Family, Friends Worry Missing Columbus Mother May Be Victim Of Human Trafficking


"The not knowing of what happened to her, where she is, what she's going through--it makes you crazy."  That’s how south Columbus resident Nancy Bowen describes feeling since her daughter, Jayme Bowen, disappeared April 10th.  The 23-year-old mother of two was last seen walking from her sister’s home near Parsons and Stewart around 10:45 in the morning.

"It was broad daylight,” Nancy Bowen said. “There's no explanation for any of this."

Some family and friends tell 10TV they believe Jayme is the victim of human trafficking. Police say they are not ruling out that possibility, but continue to investigate.  "Wherever she is, she's not allowed to come home, call home or have contact," Nancy Bowen said. “Jayme is not one to ever stay away."

The family is getting assistance from a former police officer with an interest in human trafficking cases. David Stelzer has been volunteering his time to help in the search for Jayme.  He organized a "Bring Jayme Home" meeting Thursday night at Plank’s Café and Pizzeria that included the detective working the case along with thirty of Jayme’s friends and family members.

"We do think someone has her,” Stelzer said. “What they're doing with her, we don't know. We don't think she's dead."

Until Jayme's family sees her again, they'll be fighting a daily battle through pain to find her.  "There's just no word for it,” Nancy Bowen said. “It's horrible. It's very horrible."

Jayme Bowen is 5’0” and 100 lbs. She has blonde hair and blue eyes and a tattoo that reads “George III” on the side of her neck. She also has the name “Jayden” tattooed on her right shoulder.

If you have any information that could help police, call the Columbus Police Detective Bureau at 614-645-4624.