Nearly six months after Gretchen Fleming disappeared, the reward for information in her case has been raised to $100,000.
“I really want to thank the community for coming together for our family. The passion, donations, just being there for us. Thank you,” Gretchen’s father said at a press conference on Thursday.
The Disappearance of Gretchen Fleming
27-year-old Gretchen Fleming was last seen in Parkersburg, West Virginia on December 3, 2022.
At the time of her disappearance, Fleming was living with her grandmother in Vienna, a small town of about 35,000 in West Virginia. She worked at an H&M store in the Grand Central Mall.
Fleming had recently returned home from North Carolina where she went to college and lived for a few years.
At 3:00 am on December 4, 2022, Gretchen was last seen on surveillance camera leaving the My Way Lounge with an older man and heading toward his car, a Black Nissan Rogue 1 Sport SUV. The video did not capture the pair getting into his car, due to it’s location.
Gretchen never returned home and hasn’t been heard from since. Her family filed a missing persons report on December 12 after they couldn’t contact her.
Gretchen’s phone and purse were left behind at The Front Row, another tavern she had visited that night, located at 4000 Emerson Avenue in Parkersburg, West Virginia.
When questioned by authorities, the man Gretchen was seen leaving with said he gave her a ride, but that she departed at an unknown location. There is no indication that they knew each other before that night.
Surveillance footage from various cameras captured the man’s car traveling from the bar toward his home, about two miles away.
Police believe Gretchen left with the man and traveled back to his residence. By his own admission she was in his car that evening, though he says she didn’t make it to his house.
Authorities have since executed search warrants on his house, car, and electronic devices. The man, whose identity has not been publicly released, is currently considered a person of interest in Gretchen’s disappearance.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Gretchen Fleming please contact the Parkersburg Police Department at (304) 424-8444, or lead Detective James Zimmerman at (304) 424-1072.