Left and Center: Jennifer circa, 1989
Right: Age Progressed to age 46
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: November 14, 1989
Missing From: Brockton, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Date Of Birth: December 25, 1972
Age: 16 years old
Height and Weight: 5’4″ and 90 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian Female, Blonde hair, Blue eyes, Jennifer has a scar above her left eyebrow and her teeth were crowded at the time of her 1989 abduction, she might use the nickname “Jen”
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A black silk jacket with an Iron Maiden patch, a purple blouse, a pair of dungarees, and white sneakers
NCMEC Number: 762300
Details of Disappearance
Jennifer was last seen in Brockton, Massachusetts on November 14th 1989. During that day, her mother, Dottie MacLean, asked Jennifer to watch her younger brother and sister for a few hours stg their home in the Emerson Avenue Apartments. Jennifer did protest this but her mother was firm with her about it. Jennifer has watched her siblings numerous times before without any issues whatsoever.
Jennifer is said to have had different plans to do that night. She wanted to hangout with her neighborhood friends so she called her cousin, Tammy Young, who lived just around the corner to come and watch her siblings while she went out. Her younger sister, Yvette Aubin, continuously told Jennifer not to go. When her cousin arrived to the home, Jennifer left.
Tammy came to house at 10:00 pm. Jennifer left the residence immediately after her cousin arrived. Jennifer returned to the residence for a short period of time so she could get a light jacket. She seemed to be in good spirits during the night.
After Jennifer left her home, she initially went to a female friends house near her own home but that friend was not at the house and her friends mother refused to let her inside of the home. The mother would later state that Jennifer smelled of liquor and appeared to be slightly intoxicated. Jennifer left the house accompanied by an older teenaged male friend.
They both went to a local convenience store located at the end of Jennifer’s street and was reportedly a minutes walk away from her home. Jennifer went inside of the store but her friend didn’t and he went home because he didn’t feel well. He left while Jennifer was still inside. This is one of the last confirmed sightings of her.
Dottie said she became concerned for her daughter when she called the home only to be met by the voice of Jennifer’s cousin. She felt something was wrong and decided to go home but Jennifer was not there. A missing persons report was filed on Jennifer the next morning. However, investigators considered Jennifer as a runaway and no investigative action occurred.
Dottie and Yvette attempted to speak with Jennifer’s friends but they refused to say anything. It wasn’t until 1992 that detective began asking about Jennifer. Her case barely got any media exposure until about 1999. By then, 10 long years had passed without any trace of Jennifer being found.
In the early 2000s, investigators got a tip that Jennifer was possibly alive and living in Corpus Christie, Texas. The woman appeared to have no verifiable background before the time Jennifer went missing. She physically resembled Jennifer and the age enhanced photos that were created of her. However, it was soon discovered this woman was not Jennifer.
Investigators now believe Jennifer was abducted soon after her disappearance and was probably murdered. They continue to search for her remains. A teenage boy came forward and stated he saw Jennifer in Broad Place which was a small alley off Broad Street in Brockton. The witness told investigators he was drunk at the time he saw Jennifer and got sick in the bushes .
He stated he saw Jennifer speaking with someone who drove a brown pickup truck. It’s possible there were two individuals in the truck at the time. Jennifer was seen approaching the passenger side of the vehicle. This is the final sighting of Jennifer alive. The investigators were able to account for two trucks that belonged to young people in that area.
One of the pickup trucks is unaccounted for as it disappeared shortly after Jennifer did. Investigators have said there’s no reason for it to have gone missing as it was only a few years old. It was never sold or re-registered. Investigators believe Jennifer’s friends from that time know what happened to her but are keeping it silent. Investigators hope one of them will help solve her case.
It’s likely Jennifer was taken by someone she trusted as she was trusting with everyone. Investigators have stated they know the individuals who were involved in Jennifer’s presumed abduction but they cannot charge anyone with any crime because Jennifer’s body hasn’t been found. They have stated these individuals are still in the local area.
It’s believed Jennifer was killed and buried on private property in the Brockton area. Searches for her remains have revealed no trace as to her whereabouts. There was once a tip in 2003 that Jennifer was killed and her body placed in the cab of a truck. The truck was driven into a pond and sunk just outside of Brockton, minutes away from her home. The pond was searched but nothing was found.
At the time of her disappearance, Jennifer was described as being very social and happy with her life at the time of her 1989 disappearance. Jennifer wasn’t troublesome but was somewhat rebellious at the time she went missing. She has previously runaway from home but never stayed away for long periods of time. Her case remains unsolved and foul play is suspected.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Brockton Police Department 508-941-0200
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children