Bassett, NE Kyle Jackson went missing somewhere on a boat in the pacific. Months later, a community continues to rally around that Nebraska man's family, refusing to give up hope for the 27-year-old.
His loved ones are raising money to ensure the search for Kyle doesn't end.
When Jackson's family talked to him last back in May, they didn't think it would be the last time they heard his voice. And, they don't think so now.
"There's been nothing to say that they're gone and that's the biggest part. If we had something to say that they were gone, we would move on from that, but there's nothing and so until we have something saying they're gone, we say they're there," said Kyle's father's fiance, Sally Davis.
They say Kyle is a fighter, and that someday he will come home.
Kyle's father, Duane Jackson, said, "Kyle's an adventure, he loves to travel. Kyle's a survivor, he backpacks, he bicycles, he travels all over the world. We miss him terrible.
"He just really takes things as they come and he's very patient about things and just really be at peace with however it is and I feel like, you know, he's out there, and he's holding it together, and he's strong and we just have to have patience," said Erin Frank, Kyle's best friend.
But after government crews called off the search back in July, it's now on family, friends, and the Bassett community to restart the effort.
In the small town, there's no shortage of help to make that happen.
A local bank will match up to $2,500 they raise.
"It's important, the funds will bring him home, but also through Modern Woodman, we're able to give these funds, that $2,500. Each chapter can give to do things like this," said Kim Koch, a Financial Representative at Modern Woodman Fraternal Financial, and a 2nd cousin to Kyle.
All that money, goes right back into the search. And once it's underway Kyle's family and friends have no doubt it will be successful.
"I'll be screaming at him, probably. But probably I'll say I'll burn his passport and welcome home, so, I'll be thrilled," said Frank.
An early addition to the auction to raise money was a necklace worn by Davis that read "All Who Wander Are Not Lost." The phrase was a common saying of Kyle's, and has become the motto for the movement to find him. The necklace was purchased in the auction by a family member for $500, but then turned around and donated back in order to raise more money.
The family said satellite images show a ship that seems to match the Nina's description.
As far as getting a crew to check that out, Saturday's fundraiser finished with $17,000 raised.
If you'd like to help, you can send donations to the Sandhills State Bank, the Tri-County Bank, or to Robert Stout. Checks should be made out to the Benefit for Kyle Jackson.
Sandhills State Bank - 202 Clark St. PO Box 548, Basset, NE 68714
Tri-County Bank - 103 U.S. 20, Basset, NE 68714
Roberta Stout - 321 Burwell, NE 68823.