The search for 20-year-old Jenni-Lyn Watson continued Wednesday as the investigation into her disappearance approached its sixth day. She had been away in Erie, Pennsylvania, attending Mercyhurst College and had come home to spend Thanksgiving with her family last Thursday. Jenni-Lyn Watson was last seen by family members on Friday morning, according to the Syracuse Post-Standard.
Authorities searched a wooded area of Clay, N. Y., north of Syracuse Wednesday, hoping to at least find Jenni-Lyn Watson’s cell phone, which was also missing when her parents and 17-year-old sister returned home on November 18 and found her gone. Her purse and wallet were still at the house. Her absence was described as “uncharacteristic,” as she was wont to inform her relatives whenever she left the house.
Police have been using cell phone records to help direct their searches, but as of Wednesday evening, the search teams were called in. Onondaga County Undersheriff Warren Darby told CNYcentral that the search had been suspended for the day but that a small team would continue searching the area on Thanksgiving Day.
Family and friends have passed out at least a thousand fliers a day in their efforts to find the missing college student. A Facebook page, “MISSING: Jenni-Lyn Watson,” was launched and had amassed nearly 21,000 members by Wednesday evening. A website, findjennilynwatson.com, was created to facilitate the search as well.
Police said Wednesday that they were on the lookout for a dark-colored pickup truck that was seen near the Watson home the day she went missing. They are asking that anyone with information regarding the “vehicle of interest” to contact them.
Police have also been asking that anyone finding a cell phone with a blue cover to contact police immediately. Authorities hope to retrieve information from the phone that might help find the missing Mercyhurst student.
There have been no arrests, nor have police announced any persons of interest in the missing person case. Authorities maintain that they are following several leads and are interviewing family and friends, including former boyfriends.
Jenni-Lyn Watson is described as 5′ 4″, weighing about 100 pounds. She has dirty blonde hair and brown eyes. She is known to carry a Verizon LG enV3 cell phone with a blue cover.
Anyone with information about Jenni-Lyn Watson’s disappearance or her whereabouts are urged to call Onondaga County Sheriff’s Detectives at (315) 435-3081.
For further information, go to:
Facebook: MISSING: Jenni-Lyn Watson
“Search for Jenni-Lyn Watson continues,” CNYcentral.com
Sarah Moses, “Search to continue for missing college student Jenni-Lyn Watson,” Syracuse.com