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Missing woman, 20, last seen at party; vehicle found wrecked
The family of a young woman is frantic after she went missing on the weekend.
Jessica Naomi Jones, 20, was reported missing Monday afternoon by Winnipeg police, who said she was last seen Saturday night.
Jennifer Jackson-Jones said her daughter suffers from depression and alcohol addiction and they are worried about her.
"She used to be a gymnast and a diver but now she needs help, she’s at risk," Jones said. "If someone finds her, please get the police involved."
Jones said the last time a family member had contact with her daughter was late Saturday night. Jones said Jessica had gone to her father’s home in Riverbend to check on a family pet and her father, who was working, spoke to her by phone.
Jones said Jessica’s trail is sketchy after that.
"What happened after that, we don’t know."
The RCMP found her wrecked car at about 5 a.m. on the median near the westbound ramp of the Perimeter Highway at McPhillips Street.
Late Monday afternoon – about two hours after Winnipeg Police issued its missing persons report on her – a young woman knocked on Jones’ door in River Heights. She had with her Jessica’s purse, containing her ID, car keys, credit cards and some cash.
The woman told Jones that one of her friends picked up Jessica early Sunday morning in St. James, near Cavalier Drive and Portage Avenue, and drove her to a party at a home in the 200 block of Furby Street. But the owners of the home – who didn’t know her, and no one else at the party knew her -- kicked her out because she was too drunk.
Jones said that was the last she knows that anyone has seen or heard of Jessica.
"Her vehicle is smashed up. She could have been killed. Now she’s missing, she has no money."
Jones said her daughter was often drunk and would go out, get picked up by police and spend the night at the Main Street Project. After the last episode, she took Jessica for assessment at the HSC. She was hoping Jessica would be admitted to the hospital’s psychiatric unit but after four days she was discharged without a plan.
For the past month, Jones said Jessica has been mostly house-bound, sober and severely depressed.
Jones said she’s grateful for the help from Winnipeg police, who have been in contact with area hospitals and the Main Street Project.
"She’s intoxicated… she’s vulnerable. I’m just beside myself."
Jones said her daughter needs to get into rehab but the waiting list for community facilities is too long and the family can’t afford a private facility.
"She’s not crazy. She’s just a girl who needs help."
Winnipeg Police described Jessica as aboriginal, about 5’-6" tall, 130 lbs, with medium length brown hair and green eyes. She was last seen wearing a short black leather jacket, blue jeans, and carrying a purple wallet.
Updated on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 4:59 PM CDT: Removes reference to North End.
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