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Druid Hills family finds car, but no answers, in case of woman who went missing

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Druid Hills family finds car, but no answers, in case of woman who went missing

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

It’s been a full month since the disappearance of Jenna Van Gelderen.

Gelderen, 25, was reported missing on Aug. 20. At the time of her disappearance she was house sitting for her parents who live near Emory University.

On Sept. 19, her brother Will Van Gelderen and DeKalb County Police confirmed that officers found her 2010 Mazda on Defoor Place in Atlanta’s West Midtown neighborhood.

Her brother said the Police Department only recently cleared the family to release this information. A spokesperson for the DeKalb County Police Department said there were no signs of foul play in the vehicle.

Will Van Gelderen said the family would like to look at the vehicle once police have finished processing it. He said the family first received the tip about the vehicle via an email account the family set up, findjennanow@gmail.com.

There’s a $10,000 reward for his sister’s safe return.

Her brother told police that when he first noticed his sister was missing, he’d gone to check on her at her parents home. The TV and lights were on. A tapestry had been removed from a frame hanging on the living room wall, the police report says. Will Van Gelderen said it was an Egyptian buffet cover from World War II. He said it had not been appraised and doesn’t think it was valuable.

He also said his sister has a high-functioning form of autism.

“She’s very gullible, very naïve, doesn’t recognize danger when it’s in front of her, those kinds of things,” her brother said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police or email findjennanow@gmail.com.

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