VA - Jennifer Pandos, 15, Williamsburg, 10 Feb 1987

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  1. Richard

    Richard New Member

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    Jennifer Lynn Pandos
    Missing since February 10, 1987 from Williamsburg, James City County, Virginia.
    Classification: Endangered Runaway

    Vital Statistics

    Date Of Birth: October 29, 1971
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 15 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'2; 100 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown hair; hazel eyes. Left-handed.
    Marks, Scars: Pandos has a small mole on her left shoulder.
    Clothing: Pink sweater, pink nylon waist jacket, blue jeans, white Hi top tennis shoes.
    Dentals: Available.
    DNA: Available.

    Circumstances of Disappearance

    Pandos was last seen in the Kingsmill area of Williamsburg, Virginia on February 10, 1987. Jennifer apparently left in the middle of the night through a sliding glass door on the patio.

    In a note to her parents, she said she would be back in a few days and not to worry.
    Pandos left her Kingsmill home, perhaps distraught over a recent break-up with her boyfriend. She never came back. All she took was her handbag.

    Margie Pandos found a note, but it only raised more questions.

    "Your daughter's with me. She's fine. She's having some problems and needs some time away," the note began.

    Then, it switched to the first person: "I'm fine, I just need time to think. Both of you please go to work tomorrow cause I will try to call you. I won't call you at home, only at one of y'all's work.

    "Do not call the police. I can easily find out if you do. I may never come back home. Don't tell my friends about this. Just tell them that I'm sick."

    It didn't look like Jenny's handwriting, but police have guessed the left-handed girl might have written the note with her right hand. Margie Pandos said she and her husband followed Jenny's instructions at first, but then notified police when she didn't call. In the weeks and months that followed, family members knocked on doors and handed out fliers, trying to find people who might have seen the teenager.

    Investigators
    If you have any information concerning Pandos' whereabouts, please contact:

    James City County Police Department
    Missing Persons Unit
    Investigator Wendi Reed
    757-253-1800


    You may remain anonymous when submitting information to any agency.

    NCMEC #: NCMC601853

    NCIC Number: M-002435170
    Please refer to these numbers when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    The Virginia Gazette
    Daily Press The Doe Network: Case File 376DFVA


    LINK:


    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/376dfva.html
     
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    meggilyweggily New Member

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    Richard New Member

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    From the Charley Project link above:

    "Pandos is believed to have left of her own accord. She was a sophomore at Lafayette High School in 1987. Her parents, who moved away 1990, hope she is still alive and will return home. Her father now resides in Texas and her mother in Charlotte, North Carolina."

    I wonder if Fred Howard Coffey, Jr. is connected with this case in any way. Fred had been stationed in Norfolk, VA while in the Navy - not far from Williamsburg, and was convicted of crimes against girls about Jennifer's same age in that area back in 1975.

    Coffey also lived in Charlotte, NC and was arrested, tried, and convicted of the murder of a 10-year-old girl there. In addition, he is suspected of having murdered a 5-year-old girl in Charlotte.

    The big question would be "WHEN was Coffey first taken into NC police custody?" By March 1987, he came to the attention of Montgomery County (Maryland) Police as a possible suspect in the disappearance of two girls; Sheila Lyon (12) and her sister Kate Lyon (10). By then, he had been arrested and charged by NC authorities.
     
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    Odyssey Verfied Insider Diane Genice Dye

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    Interesting.

    I thought I would point out that "I seen my picture" is an East Coast thing. (Or it could just be poor grammar) I'm not sure how far south it extends, but it is common to say "I seen" in NY, NJ, PA... but very rare on the West Coast.

    It would make sense since Jennifer was from Virginia, I wonder if we have any Virginians in here that could enlighten us on whether "I seen" is used that far south...
     
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    While I grew up in Georgia, most of my family lives in Virginia, and I can assure you that I have never heard anyone say "I seen" unless they were hicks. Not normal vocab. at all.
     
  9. cafepithecus

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    Bumping this. It's been on my mind because a friend of mine now lives in the neighborhood where she lived/went missing.

    This is a gated community, I don't know how tight security was back then, but now you have to report in at the gate and get a pass, say where you are going, etc. Granted you could lie but I would think the last place someone would try and abduct someone would be an upper-class gated community that you have to report into before entering.

    I've read reports where there was a break in the blinds in her room, indicating she may have been looking outside, possibly waiting for someone to arrive. The whole note thing to me is just bizarre. Why would you start a note speaking in the third person and then switch to the first... like people aren't going to notice that? If you change your mind in how you are going to write a note, wouldn't you just scratch it out or start a new note? Obviously the change would set off alarm bells, but maybe that was the point. Bizarre.

    What I also find weird is that in this age of social media there is no Facebook page or anything put up by the family. The mother has been interviewed several times by the media over the years because this case is the oldest unsolved missing person case in the region. But other than that, not a lot of information out there and none that I can see was initiated by the family. I really get the sense that something else is going on here. The parents divorced 2-3 years after she went missing and both of them moved out of state... I would think that if my child went missing, even if I thought it was voluntary, that I would stay in that house the rest of my life, with the same telephone number, just in case they came back or tried to call.
     
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    I'm a Virginian (and have traveled the state a good deal) and I hear "I seen" quite often, almost exclusively from a lower socio-economic background type crowd, as well as a rural thing. It is more common in Southwest VA and Western VA in general. However, there are pockets of rural areas all over VA and it can be heard in any of those areas. I have heard it in suburbs as well, from those who grew up in rural/poorer communities.
     
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    I'm not sure why you would connect that comment with this case. That could be anyone, anywhere.

    Jennifer went missing from Kingsmill which is an upper-class gated community... I associate "I seen" more with uneducated people.

    Just trying to avoid this thread getting derailed over a random Internet comment that has about zero connection to this case.
     
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    I grew up in Virginia and in casual conversation people would often say "I seen". We were from the southeastern portion of the state where "Appalachian English" is spoken. I now live in TN and still often here people say "I seen" although my family and I wouldn't say it that way, but it is common.
     
  13. Emorton

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    I am afraid that I'm not that familiar with english jargons, specially from North America since I'm not a native english speaker and I've never been there.

    I saw the comment in a webpage and made a quick math: if the comment is from 2013 and says 'have not spoken to anyone in my family for 25 years' that person should have disappeared around 1987-1988. If that person also says that was 15 when left home, excuse me but I don't find it so odd to post it in a thread about a 15 years old girl disappeared in 1987.

    Given that this thread has had only six comments in the last three years I hardly see how can my post make it derail. I thought that this forums were open to anyone willing to help with clues or hints, no matter how unlikely they are connected to the case. Sure you know most of the times hints are not connected, but who knows for sure in advance? Anyhow I'm sorry to have bothered or distracted you or any other reader, it was not my intention.

    Please accept also my apologies for my poor english, thank you and best regards.
     
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