Janeth Ann Rowe was last seen at her Herndon condominium on the evening of March 2, 1997. At the time, she was 50 years old.
The following day, her daughter, Lisa Rowe, was unable to locate her mother. Janeth Rowe's home showed no signs of a struggle or theft, and her car was still parked in the garage.
A search of the area surrounding Janeth Rowe's home in the 12000 block of Alton Square yielded no clues. Despite help from the FBI, which entered Rowe's name into national crime databases, no progress has been made in the search. Now, Herndon police are asking for help from the public to solve the case. Police have never ruled out foul play.
Lisa Rowe lives in the area, as do Janeth Rowe's mother, Jane Baxter, and her sister Pam Newman. All of them are hoping for Rowe's safe return, but Baxter admitted that time has begun to erode their optimism.
"After six years, it's hard to have any hope. I feel if she had gone away by herself, she couldn't have gone very far," Baxter said. She described the weather as cold and rainy at the time of Rowe's disappearance and said that her daughter had difficulty walking because of a leg ailment.
Janeth Rowe was born Feb. 17, 1947. She is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighed 170 pounds when last seen. She has hazel eyes, and her shoulder-length hair was straight and brown at the time of her disappearance.
Anyone with information about Janeth Rowe is asked to call Herndon police at 703-435-6843.