10 March 2015
Family and friends of Fluvanna’s missing woman, Janet Renee Field, gathered in front of Subway near Lake Monticello on Saturday afternoon (March 7) to keep her in the forefront of people’s minds as her case passes the eight-month mark.
Kenny Jarels of Help Save the Next Girl, the organization that put on this event for Renee Field and for missing Albemarle woman Bonnie Santiago, emphasized that the two women haven’t gotten as much media attention as their younger counterparts. “Morgan Harrington and Hannah Graham have been found,” he said. “We want these cases to get attention too. We want to keep them fresh in people’s minds. We want to get some closure for these families.”
Shaking loose a memory or dislodging a piece of helpful information from local folks’ minds is the primary goal of these events. Perhaps someone saw something suspicious around the time Renee Field disappeared but hasn’t quite connected the dots, Jarels has said. Also, reminding people about her case keeps them looking for her – or for anything suspicious.
Renee Field, who was 49 at the time of her disappearance, was last seen at her Scottsville-area home July 2 by her husband, Lewis Field. In the early morning on July 4 her burgundy Subaru Forester was found at the park and ride commuter lot at Zion Crossroads. While her purse, keys, and cell phone were still in the car, her driver’s license, credit cards, and cash were missing.
Lewis Field said that there is no new information in his wife’s case. “I went through with tidying the house,” he said, “seeing if anything struck me, but nothing popped – nothing unusual.”