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Another missing woman/girl-Joanna Rogers, 16, of Lubbock, TX
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2004 4:28 pm    Post subject: Another missing woman/girl-Joanna Rogers, 16, of Lubbock, TX Reply with quote

A nationwide missing persons bulletin was issued by the Lubbock County, Texas, Sheriff's Department on the evening of May 6th, 2004, two days after Joanna Rogers went missing from her home just outside the Lubbock city limits. Joanna, a junior at Lubbock High School, came home from her job at a sandwich shop about 12:20 a.m. on May 4th, and had a short conversation with her mother before apparently going to bed. At 7 a.m., there was no trace of Joanna Rogers. The teenager's belongings -- debit card, car keys, shoes, clothes and cell phone -- were still in her room. Her parents reported her missing immediately. Her mother said Joanna was looking forward to participating in a dance recital that night. She has no history of running away from home.

There was no sign of forced entry and the family's two dogs did not alert the household to an intruder. County authorities have analyzed the youngster's computer hard drive as well her mother's. They've interviewed co-workers, a boyfriend and others who might have seen Joanna before she disappeared. The Sheriff's Department has no substantial leads at this time, but believes foul play is involved.

If you have information regarding the whereabouts of Joanna Rogers, please contact the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office at
1-806-775-1601 or
1-806-775-1604

also missing is 26-year old Jennifer Wilkerson

also, 51-year old Louetta Kay Harrelson and 61-year-old Peggy Merimon

also missing was 29-year old Summer Baldwin

also missing was 31-year old Sheryl Griffith

click to read the online true crime mystery novel Murder on a Horse Trail: The Disappearance of Chandra Levy

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2004 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Leigh. Sounds doubtful its an Elizabeth Smart situation, and always scary to think its a Polly Klaas situation. It's been a month too. No update on this? I'll do a search too.

An update from http://members.cox.net/bringjohome/May2324news.html

NEWS AND INFO

UPDATE May 28th (Friday) - The Sheriff's office had the cadaver dogs and several deputies out on Wednesday and Thursday, checking auto wrecking yards and other areas that were not searched over the weekend. The dogs found no trace of Joanna. It is said that rumors are running rampant across the city, and everyone has a hypothesis as to what's happened to Jo. Unfortunately, a representative from the Sheriff's office indicates that there are no substantial leads and that they have "1,000 square miles" to cover, and, with no leads, that's a difficult thing to do. They are continuing their investigation.

A printable flyer advertising a reward for information leading to Joanna has been uploaded to the website. The site has been translated into Spanish, accessable via a link at the bottom of the main page. All the pages (except the photo pages) should be printable on normal 8 1/2" by 11" paper. The flyer from the Center for Missing and Exploited Children is in "landscape" print mode, all the others are in "portrait" format. A reward poster in Spanish is being developed and will be online shortly. We encourage you to post any of this information in a public place where it is likely to be seen, and to send it to friends and family living out of the area who might be willing to post it.

Additional photos of Jo are also now online. Joanna has been missing for 24 days.

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Doesn't look good, Leigh.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2004 1:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greetings Leigh:

Happy posting. Things do not look good for this young woman. Posted below is a picture of her I found on line
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2004 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think things look good for her, either, RD & Peri. It just seems so odd. I don't think anyone came into her house to get her, I think she went outside for some reason and was taken.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2004 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Likely she did go outside to meet someone, it would be interesting to see what hound dogs would make of her trail. Did someone call her, or did she have a prior agreement to meet with someone, went home and changed and went back out. Someone could have entered her house, someone who knew of their habits, someone known to them, it is odd that she just vanished. Someone could have followed her home, or have driven her home and waited around the corner, there is just so much that could have happened. There must be a youth or young woman or even older women, that goes missing everyday under similar circumstances or so it seems!! Leigh as the more time passes the worse this looks. There are several young women who have gone missing that work at food take out places or were last seen near one, and of course the alarming number of women being found in the woods or on foot paths.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2004 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Peri, you are Kate, right?? My youngest is named Kate...I love that name!!
You are right that there are just too many explanations for what has happened and that the more time goes by,the worse it looks for Joanna. I pray for a break in this case soon. This one and Brooke Wilberger seem to be just almost hopeless unless a big break comes along.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 05, 2004 7:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your correct Leigh, it does not look good for either women, Brooke is expecially beautiful, and I'd suspect that more than likely the person who abducted Brooke was not known to her, one would suspect that perhaps they were known to her brother in law or that it was someone known to someone in the apartment building. It is possible that someone napped Brooke from the apartment building, or she helped someone to a car with something, or that she had to go to the apartment door for something?


In the case of Joanna the possiblities look more limited, she could have gone home to change to meet someone later who she met at work.
The possiblity that Joanna was abducted from her home seem remote, someone could have escorted her home,and then waited for her, or came by to pick her up a half hour after she got home something to this effect. There is of course always the possibility that her family were involved, I don't know anything about them, but it is possible. The other possibility is a neighbour who knocked on a window, or a person that she might have gotten a phone call from someone who needed her help, or someone she called or contacted by email. There are not so many possibilities that might have happened for Joanna, as being at home having just come from work, reduces significantly what might have happened to her.

Also in the case of Brook, it was broad day light, so somehow they had to get her in a car. Whether or not she did this willingly or in a conscious state might be something else. Will have to go and research if there is anymore in the news about these ladies.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2004 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi.

Nothing at all new on Jo Rogers. Visit BringJoHome.info for updates, flyers (not the best in the world, but we tried), several photos, and contact info.

We'd really appreciate people putting flyers up outside of the West Texas area. Jo could be anywhere by now, if someone has her. We're not having much luck getting national media attention, although the media in the Lubbock area has been extremely supportive and she's on a number of web boards now.

She's not the kind of kid who would run away, and had plans for the next evening to be in a dance recital. She is the kind of kid who would go out of her way to help anyone who needed help, and so an easy target.

Her bedroom window is right by the back gate, which is unlocked (the gate, not the window). The Rogers' home is on the outskirts of town, not an area where a lot of people would be passing through - you have to go down dirt roads to get there. Someone had to have followed her home from work and grabbed her when she went outside to get something from her car - perhaps a homework assignment she remembered at the last minute, or it had to be someone with whom she was familiar who tapped on her window, or ... we don't know. She's just plain gone without a trace and there are no leads whatsoever.

Your help in getting this family's plight publicized would be highly appreciated.

Nan
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2004 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the update, Nan. Welcome as our newest member also. Obviously there would seem to be a potential for an Elizabeth Smart situation. I hope so, and that Joanna is all right and will be able to get back home.

There is also Brooke Wilberger in Portland and Gina DeJesus in Cleveland missing as well as Joanna Rogers in Lubbock who have been missing for awhile now. I will say this. If any of them were to be seen in public, at least they are not in danger. It would be nice if seen somewhere, but Elizabeth Smarts who come back home are so rare, and predators running around unmonitored too common.

I got some info from your work to post here, Nan. Your best was good enough. Here's hoping the effort makes a difference.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 2004 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="rd"]Thanks for the update, Nan. Welcome as our newest member also. Obviously there would seem to be a potential for an Elizabeth Smart situation. I hope so, and that Joanna is all right and will be able to get back home.


I'm hoping for that. Elizebth was sighted near where I live in California at one point, and they actually arrested the guy for something (breaking into a church?), and they later found out she'd been all over the Southwest. With all the paranoia running rampant about spies and saboteurs, you'd think people would pay more attention to folks dressed up in middle-eastern dress these days, but I guess nobody thought it was too odd when Elizabeth, the woman accompanying her, and that guy wandered around like that - at least, not odd enough to check out. If they didn't notice Elizabeth for months, I can't begin to imagine how long it will be before they notice Joanna.

We're hoping that whoever has Jo will let her go eventually or she'll get free, or, in the extremely unlikely case that she took off on her own (and I do mean that in the most intense sense of the word unlikely) she'll be seen by someone or will see our efforts to find her and call or have someone else contact the family to let us all know she's ok. But I don't think that's the case, and neither do her parents.

I'm hoping for one thing, afraid of the other, and feel so bad for this family. They are really good, decent people and it's just tearing them up.

I hope the other girls you mentioned find their way home as well, and soon. Thanks for hosting the board
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2004 4:34 pm    Post subject: Update on Jo Rogers Reply with quote

Joanna Rogers turned 17 years old on Friday, June 25th. She is still missing. There are still no substantial leads of which the family has been made aware.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2004 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Nan - I'm so sorry that Joanna wasn't back home in time for her birthday. Joanna's family is going through unimaginable pain. I hope they get some leads very soon.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2004 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Nan, Thanks for the information. Interesting that the house is situated in a rural setting as there would have been some forensic evidence, it is not as if there would be allot of traffic, foresnically it should have been able to determine if someone went out the window, or someone came in the window? Unless the person used gloves. One would think there would be a trace. If there is absolutely no distrubance, then Joanna likely walked out of her home of her own volition.

If there was a knock on the window, and Joanna went out, the person was likely acquainted with her. Someone who had been there before. I do not know if Joanna has any brothers or sisters, perhaps it was one of their friends, or a friend of the family. A neighbour!? It could have been a group of youth in the neighbourhood, enticing Joanna to come out to play?

Will have to look to see if she changed her clothes and/or bathed? This implies meeting someone special, otherwise you'd go as you were so to speak without freshing up...it you were sneaking out to be with the gang for a half hour or so, have a smoke a beer, a drive around the back roads, go parking...???

It is possible that Joanna set out by herself walking to meet someone and got lost on route, and died either being caught or by drowning. What cottages are there in the area, or resorts, hunting ranges, golf courses, caves, abandoned farms, somewhere where someone could hide a body? It is likely that her body is close by, I'm surprized that the dogs have not picked up something in this case?

There is the possiblity that Joanna went back to town, to meet someone?

It seems so odd that so many people seem to vanish without a trace. One always puts to mind the internet as being the source of meeting someone unsavory, and certainly working with the public in a fast food shoppe puts one at risk to meeting all sorts of unsavory characters.

Hopefully the police are staking out the place where she worked to see what type of weirdos hang out there, a few video cameras would do nicely. Questioning the staff, and having them look out for possible weirdoes or anyone staring them down, or trying to hit on the staff, men and women. Surely there should be some lead in this case?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2004 11:14 am    Post subject: Joanna Rogers Reply with quote

No, there were no clues of which I know. The dirt is hard-packed, and the window was not open when her mom came to wake her up in the morning. Her car is still at the front of the house, where she'd parked it. Her purse and cell phone, and bank card, etc. are still at home where she left them. One would think if she planned to be gone, even for a short while, she'd have taken her purse. What teenage girl goes anywhere without her purse?

The first day Joanna was missing the Sheriff just came and took a report of a missing teenager. It took a bit longer before they realized something was seriously amiss. The family knew right away, but convincing the authorities took a bit. Teens sneak out all the time, I guess, but come home again. Joanna hasn't made it home yet.

The family thinks that she probably went outside on her own - not knowing if it was to speak to someone who phoned her or tapped on her window, or to get something out of her car (parked at the front of the house), or for some other reason. Her bedroom is on the opposite end of the house from her parents', and they heard nothing. There would have been no reason for her to go out a window - she could have walked out the back, side, or front door if she'd wanted to go out. The family has several large dogs, none of which barked a warning of an intruder, and the window is high on the wall - it would have been difficult for someone to get in there from outside (they'd need a small ladder) and get her out without alerting the dogs or leaving a trace. And then closing the window behind them. It's my understanding that all the doors that are normally locked were locked when her mom got up that morning. And her window was not open, though her curtains were.

There are no lakes or rivers nearby. [Later Edit - not exactly accurate. There are small lakes within driving distance, but not immediatly near the home.] It's all mostly a very flat, dryland farming area. No caves. You can stand on the end of the city and see for miles and miles, it's flat as a table. There are several homes on the street and the one near it, and I believe they went door-to-door looking for her. There have been two major searches, one in a mile-diameter circle around her home that took place within days of her disappearance. They were pretty thorough on that one - found a couple of old shoes, a braclet, stuff like that, out in the fields. The parents did not recognize any of the items as being Joanna's.

The second search took place several weeks later, and covered a 10-mile radius. It's not surprising the dogs didn't hit on a trail, as there had been several intense rainstorms between the time she disappeared and the time they brought them in. And the wind is always blowing in Lubbock - literally, it's always blowing at around 15mph on a still day. Some days the wind is much stiffer. It is my understanding that, during the second search (which had almost 700 volunteers show up), they hit the places that their experience told them would be the most likely places to find Joanna, and did not do a literal arm-to-arm search of the area. If she was being held in a basement or something they would have missed her.

For good or bad, at least the cadaver dogs found nothing when they were brought in. That's one scent that wouldn't be washed away. There are miles and miles of open fields out there. It's impossible for them all to be searched.

The Sheriff's Office has been busy, interviewing people - including her co-workers. I guess it's entirely possible some customer followed her home and/or found out where she lived. She is a bright girl, so I would think that if it was a customer who lured her outside and then abducted her, it would have had to be one that she'd known well or she'd never have gone outside. If it was a stalker, well, that's another scenario.

It's possible that she went outside, say, to get a homework paper out of her car to finish and someone unsavory happened to be in the area.... Unfortunately, it is not possible to purchase packaged liquor or beer in the city limits. People who want to buy alcohol have to drive out of town on a highway to a place called "the Strip" where there are a number of stores devoted entirely to that trade. [It looks like a mini-Las Vegas, with all the lights, out there.] Unfortunately again, the strip is very close (maybe a mile?) from Joanna's home. Someone could have been out there, having purchased a bottle or two, and gotten totally inebriated, and happened to drive into the area where Jo and her family live. Alcohol does strange things to certain kinds of people. There's no way to know what happened, really.

I am not "in" on all the information that they may or may not have, as I am not a family member. It's hard to tell exactly what's being done from a thousand miles away, but, from what I gather from speaking with Joanna's family, they believe that the Sheriff's Office has been doing everything possible. It's just that nothing substantial as far as leads come up so far. Of course, as expected, there are all sorts of rumors running rampant in the town. They investigate everything they hear of, but so far, nothing has come up.

She's been gone a very long time now, nine weeks as of today.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2004 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

About this time the DC police would be putting out pictures of her in different colored wigs cut and pasted over her picture. No lie, that's what they did almost three months after Chandra disappeared.

How any police department can think a young woman willingly ran away without her purse is beyond comprehension. I suppose there are statistics about young woman doing that and showing up, but as far as I am concerned they are skewed by young degenerate runaways and no goods whose background is disregarded in such statistics. Even a good number of them probably end up dead instead of coming home after apparently assuming the life of an illegal alien.

It wouldn't have harmed anybody for even Elizabeth Smart and Audrey Seiler to have been found quickly in a search despite walking away willingly. The assumption that young women just might be running around and will come back home is just not valid, not without any personal possessions whatsoever.

In my opinion the police have learned from experience that somebody will usually find a body pretty quickly or they are ok, so no need to get in a panic. Maybe no need to get in a panic, but police need to take missing women seriously immediately, if not sooner.

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