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Jennifer Lynn Pentilla
Jennifer Lynn Pentilla
Jennifer Lynn Pentilla
Jennifer Pentilla, age-progressed to 27 years
- Circa 1991 -
Age-progressed to 27 years

MISSING since October 17, 1991 from Deming, New Mexico

Police Case #050404 
NCIC Case #M-527106230 

Classification:
Endangered Missing
Hair Color:
Blonde
Age Missing:
18
Eye Color:
Blue
Gender:
Female
Height:
5'6"
Race:
Caucasian
Weight:
120 lbs.
Date of Birth:
April 4, 1973
Alias/Nickname:
Jen

Identifying Characteristics:
Mole on left forearm, diagonal scars on tips of first and second fingers.
Clothing/Jewelry:
Blue "Bum" sweatshirt, tank top, denim shorts, socks and brown hiking boots. A silver ring with the words "Loves Jesus", dog tags, a "Rice Crispy" watch and a friendship bracelet. She was carrying two bibles and a return airplane ticket. She wears Lazza Fortell eyeglasses with brown frames.
Medical:
She has an unspecified medical condition.
Circumstances of Disappearance:
Unknown. Her photo is shown age-progressed to 27 years. Pentilla is originally from Great Falls, Montana. She moved to Missoula, Montana shortly before leaving for New Mexico in 1991. She left Missoula in late September 1991 and flew to San Diego, California, bringing her bicycle, camping gear, and two Bibles. She planned to bike from San Diego to Las Cruces, New Mexico, where she was to meet a missionary group and assist the poor, then move on to visit Mexico. Pentilla left San Diego, riding her white Fuji mountain bicycle and carrying a backpack and camping gear. From October 1, 1991, to October 17, Pentilla called her mother eight times, reporting her progress and her ambition to make it into Mexico. She was last seen at a Shell service station on Pine Street in Deming, New Mexico, just 30 miles north of the Mexican border. From there she called her mother on October 17 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 Pentilla’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. Pentilla's whereabouts remain unknown and her case remains unsolved.
Investigating Agency/Contact:

New Mexico State Police: 1-505-524-6159

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