Jenna Van Gelderen, age 25, was last seen on August 19, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia. She vanished while caring for her parents’ residence as a house sitter.
Background of Jenna Van Gelderen
Roseanne Glick and Leon Van Gelderen became parents to a daughter, and they named her Jenna Van Gelderen. Will is her only sibling and the only brother she has.
After Jenna began having issues in her social interactions while she was still in elementary school, her teachers suspected that she may have a nonverbal learning disability.
In 2016, Jenna received a Certificate in Office Administration from Gwinnett Technical College, where she had previously studied. Previously, she was a student at Georgia Gwinnett College for a total of three years before withdrawing from the school.
Jenna was given a diagnosis of high-functioning autism in the same year, a condition that has an impact on her social interactions, communication, emotion recognition, and expression.
In March of 2017, Jenna was terminated from her position as a full-time employee at a neighborhood pet store. Because she stole approximately $3,000 from the store, she was charged with the less serious crime of misdemeanour theft.
According to reports, Jenna spent a lot of time at the time in the company of a group of individuals who “were not looking out for her best interests.” Her parents are under the impression that their daughter’s friends took advantage of her trusting nature and stole the money.
In April of 2017, Jenna relocated out of her childhood home and into a room that she rented in a friend’s apartment in Atlanta, Georgia. The apartment is located on Lenox Road.
Details of Disappearance
Jenna went to her parents’ house on Oakdale Road in the Druid Hills area of Atlanta on August 18, 2017. She was supposed to watch over the family’s house and old cat over the weekend while her parents were on vacation in Canada.
Phone records show that Jenna left her house around 10:30 pm to go meet a friend. Jenna got back to her parents’ house at 1:15 a.m. Her last known contact was a text message she sent to a friend around 2:00 am saying she was getting ready for bed.
On August 19, 2017, an injection was supposed to be given to the family’s old cat by a veterinary nurse. However, when he arrived for the appointment that morning, no one was home.
Jenna’s brother was called and went to the house, where he found the TV and lights still on and some things out of place. Jenna Van Gelderen couldn’t be found and hasn’t been heard from since.
The door to her parents’ house was locked, and their old cat was left alone and not fed. Jenna left with her suitcase, purse, cell phone, and car, but she left behind things like her phone charger, shoes, and make-up.
Jenna’s family filed a missing person report with the DeKalb Police Department on August 20, 2017, because they couldn’t find her.
Investigation of Case
Jenna’s second cell phone last connected to a tower near Fairburn, Georgia, at 7:45 am on August 19, 2017. But a license plate reader camera in Atlanta’s midtown area saw her car around the same time.
Since she went missing, there has been no activity on her phone, bank account, or social media.
The Vehicle of Jenna Found Abandoned in Northwest Atlanta
Jenna’s dark blue 2010 Mazda 6 Sedan with the Georgia license plate PWH5902 was found abandoned on Defoor Place North West road in Atlanta on September 5, 2017.
About seven miles from her parents’ house, the car was found unlocked and out of gas. The driver’s seat had been moved back, as if for a taller driver than Jenna.
Jenna’s missing suitcase, shoes, wallet, and glasses were found in the car, but neither of her phones were there. There was also a cell phone charger in the car, but neither of her phones matched it.
Family Heirloom Stolen on the Night of Jenna’s Disappearance
After Jenna went missing, a tapestry from World War II that had been in a frame on the wall in her parents’ living room was found to be missing.
The 5’0 by 2’0 piece of hand-stitched textile art from Egypt was part of a three-piece set. Before it was put back on the wall, the tapestry had to be taken out of its glass frame.
Jenna’s grandfather bought this item from Khayamiya tentmakers in Cairo, Egypt, when World War II was going on. The tapestry was important to the owner, but it wasn’t worth much money.
Jenna Van Gelderen hasn’t been seen for a while, and people think she was hurt. There are no good leads in her case right now.
The Van Gelderen family and Crime Stoppers are each offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information about Jenna Van Gelderen’s case.
Jenna Van Gelderen hasn’t been seen or heard from since she went missing, and it’s still not clear why. Her case hasn’t been solved yet.
Caucasian female brown eyes and brown hair. Jenna is 4 feet 11 inches tall and 140 pounds weigh.
Physical Distinctive Features:
Jenna has a tattoo of a star of David on the top of her thigh.
Clothing and accessories:
Jenna was possibly last seen wearing a green t-shirt with the words “San Antonio” on the front, a black spaghetti-strap top, and black yoga pants.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Jenna Van Gelderen please contact the DeKalb County Police Department at (770) 724-7715.
Resources & Further Information
Jenna Van Gelderen #MP39943 – National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)
Help Find Jenna Van Gelderen – Facebook
Missing Persons: Jenna Van Gelderen – Georgia Bureau of Investigation