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Family finds out woman who vanished from Druid Hills home is still missing

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Family finds out woman who vanished from Druid Hills home is still missing

Jenna Van Gelderen. Photo provided to Decaturish
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Jenna Van Gelderen. Photo provided to Decaturish

This story has been updated. 

Jenna Van Gelderen is still missing.

Yesterday, her family reported that she had been found and is safe. But the family received bad information from DeKalb County Police, according to her brother.

“It sounds like they thought they had her last night and this morning they told us they made a mistake,” her brother said. “So we’re meeting with the detectives right now to figure out what actually happened.”

A spokesperson for DeKalb Police said there was no miscommunication.

“We never said that we found her,” the spokesperson said. “We are actively investigating.”

Gelderen, 25, was last seen on Friday and her brother reported her missing on Aug. 20. She was house sitting for her parents who live near Emory University.

Her parents were in Canada at the time. Her brother told police that when he came to check on his sister on Saturday she wasn’t there but the TV and lights were on. A painting had been removed from a frame hanging on the living room wall, the police report says.

There was no sign of forced entry or a struggle. Her blue 2010 Mazda was also missing.

Van Gelderen’s friend said he saw her on Friday and they had a brief conversation before she left, the friend told police. Her friend had not heard from her since. Another friend said she had a conversation with Van Gelderen on Saturday and later received a text from her saying she was lying down. Her friend said she hadn’t heard from Van Gelderen since and was trying to call her, but her phone kept going straight to voicemail.

Here is a photo of Van Gelderen that was being distributed on the Nextdoor website. People with information about her whereabouts are urged to contact police.

Photo obtained via Nextdoor

This is what her car looks like …

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact DeKalb County Police.

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