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4 Year Old Jaelyn Rice Missing since July 16, 2009 in Wheelersburg, OH

4 year old Jaelyn Rice has been missing since July 16, 2009. Her mother, Cherish N. Lewis, is presently in Scioto County Jail on contempt charges. Although Jaelyn Rice was missing since July 16, she was not initially listed as missing until her father, Stephen A. Rice, of Tampa, FL issued a missing persons report. It had been treated as a domestic dispute as the mother knows where the child is but refuses to tell authorities.

Jaelyn Rice Lewis2

Prior to the filing, the incident was being treated as a domestic dispute because the mother reportedly knows where the child is but refuses to give the whereabouts of the child to authorities.

The mother, Cherish N. Lewis, of 709 Herms Hill Road, Wheelersburg, is incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail, and according to Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini, has been ordered to remain in jail until she reveals the whereabouts of the child.

Jaelyn Rice Description:Jaelyn Rice Lewis1

  • DOB:  Aug 8, 2004
  • Missing:  Jul 16, 2009
  • Age Now: 5
  • Sex:  Female
  • Race:  White
  • Hair:  Blonde
  • Eyes:  Blue
  • Height:  3’6″ (107 cm)
  • Weight:  40 lbs (18 kg)
  • Missing From: WHEELERSBURG, OH
  • Jaelyn has a scar on the right side of her forehead. She is missing a tooth on the bottom left side of her mouth. Jaelyn may go by the nickname Jay.

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After Scioto County Sheriff’s Detective Jodi Conkel contacted the father in Florida, he filed the report, “because he’s the custodial parent, and he did not know where the child was at that point and time.

Donini said, after a discussion, he determined it was not a missing person case because the biological mother knew the child’s whereabouts.

“We brought her (Lewis) out and questioned her and asked if the child is missing. And she basically said no, she knows exactly where the child is,” Donini said. “She’s just not going to tell the judge.”

Donini said his office was in communication with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, and with Scioto County Prosecutor Mark Kuhn, and the decision was made not to enter the child’s name in the registry.

Search for 5-Year-Old Missing Girl Jaelyn Rice Continues

The girl’s mother, Cherish Lewis of Wheelersburg, Ohio, was jailed nearly a month ago for refusing to tell a judge where her daughter was hidden.

The mother’s sister, Jessica Lewis, is now wanted by police for interfering in custody.

Officials with a legal aid group assisting the Lewis family said evidence shows the father is an abusive parent, allegations the rice family denies.

Scioto County Sheriff Marty Donini said this investigation is frustrating because it puts a 5-year-old child in the middle of some adult legal differences.

November 1st, 2009 at 06:27pm Posted by | abduction, Missing, Missing Children, Pictures | 5 comments

The Dana Pretzer Show On Scared Monkeys Radio – Sunday, November 1, 2009 – Special Guests: Clint Van Zandt, Steph Watts, Robin Sax and Catherine Harper Lee


Listen to the Dana Pretzer Show Tonight at 9 PM on Scared Monkeys Radio

Tonight Dana Welcomes Special Guests:

  • Clint Van Zandt, Retired FBI Agent and Security Expert will be discussing Somer Thompson, the murdered Fla 7 year old and Morgan Harrington, the missing Va Tech coed?
  • Steph Watts, TV Producer and Crime Reporter discusses some of the High Profile Cases in the News like the recent gang rape of a 15 year old girl while bystanders looked on and did nothing at a Richmond, CA High school Home Coming Dance. He will also be discussing the case of missing Haleigh Cummings.
  • Robin Sax, Former Sex Crimes Prosecutor will be discussing all things crime in this weeks edition of  “Nothing But The Sax”. She will be joined by special guest, Catherine Harper Lee, the Executive Director of The Justice League of Ohio discussing the Jaelyn Rice missing persons case.

November 1st, 2009 at 06:05pm Posted by | child welfare, Crime/Murder, Missing, Missing Children, Missing College Student | one comment