Poster being distributed in the search for Jenny Chen. Poster being distributed in the search for Jenny Chen.

Search continues for missing woman

Jenny Chen left Oaxaca for Cancún on April 11 but didn't show up

A private investigator has identified the route taken by a missing Chinese woman who was last seen in the city of Oaxaca 16 days ago.

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Jenny Chen was on a backpacking trip in Mexico and had spent some time in Oaxaca before leaving April 11 for Cancún, where she was to meet up with her husband, U.S. citizen Jonathan Reinhard, on April 15. She never appeared.

Yesterday, Reinhard posted an update on a gofundme.com page advising that police are being asked to share video from surveillance cameras mounted on the road on which Chen left Oaxaca.

He described the news as a big development in the search for the 26-year-old woman, who had left her home in Seattle, Washington, on March 1.

Reinhard has hired a private investigator in the search for his wife.

But he worries that she has been picked up by a human trafficking ring. “The worst possible scenario is she’s been humanly trafficked and she’s out of the country already, by the cartels because she’s cute, and she’s young, and she can make money for wrongdoers,” he told KING 5 News.

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“My heart is broken about this whole situation and I just want to see my beloved alive and well.”

He described Chen as “a fireball. Stubborn, adventurous, loved to try new things. She loved hiking. She loved being outdoors.”

Before leaving Oaxaca, Chen told a friend she was going to hitchhike to Cancún. Reinhard said he urged her not to and sent her money for bus fare, but doesn’t know if she took his advice.

Chen is 150 centimeters in height, has black hair and weighs about 50 kilograms and is believed to have been wearing black glasses, jeans, a loose shirt, a floppy hat and a backpack when she disappeared.

Anyone having information about Chen can post it to a Facebook page set up help find her.

Source: KING 5 News (en), Seattle Globalist (en)

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  • PintorEnMexico

    I hope that the prattling scandalmongers and armchair sleuths who wasted bytes on blaming the victims beneath the first article on this subject will curb their keyboards or at least wait until a resolution before tisk tisking. This isn’t a tabloid exposé on the Kardashians. The families and friends of those involved are reading….

    • James Smith

      another piece of nonsense from the latrine painter.

      • canadiana

        Yes I have hitch hiked in Mexico and I am a female but only a couple of times when necessary.It is tough to get a ride as Mexicans are skeptical also about picking up hitchhikers unless of course you are a criminal.There is the odd tourist that is murdered but generally it is locals.Sometimes criminals will suspect an American in an out of the way place is DEA and may be tortured and murdered like 2 years ago Harry Devert travelling alone on a motorbike through Michoacán.Those 2 Canadian/Austrailians last fall was a hwy robbery on a toll road at night through Sinaloa after getting off the ferry from Baja.

  • James Smith

    they will find her with the remains of the 42 students who disappeared while in route to a convention in the state of guerrero. single woman? hitchhiking in mexico by herself? uh huh. the lady is no more.

    • PintorEnMexico

      Spoken like the compassionate Mormon that you are…stay classy Hepatitis J.

      • James Smith

        lol! the more you post, latrine painter, the more i laugh! especially love the crack about me being mormon! that’s a good one…even for you.

    • Donald Maclean

      Where are you?

      • James Smith

        none of your damn business.

        • Donald Maclean

          Now it is.

          • PintorEnMexico

            Latrine painter here, lil jimmy is everywhere and nowhere. He offers “bold” predictions like the one above which are nothing more than race-based diatribes against all things Mexican. “J Smith” denies his Mormon heritage and claims to have a birth certificate but it exists only in the original cuneiform clay tablets. The father is listed as J Satan and mother as “bought and paid for.” Anyway, it’s fun to make him laugh…

    • Hailey Mannering

      You don´t know that and I don´t know what the purpose of that post was.

      • James Smith

        try reading it for the first time in context with the history of the “disappeared” in mexico, numbnut.

  • Sandra Sutphen

    As a full time resident, I am embarrassed by these comments. I hope for more compassion and less racism from my anglo colleagues.

  • Coco

    Very sad and quite Unbelievable as a story goes….

  • Happygirl

    Something is just not right with this story…it simply doesn’t make sense.
    No one hitch hikes anymore…for the reason – it is not safe. Maybe if the car breaks down and you don’t have a cell phone.
    This disappearance doesn’t pass the smell test. Mexico is a great place to make a person disappear and has a terrible record solving murders. Her disappearance just adds to the feeling that Mexico is unsafe.
    Human trafficking is a problem but Mexican criminals don’t want to kidnap a tourist…it brings them unwanted attention when there are hundreds of poor gullible Mexican women and girls just waiting to be charmed.
    The good news is, if a tourist goes missing the police have to solve the case…tourist dollars are at stake. It makes the news around the world. Her family will get an answer…good or bad.
    I don’t hold out much hope that she will be found alive…hopefully it’s a insurance scam and they will meet up later…or she’ll turn up alive and they will become reality stars…but that’s just me day dreaming.

    • Beau

      Something is definitely wrong… There is a GoFundMe page set up by her husband asking for “ransom money to be paid” and for the private investigator fees. Looks like a very well staged plan by someone. I hope she is OK.

  • cnico

    As unbelievable as it may seem, Jenny was indeed traveling in Mexico alone and she hitchhiked for part of her travels. Other times she took a bus. She arrived in MX City on Mar 1 and toured that area, then traveled to Oaxaca and was leaving on April 11th. She mostly stayed with couchsurfing hosts. She was last heard from on April 11, so she traveled peacefully for 6 weeks and met many wonderful Mexican people. She said, in her words, overcoming her fears was the most important part of traveling… to her it was more important than seeing museums or tourist sites. There are many adventurers in the world, you may not understand it but there is no need to trash or ridicule her. Please have some compassion for her friends and family and stop trolling this post. We are focused on finding her. Thank you.

    • Happygirl

      When does questioning become trolling? When you hear something you don’t like? When people raise concerns about this story that you can’t answer?
      Your comment raises more questions than it gives answers.

      • cnico

        questioning becomes trolling when you start from a completely false assumption based on YOUR world view, rather than the victims… and then you extrapolate more nonsense from there…. all the way to the victim becoming a reality star. THAT is trolling. Just because I wouldn’t hitchhike doesn’t mean others don’t. Some people bicycle all over Mexico with backpacks. Just be cause YOU say this doesn’t happen, doesn’t make it so. Broaden your view of the world to take others into consideration.

        • Happygirl

          This story doesn’t make sense and that is what I am getting at…open your mind. I hope she is alright, the last thing I want is her death. Young people are technology savy…they are connected 24/7…so she must have a cell phone…a tablet…know how to use a computer…they put trackers on their stuff…she must have a bank card. The police will track her stuff, they will know when her cards were used last, where her phone binged off last. Couch surfing and hitch hiking is dangerous. Her husband should have a list of people she spent the night with and people she got picked up by….they should have had a daily contact time where this information was passed because bad things happen. No one wants to become a victim, you have to be smart when planning a adventure and safety should be put first. If you hitch hike don’t do it alone…I have never seen a hitch hiker in Mexico…take a picture of the driver and license plate and email it before getting in the car. Spending a night with complete strangers…and a woman alone….well that is nuts…it would be better again if there were two instead of one. So this “troll” has not changed her mind. My husband would never let me hitch hike alone in Mexico or anywhere else. And the GoFundMe page is troubling.

          • cnico

            well, good to know that the world has to operate exactly according to your rules.

  • James Smith

    no disagreement. my comment was not an opinion on how many foreigner women hitchhikers are killed, actually most are not, but the fact it is a waste of time to search for her as it is for any person who goes missing in this nation. they are dead and in almost all instances their remains are never found. a fact which at least you seem to understand, contrary to the lame brain comments from those such as pintorenmexico, donald maclean and others.

    • Hailey Mannering

      There is everything to be gained by trying to do something !

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