Family offers $10K for safe return of Georgia woman who vanished while housesitting for parents [UPDATE]

The family of a Georgia woman who disappeared from her parents’ Druid Hills home two weeks ago has offered $10,000 for her “safe return.”

The Dekalb Neighbor reports that Jenna Van Gelderen, 25, texted a friend that she was going to lay down on August 19 at 2 a.m. Jenna has not been seen or used social media, phones, or credit cards since then.

“I spoke to Jenna once or twice a day, every single day,” her mother, Roseanne Van Gelderen, told the local paper. “She would have never left without telling us where she was going. She was also very attached to the cat, and would never leave it unattended.”

Monday’s flier indicated that Jenna was seen driving in her mother’s dark red 2010 Mazda 3 sedan with an unidentified man one night before she went missing.

“Someone was in that car with her and came back to her parents home,” her parents said on the Help Find Jenna Van Gelderen Facebook page.


Posted by Help Find Jenna Van Gelderen on Monday, September 4, 2017

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Jenna was housesitting for her parents at their Druid Hills home when she vanished. The woman’s brother, William Van Gelderen, reported her missing after visiting the home to give the cat medication and finding no trace of Jenna. A police report noted that a living room painting was removed from its frame.

“I went by Saturday morning to the house in disarray, but doors locked. Her car, purse, and phone are also gone,” William wrote in a Facebook post.

ORIGINAL story: MISSING! Georgia woman vanishes while housesitting for parents; car is gone and house left in disarray

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC), William told police that Jenna had been working as a prostitute but had begun taking career counseling classes. A police report also claimed that Jenna’s family didn’t know her friends or where she lived.

The missing woman’s father, Leon Van Gelderen, told AJC that Jenna had developmental disabilities as a child that affected her social interactions during adulthood.

“Because she’s very impressionable, she has been taken advantage of by a lot of people,” Leon said.

Jenna is described as 4 foot 11 inches tall and 140 pounds, with long brown hair. Her car, which is also unaccounted for, is a blue 2010 Mazda 6 sedan with Georgia tag PWH5902.

Jenna still missing , still no sign of her car. Police and FBI are actively helping now. If anyone knows anymore or…

Posted by Help Find Jenna Van Gelderen on Thursday, August 31, 2017

Anyone with information about Jenna Van Gelderen’s whereabouts is urged to call the DeKalb County police at 770-724-7475 or email

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