Cindy Lange-Kubick: In search of the missing -- and a long-lost sister

Cindy Lange-Kubick: In search of the missing -- and a long-lost sister


Tips still trickle in about the missing Lincoln woman, all of them dead ends as far as her sister knows.

It's why Jannel Rap keeps coming back every autumn, just about this time. Just about the time her sister, Gina Bos -- a dark-haired, petite, guitar-slinging mom -- disappeared outside Duggan's Pub at closing time.

Jannel -- a blond-headed, petite, guitar-slinging mom -- spent those first few years numb and searching, using her music to shine a light on her musician sister who played and sang that Sunday night, Oct. 17, 2000, put her guitar in her trunk and, before she could latch it shut, vanished.

That first helpless year, Jannel started hosting something she called Gina Concerts. Five years later, she kicked off The Squeaky Wheel Tour, touring towns across the country with one goal: Find the missing.

"It's been 11 years for me," Jannel said Friday from her home in Southern California. "I know people who are new to this and people who have 30 years missing their loved ones."

She'll be in town Tuesday, playing with her youngest son at Dietze Music's downtown store. Local musicians are invited to join them.

Jannel and her son, Elijah, have performed at four of the multiple tour stops in California and will travel as far as New York before November is over.

The tour always starts in early October and ends Nov. 4 -- Gina's birthday. This year, they'll go through the end of the month in places like Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky.

In Lincoln, as they do wherever they land and set up to play, fliers will be offered to those who walk in the door. Each gig is personalized, bringing awareness to cases in each state, or those nearby.

At Dietze: Jason Jolkowski, Erin Pospisil, Jesse Ross, Gina Marie Bos.

Most of them cases gone dormant.

"That's the thing a lot of families deal with," Jannel says. "The publicity goes away, the public at large thinks that person must have been found and they forget about them."

A woman is coming from England to the tour's stop in Toronto. Her son disappeared while on vacation in Canada 15 years ago.

A young Fort Worth mom, missing for seven years, will have her face plastered on the side of Jannel's tour van.

"This woman's kids think no one cares about their mom and in turn they think: 'No one cares about me.'"

Jannel cares.

Year after year, she beats the bushes, getting sponsors, calling media, joining coalitions.

That's how she met Elizabeth Smart's father, Ed. Everyone remembers Elizabeth Smart -- abducted from her Utah home, the recipient of weeks of national attention and found nine months later, when a stranger recognized her face from all those CNN stories.

It was an amazing story.

Elizabeth Smart joined the tour in Utah this year and will be with it again, along with her dad, in Toronto.

The tour has been featured in People magazine and on "Inside Edition." In Canada, producers are talking about making the Squeaky Wheel part of a major music festival. Jannel and Elijah will play with Richie McDonald of Lonestar fame in Nashville on Thursday.

"I kind of feel like I was dragging the tour in the beginning," Jannel says. "Now I feel like I'm chasing it."

She's chasing it to Lincoln on Tuesday.

Coming back here where the big Rap family grew up -- singing and making music -- is a sweet and bittersweet stop on the Squeaky Wheel Tour.

She knows Gina is gone, Jannel says, but the miles between Los Angeles and Lincoln can buffer reality.

"Lincoln is more emotional for me. It's real. I can't pretend that my sister didn't disappear when I'm in Lincoln."

Reach Cindy Lange-Kubick at 402-473-7218 or


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