Jennifer 'Jenn' Pautenis has been missing since October 20th, 2019. The 29 year-old woman was reportedly last seen leaving her home in Granbury, Texas, where she lives with her husband, Ed Pautenis, and their two young children. Jenn and Ed had moved to Texas two years prior, during 2017, so they could be closer to Ed's family. Previously, the couple lived in Florida, where many of Jenn's family members still live. Due to the distance, it took a few days for Jenn's family members to realize she was missing. According to Jenn's sister, Daisy Thornton-Newhouse, they learned about Jenn's disappearance when her employer notified them that she had not shown up for her job as an EMS dispatcher. When Jenn's family members questioned Ed, he explained that he was putting their children to bed on the evening of October 20th when he heard his wife leave the house and drive away. He stated he did not file a missing persons report because he believed Jenn had left the house voluntarily--for another man.
Jenn's family members were skeptical of Ed's story, and they reported Jenn missing on October 25th, 2019. Jenn's sister told reporters that Jenn would not voluntarily abandon her children or stop showing up for work. Additionally, Jenn was very active on social media, but has not had any activity since the night of her disappearance. Investigators have stated that the case is active and leads are being followed. Ed Pautenis has not been publicly named as a person of interest at this time, and investigators have stated that he is currently cooperating with the investigation.
Jenn's family members fear that Jenn is deceased and they are desperately seeking answers. The Hood County Sheriff's Office is investigating her disappearance. If you have any information that could help the investigation, please call (817) 579-3307.
UPDATE: On December 6th, 2019, the Hood County Sheriff's Office announced that they have found the remains of Jenn Pautenis. 59 year-old Ed Pautenis has been arrested and charged with her murder. In a jailhouse interview, Ed stated that he killed his wife after she attacked him during an argument. He explained that he shot her multiple times and had to tell his children that they were pulling a Halloween prank. Prosecutors have described Ed as a cold-blooded killer. He remains behind bars as his case is pending.