26 August 2014
A national group will spotlight the case of Renee Field – whose mysterious disappearance has puzzled both family and police – at a September event in Zion Crossroads.
Help Save the Next Girl will have information on the case and that of missing women from surrounding counties.
Renee Field’s husband, Lewis Field, no longer has any idea what happened to his wife, who has been missing from their Scottsville-area home since July 2, almost two months ago.
At first, he thought she may have left him temporarily, perhaps in an effort to get his attention. But he expected her back by now – and he was puzzled as to why she hadn’t contacted her parents to reassure them that she was all right.
“At this point, I don’t know,” Lewis Field told the Fluvanna Review
. “I had figured that somewhere in the week to two-week time period, doing what she was trying to do would have been done. So that was my expectation [that she would return]. But I didn’t have any really good reason for that expectation. I guess it was more of a hope.”
When asked if any new information has come to light, Lewis Field replied, “None that’s worth passing on. Investigator [Lt. David] Wells is continuing to investigate, but nothing has stood out of the woodwork that anyone has mentioned. I think Lt. Wells would probably mention it if there was something.”
Renee Field’s father, Waverly Branch, echoed his son-in-law’s report. “Nothing new,” he told the Review. “I don’t know where she’s at. I’m hoping she’s okay – that’s the main thing.”
The last time Branch saw his daughter was June 15 for Father’s Day. But he talked to her on the phone June 30, just two days before she disappeared. “She sounded fine,” he recalled.
Lewis Field was the last to see his wife on July 2, and when she didn’t return home that evening, he became concerned. On July 3 she became a missing person, and in the early morning hours of July 4 her car was discovered at the park and ride commuter lot in Zion Crossroads.
To help shine some light on Renee Field’s case, a national non-profit organization called Help Save the Next Girl is getting involved. Founded in 2011 by Dan and Gil Harrington, whose daughter Morgan Harrington was murdered in the Charlottesville area in 2009, the organization seeks to spread information about safety in order to help prevent future crimes against young women. Keeping information about missing women in the media spotlight is also a goal of the organization.
To that end, Help Save the Next Girl has organized an event for Renee Field at the Lowe’s in Zion Crossroads on Saturday, Sept. 6 from noon to 3 p.m. According to Kenny Jarels, who works with the organization, the event will have a table set up with “all sorts of information” on Renee Field and three other women from surrounding counties who have gone missing or been murdered but not located.