Left and Center: Jennifer circa, 1991
Right: Age Progressed to age 24
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: June 23, 1991
Missing From: Spring Lake, Cumberland County, North Carolina
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Date Of Birth: January 13, 1984
Age: 7 years old
Height and Weight: 4’5″ and 59 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: White Female, Sandy hair, Brown eyes, Jennifer has scars on her right temple and in between her eyes, she has a distinctive freckle on the tip of her nose and her nickname is “Jenny”
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A one piece bathing suite which included orange/yellow/pink/turquoise squares and squiggle shapes
NCMEC Number: 755927
Details of Disappearance
Jennifer was last seen in Spring Lake, North Carolina on June 23rd 1991. She was last seen as she left her home in the Holly Hills Mobile Park in the 1400 block of North Fort Bragg Boulevard at approximately 1:15 pm. She never arrived at her friends home and was never seen or heard from again.
Jennifer was reported as missing at 6:00 pm. Extensive searches of the area turned up no sign of the child, however.
Investigators are unsure if Jennifer even left her home that day. There’s no evidence that she left at all. At the time of her disappearance, Jennifer’s parents were divorced but still lived together. The child was involved in a custody dispute between her two parents.
Her father, Alan Patterson, was scheduled to take a paternity test but couldn’t because his daughter had disappeared by then. Alan also failed a polygraph in relation to her disappearance. Investigators considered him as a possible suspect in the case by that time.
Alan initially claimed that Jennifer’s disappearance was related to the custody dispute and that he did not want the child to be in her mothers custody. He said that Jennifer was alive and being cared for nearby. He would later state that he was talking in a hypothetical sense and that he meant no significance in his statements.
Investigators consider Alan as a prime suspect in her disappearance. He maintains his innocence in his daughters case and stated he wasn’t even at home that day but rather at work. They believe that Jennifer might be deceased.
Investigators also believe that Jennifer may have been abducted by a stranger if she did leave her home that day. Her case is currently classified as a non family abduction.
Jennifer’s disappearance remains unsolved. Her parents have both since moved away from North Carolina. They moved away about a few months after their daughter went missing. The trailer park she lived in is now abandoned.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Spring Lake Police Department 910-436-0350