandy Pablik feared the worst.  Her son, a 23 year-old Marine from California, was missing and was last seen in the Seattle area.  On Saturday, Sandy got a phone call.

JONATHANPABLIK10“The nurse of the hospital called me and it was a bit surreal because I thought it was just somebody calling in for a tip,” said Pablik.

Police found her son, Jonathan, outside a local grocery store.  The vet reportedly suffers from PTSD, after tours to Iraq and Afghanistan.  He was lucid enough to talk to his mom on the phone.

“He said he missed me a lot.  I reassured him I loved him dearly and he said he loved me, too.  It was such a sigh of relief, I can’t even tell you,” said Pablik.

Sandy’s good family friend, who works for Alaska Airlines, got her a free ticket and flew her up from California to Seattle immediately.  Sandy was able to visit her son in person on Sunday and saw firsthand how much his mental health has changed.

Post-traumatic stress disorder affects military families across the country.  More than 100,000 of our service members have been diagnosed with PTSD since the start of the Iraq war.  Last year, more active duty military members committed suicide than were killed in combat, the result of war trauma being too much to bear.

“It’s not going to be something you can fix.  It’s going to be with them for the rest of their lives.  There will be triggers that can cause something to happen,” said Rod Wittmier with Vets Meet Vets.

Sandy Pablik is well aware of that and says she’s ready for the long haul.

“If he falls, I will stand right next to him to help him stand right back up.  He probably will fal,l but I will be there next to him,” said Pablik.

Sandy hopes to be able to transfer her son to a treatment center in California closer to her home once doctors say he is ready.  She wants to thank Seattle Police for helping locate her son.

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05/20/13

Search for missing Marine last seen in Seattle

SEATTLE — Right after high school, Jonathan Pablik enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corps. The 17 year-old from Gardena, Calif., shipped out to Iraq and two years later, he deployed to Afghanistan.

JONATHANPABLIK1It was during that tour when Pablik received a medal of valor after a Humvee carrying his squad members was hit by an IED.

“It had three or four men inside, two passed away.  He was able to save two and did that all right in the middle of cross fire through all that,” said Sandy Pablik, Jonathan’s mother.

Pablik says when her son came home, he wasn’t the same and that he suffered from nightmares and paranoia. To cope, Jonathan enrolled in film school and was working on a movie about PTSD.

Sandy says her son was doing well for a while, but started using drugs and last month and came to Seattle to stay with friends.

“When you have substance abuse as an additional feature then that’s like gasoline to the fire. There are further inhibitions and it’s really a dangerous and potent mixture,” said Dr. Richard Adler, an expert in PTSD and traumatic brain injury.

This week, a new paper in the journal JAMA Psychiatry shows soldiers who suffer concussions in combat are more prone to suicidal thoughts than others. Sandy Pablik says her son suffered three of them, and thinks he could be going down that path.

Jonathan abandoned his dog at a Safeway in Duvall, took down his Facebook page, and turned off his cell phone. She worries what could happen next.

“I don’t know what could trigger him and if those triggers come on the wrong way how he can snap. If he snaps I don’t know what the outcome will be if he’ll hurt himself or if he’ll hurt others. That’s my biggest concern,” said Pablik.

Jonathan is 23 and was last seen wearing a black hooded leather jacket. He has two visible tattoos on his right arm. One that says “Lcpl Eric Ward,” which he got in memory of his friend killed in combat. Pablik was actually staying in Redmond with his family. The other tattoo is the number “310” on his chest.

Sandy says two marine friends of Jonathan’s tried to take him to the VA last Wednesday for help and was told her son actually jumped out of their moving car to get away. Her son is an avid hiker so he may be camping somewhere locally as well.

If you have seen Jonathan or have any information on his whereabouts, contact the Seattle Police Department’s Missing Person’s Unit at 206-684-5582.

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