Janie June Coe

Above: Coe, circa 1997


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 29, 1997 from Petaluma, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: December 16, 1958
  • Age: 38 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'4, 115 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Coe wears eyeglasses or contact lenses, but left both behind.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Coe was last seen by friends at her home on Penrod Drive in east Petaluma, California on April 29, 1997. She has never been heard from again. Her three children were visiting their father at the time of Coe's disappearance; she was reported missing when they returned home and realized she was gone.

    Coe left behind all her belongings, including her eyeglasses and one of her contact lenses; she would have needed them to see well enough to drive. Her two-tone blue 1989 Aerostar van was subsequently found in Napa, California. Coe has friends in Napa, but they denied having heard from her since her disappearance. The vehicle was not located near any public transportation and Coe's husband stated it is uncharacteristic of her to go so far from home.

    Coe's debit card was used by someone other than herself at 6:00 p.m. on the day of her disappearance to withdraw $20 from her bank account. Coe had been known to lend her debit card to friends, but authorities have been unable to identify the person who used it on the day of her disappearance. The individual is described as a heavyset woman. She is wanted for questioning.

    Coe lost her job as the administrator of a retirement home prior to her disappearance and had taken another job at a cosmetics company. Her friends stated she was in a good mood and was looking forward to starting training for her new job. Her case remains unsolved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Petaluma Police Department


    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    The Missing Persons CyberCenter
    North American Missing Persons Network
    The Doe Network


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 22, 2006; details of disappearance updated.

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