Jessica Kinsey article

Found this article about the disappearance of Jessica Kinsey, who vanished from Cloverdale, Indiana fifteen years ago today. If she is still alive, she would now be almost 30 years old.

It’s a rather odd case. It’s been established that Jessica left town with a 23-year-old guy she knew, Jimmy Hopkins. They spent the night in a hotel, rooming next door to a friend who’d given them a ride. The next day Jimmy and Jessica vanished and their friend’s car with them. The car turned up in California a few weeks later. Jimmy worked at an ice cream store near where the car was abandoned, and witnesses saw a girl with him matching Jessica’s description, but there’s been no firm evidence of her whereabouts since she disappeared from Indiana. Jimmy has long been a suspect in her disappearance. That he is violent there is no doubt: in 2008, he handcuffed his wife and shot her to death before shooting himself. He took a big secret to the grave with him.

I wonder if Jessica might have been sold into prostitution or some such thing. Jimmy had said she was pregnant and they were going to run off and get married. Both Jessica’s mom and her best friend say she wasn’t dating anyone when she disappeared and wasn’t pregnant. She’s been described in various sources as shy and naive — just the kind of teenager pimps like to take advantage of.

Of course, I’m hoping Jessica did not meet with that fate. But there’s a good chance too that she’s dead, and surely that’s worse.

9 thoughts on “Jessica Kinsey article

  1. Tracey Reitterer December 26, 2010 / 7:25 pm

    That’s sad. Had investigators been allowed to hold his ass indefinately in 1996 when he lied about the hotel address, he would have either talked, or still been in custody & not been able to kill another woman in 1998. Good thing his wasted life is over, but he took 2 women out & thats a shame.

    • Meaghan December 26, 2010 / 7:30 pm

      For some reason the detail about him handcuffing his wife’s hands behind her back before he shot her is profoundly chilling to me. What a coward.

  2. Princess Shantae December 26, 2010 / 9:43 pm

    I don’t know how much I believe what her mom says about her not dating or her being shy and naive. She sounded like she might of been kind of a fast little girl. I mean, does a shy naive girl get a tattoo of Capone on her neck? I think this might be a case of people being in denial or not seeing what they’re afraid to see.

    • Meaghan December 26, 2010 / 11:00 pm

      I wonder if that tattoo came from Jimmy Hopkins’s imagination. He claims he left her with a Mexican guy named Capone.

  3. Princess Shantae December 27, 2010 / 9:23 am

    Something else to remember is that Louann Bowers’s people were sure she wasn’t “dating” anybody at the time she left a note saying she was running off to get married. Not only was she “dating” somebody it was somebody they knew very well.

    • Meaghan December 27, 2010 / 9:45 am

      I had thought of that too. But you can’t really “date” your uncle, can you?

      • Justin December 31, 2010 / 1:19 pm

        Depends on what part of the country you live in. LOL.

  4. Princess Shantae December 27, 2010 / 10:31 am

    That’s why I had dated in quotes, silly.

  5. Kat December 27, 2010 / 5:10 pm

    This is a sad case. I hope someday they find her, though I doubt it will be alive. The circumstances are unreal. I wasn’t surprised about that guy though, he clearly had it in him to act out in violence.

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