Details of Disappearance Jennifer was last seen in the Kingsmill area of Williamsburg, Virginia on February 10, 1987. She was reportedly distraught because she and her boyfriend were having problems. Her mother woke up sometime after 6:00 a.m. and discovered Jennifer's bedroom door was locked. It was uncharacteristic of Jennifer to leave the door locked.
Her parents forced their way in and noticed the window blinds in the bedroom were bent in such a way that suggested someone had been looking out through them. Jennifer was gone. She has never been heard from again. She took only her purse with her, leaving behind all her other personal belongings, including her coat. A note was left behind. It started out in the third person, stating:
Your daughter's with me. She's fine. She's having some problems and needs some time away.
The note then switched to the first person, though it was still in the same writing:
I'm fine, I just need time to think. Both of you please go to work tomorrow ‘cause I will try to call you. I won't call you at home, only at one of y'all's work. Do not call the police. I can easily find out if you do. I may never come back home. Don't tell my friends about this. Just tell them that I'm sick.
The note did not appear to be in Jennifer's handwriting, but her mother believes she did in fact write it. Some investigators theorize that Jennifer, who is left-handed, wrote the note with her right hand to change the writing.
Jennifer's boyfriend was interviewed by police and said they'd been having relationship problems, but he was not involved in her disappearance and was as shocked by it as anyone else. He isn't considered a suspect in her case. Investigators stated there was no evidence of a crime in her case and they think she left of her own accord.
She was a sophomore at Lafayette High School in 1987, didn't use drugs or alcohol, and wasn't having any apparent problems with her parents, her friends or at school.
Her parents, who moved away 1990, hope she is still alive and will return home. Her father now resides in Texas and her mother in Charlotte, North Carolina.
- James City County Police Department
Updated 13 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated September 19, 2021; two pictures added.