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Title: Blumhorst, Veronica 9-20-1990
Description: Mendota, Illinois


Ell - November 3, 2006 08:46 PM (GMT)
Veronica Jill Blumhorst

Missing Since: 9/20/1990
Sex: Female
Race: White
Age when missing: 21
Hgt: 5Ft 0In
Wgt :100
Hair: Blonde
Eye color: Green
Has a scar on her knee and on her chest
Veronica was last seen wearing a mint green sweater with a white tank top and cream colored corderoy pants.
Veronica also wears wire rimmed glasses
Veronicas dentals are availiable and is listed on her LEADS inventory

Law Enforcement Agency: Mendota Police Dept., Mendota , Illinois
Mendota Police Department phone number 815-539-9331
Contact: Sgt. G.S. Kellen
Mendota Police Dept.,
http://illinoismissingadults.com/

Ell - November 3, 2006 08:47 PM (GMT)
Another photo of Veronica:

monkalup - December 27, 2006 06:27 PM (GMT)

Cheryl - March 9, 2007 08:17 PM (GMT)
http://www.wvstatepolice.com/w5114616_jane_doe.pdf

Around the mouth in the first picture this looks kind of similar.

Cheryl

jimmyhags - November 29, 2007 05:51 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (Cheryl @ Mar 9, 2007 - 03:17 PM)
http://www.wvstatepolice.com/w5114616_jane_doe.pdf

Around the mouth in the first picture this looks kind of similar.

Cheryl

Was this every followed up on?

monkalup - January 23, 2010 01:59 AM (GMT)
http://www.newstrib.com/articles/news/loca...4AC6C095CF8398E

Facebook page seeks information on 1990 disappearance
Friday, January 22, 2010
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By Tamara Abbey
mendota@newstrib.com


Tom Collins
courtreporter@newstrib.com


Veronica Blumhorst’s brother Todd may have moved 1,700 miles away but his heart remains in Mendota where he seeks answers to her disappearance and probable death on Sept. 20, 1990.
Blumhorst launched a Facebook page Sunday called, “Remember Veronica Jill Blumhorst,” and which quickly gained a following. More than 500 people have signed on including Mendota police chief Tom Smith.
Veronica Blumhorst was last seen nearly 20 years ago after she parked her car in the family garage but never entered the residence. Her family believes she is dead, though a body has not been recovered.
The Facebook page lists remembrances as well as serious allegations about the police investigation.
Smith said he understands his department will take the brunt of the rumors and allegations, but overall, he said they continue to investigate and continue to seek new leads. That’s why he has been reading each comment and response on Facebook, he said.
“One little thing, one phone call, may make all the difference,” he said. “There may be something in there that may be useful.”
Smith said he appreciates how Todd has dispelled some of the rumors but others may be harder to disprove since they have circulated for so long.
He’s also limited by the open status of the case which leaves him little room for public comment.
Smith said his department continues to investigate the case whenever any information becomes available.



monkalup - January 23, 2010 02:00 AM (GMT)
QUOTE (jimmyhags @ Nov 29, 2007 - 12:51 AM)
QUOTE (Cheryl @ Mar 9, 2007 - 03:17 PM)
http://www.wvstatepolice.com/w5114616_jane_doe.pdf

Around the mouth in the first picture this looks kind of similar.

Cheryl

Was this every followed up on?

I don't know Jimmy. but when I make my calls this coming week, I will find out.

monkalup - March 9, 2010 05:26 PM (GMT)

monkalup - June 7, 2010 09:55 PM (GMT)
Veronica Jill Blumhorst
Missing since September 20, 1990 from Mendota, Illinois
Classification: Missing


Age at Time of Disappearance: 21 years old
Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'0"; 100 lbs.
Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Blonde hair; green eyes.
Clothing: Off white corduroy pants, a mint green tank top, and a green sweater.

Veronica Blumhorst was last seen leaving her place of employment in Mendota, Illinois during the early morning hours of September 20, 1990.
Blumhorst left work at Super Value Grocery Store, her vehicle was found parked in the garage of her residence just four blocks away from her place of employment the following morning.

Local law enforcement authorities were contacted and an extensive investigation was conducted, however Blumhorst whereabouts remain unknown.
In September 1991 dogs searched for the body of Veronica Blumhorst, in southern Lee County, including property surrounding the home of her boyfriend, but came up empty.



Mendota Police Department
815-539-9331

NCIC Number: M-943176792

http://www.doenetwork.org/

monkalup - September 20, 2010 01:01 PM (GMT)
http://www.newstrib.com/articles/news/nci/...s+disappearance

Family, friends mark 20th anniversary of Mendota woman's disappearance
Monday, September 20, 2010
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By Tamara Abbey
mendota@newstrib.com


MENDOTA – They came from all over to show their support, love and remembrance for a young woman who vanished 20 years ago during the Veronica Blumhorst Memorial Safety Expo.

Mary Lee McLaughlin held Betty Blumhorst's hand as she fought back the tears: 20 years since her daughter vanished.

“I think it's wonderful that Todd (Blumhost) did this today,” she said. McLaughlin has been friends with the Blumhorsts for years. Their friendship dates back to Paul Blumhorst's early days with the Mendota Fire Department.

McLaughlin's son, Matt, went to school with Todd and knew the family well.

“This shows how much the family is loved,” he said.
Todd started a Facebook page titled “Remember Veronica Blumhorst” several months ago. The page quickly grew to include many fans and friends who remembered the devasting time when Mendota lost one of their own. A suggestion for a 20th anniversary memorial was made, but Todd wanted to put a postitive spin on the loss of his big sister by making it an expo that gives members of the community options and advice to prevent this tragedy from striking another family.

“I'm getting a tremendous, tremendous response from the community,” Todd said. “I think they needed this.”

Organizations as diverse at the Masonic Lodge IL-Child Identification Program and the Mendota Area Christian Food Pantry were joined by the American Red Cross, the Mendota Police and Fire Departments, the family violence prevention council, and the Mendota High School Booster Club led by Brian Blumhorst, a cousin, were all in attendance.

Todd said a lot of the agencies weren't all aware of each other and the service allowed agencies like Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living to network with other agencies such as the Dani Brandon Center for Children.

The expo was just the first half of a very emotional day though as Todd walked through the Mendota Tri-County Fairgrounds building, which was donated by the fair board.

“Everybody's been very, very gracious,” Todd said Sunday. “Tonight we'll have a lot of tears.”

Veronica's brother, Todd, and her parents, Paul and Betty, were joined by family from all over the United States to try and give her a last memorial even though they still have no idea what happened to her in her last hours.

The Mendota Police Department is continuing to investigate her disappearance even though it's been 20 years since she came home from work, parked her car in the family garage and was never seen again.

Todd said some family members still hold out hope that she is alive somewhere, but he and his parents know she would have contacted them by now.

If only she could.

If nothing else, Todd wants people to know this doesn't have to happen, not in Mendota, not anywhere. Staying alert, knowing resources and reporting to law enforcement could save another family from this type of loss and uncertainty.

More than 20 years later, they still want to know: where is she? What happened to her?



Ell - May 31, 2011 10:41 AM (GMT)
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Todd Blumhorst is uniquely qualified for his new job. Unfortunately.

He is the first cold-case advocate for Homicide Survivors, a support group for the families of missing and murdered loved ones. Blumhorst was 16 when his sister, Veronica, disappeared from their family home in Illinois 20 years ago. She is presumed dead.

"He is a survivor of an unsolved case, and he can speak from the heart to other survivors," said Carol Gaxiola, executive director of Homicide Survivors.

"Families with unsolved cases have a very different kind of grief. It's a very complicated grief, and it's compounded by the fact that there are no answers and justice seems far away.

"People in the criminal justice system are overworked, and it does not allow the kind of time victims' (families) may need. They get notified if something happens in the case, but years can go by with no news. This is a gap we can fill."

The organization is using grant money to fund the position for two months with the hope that another funding source will emerge to make the position permanent. Blumhorst started his job on May 2. He has reviewed 98 unsolved cases so far, which amounts to about 10 percent of Homicide Survivors' files.

Blumhorst moved to Tucson in 2001 and began attending support group meetings after reading about Homicide Survivors online.

Q: Why did you seek out Homicide Survivors?

A: "We never really talked about it back home. It was a really, really sore subject.

"I remember the first night (at a meeting). They let me speak and I really didn't want to - I'd been conditioned not to talk about it - and I realized people were intently listening, and that had never happened before."

Q: You forgive the person who killed your sister. Why?

A: "I have a quote … on my Facebook page: 'When you hold anger, you hold it by the blade.' I realized it was eating me up - hating him, despising him. It was killing me, that anger, that hatred, and I got fed up. He's got to face a higher power someday; he's got to account for his actions. I think that was the start of my conversion from being a victim to being a survivor. I let that go. I didn't want to hold that knife blade anymore."

Q: What is your hope for Veronica's case?

A: "It's not that I'm ever going to give up looking for justice for her, but I've come to the reality that most cases this old are never solved. Instead, I focus my energy. That's what I'm doing with Homicide Survivors."

Q: How should friends react to people who have missing or murdered family members?

A: "Just be supportive. Just be willing to listen. A lot of times that's what people want. They want to vent. They have so much going on inside of them - a conflict of emotions - especially with a missing-person case.

"There comes that tipping point; you want your loved one to be alive, but then there's that realization that they probably are dead. There are a multitude of feelings - 'Do I mourn or do I have hope?' If it's an unsolved homicide, you have that fear the killer's out there - 'Is he going to come after me?' "

Q: How do you use your experiences to help others?

A: "When I say I love this job, it's not that I love reading murder file after murder file, gruesome death after gruesome death. It's that I know I can make an impact in these families' lives and let them know somebody still cares."

Did you know

Homicide Survivors provide support for families of murder victims.

Gail Leland started the nonprofit after her 14-year-old son, Richard, was murdered in 1981.

For more information about Homicide Survivors, go to www.azhomicidesurvivors.org or call 740-5729.

Missing but not forgotten

Veronica Jill Blumhorst wasn't feeling well. She was recuperating from an illness and decided to leave work early to go home and sleep. Veronica, 21, a clerk working the late-night shift at a Mendota, Ill., grocery store, drove home at about 1 a.m., parked her car in her parents' garage and disappeared. It was Sept. 20, 1990.

The case remains unsolved.

When she disappeared, she had $4 in the bank, no credit cards and plans for the next day: a doctor's appointment and a girl's day out with her sister to discuss Veronica's wedding plans. Yet local police initially considered her a runaway. Investigators failed to collect fingerprint evidence, lost DNA evidence and didn't follow up on a purported murder confession made by her boyfriend.

On the 20th anniversary of the petite, bubbly blond's disappearance, Veronica's family, friends and former high school classmates and co-workers attended a memorial and safety expo in her hometown organized by her brother, Tucsonan Todd Blumhorst. It's an event Blumhorst hopes to duplicate in Tucson in his role as Homicide Survivors' first cold-case advocate.

SOURCE: The "Remember Veronica Jill Blumhorst" Facebook page.

Contact reporter Kimberly Matas at kmatas@azstarnet.com or at 573-4191.

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