Two men were arrested in Southeast Washington yesterday and charged with the unauthorized use of a car that belongs to a woman who has been missing from her Silver Spring home for six days, D.C. police reported. They said one of the men has also been charged with burglarizing the woman's home.
Police identified the missing woman as Joanne Nancy Grossnickle, 22, of Fiddler Lane, who was last seen leaving her parents' home in Frederick County Sept. 3. She was reported missing the next day after she failed to report to work in the District, police said.
Grossnickle left her parents' home in Union Bridge about 3:30 p.m. en route back to Silver Spring, according to Montgomery County police. They said she was driving a tan 1984 Nissan Sentra with Maryland plates and has not been seen since.
D.C. police on routine patrol in the 6th District spotted two men driving the Nissan near Ridge Road and B Street SE yesterday about 10:30 a.m., according to a spokesman for the D.C. homicide branch, which is investigating Grossnickle's disappearance along with Montgomery County and Maryland state police.
Police searched the car and found "a lot" of personal items belonging to Grossnickle, which were apparently taken from her Silver Spring home, a spokesman for the Montgomery County police department said.
Police said Rubin Jackson, 39, of 1327 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and as a fugitive from Montgomery County, where he is charged in a warrant with the burglary of Grossnickle's home. Charlie Perry, 40, of 3549 Minnesota Ave. SE, was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, police said. They said both men were being held last night at the D.C. central cell block.
Police described Grossnickle as 5 feet 1 inch, 110 pounds, with brown hair, hazel eyes and a medium complexion. They said she wears glasses or contact lenses, and they asked that anyone with information about her disappearance call 565-5835.