After a year of searching for answers, Donna Jou's family is no closer to solving the question of her whereabouts than they were when the 19 year old disappeared with a man she met on the internet, John Steven Burgess.
Burdess is a convicted sex offender currently doing time in a California prison on unrelated charges stemming from his failure to register as a sex offender. He'll be spending the next three years behind bars, while Jou's family continues to hope for information on what happened to her.
Investigators say Jou met Burgess through Craigslist. Jou offered her services on the Web site as a math tutor, and Burgess advertised rooms for rent at his Los Angeles home.
Authorities say Jou received phone calls from Burgess on June 23, 2007. He picked her up near her mother's home on his motorcycle that evening. From there, the two went to Burgess' home for a party, police said.
Jou has not been seen since. There has been no activity on her bank account or her cell phone with the exception of a text message sent to her mother about 6 a.m. June 24, 2007.
Her family has a website they have started to help gather any information any one might have, and to keep her case in the public eye. Please take a moment to look at it, and pass it along.
As for the current status of the case:
Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Office, said the case is being treated as a "critical missing person."
"There is not a lot new in the case. I hate to say it, but the chances of a return are slim," he said.
Burgess has not cooperated with investigators.
"He remains a suspect," Amormino said. "We believe he knows what happened to her."