Jessica Lee Cain

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Top Row and Bottom Three From Left: Jessica, circa 1997;
Bottom Far Right: Age-progression at age 29 (circa 2008)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 17, 1997 from La Marque, Texas
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: August 28, 1979
  • Age: 17 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'4, 140 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair with blonde highlights, blue eyes. Jessica's ears are pierced. A permanent retainer has been placed on her upper teeth. She has a scar on her right knee.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A sleeveless black shirt with a lace bodice and collar, brown knit pants and black patent leather sandals.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Jessica had dinner with friends at Bennigan's Restaurant in the 1300 block of west Bay Area Boulevard in Clear Lake, Texas during the early morning hours of August 17, 1997. She departed the establishment at approximately 1:30 a.m. She was driving her father's tan 1992 Ford pickup truck with an extended cab and a camper shell back to her family's residence in Tiki Island at the time. One of Jessica's friends saw her vehicle parked on the southbound shoulder of Interstate 45 between Exits 7 and 8 in La Marque shortly after she left the restaurant. The location is near Highland Bayou Park. According to her friend, Jessica was last seen walking towards a 1993 or newer cherry-red Isuzu Amigo parked behind her truck on the shoulder. The Amigo is described as being in mint condition with a hardtop, dark-tinted windows, no chrome, rounded wheel wells and a spare tire mounted in the center rear. The driver of the Amigo is considered to be a possible witness in Jessica's case and has yet to be identified. Jessica has never been heard from again.

    Jessica's truck was discovered locked and abandoned near the location her friend last saw her on Interstate 45 southbound at 5:00 a.m. that same day. Her wallet was on the driver's seat of the vehicle but her keys were missing. There was no sign of Jessica at the scene and no damage to the truck, but the vehicle's camper appeared to have been tampered with.

    Authorities are also searching for the driver of a mid-to-full-size white pickup truck who may have been a witness during the time Jessica disappeared on the interstate. Witnesses reported seeing the car pursuing Jessica's vehicle at a high rate of speed. The driver's truck is described as having a white toolbox mounted near the cab and a light bar with rotating yellow/orange lights. In addition, another possible witness is also being sought in connection with Jessica's disappearance. He is described as an African-American male, approximately 25 to 32 years old with a short Afro-style haircut. The witness was driving a purple Dodge or Plymouth Neon at the time he may have seen Jessica. Authorities believe the possible witness may be involved in the music industry.

    A private investigator claimed that there was a possible link between Jessica's disappearance and Jonathan David Drew. Drew was charged with the murder of Tina Michelle Flood in December 1998. He was employed as an automobile mechanic at the time Jessica disappeared. The investigator said that Drew had access to a red Isuzu Amigo in August 1997. The Amigo was in the possession of a used car dealership where Drew occasionally worked. It is not known if Drew was the driver of the vehicle spotted behind Jessica's truck on the day she disappeared.

    Jessica's case is also being investigated along with the murders or disappearances of numerous other women from the Galveston County, Texas area since the 1970s. It is not known if any of the cases are connected to one another, but the Federal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI) and Texas law enforcement have formed Operation HALT (Homicide/Abduction Liason Team) to look into the possibilities. The disappearances of Sondra Ramber in 1983, Michelle Thomas in 1985 and Suzanne Richerson in 1988 are among the cases being investigated by Operation HALT.

    Jessica is described as a model teenager who had no enemies and would not have run away from home. She had recently graduated from O'Connell College Preparatory School and was due to start her freshman year at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas the week after her disappearance. She planned to major in criminology and drama. Jessica's case remains unsolved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    La Marque Police Department


    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    The Polly Klaas Foundation
    America's Most Wanted
    Texas Department of Public Safety
    The Abilene Reporter-News
    The Laura Recover Center
    Nation's Missing Children Organization
    State to State Unsolved Crimes
    The Galveston County Daily News
    The Houston Chronicle
    Facebook Page for Jessica Cain
    Unsolved in the News


    Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated September 9, 2012; details of disappearance updated.

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