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
Pentilla is originally from Great Falls, Montana. She moved to Missoula, Montana shortly before leaving for New Mexico in 1991.

On October 1, 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 backback. From October 1, 1991, to October 13, she called her mother eight times, reporting her progress and her ambition to make it into Mexico. The morning of October 17, 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. Pentilla's mother offered to pay for her transport there after she made more concrete plans, and Pentilla 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 September 4, 1992, two dove hunters found Jennifer's camping equipment and journal under a tarp in a remote area between Hatch and Deming off of State Road 26, about 46 miles northeast of Deming. MP's camping gear, bicycle helmet and journals were found by hunters under a tree, off State Road 26, 7 miles from Hatch, NM in 1992.
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

Physical

Blond/Strawberry
Blonde
Blue
Blue
Blue


Mole on her left forearm. Diagonal scars on the tips of her index and middle fingers.
previously dislocated L arm

Medical

Clothing and Accessories


Blue "Bum" sweatshirt and tank top and denim shorts and socks
Brown hiking boots
Silver ring with the words "Loves Jesus". Dog tags. A "Rice Crispy" watch. Friendship bracelet
Wears brown frame name brand "Lazza Fortell" glasses
MP had camping gear, which was found by hunters

Transportation Methods

Fuji brand mountain bike, white with green lettering, ser/F9101771 - bike was NOT recovered with MP's other items

Dental

Dental information / charting is available and entered

DNA

Guidelines for Collection of DNA
Initial inquiry underway

Fingerprint Information

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Investigating Agency

505-524-6111
050404
State
New Mexico State Police
New Mexico
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 PD
435 Ryman St
MISSOULA
Montana
59802-4297

Reports

Contacts

Case Manager

Janet
Franson
406-323-2273

Regional Administrator

Jerry
Brown
jerry.brown@unthsc.edu
817-240-9365