Donna Haghighat Jou
North American Missing Persons Network
Donna Haghighat Jou

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Above Images: Jou, circa 2007

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 23, 2007 from Rancho Santa Margarita, Los Angeles County, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: October 14, 1987
  • Age: 19
  • Height: 5'3"
  • Weight: 110 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Brown, long
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: White (Iranian)
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: A scar on her left breast. Several ear piercings.
  • Clothing: Gray/white Tank Top, Black Jacket, Blue Jeans, Van Shoes
    (plaid canvas in multi colors).
  • Jewelry: Silver big hoop earrings; silver necklace with diamond in horse shoe
    shape On thumb, a White plastic ring with picture of Ozzy Osbourne. Also, a dark blue back pack.
  • AKA: Mamoosh
  • Case Number: 07-121542
  • NCMEC Case Number: 1074636
  • Dentals: Available

  • 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.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Orange Co Sheriff
    (714) 647-7049

    Source Information
    CA DOJ