JoJo Boswell vanished at the age of 19 on July 11th, 2005. She was last seen after she was released from Steele County Jail, located in Owatonna, Minnesota. Records state that JoJo was in jail because she had been arrested for theft, however very few details are available surrounding her arrest or any potential charges. The Jacob Wetterling Resource Center stated that on the day JoJo was released, she was driven by a Steele County Deputy to a Kwik Trip convenience store located on West Frontage Road. Other reports state that JoJo was later seen between 2:30 and 3pm walking in front of Mills Fleet Farm, located just a few miles away from the Kwik Trip. An unidentified individual was reportedly seen walking up to JoJo and they began talking. The two walked away together, and JoJo was never been seen or heard from again.
Aside from the above details, there are very few details available in JoJo’s case. JoJo’s family believes that race played a role in the lack of media reports about her disappearance. JoJo is from a Native American family, and recent studies have shown that numerous police departments nationwide are not adequately identifying or reporting cases of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls.
The Minneapolis Police Department is investigating JoJo’s disappearance. If you have any information that could help the case, please contact them at (612) 673-5373. Additionally, if you’d like to learn more about how you can help raise awareness about the epidemic of violence against against Native American women in the United States, please visit this resource.