jenny chen Chen during her stay in Oaxaca last month.

Missing Jenny Chen tracked to Juchitán

She was seen boarding a Corona truck but the beer company has not been helpful

Investigating the only solid lead in the search for a missing Chinese woman has been held up by the beer company Grupo Modelo, which took more than a week to respond to a request for information about a Corona truck in Oaxaca, and even then provided nothing of value.


Jenny Chen, 26, is believed to have left the city of Oaxaca on April 11 with plans to meet her husband, Jonathan Reinhard, in Cancún on April 15. But she didn’t appear.

Reinhard, who lives in Seattle, Washington, has since hired a private investigator who tracked the missing woman to the city of Juchitán in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec region of Oaxaca state. Witnesses there told the investigator that Chen was seen climbing into a Corona delivery truck, a tractor-trailer unit, at 2:00pm April 12 on highway 185.

That highway is the quickest route from Oaxaca to Cancún. However, the witnesses said the truck was traveling in the opposite direction in order to avoid a blockade by teachers. They said the driver intended to take a different route and persuaded Chen to go with him.

Attempts to obtain information about the truck got nowhere until yesterday when Reinhard was advised that Grupo Modelo would soon have the information requested. Today, he said on the Facebook page Help Find Jenny that the only information the beer company would provide was that there were seven Corona trucks operating in the area at the time. It did not release the names of the drivers.

Reinhard asked friends and supporters to continue putting pressure on Grupo Modelo through a social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter.

He told Mexico News Daily today that he and the investigators are demanding the Corona drivers’ names and photographs so they can identify the one whose truck Chen boarded.


“Corona needs to take responsibility for this situation.”

He also said a security official at Grupo Modelo was rude to Reinhard’s investigator and would not provide any information.

Reinhard’s experience with authorities has not been positive either. He told the Seattle Times that government agencies and police departments had abandoned him in his search. And dealing with the U.S. embassy in Mexico has been “completely frustrating.”

“They’ve ignored me, promised to help and then not returned my phone calls.”

He said the Chinese embassy and Oaxaca police were equally frustrating.

The most promising leads have been those obtained by his private investigator, Reinhard said, and learning about the Corona beer truck was the best information he has had so far.

A Chinese citizen who moved to the United States in 2013, Chen began a backpacking trip in Mexico in early March. Her husband describes her as a “curious, passionate woman who loves to experience new things.”

He wrote on a gofundme page, which is being used to solicit support to pay for the services of a Mexico City private investigator, that she had met many “wonderful, warm people, and had many adventures” on her Mexico journey.

Chen is described as 150 centimeters tall, has black hair and weighs about 50 kilograms.

Mexico News Daily

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  • cnico

    Thanks so much for covering the search for Jenny Chen and the lack of information forthcoming from Corona and Grupo Modelo. We must keep the pressure on them so the police or the investigator can talk to the truck driver. Thank you for this article. #HelpfindJenny #Corona_MX

    • Hailey Mannering

      According to “Help Find Jenny” on Facebook, the police are finally co-operating. I hope more people will do so also by reposting “Help Find Jenny” posts on the social media. One group actually removed a “Help Find Jenny” post.

  • Jungle Cat

    U.S. embassies leaves much to be desired Bunch of bureaucratic lazy and worthless humans..But that’s only an opinion…

  • PintorEnMexico

    I think she is citizenship limbo, regardless of the status of her spouse. The US State Dept. isn’t likely as motivated as they would for a citizen, and China might not care about anyone who moved to the US. Sad.

  • Edward

    If the US Embassy is anything like the US Consulate’s office in San Jose del Cabo this poor fellow will need to figure out another course of action. My dealings with them (as an American citizen) were beyond belief. They are interested in nothing but enjoying their cushy posts in Mexico. I felt like I was asking the Syrian Consulate for help. They are about as bad as government employees can get. I wish the family well.

  • Yasmin Rubia

    If the beer companies don´t co-operate n-o-w, we shouldn´t buy Modelo or Corona beer.

    • Eds007

      they don’t want you too 🙂

  • Hailey Mannering

    I hate to say it, but I don´t see the amount of public support I´d have expected ! I hope I´m getting the wrong impression ! Thanks to all of you who have contacted Modelo/Corona or gofundme and you others – please consider doing so !

  • Dan Tucker

    Ok, I´ll be the one to address the elephant in the room and be a little judgemental and negative. NO ONE should travel alone in ANY foreign country, male or female, but especially a young attractive female. There are several safe modes of transportation for tourist in Mexico. A freaking BEER TRUCK is NOT one of them. There is nothing wrong with being ´curious, passionate´ and wanting to experience new things, but you must add common sense if you want to be safe and continue having more experiences in life. I hope Jenny is found, but I have a bad, gut feeling. . . . . Let this be a leason to us all. Spread this word, also!

    • Johnny Pastrana

      I enjoyed reading your well intentioned post Dan…in my case, if I did not travel alone I would never go anywhere. Maybe I should rent a wife or something. 🙂

      • Dan Tucker

        Thanks, Johnny. Be safe and smart about travel, although the rent-a-wife idea sounds interesting. 🙂 You never know what will happen in Mexico, but it is a grand adventure. Cheers!