Las Vegas police said a missing Kentucky woman was recently located at an area casino.
According to reports, 20-year-old Jena Chisholm went missing from her Northern Kentucky home late last month. Chisholm’s family contacted police after she failed to show up for a doctor’s appointment on December 26.
Days after she went missing, Metro Police discovered the missing woman’s car at hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip Thursday (January 2). Although authorities managed to find her car, Chisholm was still missing as of Thursday evening. Police continued to search for the woman with the help of Red Rock Search and Rescue.
Officer Laura Meltzer said authorities were doing everything in their power to find the woman. However, they believed Chisholm wasn’t in any danger.
Meltzer told the Las Vegas Sun:
“The flier goes out when the situation meets the criteria for doing so. If you put out a flier for every person who goes missing, you’d stop getting people to pay attention. There are runaways, people who voluntarily leave home. We put out the critical search flier when it warrants it, when the person is suspected to be in danger or when there are other suspicious circumstances.”
Fortunately, this story has a happy ending. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Jena Chisholm turned herself over to security at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino Friday evening. Her mom was reportedly on her way to meet the woman at the resort.
“It appears that she may have turned herself in. All we know is that she went willingly with security at The Cosmopolitan. This could have been a lot worse,” Red Rock Search and Rescue commander David Cummings explained.
While Chisholm wasn’t in any immediate danger during her unexpected trip to Las Vegas, Cummings said that the situation could have very easily turned ugly for the young woman.
Chisholm reportedly left home on December 19, though she was previously scheduled to return to Florence, Kentucky by December 26 for a doctor’s appointment. When she didn’t come home, her family contacted authorities. Her little dog Chamber was reportedly discovered tied to a fence outside of the Diamond Inn Hotel on New Year’s Eve.
To help locate the missing woman, her family set up a special contact page on Facebook. In addition providing telephone numbers for Las Vegas police, the page also featured a description of the Chisholm and her car. Fortunately for all involved, the woman was eventually located before anything truly unfortunate took place.
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