Jewish Atlantan, 25, Missing Since Aug. 19
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Jewish Atlantan, 25, Missing Since Aug. 19

A candlelight vigil is being held at Congregation Shearith Israel to support the family of Jenna Van Gelderen.

Jenna Van Gelderen has been missing since Aug. 17, 2017.
Jenna Van Gelderen has been missing since Aug. 17, 2017.

A candlelight vigil is scheduled for 7:30 tonight, Aug. 29, at Congregation Shearith Israel, 1180 University Drive, Morningside, as the search continued for Jenna Van Gelderen, a young Jewish Atlantan last seen Friday, Aug. 18.

Van Gelderen, 25, who lives in Northeast Atlanta in the 2200 block of Lenox Road and is the daughter of Leon Van Gelderen and Roseanne Glick, was housesitting and cat-sitting at her parents’ Druid Hills home on Oakdale Road while they were in Canada. When her brother, William, went to the house Saturday morning, Aug. 19, the door was locked, and she was gone, according to information family and friends have shared through social media, including a Facebook page, Help Find Jenna (

Also gone were her car, a dark-blue 2010 Mazda 6 sedan, Georgia license plate No. PWH-9502; her cellphones; her suitcase; and a World War II tapestry that appeared to be torn from its frame.

But many of Van Gelderen’s personal items were still in the house, and no one has heard from her since she texted a friend about 2 a.m. Aug. 19, the family told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Van Gelderen is 4-foot-11 and 140 pounds with long dark hair. Anyone with information should call the DeKalb County police at 770-724-7475.

The family, members of Shearith Israel, thought the 2016 graduate of Gwinnett Technical College had been found a few days after she went missing, but police in another jurisdiction apparently made a mistake.

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