Missing Kentucky woman seen in Vegas casino

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Associated Press

Posted on January 4, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 4 at 6:02 PM

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 20-year-old woman who was reported missing Dec. 20 after she unexpectedly left home in Kentucky has been seen at a Las Vegas casino, police and her father said Friday.

Jena Chisolm appeared disheveled and homeless, but wasn't detained by security officers who questioned her and a man she was with at about 10 p.m. Thursday at the Quad casino, Tim Chisolm told The Associated Press.

"I know she's alive and walking around Las Vegas, at least last night," Tim Chisolm said in a telephone interview from his home near Florence, Ky. "My initial concern was that she was hurt, abducted or doing drugs."

Chisolm said his daughter showed her Kentucky driver's license before she and the unidentified man were allowed to go. Later, the security officers realized Chisolm was the focus of a search by her family, Las Vegas police and sheriff's officials in Boone County, Ky.

Jena Chisolm's car had been found earlier Thursday, parked at a short-term apartment complex a few blocks from the Las Vegas Strip, authorities said.

Her dog, a female Labrador-golden retriever mixed breed named Chamber, had been found Monday tethered to a fence outside a Las Vegas Strip motel.

Las Vegas police Officer Jose Hernandez said Friday that foul play was not suspected, but that at the request of Boone County investigators and her family, Las Vegas police were still looking for her.

"She did not appear to be under duress," Hernandez said. "But there's a concern. We just want to make sure she's OK."

Boone County sheriff's Deputy Tom Scheben said Jena Chisolm is an adult, and authorities can't force her to return home against her will.

Tim Chisolm said he and Chisolm's mother, sister and two brothers were worried after she quit her job as a waitress, shed her friends, dropped out of college and broke up with a boyfriend. She was also affected by the recent death of a great-grandmother, her father said.

Tim Chisolm said a global positioning device on his daughter's cellphone showed that after she left her home near Cincinnati, she drove west along Interstate 40 before stopping in Las Vegas, visiting Los Angeles and returning to Las Vegas.

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