She goes by the name Jolene and her full name is Janet Jolene Stephens-Brown. She was 25 years old when she went missing. Family members said she was last seen in October 2009 at Junior’s Food Mart on 29th Street in Ashland, where she had gone for a pack of cigarettes.
“We’ve put out releases on her before, but some news media outlets have declined to run the notice because she’s an adult who maybe just wanted to leave on her own,” said Trooper First Class Elliott Gollihue, public affairs officer for the KSP’s Ashland Post. “We would not put it out if we did not feel there was an urgency to it. The family wants it run. Our goal is to get the family some closure sooner or later. If she’s OK, we hope she will just call her mother.”
Gollihue said it would be “very much out of the norm” for Stephens-Brown to just run away on her own.
“She left her glasses, everything, at home,” he said. “She had boyfriends, but we’ve checked all those avenues out. We’ve just run into a block wall. She could have been murdered, for all we know.”
He said running her story and photo might lead to someone having seen her, or will see her.
“The investigation revealed Jolene did not have ties to anyone outside the local area,” Gollihue said. “Furthermore, all her personal belongings were left at her residence in Ashland, and there is no indication that she intentionally fled the area.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Detective Squad at (800) 222-5555 or (606) 928-6421. Callers may remain anonymous.
Detective Ben Cramer is the lead investigator in the case.