Search continues for missing Valley marine; reward boosted to $30k

Jesse Conger has been missing for nearly two weeks, but the search for the Valley marine continues.

"Honestly, it's been a week like no other I've had," said Jessie's father, Don Conger. "Frustrating, sad, angry. Everything."

It’s been 13 days since Don Conger last heard from his son. Conger, 37, was last seen in the early morning hours of August 14. A former marine, Conger's dad is concerned about what happened to his son.

"My son's a good boy. A father's gonna say that," said Don. "He's not a violent person. He's not a danger to anybody. I believe he's just depressed. He's very despondent, and we're worried that he's gone off to try and do something foolish."

"This young man is outstanding," said Victoria Woo. "He did search and rescue for the Marine Corps. He's really a hero."

Woo was so inspired by the online push to find Conger that she stepped in to try and help.

"I just basically met the sister online, and we just started collaborating, and we're just here passing out fliers, see if we can raise some awareness," said Woo. "Someone has to have seen him."

On Tuesday,  a handful of volunteers took some fliers and hit the streets in the heat. For a father who feels powerless, it’s the least he could do.

"If I can get out and do something or be of use, I feel better," said Don. "When I talk to people about it, it's hard."

Courtesy: Scottsdale Police Department

Meanwhile, the reward from philanthropist Bill Pulte now boosted to $30,000, from $10,000. Pulte owns Pulte Capital and has millions of dollars. He also knows about the high number of suicides among veterans, as 22 of them kill themselves everyday. Pulte wanted to find Conger, and is willing to put a lot of resources into it.

"'Is there some way that I can use my platform?' Then I immediately thought, OK, let me give 10 grand and see if we can get something to happen here," said Pulte, in a phone interview. "It's about everybody feeling good about helping people. In today's day in age, we often forget that when we give we receive, and when we give, we take things out of our head and put them onto other people and think about other people."