Search for missing Harris County woman produces no results

LCSO Chief UAV Pilot Sean Mitchell prepares to fly above a search area Saturday for a missing Harris County woman. The search led police to the Trinity River bridge on FM 787 where the woman's cell phone last pinged to a cell phone tower. Serving as observers for the drone flight are Investigator Steve Rasberry and a Texas EquuSearch volunteer.
Texas EquuSearch launches a boat Saturday to aid in the search for a missing Harris County woman.

By Vanesa Brashier,

After a search Saturday along the Trinity River at the FM 787 bridge in Romayor failed to yield results in the disappearance of 48-year-old Jennifer Ann Scott-Perkins, Texas EquuSearch has called off its search until conditions improve, according to Liberty County Sheriff’s Capt. Ken DeFoor.

DeFoor, the local representative of Texas EquuSearch for Liberty County, says the search will be resumed when and if the river continues to recede.

“We have decided to wait about two more weeks for the water to go down and then research the same side of the 787 bridge we searched yesterday if there [are] no more heavy rains to raise the river even higher,” DeFoor said.

Authorities still believe that area is the most likely place where Scott-Perkins disappeared. This is based, in part, to the fact that her cell phone last pinged from a cell phone tower in that area.

“The strong currents put more air into the water, which can alter what sonar registers, and dirt and sand can reflect sonar images. Calmer waters and less mud disturbance will give much better images by sonar,” DeFoor said.

Texas EquuSearch Founder Tim Miller was among the searchers Saturday. Miller was manning a boat that uses a side-scan sonar, according to DeFoor. While Miller and others searched by boat, the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office deployed its unmanned drone operated by UAV Pilot Sean Mitchell.


The last known location for Scott-Perkins was a friend’s house in Shepherd, Texas, on Jan. 2.

She made several phone calls from the area of SH 146 and FM 787 near Rye, Texas, in north Liberty County, after leaving her friend’s home, DeFoor said.

She reportedly was emotionally upset during her last conversations with friends, he said.

Jennifer Ann Scott-Perkins, 48, has been missing since Jan. 2, 2019. She is believed to have disappeared in Liberty County.

Perkins is described as a white female, 5-feet, two inches tall and weighing 140 pounds. She has blond hair extending down to her middle back but usually worn in a pony-tail braid. She has green eyes with a light complexion and several tattoos on her arms and back.

When last seen, Perkins was wearing a pink hat, tights, boots and a thin jacket that was gray or black.

She was driving a gray-colored 2012 Chrysler, 200 with Texas license LJK 0423.

If anyone has information on the current whereabouts of Jennifer Scott-Perkins or has any information regarding her disappearance, please contact the Houston Police Department’s Homicide Division at 713-308-3600, the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office at 936-336-4500 or Texas EquuSearch at 281-309-9500.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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