Jennifer Leigh Catcheway (Born 1990) was a young woman who disappeared on her eighteenth birthday.
Jennifer was described to have long, brown hair, brown eyes, and was last seen wearing a green and white striped shirt. She has two tattoos: the letters “JC” on her left ankle and the letter “J” on her left hand.
Life Prior to Disappearance
Jennifer was a member of the Skownan First Nation in Manitoba. She grew up on the First Nation before moving to Portage La Prairie, Manitoba. Jennifer was close with her family and regularly left notes to inform them of her whereabouts.
At the time of her disappearance, Jennifer was working at a local fast food restaurant and living with her boyfriend.
Jennifer called her family on the morning of June 19, 2008, to confirm she was coming over later that night for her birthday party. Originally, Jennifer’s parents believed she called them in Portage La Prairie, but the Royal Canadian Mounted Police traced her phone call to Grand Rapids, over 400 miles away.
Around 12:00 P.M., Jennifer was seen leaving Portage La Prairie in a truck with her 38-year-old uncle, Charles Parenteau, and her 28-year-old cousin, Shawn Catcheway, where the trio traveled to Grand Rapids and Jennifer was seen at a house party on the Dakota Tipi First Nation.
Charles and Shawn are believed to be the last people to see Jennifer. Charles claimed to have dropped Jennifer off near the Waterhen Junction on Highway 6. A few weeks later, the two men were arrested for involvement in Jennifer’s disappearance, but the two were released without charges.
Charles was later on murdered in 2015.