Published On: Fri, Apr 29th, 2016

Seattle woman missing for 18 days while hitchhiking from Oaxaca to Cancun

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Seattle resident Jonathan Reinhard is desperate to find his wife, 26-year-old Jenny Chen, who was on a two-month backpacking trip through Mexico.

Chen, a Chinese citizen living in Seattle, left for her trip to Mexico in early March. On Facebook, she documented the places she visited, the people she met, including some of her gracious hosts.

Jenny Chen was last seen on Monday April 11 in Oaxaca, according to Reinhard. He had planned to meet her in Cancun on April 15, but she never showed.


If you have seen her please contact local authorites or nearest US Consulate. (Photo: NBC Seattle)

Chen had been backpacking through Mexico since March, sometimes hitchhiking from town to town and finding accommodations through, a social network where travelers find host homes.

To complicate matters, her husband says Chen’s citizenship makes it difficult to get help from the U.S. State Department. He’s been talking with US & Chinese consulates as well as with Mexican authorities.

But he gets no sense that any agency is doing anything to find her.

Last photograph Jenny Chen uploaded to her Facebook page on April 11 at 8:23 am (Photo: Facebook)

Last photograph Jenny Chen uploaded to her Facebook page on April 11 at 8:23 am (Photo: Facebook)

Reinhard is now trying to raise money to hire a private investigator. He plans on returning to Mexico on Friday April 29 to search for his wife.




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  1. Tomas says:

    I have family in Mexico and have driven there a handful of times. I don’t recommend tourists to explore areas outside tourist spots. As a tourist, you’ll stand out like a sore thumb. This is the last thing you want as criminals in Mexico these days are as bold as ever. They rather make you disappear without a trace to make the “problem” go away.

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