Parents seek help to find runaway |

Parents seek help to find runaway

Tim and Cindy Todd of Alta Sierra are requesting the public’s help in finding their runaway 17-year-old daughter Jennifer, last seen early Friday morning at their home on the 11000 block of Norager Way.

“Nobody’s in trouble,” Tim Todd said Monday. “We just want to know she’s OK.”

He said his daughter is a bright, independent teen in a hurry to grow up.

“That’s the problem,” he said. “She thinks she knows it all, and we just don’t want to see her get hurt.”

He said she had been spending a lot of time with her 16-year-old Grass Valley boyfriend and his family, who reportedly asked the Todds if Jennifer could move in with them.

“We said no,” Todd said. “That’s not right.”

He said Jennifer filed for legal emancipation with the Nevada County Superior Court, but a judge refused to grant her request last Thursday because he and his wife would not give their consent.

That day, Todd said, Jennifer quit her job as a waitress for the Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley.

Later that night, she couldn’t sleep and sat up talking with her mother. Cynthia Todd went to bed at 2 a.m. Friday. The Todds haven’t seen their daughter since.

Jennifer left a note, and apparently departed through her bedroom window.

“I love you guys and I’m sorry,” was the general tone of the note, Todd said.

She did not say where she was headed or how she could be reached.

A former member of the Nevada Union Nordic ski team, Jennifer took her new snowboard, boots and snow gloves. She left her car and her cell phone behind, Todd said.

The couple reported her missing to the Grass Valley Police Department, and she was entered into the California Department of Justice Missing and Unidentified Persons database, accessed by law enforcement agencies nationwide.

Jennifer’s boyfriend is not missing and reportedly does not know where she is, Todd said.

Grass Valley Police Sgt. Joe Matteoni said local police take an average of five to 10 reports of runaway and missing juveniles and adults every week.

“Usually the child will return home,” he said. “Some take longer than others.”

The Todds ask anyone with information an the whereabouts of their daughter to call them at 205-8622, 205-8623 or 205-8624.


To contact staff writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail or call 477-4236.

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