Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Donna Jou had recently finished her freshman year at San Diego State University and was spending the summer at her parent's house in Rancho Santa Margarita, an Orange County, California suburb.
The straight-A student loved physics but was taking additional classes at a nearby community college for the summer session. Since she didn't live in the area, she was trying to meet new friends on the internet.
On June 23, 2007 at around 5:30 pm, Donna Jou met a man she had previously corresponded with on Craigslist. Police have now named that man, John Steven Burgess, as a person of interest in Jou's missing person case.
Authorities searched Donna's computer and cell phone records and were able to pinpoint that Jou had indeed corresponded with Burgess and talked to him on the phone.
Police know the pair were headed to a party at a house that Burgess rents in Los Angeles. It was at this residence that Donna Jou was last seen.
The only form of communication from Donna came in the form of a text message the day after her disappearance. The text message said something to the effect of 'I love you mommy, I'll be home later', which family members thought was not typical of Donna.
John Steven Burgess was sentenced in a Los Angeles courtroom to three years in prison. Burgess was sentenced on October 10, 2007, after he pleaded no contest to failing to register as a sex offender in another case. He has not been charged in Jou's disappearance.
Above Images: John S. Burgess, aka Sinjun Stevens, has been named by police as a person-of-interest.
Above Images: John Steven Burgess with his Ford Ranger pickup truck.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Orange Co Sheriff