Tuesday, November 28, 2000

Mother of four reported missing

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        EDGEWOOD — Police want help in finding Juana van Horne, a 38-year-old mother of four who has been missing since Thanksgiving Day.

        Mrs. van Horne had fixed a holiday meal for her husband, Victor, and their four children, who are 5 to 16 years old and live in Edgewood, before reporting to work at Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport around 1 p.m.

        She dropped off a co-worker in Florence between 11 p.m. and midnight.

        Mr. van Horne reported her missing the next day. Their van was parked outside his place of work in Fort Mitchell. The keys were inside. His wife was nowhere in sight.

        There is no reason to suspect Mrs. van Horne left voluntarily, said Edgewood Police Chief Steve Vollmar.

        He conceded that police have had little luck in discovering Mrs. van Horne's whereabouts, but would not go so far as to say that foul play is involved.

        “I don't want to get into that. That's speculation,” he said. But, he added, “we have no clue where she is or where she might be.”

        The van showed no signs of a struggle, he said.

        It is at the Kenton County Police Department, where investigators plan to conduct a forensics examination.

        Mrs. van Horne was born in Mexico. She and her husband have lived in Northern Kentucky for several years. She is about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 136 pounds. She has brown eyes and black hair that reaches to the top of her shoulders.

        Anyone with information is asked to call Edgewood police, (859) 331-5911.


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