Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Jenna Robbins

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I am profiling one Asian or Pacific Islander MP for every day of the month of May. Today’s case is Jenna Ray Robbins, a nine-year-old girl who disappeared from Killeen, Texas on May 14, 1989, thirty years ago yesterday. She is biracial, and of Korean descent on her mother’s side.

Jenna was playing with a six-year-old friend outside her family’s home when a young man driving a late model Dodge or Plymouth sedan stopped and tried to entice the two girls into his car. Jenna got in, but the other child ran away. Jenna has never been seen again and her abductor has not been identified.

She disappeared on Mother’s Day. I doubt she’s still alive, but with stories like Elizabeth Smart, Shawn Hornbeck, Jayme Closs, etc., I suppose there is always hope.

Select It Sunday: Jenna Ray Robbins

Selected by Mion and Sabrina: Jenna Ray Robbins, abducted from her front yard in Killeen, Texas on May 14, 1989. It’s a rather sad case, in that it seems like a classic stranger abduction yet there was never any news about it. I have very little information on the case, only a rather thin description of the abductor and the make and model of his vehicle. Poignantly, she was taken on Mother’s Day.

If Jenna is still alive she would now be 35 years old. I don’t know if there were ever any suspects in her case. The most recent mention I can find of her in the press is from 2008.