Where is Gretchen Fleming? Search for WV musician, 28, continues nearly month after she vanished
PARKERSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA: Police are still looking for a musician from West Virginia weeks after she vanished following a night out. Gretchen Fleming disappeared from the My Way Lounge & Restaurant in Parkersburg in the early hours of December 4. Gretchen's friends said that she was 'extremely intoxicated' and had lost her purse during the night out. She was also said to have been with an "older" man who had "white" hair, according to multiple witnesses.
According to The Sun, Gretchen visited "multiple spots" that night but no one knows what she was wearing or how she was getting around. Her high-school friends have organized vigils that bought the entire community together as they pray for her safe return. Jake Grim, an old friend of Gretchen's, told NBC's Dateline, “We haven't seen any camera footage of anything. She was at multiple spots. You know, the last place she was seen to everyone was the My Way."
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Grim added, "It was so late, it was midmorning, like 3am you know, when the -- those bars are closing and things like that. It seems like she was going to multiple different places that night." He also opened up about her and said "music is a big part of who she is", adding she is "traveled, very well spoken, used to be a writer and still does write".
Gretchen Fleming, 27, of Vienna, WV is still missing. It's been almost three weeks since she was last seen. Please continue to share her information. Her birthday is coming up on Christmas Eve. #GretchenFleming #missing #westvirginia #parkersburg pic.twitter.com/t8JlMj44bR— Leslie Rubin (@LeslieRubinWCHS) December 21, 2022
Previously, Gretchen's father told the outlet, "We love her. Something happened to her. I don't know what to say. Tomorrow would be her 28th birthday." He said on December 23, "She's an amazing little girl. I just want her home." Since December 12, the day Gretchen was first reported missing, the Parkersburg Police have been in charge of the case. The police posted about her disappearance on Facebook, asking the community for tips and leads that may help find the missing woman.
Gretchen Fleming was last seen with this guy. He changed his name legally from Darrell Lott to Preston Pierce. He has a long track record of being a creeper. His home was searched by the forensics team yesterday. #MISSING pic.twitter.com/HxBHQYWeem— Rose (@901Lulu) December 16, 2022
Gretchen is described as being between 5ft and 2 inches tall and weighs 100-120lbs. She also has brown hair and brown eyes. Parkersburg Police Chief Matt Board told WTAP, “I have not come to the office where there has not been somebody here 24/7, since this was reported, working on specifically this to get Gretchen the help that she needs.”
The police searched a Parkersburg house on December 15 and said they were executing multiple search warrants based on leads and tips that have come in since her disappearance. "Cops are investigating and we just want her information out there and for everyone all around and over to know who she is and that she is missing," Grim told Daily Mail. "The family is putting their trust into the detectives to let them do their job," he added.