St. Petersburg Missing Woman Found

Police say they have located a woman they thought was missing due to suspicious activity, but a relative of Jennifer Dunford contacted detectives about 8:20 p.m. Wednesday and told them she was with her.

After dectives interviewed Dunford at the relative’s home and found that she had left her home at 1919 Dr. MLK Street N. of her own accord.

At this time, police say there is no evidence of any crime in this incident.

Jennifer Elizabeth Dunford born on Christmas Day, is 28-years-old, 5′ 4″ tall, 130 lbs, brown hair, hazel eyes.

at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night, Dunford’s cell phone called 911 and a female voice could be heard stating she needed help and then was disconnected.

Dunford’s live in boyfriend, Douglas Fowler, arrived at their home 1919 Dr. MLK Street North, St. Petersburg and found her cell phone lying broken on the floor.  There were also several items inside the  residence that were out of place and may suggest a possible struggle.

So far detectives have interviewed her current boyfriend, Fowler, and an ex-boyfriend who lives a short distance away, however nothing so far has been discovered that would help pinpoint her current
whereabouts.  Police have also checked numerous hospitals, spoke with neighbors and interviewed various acquaintances again without results and officials say Dunford does not have access to a vehicle.

A K-9 unit and a blood hound from Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office did a grid search of the surrounding area after which a thermal imaging helicopter did a search, all with negative results.

Detectives are currently holding Dunford’s residence as a potential crime scene pending further investigation.

Detectives are now seeking the public’s assistance in locating Dunford. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Brian Taylor at 727-893-4955 or the police non-emergency number at 727-893-7780.