Case Information

Missing
Jennifer
Lynn
Pentilla
Jen
October 17, 1991 00:00
12/12/2008
18 to 18 years old
Unknown DOB
White
Female
65.0
125.0

Circumstances

Deming
New Mexico
Luna
Jennifer is originally from Great Falls, Montana. She moved to Missoula, MT shortly before leaving for New Mexico in 1991. On 10/01/1991, Jennifer left her home in Missoula and flew to San Diego, bringing her bicycle, camping gear, and two bibles. She planned to bike from San Diego to Las Cruces, NM, where she was to meet a missionary group and assist the poor, then on to visit Mexico.

Jennifer left San Diego riding her white Fuji mountain bicycle and carrying her backpack. From 10/01/1991 to 10/13/1991 she called her mother eight times, reporting her progress and her ambition to make it into Mexico. The morning of 10/17/1991, Jennifer called her mother for the last time from a Shell service station (which is no longer in operation) on Pine Street in Deming, NM, just 30 miles north of the Mexican border, to say she'd changed her plans. She'd heard that a woman alone in Mexico might be in danger, so she'd decided to go to Minnesota to see a friend. Jennifer's mother offered to pay for her transport there after she made more concrete plans, and Jennifer agreed to call her mother that evening. She never called back, never arrived at the friend's home, and has not been heard from again.

About a year later, on 09/04/1992, two dove hunters found Jennifer's camping gear, bicycle helmet, and journals under a tarp in a remote area between Hatch and Deming off of State Road 26, about 46 miles northeast of Deming.

Physical

Blond/Strawberry
Blue
Blue


Mole on left forearm; Diagonal scars on tips of index and middle fingers
Previously dislocated left arm

Medical

Previously dislocated left arm

Clothing and Accessories


Blue "Bum" sweatshirt; Tank top; Denim shorts; Socks
Brown hiking boots
Silver ring with the words "Loves Jesus"; Dog tags; "Rice Crispy" watch; Friendship bracelet
Brown-frame, name-brand "Lazza Fortell" glasses

Transportation Methods

Fuji brand mountain bike, white with green lettering, ser/F9101771 - bike was not recovered with Jennifer's other items.

Dental

Dental information / charting is available and entered

DNA

Guidelines for Collection of DNA
Sample submitted - Tests complete

Fingerprint Information

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Investigating Agency

Captain
David
Romero
575-546-6631
050404
State
New Mexico State Police
3000 E. Pine Street
Deming
New Mexico
88030
Investigating agencies:
Deming Police Department 505-546-3481 505-524-6111
New Mexico State Police Criminal Investigations
Agent Norman L. Rhoades 505-524-6111 505-524-6159

Lt.
Scott
Brodie
406 552-6290
C91110010
Local
Missoula Police Department
435 Ryman St
Missoula
Montana
59802-4297

Reports

Contacts

Case Manager

Jessica
Hager
817-374-2765

Regional Administrator

Melissa
Gregory
Melissa.Gregory@unthsc.edu
1-817-304-0893