Atlanta Jewish woman missing since August 19

Family, police search for woman with high-functioning form of autism missing for over a week.

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JTA, | updated: 14:30

Jenna Van Gelderen
Jenna Van Gelderen
Courtesy of the Van Gelderen family

Police are searching for a 25-year-old Jewish woman from Atlanta who has been missing for a week and a half.

Jenna Van Gelderen was last seen on August 18, when she was house-sitting at her parent’s home while they were away on a trip. The following day her brother found the house locked and his sister’s car, a 2010 blue Mazda, gone.

Her father, Leon, wrote on Facebook that his son had “found the house in disarray,” and that a World War II-era tapestry had been “ripped out of [the] frame” in the house.

Van Gelderen has a high-functioning form of autism, according WSB-TV 2.

Her mother, Roseanne Glick, said she did not believe Van Gelderen left of her own accord.

“It’s still surreal,” Glick told WSB-TV 2. “I go to sleep crying, I wake up crying, I keep thinking, worrying and know that she would never have just left.”

A local synagogue, Congregation Shearith Israel, is hosting a candlelight vigil for Van Gelderen on Tuesday evening.

A Facebook page set up to help find Van Gelderen urged anyone with information to call the DeKalb County police at (770) 724-7600, Ext. 4, or (404) 966-8565.

The public is asked to pray for the safe return of Yetta Ruth the daughter of Shoshana. A reward of $10,000 is offered to anyone with information leading to Van Gelderen's safe return.