Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
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.
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New Mexico State Police