Saturday, December 2, 2023

The Disappearance of Jasmine Cruz


source: WVNS

Jasmine Cruz vanished in Deep Water, West Virginia on April 1st, 2016. The then-30-year-old woman left her mother's home on Boonesboro Road after an argument. Jasmine never returned and has never been seen or heard from again.

Certain reports state that Jasmine was last seen running into the woods near the water. Other initial reports state that she left the home and headed towards Montgomery. It's unclear if anyone saw Jasmine after leaving her mother's residence. Jasmine's family contacted Fayette County authorities after she did not return home. However, the sheriff's office initially did not feel Jasmine was in any danger.

In fact, on April 12th, 2016 - 12 days after Jasmine's disappearance - Sheriff Steve Kessler shared information about Jasmine on the family's behalf but stated that investigators were not searching for the missing woman. The report on Kessler's announcement states, "the Sheriff's Office is not actively searching for Cruz. She has not committed any crimes, and even if deputies located her, they could not force her to return home against her will. Cruz’s mother is concerned for her daughter’s safety, however, and has asked for the assistance of the public in helping attempt to locate her daughter."

A month after Jasmine's disappearance, investigators changed their tune. During May 2016, police reportedly received a tip that Jasmine may have been a victim of foul play. It appears that investigators followed up on this tip, but it is unknown if anything substantial was found. Searches in the area from where Jasmine vanished ended unsuccessfully.

Since then, years have passed without any updates in Jasmine's case. She remains missing today. If you have any information that could help solve Jasmine's disappearance, please submit a tip. 

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