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GA JENNA VAN GELDEREN: Missing from Atlanta, GA - 19 August 2017 - Age 25

Discussion in 'Missing 2015 to Present' started by believe09, Oct 13, 2017.

  1. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Jenna Van Gelderen was last heard from while pet sitting her parents’ cat, in the Druid Hills neighborhood of Atlanta, on the night of August 18, 2017. The 25-year-old had plans to meet a friend at the home the next day, but when the friend arrived, neither Jenna nor her vehicle was there. Jenna’s brother Will was contacted, and he found their parents’ home in disarray. Many of Jenna’s belongings were left behind, and all that was missing was a WWII tapestry. After Jenna failed to make contact with her family on that Sunday, she was reported missing. Jenna’s dark blue Mazda 6 was found on September 5, parked along a road in northwest Atlanta. According to Detective Shiera Campbell of the DeKalb Police Department, there was nothing left in the car, and the gas tank was empty. Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is urged to call the DeKalb Police Department at (770) 724-7600.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/mis...bez-spann-may-have-witnessed-homicide-n826396
     
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  2. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    From the FB page dedicated to finding Jenna:

    Help Find Jenna Van Gelderen
    February 19 at 6:29pm · North Atlanta, GA ·
    Today marks 6 months since Jenna Van Gelderen went missing. We are slowly getting new useful information from Jenna's friends and are still praying more come forward. For any of Jenna's friends that see this, if you are truly a friend, please come forward and help.
     
  3. Coldjustice

    Coldjustice Founder of Bring our Missing Home, Inc.

    Will let everyone know when a new search is scheduled working on recon now
     
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  4. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    This Life with Gracie: Where is Jenna Van Gelderen?

    It has been seven months since Roseanne and Leon Van Gelderen learned their daughter, Jenna, was missing. Seven months.

    Seven months of being stuck in the gray area. Seven months of not knowing. Seven months of feeling helpless.

    It’s a horrible place to be, but every year, according to DeKalb County police, somewhere around 500 people go missing.

    “I’ve been advocating for Jenna my entire life, through the school system, social situations, through college and beyond, that’s what I did,” Roseanne said. “Now I feel like like I’ve hit a brick wall.”

    And yet, both she and Jenna’s father are hoping against hope authorities will soon find Jenna alive.


    Police are still investigating her disappearance, but as of last week, they had no reported sightings, no phone activity, no bank account activity, and no social media activity.

    So far, Capt. Ford said, police have served over a dozen Superior Court search warrants for phone records, conducted several ground-search activities with K-9 groups, interviewed dozens of people and, for several months, had a detective assigned exclusively to this case.

    “We can’t stress how important it is that anyone with information about Jenna, no matter how trivial it may seem to them, contact us,” he said. “They can also contact Crimestoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) if they wish to remain anonymous. There’s a $25,000 reward being offered in this case.”

    Ford said there are a couple of people of interest, but no one he would classify as a suspect and no active leads.

    “All of us here can imagine how distraught we’d be if it was our loved one, and we’ll continue to follow any investigative avenue we feel might be productive,” he said.

    Meanwhile, the Van Gelderens, Roseanne, Leon and their son, Will, wait, hoping Jenna is alive. Somewhere.

    “To not know is the worst thing in the world,” Roseanne said. “I don’t want to think the worst. I think maybe.”

    https://www.myajc.com/lifestyles/where-jenna-van-gelderen/itZ1srCCcyJksDZ1ffSG7O/
     
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  5. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    The Disappearance of Jenna Van Gelderen

    Published by Christine on February 3, 2018

    Was Jenna abducted and/or killed by someone that she knew?

    Roommate-When Jenna moved out of the family home, she rented a room from a friend. This roommate apparently told both Jenna’s father and the police that Jenna was behind on her rent and that he was going to throw her stuff outside.

    Criminal friend(s)-Another possible suspect could be the “friend” who apparently extorted Jenna into stealing money from a pet store that she had worked at for years.

    Ex-boyfriend-He told the police that Jenna stopped by his house on the evening of the 18th.

    https://thetruecrimefiles.com/jenna-van-gelderen-disappearance/

    Twitter page
    Jenna Van Gelderen
    @helpfindjennavg


    Still Missing. On Aug 19, 2017, Jenna's phone last pinged near the city of FAIRBURN, GA around 7-8 am. At the same, her car was spotted in NW Atlanta / West midtown area. @wsbtv @FOX5Atlanta @GBI_GA @PollyDad @LivePDNation


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  6. Summer_breeze

    Summer_breeze Blowing through the Jasmine in my mind

  7. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Vigil For Jenna Marks One Year Since Disappearance

    It’s been one year since the disappearance of now 26-year-old Jenna Van Gelderen. To mark the occasion, her parents, Roseanne and Leon, along with their son, Will, held a prayer vigil Aug. 19 at Congregation Shearith Israel. About 100 people from the community attended, including close friends of the family.

    Both Roseanne and Leon made speeches to the community at the bima. “Life has moved forward, but I am in a time warp regarding Jenna,” Roseanne said.

    She expressed gratitude to the community for its support, from forming search parties to handing out missing person flyers.

    “Every day I feel sad. Every day I feel anxious not knowing where Jenna is and wondering what else I can do to find her,” she said.

    “Do I talk about Jenna in the present or do I speak of her in the past? This is the awful ambivalence we live. I choose today to speak of her in the present.”



    Conroy addressed the community and Jenna’s family. “DeKalb county police department stays committed to finding Jenna and we will exhaust every lead until she is found and until we find and determine the circumstances surrounding her disappearance.”

    The one-year anniversary “brings a renewed focus and renewed attention and renewed hope in finding Jenna,” he said.

    Conroy called for continual community involvement, which includes posting flyers online and around Atlanta and reporting any tips or information to DeKalb county police. “Encourage everyone you speak to to come forward,” he said. The reward is set at $25,000.

    Kaiman announced his pledge of $1,000 to Jenna’s reward fund and asked for the community to contribute money, for furthering search efforts, to a desired amount of $36,000. This amount is significant because, in Judaism, “36 is double chai. Double life.” He welcomed donors to come to the synagogue and talk to him directly about monetary contribution, which he considers a “community obligation.”

    https://atlantajewishtimes.timesofisrael.com/vigil-for-jenna-marks-one-year-since-disappearance/
     
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  8. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    This Life: Could DeKalb police do more to find Jenna Van Gelderen?

    I don’t know how they do it. How they get through the day. How they sleep at night.

    Roseanne Glick and Leon Van Gelderen don’t really know either. What they know for sure is their daughter, Jenna, has been missing for more than a year, and they still don’t know why she disappeared—or if she’s dead or alive.

    “The worst part is not knowing,”Glick said. “We’re in a constant battle with our emotions, whether to hope or give up. We can’t rest.”


    Last week, they told me this case has been a priority for more than a year, but the department doesn’t comment publicly on active investigations.

    “We understand how difficult this has been for family and friends,” DeKalb Police Chief James W. Conroy said in response to email questions. “Public safety staff continue to talk with family members on a regular basis.”

    But the Van Gelderens say police haven’t done enough to find their daughter, not even the things they said they would do.

    “They tell us that they have consulted with the GBI, but no one from the GBI has contacted us,” Leon Van Gelderen said. “The detective said he got her belongings from her apartment, but there was no mattress, no sheets, no pillows, no bedding. The roommate claimed she was sleeping on the floor, which we know is not Jenna, but they didn’t think that was sufficient to get a search warrant. Now after a whole year, we’re no further along. The police have bungled things tremendously.”


    Someone knows exactly where Jenna Van Gelderen is. Dead or alive, knowing would put an end to her parents’ wondering and give them peace.

    You have to wonder how anyone could not at least give them that?

    https://www.ajc.com/lifestyles/coul...nd-jenna-van-gelderen/pqTt1hVq06PNhpzKVugZkL/
     
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  9. MrsS

    MrsS Active Member

    I’d be very interested to learn whether there was anything on the wall behind the tapestry, such as a hidden safe? I think it’s really strange that the tapestry was taken, perhaps the person taking it believed it to be valuable.
    I’m frustrated for Jenna’s family that a year down the line we don’t appear any closer.
     
  10. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I'm afraid it was taken to wrap something up in....just don't know what?
     
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  11. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Vigil for Jenna Marks One Year Since Disappearance

    It’s been 16 months since the disappearance of Jenna Van Gelderen, who would be 26 years old now. Her parents, Roseanne and Leon, and their adult son, Will, live each day without answers. They have not been informed of any new leads in the case.


    DeKalb County Police Chief James W. Conroy addressed the community too. “DeKalb county police department stays committed to finding Jenna and we will exhaust every lead until she is found and until we find and determine the circumstances surrounding her disappearance.”

    So far, the Van Gelderens have not been confident in that search, they said.

    They think about Jenna every day, Glick said. “Jenna is an active part of our daily life — we just don’t have her.”

    The Van Gelderens are offering a $25,000 reward for Jenna’s safe return and Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta has a reward for information set at the same amount.

    https://atlantajewishtimes.timesofisrael.com/vigil-for-jenna-marks-one-year-since-disappearance-2/
     
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  12. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Almost two years later, Jenna Van Gelderen still missing

    Jenna van Gelderen was reported missing on August 20, 2017 while house sitting for her parents. Her brother came to the house expecting to find Jenna, 25 at the time, but was met instead by a locked door and no leads to the whereabouts of Jenna or her car.

    The DeKalb County Police Department took the case because the Druid Hills home is in DeKalb County. The Van Gelderens, however, wanted cross-county collaboration because Jenna’s car was later found in Fulton County, as were signals from her phone. They wanted the GBI contacted immediately, which Jenna’s father, Leon van Gelderen, points out was done following the disappearance of Tara Grinstead.

    While on vacation in Tennessee in mid-July 2019, the Van Gelderens received a phone call from a GBI agent telling them he was assigned to their case and wanted to meet with them in three-to-four days. The Van Gelderens were relieved that, almost two years later, and with the lobbying of State Senator Elena Parent, the GBI had taken the case. Nelly Miles, Director of the GBI Office of Public Affairs, confirmed to Decaturish that, “The GBI will work jointly with Dekalb County PD and the FBI on the case.”

    However, according to Leon, the agent never followed up, and when Leon called to check back in on July 31, they were told that it might be months before the GBI could talk with them about Jenna’s case.

    “What are we supposed to do now?” Leon asks. “Why did he say he would get with us in a couple of days? What happened?”

    In the interim, Jenna’s family has been busy trying to track her down. In addition to employing a private investigator, they have also continued to run “Help Find Jenna Van Gelderen” Facebook and Twitter pages, and continually increase the reward for information, which is currently at $50,000 (split between the family and Crime Stoppers)..



    Jenna’s disappearance haunts Leon.

    “It’s a nightmare,” he said, “a daily nightmare.”

    Still, Leon keeps hope that his daughter’s disappearance will eventually be solved.

    According to Leon, two witnesses (both acquaintances of Jenna), have come forward in the last month to talk to him.

    In addition, Leon was contacted in April by a TV producer from Oxygen who wanted to produce a feature on Jenna’s case. Leon recently spent a week filming with the Oxygen crew, and the special is set to air in October.

    https://decaturish.com/2019/08/almost-two-years-later-jenna-van-gelderen-still-missing/


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  13. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Oxygen documentary, GBI look into Jenna Van Gelderen’s disappearance

    By now, everyone knows Jenna Van Gelderen is missing.

    Her name first appeared in this newspaper’s pages in late August 2017 when the 25-year-old mysteriously disappeared from her parents’ Druid Hills home. It is as if she vanished into thin air. No one saw anything. No one knows anything, but we know that can’t be true.

    They say money talks, but not even a $50,000 reward has led to her whereabouts.

    Let’s hope a soon-to-be-released documentary film about Jenna’s disappearance will help draw new attention to the case and generate some definitive clues.

    “Searching for Jenna Van Gelderen,” scheduled for an exclusive screening Oct. 22 at the Landmark Midtown Arts Cinema, is part of a new multiplatform series for Oxygen about women who have vanished. If you want to attend, you’ll have to RSVP at paperlesspost.com. If you miss it, all is not lost. The 20-minute documentary will air starting Oct. 23 on Oxygen.com.

    https://www.ajc.com/lifestyles/oxyg...elderen-disappearance/OIW7P0KV2nyr7JeUIWttjK/
     
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  14. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Six years of Dateline's Missing in America: 134 still missing

    Dateline NBC's social and digital series 'Missing in America' began on December 5, 2013, following a question the night before to our Facebook community, "Do you know anyone who has simply vanished?" The response was overwhelming. Since that first post, every week we have featured the story of a different missing person brought to our attention by a member of our social communities.

    On this sixth anniversary of the series, approximately 40% of those we have featured are still missing.

    Jenna Van Gelderen

    Jenna Van Gelderen was last heard from while pet sitting her parents’ cat in the Druid Hills neighborhood of Atlanta on the night of August 18, 2017. The 25-year-old had plans to meet a friend the next day. But when the friend arrived at Jenna’s house, neither Jenna nor her vehicle was there. Jenna’s brother Will was contacted and he found their parents’ home in disarray. Many of Jenna’s belongings were left behind and all that was missing was a WWII tapestry. After three days of not hearing from Jenna, family reported her missing. Jenna’s dark blue Mazda 6 was found a couple of weeks later parked along a road in northwest Atlanta. According to Detective Shiera Campbell of the DeKalb Police Department, there was nothing left in the car and the gas tank was empty. Anyone with information regarding Jenna’s whereabouts is urged to call the DeKalb Police Department at (770) 724-7600.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/dateline/six-years-dateline-s-missing-america-134-still-missing-n1096226

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