Jaisle Elizabeth Thomas
Jaisle, approximately 1998; Age at the time of disappearance: -progression to Age at the time of disappearance: 20 (approximately 2001)
Date reported missing : 04/12/1998
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 03/03/1981 (40)
Age at the time of disappearance: 17 years old
Height / Weight : 5'5 - 5'6, 115 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A blue blouse with a white dot design, blue pants, and a small chain around her neck.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Asian female. Black hair, brown eyes. Jaisle has an oval-shaped birthmark on the shin of her left leg and a black mole on her left shin just below her knee. Her ears are pierced and she is right-handed. Jaisle is of Indian descent. Some Age at the time of disappearance: ncies may refer to her as "Jaisle Elizabeth A. Thomas."
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Jaisle was last seen in Richmond, Virginia on April 12, 1998. She planned to drive to the University of Richmond and visit the school's library on the day of her disappearance, to do some research for school. Her vehicle was discovered abandoned on the Willey Bridge between Henrico County and Richmond at 3:20 p.m. that day.
Jaisle's keys were missing, but the remainder of her personal belongings, including her wallet and driver's license, some cash, her work uniform, her paycheck, a camera, her Bible, and her sneakers were inside the car. There was no other sign of her at the scene and she has never been heard from again. A search of the James River below the bridge did not produce any evidence as to her whereabouts.
Jaisle's family does not believe she ran away. She took nothing with her but the clothes on her back and her car keys. She was a good student and had a part-time job at Ukrop's grocery store; she was supposed to report to work on the evening of the day she vanished but did not. That Sunday she was supposed to give an announcement at her church.
Jaisle's family was planning a trip to New York for the Easter Weekend following her disappearance and she was supposed to go along. She is described as an intelligent, well-behaved and religious person. Her family believes she was kidnapped by some young people who were jealous of her.
Jaisle was born in Brooklyn, New York. She was an eleventh-grade student at Tucker High School in Richmond at the time of her disappearance. Her case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Henrico County Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
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