Author to Recount Search for Missing Son

David Francis, author of Bringing Jon Home, the Wilderness Search for Jon Francis, will visit campus Oct. 7-9. Francis is the father of Jon Francis, an Augustana graduate who disappeared during a climb to the summit of the Grand Mogul, in the Sawtooth Mountain Range of Central Idaho, in 2006.

Bringing Jon Home, the Wilderness Search for Jon Francis, is Francis’ first-hand account of the long and complex wilderness search for his son. The book also recounts Jon’s life, disappearance, and inspiring legacy. Francis' visit to campus includes:

  • Thursday, Oct. 7, at 10 a.m.: Francis will deliver the sermon at the Augustana Chapel.
  • Friday, Oct. 8, at 4 p.m.: Francis will be available to dedicate books and answer questions in the Augustana Bookstore.
  • Saturday, Oct. 9, at 11 a.m.: Book dedication and Q&A in the Augustana Bookstore.

"While I relentlessly pursued the search for my son, I also made wonderful discoveries about him. Jon Francis was a remarkable young man. He touched and inspired others. He loved deeply and was deeply loved,” Francis has said. “I wrote Bringing Jon Home to help others, to expose the gap in public sector resources dedicated to finding missing adults, and finally to let people know that an uncommon young man named Jon Francis once lived and loved among us.”

Kelly Sprecher
Director of Communications & Media Relations