Jena Chisholm, 20, Missing in Ky., Could Be in Las Vegas

UPDATE: Jena Chisholm's car has been found in Las Vegas. Click here for details.

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LAS VEGAS -- A Kentucky family is turning to social media to help find their 20-year-old daughter who might be in the Las Vegas area.

Jena Chisholm was last seen in Florence, Ky., on Dec. 19. According to WCPO-TV, her sister said "she told me she was going to Vegas, but she told me she was going after Christmas."

After enabling a GPS app on the 20-year-old's smartphone, her family was able to track her to St. Louis, Albuquerque, N.M., Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and then back to Las Vegas.

"We tried to call, we tried to text, she didn't answer a thing," her mother told WCPO-TV.

Chisholm told her family she would be back for a doctor's appointment on Dec. 26, but never came home.

Her dog, Chamber, was found tied to a fence outside Diamond Inn, a motel on the south side of the Strip near Mandalay Bay.

The woman who found him, Melanie Downard, said the phone number on the dog's tag was not working. "I researched the number and traced it to her parents who live in Kentucky," she said.

The motel owner told Downard Chamber was left abandoned Monday inside a room.

"She would never leave her dog anywhere," Tim Chisholm, her father, told 8 News Now by phone Thursday afternoon. "That was her best friend and companion."

Jena left her home in a 2006 powder blue Volkswagen Beetle convertible with Kentucky plates: 316 MYB.

Chisholm is 5'1", weighs 110 pounds, and has light blonde hair with brown eyes. Jena has two tattoos: a black rag doll over her left clavicle and a large red and black tattoo on her right torso.

Her parents told WCPO-TV she was in the process of being evaluated for mental health issues after she dropped out of school, quit her job, and stopped talking to friends.

"She had been going through, for lack of a better term, some depression, I think, with a lot of life events that have occurred over the last three months," her father told 8 News Now. "I think there was a part of her that wanted to get away for a little bit and kind clear her head up."

Chamber is expected to be flown back to Kentucky Friday evening. However, the search for Jena continues.

"We've been praying for them and there's a lot of people looking for her in Vegas, so hopefully she can be found," said Downard.

If you have any information about Chisholm's whereabouts, you're urged to contact the Las Vegas Metro Police Department at 702-828-3111.

A "Find Jena Chisholm" Facebook page has also been set up.


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