Janie June Coe
Coe, approximately 1997
Date reported missing : 04/29/1997
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 12/16/1958 (62)
Age at the time of disappearance: 38 years old
Height / Weight : 5'4, 115 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Coe wears eyeglasses or contact lenses, but left both behind.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Coe was last seen by friends at her home on Penrod Drive in east Petaluma, California on April 29, 1997. She has never been heard from again.
Her three children were visiting their father at the time of Coe's disappearance; she was reported missing when they returned home and realized she was gone.
Coe left behind all her belongings, including her eyeglasses and one of her contact lenses; she would have needed them to see well enough to drive.
Her two-tone blue 1989 Aerostar van was subsequently found in Napa, California. She has friends in Napa, but they denied having heard from her since her disappearance. The vehicle was not located near any public transportation and Coe's husband stated it is uncharacteristic of her to go so far from home.
Coe's debit card was used by someone other than herself at 6:00 p.m. on the day of her disappearance to withdraw $20 from her bank account. She had been known to lend her debit card to friends, but authorities have been unable to identify the person who used it on the day of her disappearance. The individual is described as a heavyset woman. She is wanted for questioning.
Coe lost her job as the administrator of a retirement home prior to her disappearance and had taken another job at a cosmetics company. Her friends stated she was in a good mood and was looking forward to starting training for her new job. Her case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Petaluma Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
California Attorney General's Office
The Missing Persons CyberCenter
North American Missing Persons Network
The Doe Network
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October 12, 2004. July 22, 2006; Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
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