Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
in hair. Double pierced ears, pierced navel with ring,
tattoo of the initials "J.G." on right foot, previously
fractured tail bone.
of alcohol and drug abuse. Suffers from bipolar disorder
and may be suicidal.
shoulder bag, no shoes.
Details of Disappearance
On May 5, 2005, Jennifer had a fight with her husband and in the wee hours of the morning took off on foot from her home on Oakhurst in Reno to the Peppermill Hotel and Casino in Reno, Nevada, where she had drinks with a friend. People said they saw slash marks on her wrist and arms.
At approximately 5 a.m., she used a cell phone to call her father, telling him she needed to see him in Las Vegas. She then took a cab to a Reno taxi business on Gentry, hoping to see her mother, who worked there. Jennifer left when she learned her mother was not there.
It has been reported that she was last seen in downtown Reno, fleeing barefoot from a taxi driver. She was reportedly intoxicated and couldn't pay her fare. Jennifer was reported missing the following day by her husband.Jennifer's husband found notes she left behind, one covered in blood, directing who could see her son if something happened to her and directing that her possessions go to her husband. Police have confirmed through DNA and handwriting analysis that she wrote the note and that it was covered in her own blood. Jennifer was taking several psychotropic medications, which, according to her family, she mixed with drugs and alcohol.
Jennifer had worked as a professional dancer in Las Vegas. Jennifer had appeared in many performances in Harrah's Reno, in the Sammie Showroom. One of the major productions was 'Lipstick.' Jennifer went from dancing on a Las Vegas stage as a showgirl to making money as an exotic dancer. She then left her job at Wild Orchid and one week later, she went missing.
At the time of her disappearance, Jennifer was a wife, a mom, and a student at the University of Nevada, Reno. She was a year away from graduating. She tutored physics and biochemistry.
At the time of Jennifer's disappearance she was recently diagnosed as bi-polar, stressed about finances and having marriage problems. Jennifer's husband was granted a divorce about 5 months after she went missing.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Reno Police Department
Detective Dave Fogarty
Reno Police Department
Reno Gazette Journal - May 11, 2006
Reno Gazette Journal - May 5, 2007