The Rev. Francis Pompei leaned forward and peered over his thick glasses as he spoke at a funeral Mass for a 20-year-old college student killed during Thanksgiving break.
"Jenni-Lyn, God wishes to dance with you," Pompei said in his homily Wednesday. "Enjoy."
Jenni-Lyn Watson, a devotee of dance, was remembered for her vibrant personality during a 90-minute service in a packed St. Margaret's Parish in the northern suburbs of Syracuse. Those in attendance included two busloads of students from Mercyhurst College, the Erie, Pa., school where Watson studied dance. Some had to watch the service from a gym adjacent to the sanctuary.
"It's been difficult on campus. She was almost the public angel," said Monsignor David Rubino, a Mercyhurst official. "It's not losing a student. It's losing a family member. It's a tight-knit family community. Everybody knows everybody. Tonight the streets of heaven have one more."
Watson's body was found Saturday morning in woods near her home in the Syracuse suburb of Clay, N.Y. Hours later, police charged 21-year-old Steven Pieper, of Liverpool, with murder. Authorities say the two, who graduated in the same class at Liverpool High School, had dated and that Watson had tried to break up with him in October.
Police believe Watson was killed at her parents' home on Nov. 19, after she had returned from Mercyhurst for Thanksgiving break.
After Watson disappeared, scores of law-enforcement officers and search-and-rescue personnel scoured the woods near the Watson home. Volunteers handed out thousands of fliers, held vigils, started websites, and in Watson's peaceful neighborhood yellow ribbons were attached to virtually every pole and street sign. A team of searchers found Watson's body eight days after she disappeared.
Pompei asked the searchers among the mourners to stand during the service, and they were applauded.
"She was giving hope to people who had lost loved ones," Pompei said as he turned to read a letter from a woman who had been touched by the response to Watson's disappearance. "There are people in this world who do care. The feeling that Jenni-Lyn has given me - I will forever be grateful."
Pompei also read a poignant verse that Watson had written but had never shown her parents. Her mother discovered it while going through her daughter's belongings: "How do your eyes know when to cry? Through one's eyes you can see right to the soul. Why do we cover our eyes when we cry? Perhaps to stop the tears."
"Thank you for all you've given me," Pompei said. "Thank you for the words ... to give hope to your mom, dad and sister. You give us relief in those dark moments when we miss you."
Watson's parents and her sister lit a candle at the start of the service as many hugged, fighting back tears. After the homily, a man and woman dressed in white performed an interpretive dance around the casket, clasping hands at the end to form an arch over it as they walked away.
Mourners entered the church in a driving rain and departed for the cemetery with the season's first snow gently falling.
Meanwhile, Pieper is being held without bail until a county judge rules on it. Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said his office will argue against any bail.
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Tuesday evening update:
Heavy hearts entered the funeral home in North Syracuse to say good bye to Jenni-Lyn Watson Tuesday evening. Hundreds of friends, family, and even strangers showed support in a time of tragedy.
Hundreds of miles away, the Mercyhurst College community is also in mourning as fellow students return to campus without one of their own.
Rachel Torgesen, a close friend of Jenni-Lyn said, It's definitely hit me more now that I'm back, but it's really good being with friends and being with people that knew her and we're all kind of sticking out for each other and supporting each other.
Dozens of students and teachers will make the trip to Central New York Wednesday morning to pay their respects to Jenni-Lyn at her funeral.
The 20-year-old college student was majoring in dance. Outside her studio, a memorial now stands in tribute to her. Ballet shoes rest above final farewells asking Jenni-Lyn to now dance over them.
Tauna Hunter, the Mercyhurst College Dance Chair, said I think we're going to take it one step at a time and all the students are going to heal in their own way individually. and we have a lot of support from the campus, from campus ministry and counseling center and administration and I think the most important support they have is for each other.
The school has also set up the Jenni-Lyn Watson Memorial Dance Scholarship in honor of the ballet student. Friends are also selling t-shirts and wristbands to raise money for the Watson family. The dance department is also selling green ribbons with her initials for $1, which will support The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Contributions may also be made to the Jenni-Lyn Watson Dance Scholarship Fund, 7406 Donegal Way, Liverpool, NY 13088.
Funeral services are set for Wednesday morning for Watson. S ervices will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. in St. Margaret's Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated, with burial to follow.
The funeral is expected to attract such a large number of mourners, that Saint Margaret's Church in Mattydale is making special arrangements.
Reverend Robert Hyde tells CNY Central that the church will provide audio-visual coverage of the funeral in the gymnasium at the church to handle the expected overflow from the sanctuary. Rev. Hyde says he was notified to expect a busload of people from Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania where Watson was a popular student.
Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick revealed that Watson's former boyfriend, Steven Pieper left his own cell phone at the victim's home the day he allegedly murdered her. The Syracuse Post-Standard reports that authorities believe Pieper used Watson's cell phone hoping to create an alibi for himself and mislead police. Fitzpatrick did not reveal how Pieper used the phone to try to create an alibi. Fitzpatrick says Watson's sister discovered Pieper's cell phone when she came home November 19th to find Jenni-Lyn was missing.
Fitzpatrick says Pieper admitted to being in the home on November 19th, but claimed Jenni-Lyn Watson was alive and well when he left. Fitzpatrick believes Pieper killed his ex-girlfriend inside the house, backed his car into the garages, placed her body in the trunk and hid the corpse at Clay Central Park.
Watson's cell phone is still missing, but became part of the focus in the search because phone data show it was last used in the area where her body was found on Saturday.
The Liverpool School District, which Watson attended, issued a statement on her death Monday morning. It reads:
Over the last week, the entire Liverpool community hoped against hope that Jenni-Lyn Watson, a 2008 Liverpool High School graduate and the daughter of Liverpool Central School District Board of Education member David Watson, would return to her Liverpool home safely. That hope turned to sadness Saturday afternoon.
The death of a loved one is always difficult, especially when the loved one is so young. Our thoughts are with the Watson family during this difficult time.
This morning, the LHS community held a moment of silence in memory of Jenni-Lyn, and many are wearing yellow in her honor. Throughout the day, guidance counselors will be available for students and teachers in the LHS main office, and LHS principals will be on hand during Tuesday and Wednesday's services to help our students in any way that they can.
Sincerely, Dr. Richard N. JohnsSuperintendent of Schools
Also, a memorial dance scholarship has been started in Watson's name at Mercyhurst College. To donate, click here.
5:45pm Sunday Update: Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick tells CNY Central the physical examination of Jenni-Lyn Watson's body has been completed. However, Fitzpatrick says the initial findings will not be released, as the medical examiner still has more work to do before the entire autopsy is completed. Fitzpatrick says the findings will likely not be released until a Grand Jury reviews the case.
8:00pm Saturday Update:
Steven Pieper was arraigned in the Town of Clay court this evening on charges of second degree murder. A plea of not guilty was entered.
Pieper will be back in court on Friday, December 3rd for a preliminary hearing in Clay.
Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick and Undersheriff Warren Darby held a news conference Saturday evening to announce an arrest in the case of missing Liverpool woman Jenni-Lyn Watson, whose body was found in Clay Central Park Saturday morning.
Fitzpatrick and Darby announced the arrest of 21-year-old Steven Pieper and charged him with second degree murder in the disappearance and death of Watson. Pieper, from 8237 Coconut Tree Drive in Liverpool, was arrested within an hour of the news conference, which began at 5:00 p.m.
Officials say Pieper had been voluntarily interviewed twice by police investigators during the time Jenni-Lyn Watson was missing, which began last Friday. Fitzpatrick says Pieper denies involvement in her death, but has an attorney. Fitzpatrick says Pieper visited the Watson home early Friday morning, and may have been the last to see the 20-year-old woman alive. They had dated on and off for 18 months, according to Fitzpatrick, and she wanted it off but 'that message apparently did not get through.'
Pieper will be in Clay Town Court Saturday evening, and no bail will be set in his case. He has a minor record, but 'no crimes of violence.' Fitzpatrick says an autopsy will be performed early Sunday morning, which should provide evidence on the cause of death. Fitzpatrick would not speculate on what caused Watson's death.
Undersheriff Warren Darby says the search was concentrated near Clay Central Park because of information from Verizon on the victim's cell phone. Responding to a question about the dark pickup truck reported connected to the case, the DA says it's not part of the 'evidentiary case' but that its connection will come out, during the trial. Officials say they found no blood at scene, and no sign of struggle.
The Sheriff's Office will distribute pictures of Pieper and of his Volkswagon, in efforts to get more eyewitnesses who may have seen the car between 11:00 a.m. and noon on Friday morning, the day Watson disappeared from her Donegal Way home. Anyone with more information can call the Sheriff's Office at 435-3081.4:00pm Update:
Search crews have found a body believed to be that of Jenni-Lyn Watson.
Investigators made the discovery at about 10:30 this morning in a heavily wooded area near Clay Central Park. It is within the area of the search for 20-year-old Jenni-Lyn. She was last seen at her Liverpool home on Friday, November 19th. The park is not far from Watson's home.
District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick says it appears someone tried to conceal the body, but it was not buried. It was behind a utility shed about 350 yards off Wetzel Road on public land. Fitzpatrick says search crews were in the area on Friday.
A CNYcentral crew on the scene says someone from the medical examiner's office took the body our of the park. So far there is still no positive identification.
A news conference is expected soon. Stay with NBC3 and CBS5 News along with CNYcentral.com for the latest updates as they come in.
There are reports that searchers have found a body, in the area of Clay Central Park, early Saturday afternoon.
At this point, it is not officially confirmed. Searchers have been out looking for 20 year old Jenni-Lyn Watson, who's been missing from her Donegal Way home since last Friday, however there is no positive identification. Sheriff's Deputies areat the scene.
Stay with us for developments.
7:00pm Friday Update:
More than 100 people searched new areas for any evidence of missing Liverpool woman Jenni-Lyn Watson Friday.
Onondaga County Undersheriff Warren Darby says the number of people on the search team has tripled. Right now, the crews are made up of all law enforcement personnel and professional search and rescue teams. Investigators were considering asking for civilian help this weekend, but decided not to after the professional teams agreed to continue searching through the weekend.
Darby did ask people who own property in Clay to check any buildings like sheds or garages. He said people should be on the look out for anything unusual.
If you do see anything, or know anything about where Jenni-Lyn might be, Darby says you should call the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department at 435-3081. Investigators have been following up on more than 100 tips from people who call in.
The Onondaga County Sheriff's Office will hold a briefing to discuss today's search efforts. It will be held at 5:30pm at the Moyer Corners Fire Station #3 located at the corner of Henry Clay Blvd and Taft Road.
You can watch the live briefing on NBC 3 news at 5:30.
In the day after Thanksgiving, the search for Jenni-Lyn Watson continues.
Onondaga County Sheriff's say detectives are finishing up the areas already searched and are expanding their search to east of Henry Clay Boulevard. Detectives have also setup a road-side canvass in the area of Donegal Way in an effort to gather any additional information from commuters.
More than 100 local law enforcement personnel are now searching for Watson. Police agencies from Syracuse, Camillus, Jordan, East Syracuse, Baldwinsville, Manlius, Geddes, Liverpool, Solvay, and DeWitt are looking for Watson. Also, the Onondaga County Major Felony Unit, New York State Police, U.S. Marshal's, U.S. Probation, and the Oswego County Sheriff's Office have also joined in. Thirty members of various search and rescue teams are helping, too. Six dogs have also been brought in.
Brandon Roth will have more on this story at Noon, 5 and 6 on NBC 3 and CBS 5.
The search of a wooded area in the town of Clay is underway again for any sign of Jenni-Lyn Watson. While there was no extenisve search Thanksgiving day investigators did spend the day tracking down leads from hundreds of tips. Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. John D'eredita says "Sheriff TMs Detectives along with 60 Law Enforcement personnel from around Onondaga and Oswego Counties, including an additional 30 Search and Rescue personnel, has continued searching a wooded areabetween Henry Clay Boulevard, Morgan Road, Buckley Road and Route 481."
Through interviews with friends and family members, deputies now believe they may know what Jenni-Lyn was wearing on Friday - the last day she was seen. Deputies believe she was last seen and could possibly still be wearing a tan sweatshirt, a pair of blue, green, and white colored pajama pants with white socks.
11:00pm Thursday update:
The search for Jenni-Lyn Watson went national on Wednesday night with a profile on Nancy Grace's Headline News show.
The program sensationalized Jenni-Lyn as a "ballerina beauty" who vanished. In a 12 minute segment, the show's experts talked as much about rumors surrounding the case as they did about the facts.
Billboards showing Jenni-Lyn's picture and the Onondaga County Sheriff's phone number are also going national. - Investigators, family and friends continue to hope someone will be able to give them a lead on where Jenni-Lyn could be found. The Onondaga County Undersheriff says six teams have searched 600 acres around clay.
The Undersheriff also said detectives are talking to people Jenni-Lyn dated in Central New York and at Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania.
Investigators are also hoping someone may have noticed a dark colored pick up truck in the area of Donegal Way in Liverpool.
" We're looking for anybody that last Friday may have seen a dark colored pickup truck acting suspiciously ," said Undersheriff Warren Darby. "We're looking for more description s of that vehicle because it's a vehicle of interest and who may have been driving it - a description of the driver."
Investigators say someone has the information they need to find Jenni-Lyn Watson and the search for answers will continue through Thanksgiving weekend.
So many tips have been coming in to the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department that some people may have been sent to voicemail. On Wednesday, the Undersheriff asked anyone who has trouble getting through to keep calling and said investigators will call back if someone has to leave a voicemail.9:30 pm update:
New York State Police have released a description of the clothes Jenni-Lyn Watson was wearing when she was last seen by her parents on Friday morning November 19th. The State Police alert said: Jenni was last seen wearing a tan sweatshirt, blue, green and white pajama pants, and white socks.
Also tonight, the Nancy Grace program on HLN profiled Jenni-Lyn Watson. The segment lasted about 12 minutes. The program gave national exposure with a sensationalized tone. They called her the Co-Ed Ballerina Beauty who vanished. The piece made Liverpool look like a haven for sex offenders. The hope is the exposure can make a difference.
The search for Jenni-Lyn Watson has been suspended for the night, but crews will be out again on Thanksgiving Day.
Undersheriff Warren Darby says the search effort will be smaller because of the holiday, but it will still be going on. Darby says his department has been getting lots of tips from the public. He says there have been so many callers that some people are getting busy signals. Darby says if you know something, don't let that deter you. Either call back, or leave a voicemail.
The sheriff's department is following up on every tip. Darby says it was a tips call that lead to the information released today about a dark colored truck in the area of Jenni-Lyn's home on Friday. Darby called the truck a "vehicle of interest." Investigators are looking for a better description of the truck, or the driver.
CNYcentral's Jim Kenyon asked Darby about rumors surrounding Jenni-Lyn's relationships. Darby says investigators have interviewed several people who knew Jenni-Lyn, including people she dated. Darby stressed there is still no person of interest in the case.
5:00pm update: New information tonight in the disappearance of Jenni Lyn Watson. The Sheriff TMs department is looking for a dark colored pick up truck that was seen near Watson TMs home on Donegal Lane Friday between 7 a.m. and 3p.m. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff TMs Department right away.
Throughout the day search and rescue teams walked thru dense woods and swampy areas near Wetzel road and Henry Clay Boulevard
This is an area where Jenni Lyn TMs cell phone, which is also missing, was last used. There are six search and rescue teams totaling 22 people and 2 dogs.
One of the searchers is Roger Fox, the chairman of the New York State Federation of Search and Rescue teams. He says they are well aware of the emotion that surrounds missing persons.
Undersheriff Warren Darby is expected to hold a news briefing at about 5:30pm. He may be better able to explain why they are interested in locating the driver of the pick-up seen near Jenni Lyn TMs home on Friday. At last report they had no suspects and persons of interest in the disappearance.2:15pm update:
Onondaga County sheriff's deputies are attempting to identify a vehicle that has been reported to be in the vicinity of Jenni-Lyn Watson's home the day she went missing.
Detectives have received information about a pickup truck that reportedly was in the area of Donegal Way on November 19th. Detectives would like to hear from anyone who may have been in the area between 7am and 3pm and who may have been operating or saw a dark colored pickup truck.
Detectives would like to speak with the driver of the vehicle in an effort to gather more information about Watson's disappearance.
The search for Jenni-Lyn Watson resumed shortly after dawn this morning. They are looking in wooded areas a few miles north of her home on Donegal Way where she disappeared from on Friday.
CNY Central's Jim Kenyon caught up with one of the six search and rescue teams who are looking in wooded areas near the Liverpool Rod and Gun Club off of Henry Clay Boulevard.
Sheriffs spokesman Sgt. John D'Eredita says there are a total of 22 people and two dogs involved in the search. D'Eredita says they hope to search 200 acres today in addition to the 200 acres yesterday.
They are concentrating on this area because records show it's where Jenni-Lyn's cell phone was last used.
D'Eredita says they still have no suspects or persons of interest in the disappearance of the 20-year-old college student. They sent detectives to Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania to interview friends and faculty in hopes if developing leads.
At 3pm there will be a vigil for Jenni-Lyn at St. Margaret's Church in Mattydale.
11:00am update: The search for Jenni-Lyn Watson resumed this morning.A sheriff's spokesperson says there are six search and rescue crews, totaling 22 people along with 2 dogs.They hope to complete a search of 200 acres today in addition to the 200 acres combed through yesterday, in remote areas by Morgan Road, State Route 48, Henry Clay Boulevard and Buckley Road. Investigators say they are searching the area based upon phone data that indicates Watson's missing cell phone was last used in that area.There are still no suspects or persons of interest in the disappearance of the 20 year old college students. Detectives have been dispatched to Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania where she was a student. They are talking to faculty, friends and students hoping to develop new leads.At 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon there will be a vigil for Jenni-Lyn Watson at Saint Margaret's Church in Mattydale. A spokesperson for the family has asked that the family not be approached during the vigil as they are too distraught.8:45am update:
The search for a missing Liverpool woman is underway this morning in a wooded area not far from the suburban home of Jenni-Lyn Watson.
This morning, members of the Wilderness Search and Rescue, Oswego County Search and Rescue, Cayuga County Search and Resuce, Massasauga Search and Rescue, along with Eagle Valley Search Dogs are searching in the area of Henry Clay Boulevard, Morgan Road, Buckley Road and Route 481.
Seven billboards around Syracuse are now showing Watson's picture and a phone number for the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department. Investigators and friends are hoping the image will jog someone's memory and give them much needed information.
Fred and Kim Brush were ready to search the woods or do anything they could to help find Jenni-Lyn. When they learned Tuesday night's search was called off, the couple hoped to find another way to lend a hand.
" We have a fifteen month old daughter and I put myself in that situation. If it was my daughter, I would want people to come out and pull together and try to help our cause and find our daughter," said Fred Brush.
Posters of Jenni-Lyn are also being put up all around Liverpool High School were she graduated in 2008. Her father is on the Liverpool School Board and Liverpool's Superintendent says the district wants to do whatever it can to help.
" There's been literally hundreds of people out there trying to help ," said Dr. Richard Johns. "Passing the word along in every kind of media you can imagine."
Kim Brush also graduated from Liverpool High. She understood why Tuesday's night search was called off but said she would still do anything she could to help find Jenni-Lyn and assist the professionals.
" All my friends are following, everybody I know is following," said Kim Brush. "So it's really important to get her picture out there and bring her home."
7:00pm Wednesday Update:
The Onondaga County Sheriff's Department has suspended the search for Jenni-Lyn Watson for the evening. The 20-year-old disappeared from her home in Liverpool on Friday.
Undersheriff Warren Darby says he understands people want to help, but he is asking that people not go searching for her on their own, stressing that potential evidence could be compromised. There was talk of a civilian group searching the area between Morgan Road and Henry Clay Boulevard where professional search and rescue teams spent Tuesday. Darby says the official search has been called off for the night, but officers will be back out on Wednesday morning when it's light outside.
Darby says crews were searching the area today because they have evidence Watson's cell phone was used in the area on Friday. Darby says the sheriff's department has other areas to search.
Investigators are following up on every lead. Darby told reporters today that anyone with any information should call. He says even if the caller doesn't think the information will mean anything, it might mean something to investigators.
The Onondaga County Sheriff's Department has released more information on the search for Jenni-Lyn Watson. Investigators are combing through the woods in Clay at the Woodard Industrial Park area. Detectives say her cell phone was last used in this area. There are no suspects or persons of interest in the case, but people are being interviewed.
The parameters of the search are between Morgan Road and Henry Clay Boulevard, from State Route 481 down to Buckley Road.
There is a centralized effort underway in the search for a missing Liverpool woman.
CNYcentral's Jim Kenyon has learned that a command center is being set up at Moyers Corners Fire Station #3 on Henry Clay Boulevard. That's not far from the home of Jenni-Lyn Watson, who's been missing since Friday.
Crews from Cayuga and Oswego County Search and Rescue teams are on the scene. So far, there's no comment from the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department.
Stay with CNYCentral.com for updates.
A prayer vigil will be held in Pennsylvania Wednesday for a missing Liverpool woman. The candlelight vigil for Jenni Lyn Watson will be held at 3p.m. at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania to coincide with a vigil being held at St. Margaret's Church in Mattydale.
Watson was last seen on Friday at her home in Liverpool. She hasn't been heard from since then. At this point, investigators haven't released many details about her disappearance. Everyone seems puzzled, saying it's uncharacteristic of her to leave without telling someone.
Watson has dirty blonde hair and brown eyes. She is about 5'2" tall and weighs approximately 100 pounds. She is known to carry a Verizon LG enV3 cell phone with a blue cover.
If you have any information about her whereabouts, call Onondaga County Sheriff's deputies at (315) 435-3081.
Stay with CNY Central.com for updates.
Police, family and friends of Jenni-Lyn Watson are reaching out for any information about the missing 20 year old from Liverpool. She has not been seen since last Friday morning and investigators say they need information from anyone who has seen her since then.
Aubrey Ellis has known Jenni-Lyn Watson since pre-school. On Monday night, she joined several volunteers to hand out Jenni-Lyn's picture at Lights on the Lake. Ellis hoped the image would jog someone's memory.
" We have no information about where she is, we don't know where she could be ," said Ellis. "The more people that know, the quicker we can bring her home."
John Hakes has never met Jenni-Lyn but he hoped he could help her family by distributing her picture.
" I have three girls of my own. I know if it was anything happening to me, I'd want help," said Hakes. "They asked for help and I came out to give it."
On Monday the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department searched the area around Jenni-Lyn's home from the ground and from the Air One helicopter. Investigators are hopeful someone will come forward with some small bit of information that can point them in the right direction.
" At this point it's a missing person but we're looking at all aspects of what it could be and we want to see Jenni-Lyn home safely," said Undersheriff Warren Darby.
Friends say it isn't like Jenni-Lyn to leave without notice. Several said they just want to do something to help find her.
" I felt helpless personally. probably the same feeling her family and friends feel is helplessness and doing something like this actually makes you feel like you can make a difference and hopefully bring her home ," said Kelly Kinahan.
Investigators believe Jenni-Lyn Watson may have had her blue "Verizon LG enV3" phone with her on Friday. They are also asking anyone who thinks they may have seen her or her phone to call them at (315) 435 3081. Someone will be available to take information around the clock.
Social Media is spreading the word about Jenni-Lyn's disappearance at exponential rates. Matt's Memo blog talks about the power of Facebook in getting people involved.
Sheriff TMs deputies are asking for your help in locating 20-year-old Jenni-Lyn Watson of 7406 Donegal Way.
She was last seen on Friday, November 19th in the morning hours at her residence in Liverpool. Her family says it's not like her to leave without notice and not touch base with them.
Watson has dirty blonde hair and brown eyes and is about 5 TM2 tall and weighs approximately 100 pounds. She is known to carry a Verizon LG enV3 cell phone with a blue cover.
A massive search is underway to find Jenni-Lyn. Her neighbor, Kelly Kinahan, has been working around the clock for several days. She says, since then, she's received countless emails from people as far away as Pennsylvania, asking how they can help.
Copy shops have offered to print flyers, many people have volunteered to hang them up, and one pizza shop, Checkers Pizzeria, is even putting those flyers on pizza boxes.
"It's keeping me busy and optimistic that by doing this, it's going to bring her home to her parents," says Kinahan. "It's a good feeling."
Kinahan's family is also lighting a candle each day for Jenni-Lyn. If you'd like to help hang up flyers, you can contact Kinahan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There has also been a Facebook page started to spread the word about Jenni-Lyn's disappearance. At last check, it had thousands of members. Many people are also making Jenni-Lyn their profile picture.
If you have any information about where she might be, you are asked to call Sheriff TMs Detectives at (315) 435-3081.